Behind the Book and Cover Reveal : ‘The Red Effect’ by Harvey Black

Today I’m delighted to have on my blog, author of military thrillers, Harvey Black.

Harvey is here to talk about the historical facts behind his novel ‘The Red Effect’ and to reveal the cover. Over to you Harvey …

“Today, West German imperialism is United States’ chief ally in Europe in aggravating world tension. West Germany is increasingly becoming the seat of the war danger, where revenge-seeking passions are running high… The policy pursued by the Federal Republic of Germany is being increasingly determined by the same monopolies that brought Hitler to power.

The Rhineland politicians fancy that once they get the atomic bomb, frontier posts will topple and they will be able to achieve their cherished desire of carving up the map of Europe again and taking revenge for defeat in the second world war.

One of the most ominous factors endangering peace is the bilateral military alliance that is taking shape between the ruling circles of the United States and the Federal Republic of Germany. This factor remains an objective of unflagging attention.” (Leonid Brezhnev, 23rd Party Congress, March 1966)


The Cold War and Nitroglycerin had one thing in common, both were stable when circumstances allowed. But, when something rocks the boat, or events are overtaken by Incidents that get out of control, the status quo is lost. The consequence is an eruption that is both violent and lethal.


The Cold War trilogy will trace the Cold War as it simmers, overheats and eventually turns East against West. The outcome? Start with ‘The Red Effect’ out in April, followed by ‘The Black Effect’ and ‘The Blue Effect’.


1983: The Cold War has been in existence since the end of World War Two. Although tensions have always been fraught between the Western nations and the members of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact, common sense prevailed.

Until, as a consequence of the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, the shooting down of a Korean passenger aircraft in 1983, and the relentless build up of Soviet military strength, everything is about to change.

In a panoramic novel, readers travel from centres of power to the front lines – a war is brewing and events are happening at every angle. Is the Cold War about to turn hot? Can NATO forces endure a mass strike by thousands of Soviet tanks? Can the West survive?

Follow the series of gripping events that culminated in ‘The Red Effect’, in the first instalment of Harvey Black’s Cold War trilogy.


Harvey Black is a qualified parachutist. Harvey served with British Army Intelligence for over ten years. His experience ranged from covert surveillance in Northern Ireland to operating in Communist East Berlin during the cold war, where he feared for his life after being dragged from his car and attacked by Russian KGB soldiers. Since then he has lived a more sedate life in the private sector as a Director for an International Company, but now enjoys the pleasures of writing.

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Thank you Harvey and very best of luck with ‘The Red Effect‘, I shall certainly be reading it 🙂

14 thoughts on “Behind the Book and Cover Reveal : ‘The Red Effect’ by Harvey Black

  1. Thank you Sue. I know you write a very different genre from me (although there is some romance in the Devils with Wings series), but I know you have read my other novels and enjoyed them. Being a fellow member of Loveahappyending, I am slowly getting up to speed with the eclectic mix of genres the group has to offer. 🙂

    Thank you for posting the cover for my latest novel due out in April. The cover is as exciting as the content and I promise my readers a gripping read. HB

    • It’s been good having you here, Harvey. I do like to read other genres and as you say, I have very much enjoyed your ‘Devils with Wings’ series and, yes, I can confirm there is a bit of romance there. 🙂 I am really looking forward to reading ‘The Red Effect’ as it’s an era I would like to know more about.

      The cover is excellent – wishing you every success with it.

  2. Your books are incredible Harvey! The sheer amount of detail and research is astounding. The cover is amazing – and what a fabulous gift to give someone with your growing collection! The man in my life has loved each one so far! Looking forward to The Red Effect.

  3. Your books get my pulse racing Harvey – and the cover of The Red Effect alone is enough to induce a hot and cold anticipation of tension, danger and intrigue. Congratulations and good luck for publication in April!

  4. Thank you Linn and Janice. I think all authors improve over time and my novels appear to get better and better. Excited about this one as it has some of my own experiences woven into it. Glad to keep the men in your lives entertained, but you may even enjoy it yourselves. HB

  5. Awesome cover, very powerful. I can’t wait to read this. I’ve always been fascinated by the dynamics of the Cold War and I remember ‘atomic bomb’ drills at primary school in the early/mid eighties so this is a topic really close to home, in every sense of the word. XX

  6. Glad you enjoyed DWW Sheryl. Silk Drop is even better and even better reviews for Frozen Sun. I feel sure the Cold war trilogy will be a success. Thank you ALL for your support. HB

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