ABOUT THE BOOK
Germany, late summer 1945 – The war is over but the country is in ruins. Millions of refugees and holocaust survivors strive to rebuild their lives in displaced persons camps. Millions of German soldiers and SS men are held captive in primitive conditions in open-air detention centres. Everywhere, civilians are desperate for food and shelter. No one admits to having voted Nazi, yet many are unrepentant.
Adolf Hitler is said to have killed himself in his Berlin bunker. But no body was found – and many people believe he is alive. Newspapers are full of stories reporting sightings and theories. Even Stalin, whose own troops captured the bunker, has told President Truman he believes the former Führer is not dead. Day by day, American and British intelligence officers subject senior members of the Nazi regime to gruelling interrogation in their quest for their truth.
Enter Tom Wilde – the Cambridge professor and spy sent in to find out the truth…
What a fabulous book this was! I had not read the previous books, but it didn’t spoil the story. The opening is shocking, with the intense chapters never losing pace throughout the book. It has brilliant characters and a great storyline. I could not ask for more.
Once the second World War came to an end, Hitler was high on the list to be found and brought to trial for the atrocities that he had instigated through the 1930s and war years. But rumour had it that Hilter had committed suicide in his Berlin Bunker, although his body, could not be identified. The news didn’t sit well and felt all too convenient, so an investigation began to try and prove or disprove this report.
Tom Wilde, a Cambridge Professor and spy in the war, was sent for. Two British spies who had been looking into the theory that Hitler had escaped, had been murdered. Now Tom is asked to go the finish the job they had started. Tom is paired with Lieutenant Mozes Heck, not a choice of partner that he would have made. Mozes is a Dutchman serving in the British Army and brings his own heavy-handed investigating that is dangerous for them both.
They travel far and wide to investigate the high ranking officers that had close connections with Hitler to find out if any of them had seen Hitler dead. There are heartbreaking stories of what happened to collaborators after the war and the justice the townspeople dealt out to them for their betrayal.
This is one sit on the edge of your seat story that you don’t want to miss. The story centred around a true historical event, but it has gained some additional artistic flare. Tom Wilde is one top bloke who works with logic, although he can take care of himself.
In the last quarter of the book, he comes across some pretty fanatical characters that brought me out in goosebumps, time and time again. Excellent writing! These were scary people that had warped ways of thinking. The thing is, it was always in my mind that some of these are still out there.
Highly recommended reading!
I wish to thank Net Galley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book that I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
RORY CLEMENTS is a Sunday Times bestselling author. He won the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award for his second novel, Revenger, and a TV series of the John Shakespeare novels is currently in development. His latest novel, Hitler’s Secret, is a Sunday Times bestseller.
Rory lives in Norfolk with his family