Author - Don Kane



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 Using real historical documents and a brilliantly constructed political world, this gripping historical fiction is so potent, it might just convince you it’s true.  

The same group of German Agents cause

(1) 1915 Explosion of a munitions vessel in Seattle being sent to the 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 Burning of the Canadian Parliament Buildings 

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

Author's Statement:

"Spies, Espionage & Explosions" is my first novel. My strengths are in years of working in the Creative Industries and the IT Industry, internet digital mining, creative processing and years of archival research training and processing.

I have had a lifelong interest in the Halifax Explosion and the larger political environment of North America during that era. The novel was written to share my research and speculations in what could have happened.

The novel is filled with factual archival resources. The overall plot time line content is based from the 1860’s to 1922. The writing style dictates the timeline era.

The story is a collection of simple activities. It was created that way because that is how a real undercover spy lives in an everyday existence. Real spies live not to noticed.


Everyday tracking of activities is simply a large concoction of simple facts that security forces slowly gather to somehow undercover possible threats to national concerns.

The novel shifts from first person to third person during the first chapters of the novel. This is to stress the concerns of the Kaiser’s spy considering why he would commit himself to the future actions, to finally realizing the commitment of his actions.


The novel is a historical novel which travels a fuzzy line  between fiction 

and academic review.


   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.