Hitler’s Secret by Rory Clements

One of todays finest writers of Historical Thrillers

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Zaffre Books

The fourth in the highly acclaimed Tom Wilde series.

It is now 1941, the Germans are making advances on the Eastern front, Tom who is now living with Lydia and their son in Cambridge is contacted by Philip Eaton in conjunction with the Americans and asked to go into Germany and retrieve and return a package. Unbeknownst to Tom at the time the package is actually a girl believed to be Hitlers daughter.

The only problem is that Hitlers right hand man Martin Bormann is equally determined that that doesn’t happen.

Entering Germany under an alias, Tom soon meets up with his old friend Jim Vandenberg and is told to contact Sunny Somerfeld who will help lead Tom and the girl to safety.

So begins a cat and mouse chase with Bormanns henchmen not far behind and at times in front of Wilde and getting the girl out of Germany will only be half of the problems Tom will encounter.

Rory Clements manages to produce a masterpiece in a suspenseful, tension filled thriller, combined with the plenty of research to make this a highly compelling read a wonderful mix of fact and fiction.

As you would expect from a novel set during the war there are unpleasant scenes but these only add to tension, the horrors and risks that people undertook and endured are wonderfully dealt with, the violence is not there just to glorify the story but to add a depth and realism. The risks that people undertook should never be underestimated.

Obviously you have a mix of real and fictitious characters all superbly brought to life on the page, with a clever mix of deception it is difficult to know at times who you can trust and just whose side who is on.

The book is to some degree split into two parts, however, the plotting and pace of the story is spot on.

Overall this is a cleverly constructed and intelligent, thriller engaging and fast paced.

It is a book that draws the reader in once there it is hard to put down

One of those books where you want to take in every word and thanks to the authors creativity and writing you can feel yourself there as the action unfolds.

I must admit that I have been a fan of this series from the first book and whilst this is the fourth in the series it can easily be read as a stand-alone, it is a series that goes from strength to strength.

This will definitely be one of my top reads of 2020 and one that I heartily recommend

5*

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