David Khara is the author of The Bleiberg Project (www.thebleibergproject.com), an adrenaline-pumping conspiracy thriller based on World War II and its consequences in today’s world. This fast-pace novel full of humor and humanity is the first in the three-part Consortium thriller series, and comes out in paperback on July 15. The book was an instant success in France, catapulting the author to the ranks of the country’s top thriller writers. It is published in English by the mystery and thriller publisher Le French Book (www.lefrenchbook.com).
I have always had a passion for history. I firmly believe the past enlightens the path to the future. It is all about what mistakes have been made and how to avoid making them again. Before starting my work on the Consortium thriller series, I thought I had fairly good knowledge of World War II. I really did. It turned out I was wrong.
The series is about experiments done on human beings done during World War II and the Cold War and their consequences nowadays. Each book treats different aspects of these experiments. A secret organization, the Consortium, acts as a puppeteer, pulling strings behind the scenes. Using this background, I tell the story of ordinary people facing extraordinary, out of their league, events. This is what history is about. It strikes people like you and me, and forces us to make choices, to give up, or take a stand. Nobody is born a hero. Anybody can become one.
All the characters in the book were based on survivors’ testimonials. In fact, the idea of The Project Bleiberg came to me after hearing the testimony of a woman who survived the death camps, Simone Lagrange. Three things struck me during the interview. The first one was her sharp sense of humor. She said that prisoners inside the camp made jokes whenever they could. Humanity cannot be destroyed as long as laughter is possible. It becomes an act of resistance. The second thing was her will to survive, no matter the obstacles, no matter the horrors she would have to go through. And finally, she was the living proof that to remember and understand history is the best, and maybe the only way, to avoid some mistakes being made again. The book tries to honor these three points.