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Press Release


The book is a historical novel which travels a fuzzy line between fiction and academic review.




The same group of German Agents caused: 

(1) 1915 Explosion of munitions vessel in Seattle being sent to Russian Front

(2) 1915/1917 Explosions of munition plants and bridges in Canada and United States 

(3) 1916 Black Tom Explosion, storage munition supplies in New York City 

(4) 1916 Explosion of the Canadian Parliament Buildings 

(5) 1917 Halifax Explosion in Halifax NS. Canada. 

“Spies, Espionage & Explosions”

   The largest human-made explosion in history happened on December 6, 1917, leveling the cities of Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. But was it truly an accident?

   Spies, Espionage, and Explosions follow the scheming plans of Germany’s war-time leader, Kaiser Wilhelm II, to take over North America. After establishing a vast network of informants for decades, he sends two of his top spies to orchestrate a series of sabotage operations throughout Canada and the US, culminating in the largest of all: The 1917 Halifax Explosion. From the destruction of munitions operations and railways to the burning of the Canadian Parliament Buildings, this story weaves a tale of intrigue and betrayal that the history books won’t tell you.

   The American British Ambassador Sir Cecil Spring-Rice is based in Washington DC. His North American team of British agents and US Pinkerton agents continually are trying to sabotage the devious German plots throughout Canada and the United States.

   Using real historical documents and a brilliantly constructed political world, this gripping historical fiction is so potent, it might just convince you it’s true.


   Don Kane is an author, researcher, educator and IT professional. As a child, he remembers talking with his father about his role in World War II. His father replied, “I was in the Canadian Secret Service, trained at Camp X, and the Halifax Explosion wasn’t an accident.” This, combined with a later position with the National Museums of Canada’s Discovery Train Project, sparked an interest in Canada’s role in World War I. Kane researched the Halifax Explosion, and the larger political environment of that era, to provide the backbone for his book.

   Kane taught “The Business of Being An Artist” for the Extensions Department of the Nova Scotia College of Art And Design. He was the 2nd executive director for Visual Arts Nova Scotia, and edited the “Visual Arts News”. He has written articles for Halifax Magazine. His poetry has been published in Redbook Magazine. Kane was also a Founding Member of both C.F.N.S. (Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia) and S.I.A.N.S. (Software Industry Association of Nova Scotia).

Kane lives with his wife in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where his family has lived since the 1860's. This is his first novel.


Marketing Outlets

Wholesale available through Ingram.

Public Purchase through Amazon, FriesenPress Bookstore, Indigo Chapters, Barnes & Noble, Kindle, iTunes, Kobo, Nook, Google Play

 And various private bookstores in Canada.


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Author: Don Kane  




978-1-5255-2272-7 (Hardcover)

978-1-5255-2273-4 (Paperback)

978-1-5255-2274-1 (eBook)

1. FICTION, Historical, World War I

Distributed to the trade by The Ingram Book Company

Current Distribution:

The book is being distributed to the trade by The Ingram Book Company throughout Canada, the United States, Great Britain, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, and Australia. 

Book is available at the following outlets:

Amazon, FriesenPress Bookstore, Chapters Indigo, Barnes & Noble,  Kindle, iTunes, Kobo, Nook, Google Play and other eBook sales. And various private bookstores in Canada.

Also: Order from the author directly $31.50 (Can) plus shipping!

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