What is more intriguing than a conspiracy that might actually be true?

More riveting than corrupt corporations that are cooked up but based on the behavior of real organizations?

More thrilling than ruthless spies who want to cover up their greedy scandals, and agents formed after true role models who move heaven and earth to prevent the spies from wreaking havoc?

BIRD, Geheimorganisation

The Villains

Under the disguise of worldwide-represented consultancy firm Adler Reilly there is BIRD. A secret organization you haven’t heard of.

Adler Reilly was founded in New York in the late 1800s and turned into a holding structure in 2008 paying tribute to the economic situation back then. With Zurich being the new powerhouse.

In major cities around the globe, some 30.000 people cater to corporations and firms of all major market segments.

BIRD has been set up secretly after the Wall Street crash and the bitter experiences in 1929. Specialists work under cover in Adler Reilly offices with networks reaching into every important intelligence agency.

A dedicated team is formed for each assignment and new spies recruited if necessary, all tabs kept by the DO, director of operations.

BIRD, Geheimorganisation, Topics

The Topics

Who has the most influence on certain parts of the industry and uses it to his advantage?

What happens behind closed doors of those juggling millions of dollars regardless of the consequences?

Where are the counters over which the rights of water and food or consumer goods are sold to the highest bidder?

There are many topics and trends in today’s economy, which deserve their own stage in a novel.

Some will find their way into a volume of the series.

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Project Black Hungarian

They are young and free. Nils and Hendrik land the perfect job: a secret mission in Switzerland. A promising thrill ride with all expenses paid.

The object of desire: a revolutionary invention that is secretly to be tested during a 10 day rallye across the Alps. One mistake is enough to bring out the black hearts of the enemy.

Nils and Hendrik learn one thing the hard way: for rookies, spying is a DANGEROUS GAME!

Main Topics

IT Security

Back in March 2013, at the birth of this project for a spy novel series, Edward Snowden was a fameless external employee of the American intelligence agency NSA and unknown to most people. Thanks to his disclosures, research became like shooting fish in a barrel.

Electric Mobility

At the same time, preparations for a completely different undertaking were in full swing: WAVE Trophy. The world’s largest electric vehicle rallye with alpine challenges on its way from Vienna to Zurich in 2013.

Participants and dyed-in-the-wool enthusiasts joined Louis Palmer, recognized by the UN as champion of the earth, and formed the perfect role models for characters in the novel.

Testimonials

Expert Opinions

A modern, fresh and fast-moving thriller set in the evolving world of electric vehicle technology. Totally (and perhaps disturbingly) believable with twists and turns from beginning to end. Loved it!
Michael E. Parris JP, BSc, CEng, FIMechE, FIET – Head of Secure Car Division, SBD

Electric mobility is as complex as it gets and a closed book to many. The authors have succeeded in portraying the topic in an enjoyable and attractive way not only for enthusiasts but also for everybody new to electric vehicle technology; and in combining it with an ingenious storyline.
Neue Mobilitaet – Magazine of the German Federal association for eMobility (BEM e.V.), New Year’s edition 2015

Electric mobility has started to rock the automotive world. Recently strangers to the industry, companies like Google start to compete with the long-established players. Those are the facts. Project Black Hungarian names them all and uses them to build an intriguing spy novel.
Andreas Burkert – Chief Editor Drive and Style – Active Woman

Press Reviews

There is only one recommendation that can be given to all who are interested in electric vehicles and espionage: Read it! Very intriguing!
OEKONEWS.AT – Austria’s daily news on renewable energies and sustainability, December 2014

It’s a fact that not only techies get their money’s worth with this spy novel. In their first co-project, the authors create a fascinating adventure by shining light on the pros and cons of emobility.
Recommended reading – Ebersberger Zeitung, December 2014

Jasna

Martin

Tamara and Manfred

Andrej

  • Project Black Hungarian - William Steinberg - Character

William

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Dominik

Interviews

A selection of interviews in which participants of WAVE 2013 speak their mind:

What they think of the idea to write a spy novel on electric vehicles

Why they jumped in at the deep end and agreed to serve as role models for characters in the story BEFORE they knew which role they would get.

(Language: German and English, Subtitles available)

Partners for Project Black Hungarian were selected carefully and we approached them after we decided to integrate them into the story. They didn’t approach us to have an influence on what and how something was written about. They didn’t provide funding for publishing the book. Those partnerships developed out of the belief to share the same goal.

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Niall MacRoslin

Niall MacRoslin was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. Upon finishing school, he swapped the grey skies of Scotland’s capital to read modern languages at Trinity College, Dublin. Somewhere in the midst of his Irish soujourn, Niall developed a love of all things German and decamped to Lake Constance for a year.

Since his return from Baden Württemberg, Niall has worked as a teacher, book reviewer and proof-reader. He has also successfully completed an MSc in Translation Studies, supporting himself in the meantime by taking jobs as a waiter, barman and – briefly – charity shop manager. All of which he believes stands him in good stead for his new career as fiction writer.

He currently lives in London, where the grey skies remind him of home. He shares some of his thoughts on his Blog.

Alice N. York

Alice N. York was born and raised near Munich, Germany. Following her profound hunger for all things technical, she studied industrial and production engineering, and took on the challenge of playing the game.

Before starting her second career as a writer she travelled the world and worked in several sales and marketing positions in technological industries. Now she has remembered her roots and is following her heart. It still tells her: Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Alice currently lives just outside of Munich near the Alps. Find out more about her .