St. Kilda One February day Josh Crowley sits down in front of the Kilda Kafe on the beach in Melbourne, Australia, with no idea how he got there. Stunned and confused, he asks the woman who owns the cafe, why am I here?
The Hungry Blade When a mysterious shipment of obviously stolen art is intercepted off Bermuda, Hawkins follows it to Mexico City. There he discovers a shocking Nazi plot and is forced to choose between friendship and what he believes is right.
In The MInds of the People Americans haven’t been so divided since the Civil War. Culture drives politics. We can peacefully bring Americans together by changing the things people take for granted. Change the things they take for granted, you change the culture. Change the culture, you change the politics
Timeshoppers When a lonely nuclear physicist accidentally invents a time machine over the Christmas holidays, his teenage daughters use it to go shopping.
After going to New York University, as a writer I’ve had the great good luck of having a variety of careers— a blessing for any author. I’ve been the assistant curator of a museum, worked for a radio telescope observatory, and for several years I was the lead reviewer and feature writer for the Saratogian newspaper, covering the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and its resident companies, the New York City Ballet, the New York City Opera, the Philadelphia Orchestra— among many other — as well as writing a wide variety of features. I’ve been a media and advertising consultant, a web designer and a professional political campaign manager. I’ve now written four books, including the novels New York Station, the coming St. Kilda, Timeshoppers and my non-fiction work on the intersection of culture, language and politics, In The Minds Of The People. Several more are in the works, including a sequel to New York Station!
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The Story: New York Station
New York Station is based on two true stories. The first is that the Nazis really did atempt to intervene in the 1940 United States presidential election— I don’t have to say how uncannily relevant that is to today’s real-life political intrigue. The other is that British Intelligence really did set up an oranziation in Rockefeller Center in Manhattan to fight Nazi espionage and subversion, and act as a fall-back option if Britain fell to Hitler. In August 1940—eighteen months before Pearl Harbor—Anglo-American MI6 agent Roy Hawkins is mysteriously rushed from Nazi-occupied Paris to New York. Enraged at being ordered away from what he believes is the real fight against Nazism and Fascism, he wants to get back to Paris as soon as possible, even though he knows it means almost certain death.In New York, Hawkins is shocked and sickened to encounter a now alien America increasingly dominated by right-wing extremists, including a new radio celebrity, Walter Ventnor. After a tense encounter with his friend and mentor William Stephenson, he agrees to temporarily pursue a Nazi commercial envoy, Hans Ludwig, and try and stop him from stealing American submarine warfare secrets. Hawkins follows Ludwig to the elite Saratoga racing meeting, where Ludwig is cultivating top American business leaders. There he meets the scion of an ancient and aristocratic New York family, Daisy van Schenck. Fascinated by her after he persuades her to throw Ludwig out of her mansion, which Ludwig has rented, Hawkins finds himself increasingly attracted to Daisy and a different life. When Hawkins discovers a Nazi plot to rig the presidential election, he is forced to choose between duty and the woman he loves.— Lawrence Dudley
The Background: 1940— the most dangerous year in history
Attack On America
The Background: 1940— the most dangerous year in history
June 1940: Anglo-American MI6 agent Roy Hawkins is rushed from a newly Occupied Paris to fight Nazi agents in a neutral United States. There he discovers a shocking secret that forces him to chose between duty and the woman he loves. Based on two true stories.
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"This is a thrilling WWII spy adventure with a classic love-versus-duty story, robust characters, and a nice sense of time and place (the author makes sure we know we're in America of 1940 without a lot of window dressing). A good, solid thriller.” —Booklist
“A multifaceted protagonist who’s a refreshing change from formulaic genre leads lifts this gritty spy thriller from Dudley… Fans of Alan Furst and Joseph Kanon will find familiar pleasures.”—Publishers Weekly"The subject matter of New York Station, though centered around WWII, evokes clear similarities between the Nazi era and today’s divisive political climate. The conspiracy theories explored by Agent Hawkins are even more exciting when viewed in the context of our own government tensions, adding an extra level of intrigue....A classic thriller full of twists and turns, New York Station is relevant and thought provoking.” —Foreword Reviews
"Dudley builds a fast-paced political thriller full of intrigue, with a mysterious and resourceful female lead, and just enough twists to keep the reader honest. Based in part on actual events...New York Station is written in short, quick chapters perfect for a robust political thriller… the timeliness of the plot (foreign intervention in elections) and the complex story make this a worthy read.” —Historical Novel Society
"While stories of espionage and election rigging dominate our news, this audiobook raises the specter that the Nazis attempted similar actions during WWII… MI6 agent Roy Hawkins, who in the early 1940s, is transferred to New York, where he discovers an emerging group of Nazi sympathizers... an entertaining story that in some ways presages the emergence of the alt-right today."— Audio File“A compelling World War Two–era novel which very quickly leads the reader into a world of espionage, drama, and intrigue. New York Station has an authentic feel and the angle of Nazi sympathizers in the USA feels very timely. The story works its way to a strong ending, with a great twist at the very end.” —Alex Gerlis, author of the bestselling The Best of Our Spies