This is another gem of a book discovery from the Tucson Festival of Books. It really was worth the trip! Those who read my blog know I am a bit of a history geek and love a good historical fiction read.
This book takes the environment of World War II, throws in spies, Nazis, and an American who’s just trying to get through the war as a translator and wraps them up into an exhilarating adventure. What was most impressive is that this deep and complex plot was written by a first time author. The descriptions of the landscape, or the atmosphere, such as the ride in a Mosquito airplane were spot on and placed you right there. There were also incredible yet believable twists and turns that I did not see coming.
While I could see this book easily starting a series, the author was gracious enough to end the story at a point that gives the reader closure.
The only thing that could be added is a little information on if any of the book was based on facts. What can I say, I enjoy a good endnote!
Good news right now this book is Free on Kindle Unlimited.
Disaster threatens. Already in the grips of another long, dark winter at war with Nazi Germany, the Allies are dealt a potentially crippling blow when a British agent working inside the S.S. is captured. His loss is a calamity for Allied intelligence and the balance of power in the deadly intelligence war suddenly threatens to swing in favor of Nazi Germany. Desperate to stop the enemy from dealing the Allies a crippling blow, British intelligence strikes back with an emergency mission into Occupied Europe.
Andrew Courier, a linguist in U.S. Intelligence, has never seen combat and is untrained in special operations. He is young and militarily naïve, swept up by events for which he is unprepared, but he may yet hold the key to Allied success. Cold and determined, Ian Dunbar is an experienced and ruthless intelligence operative, but with a troubled past that threatens the success of the mission. Improbably paired in an operation born of desperation, they must rescue Allied intelligence from a cataclysm that could change the course of the war. Knowing they must not fail, but with little chance of success, Courier and Dunbar face a seemingly impossible task: a hastily planned operation, a resolute and merciless enemy, extreme misfortune and very little time.