In 1930, the world was hurtling towards one of the most terrifying periods in human history. The Titans of the Pacific tells incredible, but real, historical events.
John travels to South America as a member of an American economic mission advising the Peruvian government. He finds Peru in chaos, with an authoritarian regime supported by the country’s elite and foreign big business. He is drawn to the mysterious Yolanda and witnesses the start of a civil war and the local impact of the extreme political movements that tore the world apart leading up to World War II.
When The Washington Post co-opts John as an investigative journalist, he uncovers a sinister plot with worldwide ramifications. He must decide whether to risk his life in Peru struggling to foil the plot, and challenge The Titans of the Pacific – who will do anything to hold on to power – or return to a safer life in the USA.
Sam Jordison (author, books columnist at The Guardian newspaper and co-founder of Galley Beggar Press):
“The historical events are full of action: there’s no shortage of conspiracies, real drama or human interest. A really interesting world, full of glamour and intrigue, but the down to earth central character with his financial problems, confusion in his love life and street-life background provides a really effective entry into the high politics and intrigue. One of the things I like about this book is the way it demonstrates politics has always been dirty. Robert really enjoyed writing this and that pleasure is certainly conveyed to the reader”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love reading historical novels like this one and it's always enlightening to learn about a place that might have escaped the spotlight throughout major world events. The Titans of the Pacific focuses on the intricacies of the political and cultural happenings of 1930s Peru and how it related to the international scene during a time of conspiracies of the power-hungry in America and rising extremism in Europe. The historical information is rich in detail yet clear and easy to follow, accounted with the drama, humour and emotion that come with the personal perspective of various characters from a spectrum of backgrounds, personalities and ideals. Definitely a recommendable read and great reminder that we should not forget our history to avoid repeating the same mistakes today…
The author has created a carefully researched historical drama which would make a compelling movie. It is worth the investment of time to get to know the characters, and the historical context of Latin America which may be unknown to many, as you will be richly rewarded as the plot build and builds to an exciting crescendo. In the background is expansionist Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, possibly the source of stimulus for similar aspirations in the New World. Big business and right-wing politicians had ideas of grandeur in the USA (Lessons for today, perhaps?). After all, Latin America was their backyard; it was there to be conquered. Were these three accomplices aiming to create a ‘New World Order’ with a vision of America, Germany and Japan working in parallel to rule the World? This is a must read for anyone interested in history and its implications for the future. For everyone, there is compelling drama. For romantics, John’s relationship with Ivy-League Lisa and mysterious Yolanda creates an intriguing romantic thread. For Peruvians and Latin-Americans it is also a must read, for a well-structured and insightful review of your history and what might have been! For UK 'Brexiteers', there is, perhaps, a message about being displaced from certain markets by stronger, more aggressive powers. There are also interesting parallels between Victor Raúl (possibly the best president Peru never had) and Fidel in Cuba, who decades later had the support of his people against abusive crony capitalism, the Mafia and Big Brother Government close to the North. In terms of bloody action, without giving away the plot, the behavior of ‘blackshirts’ reminded me of the way the Mob ruled, as portrayed in Goodfellas, for example. For Trump observers, perhaps there is some insight into the machinations that may be happening currently, behind the scenes, to implement not so official tactics to put America first. A thoroughly good read, which I strongly commend to you. Congratulations, Robert.