As unrest plagues the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Emperor Charles I faces the threat of being absorbed into Germany, now the overwhelming power in Europe since the end of the Great European War (see “Gray Tide In The East”). The only hope is to forge an alliance with others not yet under German control. He needs to find someone who can meet with Heads of State without arousing German suspicion… More
It’s 1923, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire is in trouble. Following Germany’s triumph in the Great European War, as described in “Gray Tide In The East”, and the subsequent expansion of its power, influence and military strength, there are few countries in the world that are not affected and even fewer that do not expect Germany to use the slightest excuse to take control of them if the opportunity arises.
For Emperor Charles the First of Austria, there are other problems. Ethnic unrest threatens the break-up of the Empire, and he is well aware that Germany will take advantage of it. He has a plan to stabilise the countries within his control, but that will not placate Germany and already Charles is facing civil unrest and the threat of revolution. The only way forward is to form an alliance with other powers, the countries not yet wholly under Germany’s influence, but Austria’s diplomatic corps is riddled with German spies, as are most other Austrian government organisations. Any such plan would be sabotaged before it started, unless…
It might have seemed crazy, but there was one man who might be trusted, a man who could meet with Heads of State and senior government officials without arousing suspicion, a man sympathetic to anyone opposing Germany’s expansionist plans and yet a man whose high-level meetings would not alert Germany to his true mission. The only problem was that he was an American….
** This short book is the second part of "Tidal Effects", which is the second full book in the series that started with "Gray Tide in the East" and which contains both this book and "High Tide". This book is a complete story in itself, and includes illustrations from historical archives.