Gestapo Lodge

 

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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.

IMG_1504My father in 1936 at the Royal Navy Academy in Dartmouth before the accident that would change the course of his life.

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.

IMG_1505Rodney Mundy during the Second World War in Madrid. He had been recruited by British intelligence.

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.

IMG_1506Rodney Mundy in the mid nineties.

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Carlos Mundy

Carlos Mundy, the current Count of Mondaye ( a Norman title that dates back to the XI century!) , was born in Bilbao (Spain) but lived in London until the age of twelve, when he moved to Madrid (Spain) with his parents and brothers. He studied in Spain and went to University to study journalism. During those years he was already working as a freelance journalist for several Spanish magazines. AT the age of 19 he took off on a round the world tour for two years working as a model to make ends meet. On his return he founded a model agency in 1982 which he managed until 1996 and became the top agency in Spain with offices in Madrid and Barcelona. During those years he traveled the world extensively on scouting trips and he also continued working as a freelance journalist doing interviews to top fashion designers, heads of state and celebrities. He also wrote many travel pieces: his passion. In the year 2000 he founded Metaphore Magazine: Creative Culture, a must read in the Spanish publishing scene. The magazine was a monthly that lasted two years. In 2003 he published the Spanish version of The Rainbow Warrior, co- written with his sister Charis and that was published in the US in 2007. His next book, The Toucan Lodge was published simultaneously in the UK and the US in 2009 and its Spanish publication in 2010. The novel was re-released in the UK in 2011 under the title Gestapo Lodge. This was followed by the publication of the successful historical novel, "The Romanov Lost Icon and the Enigma of Anastasia" (Thames River Press) in 2013, co-written with historian Marie Stravlo. 2015 has seen the publication of an epic fantasy co-written again with his sister Charis, "The Twilight of the Fourth World," inspired by the teachings of His Holiness The Dalai Lama and the Hopi Indian prophecies. Before the end of the year his latest historical novel, "The Indian Kings of France: The fascinating story of the Bourbons of Bhopal" is expected to be published. Carlos is currently working on the production of Unforgettable, a tribute to the Legends of Hollywood which is scheduled to start shooting in Jodphur (India) in 2017 with a fabulous cast of legends. Carlos is a show jumper and when time permits, he continues to paint. He had two successful exhibits in the nineties. He is also a member of The Comite de APoyo al Tibet. The Spanish NGO, that has lobbied successfully to have the Spanish courts start criminal proceedings against Chinese Communist leaders for Crimes against Humanity committed in occupied Tibet. He was made a Knight of the Royal Order of the Principality of Hutt River in 2007, became a Knight of the Ecumenic Order of Malta in 2011 and received THE WOMEN TOGETHER AWARD at the United Nations for his philanthropic anonymous work with Tibet. He is currently Chancellor of Foreign Affairs of the Ecumenical Knights of Malta.

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