“The Reich Device” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by Richard Handy (http://richardhandy.com). This is Mr. Handy’s first fiction publication.
I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there are instances of Violence, Mature Language and Mature Situations. This Thriller novel is set just prior to World
War II in Germany, England, South Africa and the US.
The primary characters are Professor Gustav Mayer, a German physicist working on rocket research, and Major Danny Nash, a British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) operative.
Mayer discovers something that he thinks is a breakthrough in rocket science. He is afraid that the Nazi’s ruling Germany will use his discovery to exert force on the nations of the world. He is able to let his good friend Albert Einstein know of his discovery and Einstein is able to make it out of Germany with the information. Mayer though is taken by the German government and relocated to their rocket research facility. Mayer finds himself the subject of scrutiny and interrogation by the SS.
Nash works on his own within Germany trying to find information on Mayer and rescue him from the Germans. Nash and Mayer found themselves in one life threatening situation after another. The action takes Nash to South Africa following a German spy as well as to multiple trips to Germany.
I enjoyed the 7 hours I spent with the novel. While I like the plot, it seems a little off to me. The novel also seemed to end abruptly without really finishing the story line. No doubt there will be sequels. I give this novel a 3.6 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.
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