Fractus Europa: Stories

Fractus Europa: Stories


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An American journalist in Moscow uncovers a startling twist in American/Russian relations. A health care administrator struggles to keep medical services afloat amid a crumbling NHS in post-Brexit England. A Ukrainian soldier struggles to reconcile his pre- and post-war identities.

This collection of short stories and beautifully rendered maps takes readers where academics and think tank philosophers dare not tread. Written by journalists and experts in regions with geopolitical unrest who have witnessed periods of great upheaval and threats both foreign and domestic, these fictionalized accounts depict the all-too-real failings of ideology and idealism in a Eurozone dystopia that has already arrived.

Edited by the late Eric C. Anderson, former US Intelligence officer and author of several thrillers including the more recent “New Caliphate” trilogy—Osiris, Anubis, and Horus and the cyber thriller Byte and co-edited by Adam Dunn, author of the “More” series—Rivers of Gold, The Big Dogs, and Saint Underground—the collection features works by Conrad Zielan, Constantine Bouchagiar, Preston Smith, Peter Galuszka, David J. Doesser, Daria Sapenko, Graham Thomas, Fergal Parkinson, Nick Eaden, and Peter Heather.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998574295
Publisher: Adam Dunn Inc.
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Pages: 354
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

While Peter Heather wrote the foreword, he also contributed one of the ten stories along with nine other authors. This collection features works by Conrad Zielan, Constantine Bouchagiar, Preston Smith, Peter Galuszka, David J. Doesser, Daria Sapenko, Graham Thomas, Fergal Parkinson, Nick Eaden, and Peter Heather.

PETER HEATHER is a Professor of Medieval History at King's College London. He read for a BA in Modern History at New College Oxford and completed his doctorate on relations between Goths and the Roman Empire at the same venue. After a (very) brief stint in HM Treasury, he has held teaching positions at University College London, Worcester College Oxford, and King's College London. He is a specialist in the dynamic, mutually transformative interactions of more and less complex societies in the first millennium AD, publishing extensively on the subject, including The Fall of Rome (2005) and Empires and Barbarians: Migration, Development and State Formation in the First Millennium (2009). His current project is a thousand-year history of the development of European Christianity.

Conrad Zielan is a journalist and polyglot both well-travelled and known under a different name to NGO types, former soldiers, spies and police on the European continent and beyond. He has worked closely with all of the above to report on drug trafficking, the slave trade, political corruption, and in the meantime he has also anonymously aided journalists in the art of masking both meetings and communication. And for now it is best to leave it at that.

CONSTANTINE BOUCHAGIAR is a journalist and TV producer living between Düsseldorf and Corfu Island. From 1994 on he worked for TV Corfu as a journalist and cameraman, and six years later became a correspondent for MEGA and Alpha Channels and for Reuters. In the process he set up Technorama, his own TV production studio which he still heads today. Highlights of his career have been the production of short films, with his first production, Sand Chronicles, earning him a distinction for his role as Director of Photography at the 7th Festival of "Fantasy Cinema." In 2012 he participated in the production of ILLUMINAM, in 2013 of Life Shadows, and in 2015 of Itinere.

PRESTON SMITH is an American expatriate and polyglot who achieved notoriety in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as an investigative journalist willing to take on organized crime, the political elite and money laundering operations in the UK. The first foreign-born licensed detective in Poland, Smith's experience includes exposing offshore money laundering, forced prostitution, the killing of expats, kidnapping and political corruption. His reports appeared in media ranging from Poland Monthly, BiznesPolska, Polish and Czech dailies, Russia's Interfax News Agency and Australia's The Bulletin magazine, where he was nominated for a Walkley Award for his work with Eric Ellis in locating Abraham Goldberg, at the time Australia's most infamous white-collar criminal wanted for embezzling more than AUD 1 billion.

PETER GALUSZKA reported from Moscow for Business Week magazine in the 1980s and 1990s. He also served as the magazine's international news editor in New York. A journalist for 45 years, he has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, Bloomberg News, and others. He published a book about the U.S. coal industry in 2012.

DARIA SAPENDO is a journalist who submitted her story to this anthology from the Russian-occupied Donbass region of Ukraine. The editors lost contact with her during production. She is remembered here for her bravery and perseverance.

DAVID J. DOESSER, a former intelligence officer of the Hungarian external secret service, graduated from the ELTE University faculty of law. He spent almost 30 years in the intelligence service and was assigned first to Western jurisdictions and later on to Central Europe. When the "old regime" collapsed, he took part in transforming the service into a democratic institution and established successful cooperation with many major Western services. He left the service in 2000. He is married and has two children, and now lives in an undisclosed location in the EU.

GRAHAM THOMAS has lived and worked in the UK, Hong Kong, Dubai, Bahrain, and currently, Cyprus, specializing in corporate finance and financial investigations. He also writes media articles on corporate financial corruptions, including money laundering.

FERGAL PARKINSON is a communications consultant and former news journalist with more than 20 years' experience. As a North American correspondent for the BBC he was part of the award-winning team which reported from New York following the 9/11 attacks. He has also covered many of the major domestic and international stories in recent years including the death of Diana, the war in the Balkans as well as the buildup to the Iraq and Afghanistan conflict. In 2007 he established his own consultancy and has helped clients protect their corporate reputation and communicate clearly in a wide range of situations around the world.

NICK EADEN at the age of 21 Nick was recruited into a covert special forces unit to track and trace high-value terror suspects internationally. Since leaving the service Nick has utilized his former training to discover illicit money flows being syphoned through offshore structures to nominee subsidiaries, often for the benefit of malign state actors. Nick's recent experiences have focused on conducting investigations in the Middle East, Africa, Russia, and South America.

Eric Anderson, author of the "NEW CALIPHATE" trilogy including OSIRIS, ANUBIS AND HORUS, and former U.S. Intelligence officer, chronicles the fracturing of the dream-or illusion-of European democracy. This collection of short stories and beautifully rendered maps takes readers where academics and think tank philosophers dare not tread, examining the brutal realities of European life.

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