Author Hugh Wilson’s engaging new spy novel, "Caledonian Skies” (published by Archway Publishing), offers a unique alternate history of the earliest events of World War II and introduces readers to a striking yet humble hero.
Partially based on Wilson’s family history, “Caledonian Skies” opens in February of 1939 in Scotland where talk of war is brewing. On an early morning, Ian Mackay, veteran of the Great War, watches the sun rise atop Ben Lomond when he witnesses a German reconnaissance airplane fly overhead.
Unsure of what he saw, Ian reports his sighting to the military intelligence officials, who agree to send him on a mission to spy on Germany. Ian enters behind enemy lines, hoping he’ll never have to use the cyanide capsule safely tucked away in his pocket.
Spanning 25 years of modern European history, “Caledonian Skies” sends readers on a dangerous spy mission sure to keep them on the edge of their seats. Wilson’s well-crafted characters are relatable and bring this powerful story to life.
“Every society, every era, needs a hero,” Wilson observes. “Every individual wants to believe in him or herself, even if often they do not. Everyone has the need to believe he could stand up to adversity and do the right thing if the need arose. That need is timeless.”