My latest two novels are nearing completion or in second draft. One is a novel about the legacy of Cleopatra; it takes place in modern times, mostly. But time is an exceedingly slippery concept.
Another is a historical thriller that starts from an intriguing incident related by David Holloway in his book Stalin and the Bomb. Eager to impress the Chinese communists with Soviet strength, Stalin arranged to have their leadership “shown a film that was said to be of a Soviet nuclear test. This was weeks before the first Soviet atomic bomb test took place.”