The story of a very real spy.
"The writing is superbly descriptive and Louis' life was tragically wonderful."
"Suffice to say, if you don't feel you have read a great tale told well when you reach the last page, then quite frankly you seriously need help."
"Loved the complexities of the turns in Louis's life."
Louis is a gripping story of the life of a professional wartime spy. From his boyhood education in Egypt in the early 1900's, he was being prepared to serve in the newly formed British Secret Service Bureau on the orders of Abbas II Hilmi, the Khedive of Egypt and Sudan, as part of secret arrangement with the British government to supply young operatives for the newly formed bureau.
In his early teens, he is separated from his foster mother to make the dangerous journey to England, in the middle of the First World War, to complete his education and training as a British wartime spy.
From Dulwich College through to Oxford University, he is meticulously prepared for his life as a British undercover war operative. From his first dangerous mission in Port Said through to his last in South Africa in the 1960's, Louis is the story of a professional chameleon, who survived wars and conflicts on his instincts, cunning and ruthlessness.
Louis was a quiet heroic man who lived an extraordinary life - a life of service that should never be forgotten.
Derek Haines is an author of science fiction farce, historical fiction and noir thrillers, who writes from a view of what fascinates him and not from a formula based on one theme or genre. His writing is varied but always written in a style that communicates with and engages his readers.
Most of all, the stories told by Derek Haines are about people, their feelings, regrets, hopes and struggles with life. Ordinary men and women, sometimes nonconformist, but with extraordinary qualities that make their story worth telling. While some books reflect his thoughts and beliefs, others are told from the view of characters who are sometimes dark and complex, or childishly open. With splashes of allegory, black humour or satire, his stories can develop from the simplistic to the complicated and back again, leaving the reader to decide if it is time to laugh or cry. Or both.
Born in Australia, but now living in Switzerland, his stories cross a wide geographical range but often draw from elements of his life and experiences in the two countries he calls home. From the rugged, dry and hot desert country of Australia and its crowded cities, to the cafés of Europe and the peaks of the Swiss Alps. The hustle and bustle of Sydney to the quiet life of the Swiss countryside.
When not writing and blogging, he is usually doing what he equally enjoys. Teaching English.