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Navigation. For this title only, I have added a subfolder with extra info. When I was traveling in Europe in 2017, I stopped at the offices of the national newspaper (Luxemburger Wort) to present my novel. Soon, I was interviewed by Reporter Ms. Lisa Urbé, a Luxemburg professional. The German-language version of the interview is posted in this subfolder. I will translate into English soon. Click to enter the subfolder, please. Navigation will be as transparent and easy as I can make it. Important: return links take you back to this page you are on right now. Cheers, JTC.
Valley of Seven Castles, a Luxembourg Thriller
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Valley of Seven Castles: A Luxembourg Thriller
Progressive Thriller Series by John T. Cullen
Starts in Paris in a dark near future My Luxembourg thriller recently earned me a full page article (in German, so far) in the Luxembourg national newspaper. It's a Luxembourg thriller, but more. It's the world's first Progressive Thriller, as I call it (coining a phrase, launching a subgenre).
Fast-paced like Ludlum's The Bourne Identity. I read much of Ludlum's work with pleasure, and the 2005 movie with Matt Damon and Franka Potente is one of my all-time favorites. I sought to capture the velocity and ferocity (as well as the romantic subtext) of that movie here.
World's First Progressive Thriller. I'm a strong advocate of bringing our nation (USA) into the modern age by having universal health care and other social rights that people in all other industrialized nations take for granted. This novel hammers away at the backward, medieval propaganda that keeps an out of control corporate oligarchy looting and pillaging the USA like a medieval estate.
Thrillerology: John Buchan 1915, Hitchcock 1935 and a Surprise. The novel contains a thrillerology that traces its plot structure back more than a century to one of the most repeat-filmed adventure stories of all time: John Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps. I'll soon publish an article detailing how I borrowed the plot structure from Buchan, and the pacing from Ludlum, but most surprisinglyI am the first to discover what I call Alfred Hitchcock's Last Secret. More on that soon (hint: 1959, Hitchcock's North by Northwest). Some details are already in an appendix in the novel.