Fire on the Hill: A Canadian WW1 historical suspense novel

07 Aug 2013 9:26 PM | Deleted user

In August the club was contacted by author Frank Rockland, who released his novel Fire on the Hill, a Canadian WW1 historical suspense novel. Always happy to support a fellow Canadian, we have included some information  about this novel for any CAC wartime history buffs!
Set in Ottawa, the novel tells the story of what really happened on the night of February 3, 1916 when a suspicious fire destroyed the Centre Block of the Canadian Parliament buildings.

While researching the background for his novel, Frank discovered that Australian naval cadets, while on a year long good will tour, had visited Ottawa during the period set in my novel. He's included a brief reference to them in the book, and he also has a scene where Australian-born Captain Guy Gaunt (British naval attaché and intelligence officer in New York City, in 1916) is portrayed.

To learn more about the novel’s plot, fictional and historical characters, and WW1 background settings, head to Frank's web site You can view photos of the original Centre Block, before it was destroyed by the fire, on his Tour the Hill web page.

A link to the review of the novel in Ottawa Life Magazine is also available. 

Frank is generously donating a copy of the book for us to give away, and it should be here by our Thanksgiving event in October!
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