The Secret Bunker by Paul Teague

The Inspiration For The Secret Bunker Trilogy

The Secret Bunker Trilogy has been inspired by a family visit to Scotland's Secret Bunker in 2011.

Its origins go way back to when I was at school, probably between the ages of 16-18 if memory serves me correctly, when I went to see a Cold War nuclear bunker with my secondary school Science Society.

Even then, as a young student, I was was immediately enthralled by the portent of these places.

I'd grown up with the Cold War and lived near the Binbrook airbase where RAF Lightning jets and Vulcan bombers seemed to be flying overhead constantly, serving airbourne sentinels in more politically troubled times.

Even then, before desktop computers and smartphones had been invented, the equipment seemed old fashioned and useless, much like the valve based equipment that my own father had used.

Leap forward 30 years to our family holiday in Fife and I couldn't resist taking the family to see the Secret Bunker in Fife.

If you ever get the chance to see this place, you should!

Whilst we were in the bunker, there was the constant sound of sirens coming from the cinema room, where old public information films played on a loop.

Here's an example of one of them:

I'll make a confession now.

I have always been scared of that siren sound – even when used just for testing purposes – because it is the always bearer of such terrible news.

I can't imagine an alert sound that could be filled with a greater sense of grim portent.

This is what I have used as the basis of The Secret Bunker.

It begins with a harmless visit by a regular family to what is now a tourist attraction.

But the sirens begin to sound out for real and in that instant the lives of Dan Tracey and hs family are turned upside down.

I'm not going to give away the plot of the story, but there are some pretty amazing things going on in this bunker, and they've been hidden there in open sight for all this time.

To whet your appetite, here are some of our family pictures from the bunker visit.

And if you've been there yourself, please leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of it 🙂


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