Members may be interested in my newly-published thriller The Danger of Life which is set largely at the Commando Basic Training Centre at Achnacarry in late 1942.
The character and the history of the area play a large part in the novel; and the events of 1942 are linked back to the role played by Clan Cameron in the final Jacobite rising, two centuries earlier.
The Danger of Life was published earlier this month by the independent Edinburgh-based publisher Fledgling Press. You can find out more about it from this page on my website: http://www.kenlussey.com/dol/index.html
The website also has an article in which I explain how my long-standing fascination with the story of the commandos who trained in Lochaber can be traced back to an ill-fated hitch-hiking expedition in August 1977: http://www.kenlussey.com/dol/commandos.html
There are two excerpts from the novel on the website. The first is from the prologue and describes the murder at Achnacarry which forms the focal point for much of the book: http://www.kenlussey.com/dol/excerpt1.html
The second excerpt witnesses an opposed night landing using live ammunition on Loch Lochy. It is intended to give readers a sense of the training experienced by those who volunteered to become commandos: http://www.kenlussey.com/dol/excerpt2.html
With thanks to Nick Collins for permission to make this post.
I'm pleased to say that Ken followed the Forum's Guidelines and approached me before posting.
Although 'The Danger of Life' is fiction, I'm sure that Ken has researched Achnacarry well and I imagine that there will be details in the book about the long history of Achnacarry Castle and Achnacarry House.
I look forward to reading it.
Proud son of Cpl Mick Collins, 5 Troop, No5 Cdo
"We may feel that nothing of which we have any knowledge or record has ever been done by mortal men, which surpasses their feats of arms. Truly we may say of them, when shall their glory fade?"