Balkan’s Angels I-II.

There was a determined, manful lady, an Advocate-General at the International Court of Justice in The Hague: Carla del Ponte. This woman was not frightened of anything to quest for the mass murderer of the Balkan War. She had been confronting the leaders of the successor states of the former Yugoslavia with their sins for 8 years. She had only partial results but in the end the court and humanity won.

But how has it been achieved? Now you can find out. Just think of how easy it is to catch the spirit of a crime fiction or commando novel, but when you finish it, you put it down and feel relaxed because you know the gripping story was only the fantasy of the writer. But now… Here is THE NOVEL in which the Advocate-General in The Hague does not even appear, still her figure is evoked. And it is not possible to read it as fiction only, because it is a true story. At the beginning of the book, however, you are warned that the story somewhat differs from reality, but the European citizens know the truth. It has only been inserted to silence the fussy people and the bureaucrats. So you should just read the story as it is, written by life. The Balkan’s Angels is a hard-core commando novel series.

Péter Tarjányi – Rita Dosek
Novel (Lama Plus), 2010, 600 pages

The main character (one of the author’s alter egos) is Tom, who makes it through the war fighting and suffering. On top of it all, if he dies on duty, nobody will ever know the truth about him because his mission is top secret.

The commando, the dead-eye cop who knows thousands of tricks, the great military trainer is back in the field once more. He needs to catch the real criminals, the mass murderer president, and the head of the army, who gave order for violence and massacre in cold blood. It was clear to Tom that the war was not about the greatness or independence of the nation; it was more about looting and most of all about the untold money that can be made from the illegal drug market. And if this is so, then one should not be amazed by the secret (and, accordingly, illegal) missions, because the victims of the war are not only the innocent women and children driven together, misled and killed, but also the future generation ruined by the illegal drugs that reach Europe.

A cop is not a soldier. He is not into killing but into catching. This appears in the book a couple of times because Tom is preparing a group of women for the secret war as an instructor. Baptism of fire is even more cruel for them than the training. But they pull through. Intelligence agencies join forces, traitors appear at the highest levels, and because of the international interest it is only natural that the characters make up a team with the most experienced man-hunters of Western Europe.

They catch the president (who also has a finger in the pie, even though he has not killed anybody by himself) with hard work, artifice and stratagem. But the real slaughterer, who becomes a traitor himself to make his own carrier, is still free. There is suspicion, too, that none of the members of the commando are absolutely loyal, they just work with the team. But this is the story of the next volume…

Péter Tarjányi – Rita Dosek
Novel (Lama Plus), 2011, 656 pages

Since the documentary novel’s time has come, we’re more likely to read the fiction ones – maybe because that’s not the real harsh life (or death). It is alright, but what do we do with the hardcore commando action novel, which follows the action movie’s dramaturgy, as we found out at the beginning, with the small difference that story isn’t just figured out by the authors.

Most of the action novel authors are just traveling around the world, sitting in coffee shops and finally they start to hit the keyboard and then keep hitting it for a long-long time. It is different with Tarjanyi’s. The action was his own life. You know he can’t talk about it but he can tell the story with a bit of changes. He put everything into this novel; just be prepared to follow it. Radioactive materials are stolen from a former Soviet Union warehouse. Russians and ex-Yugoslavians are dealing about the exertion of it. British secret agents fall under suspicion. Someone kills the Serbian president. London receives terrorist threat. Old omniscient and muscular ex-partisans fooling around and making a big mess.

These people whose glory has been polished by their ex-Yugoslav past, whose national pride cannot be questioned by the falling communist governments, so these people believe in killing which they execute in diversity. With blackmailing, kidnapping they are ready to spirit someone away in the holy name of their country. They don’t realize that they are manipulated as well. In this story everyone’s life is in constant danger including the commandos, the secret agents, blackmailable bankers and the members of the government.

We are not searching for the real-life equivalents of the novel’s characters, since there is nobody who could dare to imagine, that a real government’s member can be a traitor or a real banker can be the victim of an execution masked like an accident. However, every detail is so precise, so authentic – the visit to the warehouse of the radioactive materials in Murmansk, bribing of the guards, the ostentatious dacha of the opulent politician a few hours from Moscow, the protected residence in Switzerland, the island on the Adriatic sea or the café in Belgrade –, that we are fluttered: who live around us?

The authors have either been to all the different scenes or seen detailed videos about them. They are professional writers. There’re no angels (us) and no demons (them). Everything has an explanation and even the super-strength commando members turn out to be human and fragile from time to time. And even they can be blackmailed. They are not geniuses; they just have learnt a lot about how to accomplish impossible missions.

We can not be truly happy about the way the mission ends (but we can be happy about the end of the story). The figure of the governor, who is manipulating, exploiting and sacrificing the last partisans and who has made a fortune from the war and the restoration as well, is actually the model and mixture of all the Serbian war criminals standing in front of the court in The Hague. And, unfortunately, it seems that the accusation and conviction of some bigwigs will not solve the myriads of problems of the Balkan on the long run. The story will probably continue.

Complete Hungarian manuscripts available
Complete English translation available of the first part



Péter Tarjányi was born in Budapest, 1969. He started his career in the Police Regiment, which he left for the Special Service of the Police Force in 1991, where he worked in various posts as commander, before heading up the Operations Section and then the Special Section. After his retirement from active service, with a wealth of professional expertise and long experience, he worked for the FBI Academy – National Training Centre on the preparation of several military and police deployments in theaters of war. Since 1999 he has worked in the private sector as executive and owner of IT, financial and real estate consultancy businesses. He has also appeared in the media as an expert on security. In his first book (To see and to strike – orig. Meglátni és megveretni ) Peter Tarjanyi tells through his own stories the last twenty years of the Hungarian Police. After publishing his first book, he decided to write The Balkan’s Angels, based on his own experiences as a SWAT commander. Then he started to work with his co-author, Rita Dosek with whom, they already preparing their third historical fiction book. The writer’s fee from the sales of their books is offered to a Children hospital in Hungary. Read more about the author here:

Rita Dosek was born in Budapest, 1978. Having been awarded a grant, she enrolled in the FH Technikum Kantern in Carinthia, Austria, in 1998, and she graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering and Project Manager. After graduation she became an entrepreneur and set up her own business. She worked on various major construction projects in Hungary and abroad. She also participated in numerous military and police training programmes headed by Péter Tarjányi. Writing books is a passion they share and for whose proceeds they donate to help the recovery of ill children.

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