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Raising King Arthur from the Dead

Internationally bestselling thriller author Sam Christer writes about the inspiration behind his page-turning new novel, The Camelot Code.

Mystery and history have always intoxicated me. They’re my vodka and tonic. My champagne and orange juice.  Okay, I admit it.  I have a problem.

Probably an addiction.

But I’m not ready to quit.  Not yet.  Granted, The Stonehenge Legacy and The Turin Shroud Secret were both truly drunken binges – flagons of conspiracy, myth and religion followed by multiple chasers of murder.  But hell, both those are sober affairs compared to The Camelot Code.  Here, the indulgence is hedonistic. Medieval.

The challenge was to find a way to take yesterday’s legends and stories and transport them into a believable modern day story.

Good v Evil. 

Courage compromised by cowardice.


Romance and infidelity. 

True love – the kind that forgives and forgets.

Treachery – the type that topples governments.

Magic – the OMG! Hand-to-slackened-jaw, heart stopping variety.

Murder – with scream in horror shock and cry-your-eyes out sorrow.

Heartbreak. Salvation. Hope.

Wow. What a delicious list.

A whole Munich Beer festival of research lay ahead.  A story-tellers’ pub-crawl from Gildas and Malory to Geoffrey of Monmouth and Chrétien de Troyes. All offerings were greedily devoured.  As too were other legends of Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, right down to Disney’s 60’s classic film ‘The Sword in the Stone’, with the unforgettable animation, when all the strong men from across Britain can’t pull the steel from its rock, but a slip of a kid can.  The raw power of male innocence has never been more beautifully portrayed.

I always like plots to work on three levels – a big modern drama, a long-standing historic mystery and an emotionally moving personal storyline.  Into this mix I added a cocktail or characters that I hope leave people deeply satisfied.  Without giving too much away, there’s Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere and of course the dreaded arch enemy, Mordred. They’re all in there.  Names carefully – and not so carefully – disguised.  Legends obeyed and occasionally stretched.  History paid homage to, but not allowed to choke a good myth or mystic indulgence.

And then there’s Mitzi Fallon. Fresh from the Turin Shroud investigation.  A cop like no cop before.  Divorced mom of two.  Damaged but deadly.  Down-to-earth.  Grounded and grinding out a living for her two kids.

What if I threw her into that medieval maelstrom?  What if every little thing she had left and the only people she truly loved were endangered if she didn’t crack the mystery…?

Gosh, I feel like pouring a goblet of wine and reading the thing myself!

The Camelot Code is out now as an exclusive early ebook.

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