Author Name: Martin Roy Hill
Book Name: The Fourth Rising
Book genre: Mystery Thriller
Martin Roy Hill is the author of the Linus Schag, NCIS, thrillers, the Peter Brandt thrillers, DUTY: Suspense and Mystery Stories from the Cold War and Beyond, EDEN: A Sci-Fi Novella, Polar Melt: A Novel, and WAR STORIES, a nonfiction book on military history. His latest Linus Schag thriller, The Butcher’s Bill, was named the Best Mystery/Suspense Novel of 2017 by the Best Independent Book Awards, and received the Clue Award for Best Suspense Thriller from the Chanticleer International Book Awards and the Silver Medal for Thrillers from Readers Favorite Book Awards, and was the Winner for Adult Fiction, in the 2018 California Authors Project. Besides his novels, Martin’s short stories have appeared in such publications as Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, ALT HIST: The Journal of Historical Fiction and Alternative History, Mystery Weekly Magazine, Crimson Streets, Nebula Rift, Devolution Z, and others. Martin is a professional member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. He lives in San Diego, California.
On May 8, 1945, WWII in Europe ended with Germany’s surrender. But did the Nazi Party itself surrender? Some say no.
1943: A German ship moors in a clandestine anchorage in western Mexico with a cargo of gold intended to bribe the Mexican government into declaring war on the United States. When the attempt fails, the German vessel flees leaving its gold buried somewhere along the coast of the Sea of Cortés.
1997: The horrific murder of an old flame’s husband sets former war correspondent Peter Brandt on the hunt for the hidden Nazi treasure. The search takes him down a bloody trail leading from the drug cartels of Mexico to a neo-Nazi training camp in the Southern California mountains. Along the way, he unearths a decades-long Nazi conspiracy to create a new Fourth Reich and continue the Nazi Party’s plan for world domination.
Could you tell me a bit more about your book?
The Fourth Rising is inspired by true historical events, and recent research suggesting the Nazi Party survived the German surrender. It is the latest in the Peter Brandt adventures which include Empty Places and The Last Refuge. It is scheduled to be released on May 10, 2020.
What inspired you to write the book?
The plot of The Fourth Rising was inspired by research by some historians indicating that while Germany surrendered in 1945, the Nazi Party itself did not. There was quite a bit of intelligence at the end of the war that made the Allies believe the Nazi Party had plans to use the wealth they’d stolen from occupied countries to resurrect the party and continue its plan for world domination, this time through economic means rather than war.
I watched the resurgence of right-wing extremism across the world and in the U.S. today, and started to wonder if those researchers were right. I’ve had a few short stories with this theme published in magazines over the years, but I wanted to write something larger.
What was your process of writing the book?
I write in the morning, aiming for at least five hundred words a day—five hundred edited words per day. Each morning before I write, I rework the previous day’s work. At the end of each chapter, I rework the entire chapter again. When I finish a manuscript, I set it aside and work on something else for a couple of weeks. Then I rewrite the entire manuscript. I do at least two complete rewrites of the manuscript before I send it on to my editors.
Why should people read your book?
I think it will provide readers with a new perspective on what is happening in the world today.
What is so special about your story?
I don’t think most people today realize how great a threat Nazism/fascism was in the 1930s and 1940s, or how popular it was among the wealthy and even the not-so-wealthy people in Europe and the United States. Throughout the 1930s, Jack-booted Nazis—members of the German American Bund, essentially the Nazi Party affiliate in the U.S.—marched down main streets around the country and even held a rally at Madison Square Garden in the 1930s. There was a serious well-financed fascist attempt to overthrow the U.S. government in 1933. Those are historic facts. And many of the elements that promoted that rise in fascism—unrestricted wealth feeding hatred and fear—remain in the U.S. and other countries.
Who is your ideal reader?
All my books are inspired by historic events. I think readers who enjoy history—especially historic facts that have been brushed aside—and enjoy learning new things would find The Fourth Rising to their liking.
How did you celebrate finishing writing your book?
The Fourth Rising is my ninth book. I don’t celebrate anymore. I simply launch into the next project.
Who is your favourite character in the book?
That would be Jonathan Maynard Elliot Glasgow, PhD. Jonathan is a larger-than-life character, a huge man with a name to fit his bulk, and an academic researcher and conspiracy theorist whom my main character, Peter Brandt, consults in his investigation.
If your book would be made into a movie – what actor would you want to play your main character and why?
Maybe a younger Brad Pitt? I say that only because I don’t really pay attention to celebrities.
What is your favourite book?
That’s an impossible question to answer. There are so many in so many different genres. It would unjust to point to one and say that’s the one I like best.
What author do you look up to?
Again, that’s impossible to answer. The Lost Generation of writers that came out of WWI influenced me earlier on. Writers like Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, and Erich Maria Remarque. I’m a Vietnam-era veteran and their writing on the impact of WWI on their generation seemed to echo what my generation experienced. H.G. Wells also influenced my work. Wells used his books to comment on society’s ills. For instance, The War of the Worlds was a thinly veiled commentary on British imperialism.
What would you do if your book became an international bestseller?
Pinch myself to see if I woke up.
Anything you want to share with my readers?
Just to thank you to you and your readers for this opportunity.