David B. Gilmore is an American author of World War Two and historical fiction. In his spare time he enjoys growing his own food, traveling and exploring archaeological sites. He is also an avid reader and likes to be reading at least one fiction and nonfiction book at all times.
The importance of Calcutta, India during World War Two has often been over looked. It is remembered as the supply depot for the China Burma India Theater of the war, but Calcutta was more. It was also a refuge for people fleeing Japanese advancement. One by one all of the neighboring colonies had fallen to the Japanese. As this happened, many colonist had made their way to Calcutta and safety. Most of these refugees were simply trying to escape the war, but not all. Some were double agents working for the Japanese, or came with their own agendas. Plus, at the time, there was a strong and well established Indian independence movement. These groups were very diverse and each had their own goals. The common thread that kept them from uniting and demanding independence was the threat of being under Japanese control. Combined with an ever growing American presence in the area, Calcutta became a complicated hotbed of international and political intrigue. Thus, the perfect setting for a novel.