Mitch Peeke is a Driving Instructor by day but he also runs the website Lusitania Online. As well as acting as acting as a Historical Adviser to several television channels and documentary producing film companies, Mitch has written two Lusitania related books: the first was a biography of Captain Turner and the second a biography of the ship herself, which is currently being updated in time for re-issue in 2015 to mark the centenary of the sinking.
Although The Lusitania Plot first appeared in 1979 under the title Attack The Lusitania! it has not aged at all. With 2015 being the centenary of the disaster, there are a number of books coming out which, like this one, are a work of fiction set against the disaster. What separates this from the rest is the fact that this is easily one of the very best.
This book's plot centres around an age-old conspiracy theory; namely that Winston Churchill, who was then First Lord of the Admiralty, wanted the Lusitania sunk to bring America into the war on the side of the Allies. Not entirely certain if the Germans would actually go so far as to attack such a famous liner, Raymond Hitchcock adds the twist that the Admiralty decided to do the job themselves and have the Germans blamed for it.
In order to write good "faction" you have to get the facts themselves absolutely straight. You must also make sure that the plot is utterly believable, the characters must be entirely credible and that there are no holes in the story. Raymond Hitchcock has achieved those aims superbly well.
This book is right up there with such masterpieces as Jack Higgins' The Eagle Has Landed or Alistair MacLean's Where Eagles Dare, such is the quality of Hitchcock's writing and imagination.
I have absolutely no trouble in recommending this book to anyone, and if there are any film producers or directors out there looking for a suitable project, look no further. This book has everything you need.