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What is Secrets Of The Volkovs about?
Secrets Of The Volkovs is an action-packed thriller that follows Antonin, a police officer who’s been given a nearly impossible assignment. Antonin leaves his fiancé Nikolina and travels to a town far away from his own in an undercover capacity. He is tasked with infiltrating a crime family who the local police know are involved in some serious criminal activity. There’s only one problem; no one in town is willing to provide any information or come forward after being victimized because they are too scared. He must work with the family to discover their dark secrets. This dramatic plot is packed with twists and turns, and coupled with slightly sarcastic narration to keep the reader entertained the whole way through.

What inspired this story?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and in 2019 I was writing sarcastically narrated fan fiction. I got quite a lot of reviews, so I tried my hand at original fiction. Secrets Of The Volkovs is the prequel to my first original story, Family Secrets. It explores the origins of the tension in the second book. The plots for both stories developed more as I was writing. I always start with a loose idea and sort of ‘inspire myself’ as I go forward.

Tell us a little about you, who is Ellie Jay?
Ellie Jay is the pen name of a 20-odd British woman with a long standing love of reading, writing, and anything related to stories. As well as loving fiction, I have a penchant for sarcasm, absurdity and humour. When I’m not writing, I’m either teaching, playing Minecraft, or messing around on the internet, as one does.

How can we read Secrets Of The Volkovs?
Amazon is the easiest place to check this book out. It is available as a paperback, hardback, ebook, or audiobook, and can be bought with the rest of the series, or as a standalone adventure. You can also read my other content or connect with me by checking out my links.

Posted on February 23rd, 2024 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Mafia II

I love the 1940s and 1950s. The cities, the music, the style (fedoras!), and the gangsters. Movies set in the time period are cool, but video games take things one step further and let you live in the world.  Late summer, 2K Games brings us Mafia II for the X-Box 360, PS3, and the PC.

The game is a sequel to 2002’s Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven, and while the old game was a “tribute to gangster films” with a romantic vision, the sequel is “grittier, real, a darker world, and the effects are based in reality” according the the game’s writer/director, Daniel Vávra.  I don’t know about you, but I’m down for that.

The game spans from 1945 to 1955 in the fictional Empire Bay, which is modeled after San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, and Detroit.  You can explore 10 square miles of the city with a completely open-ended game map. There are more than 50 cars from the era, actual music, and even vintage playboy magazines.

Mafia II focuses on Vito Scaletta, the son of Sicilian immigrants and a WWII veteran.  The game begins with him returning home from the war, reuniting with old friends and resuming his life of crime. In Empire Bay there are three warring crime families, the Falcone, Vinci and Clemente families, and you’ll have to choose your side and rise the ranks.

Mafia 2 Screenshot

Mafia II comes out in North America on August 24th, 2010, and than the rest of the world gets it on August 27th.  So, are you interested in becoming a made man?

Posted on June 2nd, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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