After breaking a leg in a flying accident, Prohaska is relieved of his duties, and upon his recovery, he is posted to a river gunboat on the Danube. After an ill-considered liaison with a Polish opera singer, he flees her vengeful husband into Serbian territory. There, a case of mistaken identity enmeshes him in a Serbian anarchist plot to kill the Austro-Hungarian chief of staff with a small diversionary operation in the town of Sarajevo - the assassination of the Archduke.
His warnings of the assassination plot are mysteriously disregarded by Austrian officials, and Prohaska is whisked off to Shanghai aboard an Austrian liner, where he arrives just in time for the outbreak of World War One. Plenty more outlandish adventures await him: an insider's view of the Japanese siege of a German colony, an escape aboard a Chinese junk, and instruction in the art of flat-earth marine navigation. Finally, Prohaska must come to grips with the decision, by a not-very-bright commandant of a Turkish fort in the Arabian desert, that he should be hanged as a spy.
With irony, wit, historical accuracy, and telling detail, Biggins brings alive a time and place that spawned two World Wars, the Cold War, and the Balkan wars of the late 20th century.
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By Amazon Customer on 30-01-18
Great second part of the Otto Prohaska story!
While it may not be on par with the Superstar Aubrey-Maturin series, it's as close as you'll find set in the days prior to WW1. also the narrator is fantastic.