“The Hunt” (also known as “27”) was published in 2012 and was written by William Diehl (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Diehl). Mr. Diehl has published 10 novels.
I was alerted to this book being available for free on the Kindle book store through http://booksends.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there are Mature Situations and Violence. The novel is written in the third person and is set in the period just leading up to World War II. The primary characters are Johann Ingersoll and Francis Keegan.
Ingersoll is a German hero from World War I, as well as a devotee of Adolf Hitler. In the 1930s Ingersoll is one of the leading actors in German film, able to make himself into any character, yet few if any know his real face. Approached by Dr. Vierhaus, a close advisor to Hitler and a member of the SS, Ingersoll is recruited to be a deep cover operative, a fail safe to prevent the US from entering the pending war. Ingersoll jumps at the opportunity to serve both Hitler and Germany.
Keegan is a wealthy American who spends most of his time in Europe. He has a shady past, but he is part of the social scene. Keegan meets, and falls in love with, a young German singer. Soon after they are engaged, she disappears, arrested and sent to a concentration camp because of her politics. Keegan hears of a German deep cover agent (Ingersoll) hiding in America as he tries to find out about his fiancee. Unable so save her, he makes it his mission to thwart the German plans.
I spent a little over 14 hours reading this novel and it was a joy. It reminded me a great deal of novels I have read by Alistair Maclean and Helen MacInnes. This is a tale of intrigue set against pending World War II. It paints a picture of Hitler and how a few courageous Germans opposed him. It also puts two men dedicated to opposing missions into a collision course with one another. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.
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