Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Review: ORDERS FROM BERLIN by Simon Tolkien


5 stars

ORDERS FROM BERLIN takes the reader back to 1940s when London suffers a bombing blitz almost nightly. Adolf Hilter wants to negotiate a truce with Winston Churchill, but Churchill won't negotiate. This is the conflict at the heart of this thriller.  The author weaves an intense story of fact and fiction. If Churchill is taken out of the picture would the war have ended differently?

Gestapo agent Reinhard Heydrich assures Hilter that he has a mole hidden deep in MI6 and an assassination plot is hatched to take out Churchill. With the suspicious death of a former MI6 ex-chief, Deputy-chief Alec Thorn is on the case. He begins to piece together clues from a coded message found in the dead man's pocket and finds himself being pulled into a conspiracy of the unthinkable. 

The story is fast-paced and kept me glued to the pages. Would Thorn find the mole in time? The author takes you on a thrilling ride of unexpected twists and turns in the story that were surprising and engrossing. Even though history has proven that Churchill wasn't assassinated, I was still reading with bated breath at the end of the book. Fans of spy stories and thrillers will thoroughly enjoy this book. Highly recommended.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.