World's First Progressive Thriller
Jean-Thomas Cullen writing as John T. Cullenmore ideas like this soon
= Valley of Seven Castles =
On The Run Paris to Luxembourg. My novel is the world's first modern progressive thriller, in which I lay aside tired 20th Century themes from the Cold War and the usual hatred of government or apocalyptic nonsense that's making the thriller genre sag with imagination fatigue. See if you can spot Hillary and Bernie in my novel. Bear in mind: I lived in Luxembourg as a child, was stationed in Europe with the U.S. Army in my 20s, and traveled many of these roads (though not on the run, unless after enjoying a rich, bracing Bofferding or Stella Artois beer).
Valley of Seven Castles, A Luxembourg Thriller. I call this the world's first Progressive Thriller. The core journey is from Paris to Luxembourg. Two refugees from injustice are on the run and meet in a bar in Bagnolet called The 39th Step. This is a deliberate salute to John Buchan's 1915 thriller The Thirty-Nine Steps(on the run across the English countryside during the World War One era). Buchan's archetypal novel was made into a classic Alfred Hitcock thriller movie in 1935 (The 39 Steps) with a few plot changes. The pacing of Hannah Smith and Rick Buchan's run in my novel is set for me by that fabulous 2002 action film with Matt Damon and Franka Potente, based on Robert Ludlum's 1980 novel, The Bourne Identity.
But Wait; There's More. I discovered an amazing fact about Alfred Hitchcock's later films. Soon, I'll tell you all about it here. The information is in the novel, if you're eager to find out which major Hitchcock film was based on his original 1935 flick and the 1915 novel from which it was derived. I'll relate all this soon.
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