Tuesday 25 September 2012

Jón Sigurðsson - mentioned in the novel Vulture's Lair

(Chapter 6, page 46: birthplace of Jón Sigurdsson who led Iceland’s struggle for
independence in the 19th century *)

Jón Sigurðsson (1811 – 1879) born at Hrafnseyri; called for the Althing to be re-established, maintained that Danish rule over Iceland was unnatural, as it was based upon one nation oppressing another. The people of Iceland numbered just under 60,000 at that time. Jón Sigurðsson was president of the Icelandic Literary Society in Copenhagen, hence he came to be known among Icelanders as “President Jón”. After his death in 1879, Sigurðsson attained iconic status among Icelanders.

About the book
A gripping political thriller set a few years into the future when the EU has become a fully federal superstate. A political elite out of control. A lone man seeking the truth Murder, mayhem and intrigue leading to the Vulture's Lair Brussels. The highest ranking Icelandic official at the United States of Europe, Solman Smithson, hears the voice of his old friend Krummi, who is fighting off armed guards. Krummi and Solman grew up together in the Westman Islands but while Solman became a bureaucrat, Krummi went to sea as one of Iceland's last fishermen. The Vulture is looking down on its prey. The chance encounter takes place as the new president, Erich Devereux, is installed into power. But rumours circulate that corrupt votes put him in power. Murders and violent attacks on journalists and academics proliferate in an apparently unconnected way. And as momentum builds in Iceland for independence from the USE the tempo of violence and intrigue quickens. The Vulture moves toward its prey. Fate decrees that only the big fisherman from the Westman Islands stands in the way of the dark forces of chaos. But can a fisherman from Iceland work out what is really going on. And can he survive long enough to make a difference. The Vulture closes in.

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