Gerry Finley-Day’s new World War Two novel, “The Men From Morgenland”

News reaches us via downthetubes contributor James Bacon of a new novel from 2000AD and Battle writer Gerry Finley-Day – the first of a wartime trilogy.

In The Men From Morgenland, deskbound after recovering from combat wounds and shellshock, young Lieutenant-Commander Wolfram Heller of German Military Intelligence has been viewed with disdain for his war-winning ideas bordering on the fantastic. But his plan involving ‘ethnic activists’ in a sensational strike across the Mediterranean and beyond, finally given a high command blessing, results in Heller eagerly going back into the field… only to become the subject of a worldwide manhunt.

The novel is available now for Kindle.

“Resetting, alternative history, the ‘what ifs?’… all might involve armchair strategists indulging themselves like the doddery old general at the dinner table in The Four Feathers,” says Gerry himself revealing background to the new novel, “but it has its importance in highlighting The Turning Point… as when the diplomat falters, or the field-marshal makes the wrong strategic decision or the subaltern employs the wrong tactic or the common private unexpectedly excels himself. Such reappraisals sometimes set out lessons for future conflict even if never learnt, the penalties for lack of vigilance and the sheer abundance of the ‘close-run thing’. In the case of this trilogy, offering a different narrative of the later months of 1942 while telling a chase story.

“… In this first book of the trilogy, a military intelligence officer is unaware that a honeytrap in Rome has exposed his impending rendezvous at a Black Sea villa with a mysterious cabal, making him a top target for both Axis and Allied secret services. This ignites a manhunt spanning continents as featured in The Monsters of Morgenland and The Morgenland Marks.”

One of the most prolific writers in the comic’s history, Gerry Finley-Day was born in Broüghty Ferry, Scotland. He began writing action stories in the same year he gained his paratrooper’s wings.

Gerry at Forbidden Planet Birmingham signing a copy of 45 Years of 2000AD: The Best of Gerry Finley-Day | Photo: Forbidden Planet

He’s currently been on tour around the UK promoting the launch of 45 Years of 2000AD: The Best of Gerry Finley-Day, with a final appearance at Forbidden Planet, Edinburgh on Saturday 6th August

Gerry holds a special place in many 2000AD fans’ hearts as the creator of classics like Rogue Trooper, “Fiends of the Eastern Front” and “The V.C.s,” as well as “Harry 20 on the High Rock” and “Ant Wars”. A keen “ideas man”, Finley-Day’s concepts of the horrors future warfare had in store were key to both Rogue and The V.C.s’ continuing popularity, ensuring that their recent return to the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic was well-received. Finley-Day also scripted episodes of Judge Dredd and Dan Dare, and co-scripted much of “Invasion!” (and entirely scripted the prequel story, ‘Disaster 1990!’).

Gerry Finley-Day – Official Site | Twitter

Buy The Men from Morgenland now for Kindle (AmazonUK Affiliate Link)

Years of 2000AD: The Best of Gerry Finley-Day (Forbidden Planet Affiliate Link)

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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1 reply

  1. Really pleased for Gerry got to check this out. But Gerry still being active just makes it worse that he wasn’t offered a place in the new Battle special which was entirely written by Garth Ennis.

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