I remember it was during the Christmas holidays of 1992 that I was alone with my father in Costa Rica and he revealed to me after a series of circumstances that I now know was causality or synchronicity, that he had been a member of the British Intelligence MI6. Since those days and until his death in 2001, I urged him to write his memoirs that seemed fascinating to me. After his death and while I was going through his papers, I found a manuscript full of notes in which he had also ventured to write passages of his early memories. It was the skeleton of what would have been his autobiography, had he lived a bit longer. So I was compelled as a tribute to his life to take over and finsih what he had started.
Borrowing from his notes, writings and tales and the recollections of his first wife, Phryne Alabaster, I was able to picture a time past and construct the backbone of the story, but the material had too many gaps to be a biography; so instead, I decided to write a novel. This would allow me the freedom to change the names of certain characters in order to protect the identity of their descendants, to fictionalize some of the different incidents and to fill the gaps to the narrative’s convenience.
As Gestapo Lodge is a work of fiction based on my father’s exciting life, I have made the creative choice of writing it as if the narrator was my father’s consciousness remebering his life.
Amazon says about the book:
“The real-life world of espionage can, it appears, be every bit as glamorous, perilous, duplicitous and erotically charged as the most sensational fiction. Elaborating his father’s unfinished memoirs, Carlos Mundy had crafted an unforgettable account of a career in MI6 during the most dangerous period of recent European history: the years of the Second World War and its aftermath.
After escaping from a Gestapo internment camp in France and illegally entering Spain, Rodney Mundy found himself imprisoned again. But the British Embassy secured his release and recruited him as a spy for MI6. Entering high society Madrid, Mundy soon met prominent Fascists, Nazis, agents and double agents, film stars and exotic dancers as well as the nobility and royal families of much of Europe. What followed was a series of thrilling adventures that took him to Cairo and Jerusalem, eventually leading to a violent showdown in Costa Rica.
With his good looks making him irresistible to all, Mundy seems to have had more dangerous liaisons than even James Bond. To protect the innocent and bridge the gaps in his father’s writings, Carlos Mundy has blurred the line between fact and fiction, presenting the story as a novel. But in a world where deception is the name of the deadly game, nothing could be stranger than the truth.”
The experience of writing this novel has been one of the most exciting experiences of my life. To place myself in my father’s shoes and try to live his life to be able to narrate it has been exhilirating.
The result I think has been very satisfactory and I have recieved very good critics which is always something that is appreciated after over four years of very hard work. I hope that my father wherever he is does not feel dissapointed. I do feel that he can be proud.
I trust you will all enjoy reading the novel as much as I did writing it.