“The Berghof Betrayal” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Michael and Patrick McMenamin. Mr. McMenamin has published seven novels and this is the fourth in their “Winston Churchill 1930s Thriller” series.
I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Language and Mature Situations. While some of the story is set in the US and England, most of it occurs in 1933 Germany. The Nazi party is on the rise in Germany and this story deals with plots and intrigue associated with their struggle for power.
The primary characters are Hearst reporter Mattie McGary, McGary’s fiancé Bourke Cockran, and McGary’s former lover Kurt von Sturm. McGary is Churchill’s goddaughter and a popular Hearst publications reporter. Churchill calls upon Hearst to convince McGrady to travel to Germany in an attempt to uncover details of a fake assassination plot against Hitler. McGary has interviewed Hitler before and is considered one of his favorite foreign reporters. Reluctantly, McGrady agrees.
Cockran barely escapes multiple attempts on his life. He is called to Europe to help a client buy a controversial manuscript that damns Hitler. Sturm is a member of the Nazi party, but hates what is happening to Germany. he remains a Nazi only because Churchill has asked him to stay and feed him information. Sturm still has feelings for McGary, but is in love with the woman Cockran is helping buy the manuscript. Both men end up in Germany trying to bring McGrady safely back to England.
To complicate matters Cockran is being sought by agents of the US intelligence agency he formerly worked for, the MID. SS agents are also after the manuscript, while agents of the Nazi splinter group the Black Front want it published.
I did enjoy the 11 hours spent reading this 440 page Thriller. While this is not World War II per se, it is tightly tied to that time in history. This is a fast paced read with twists and turns of plot. I thought having Churchill, William Hearst, Bill Donovan (later to form the OSS), Adolf Hitler and Herman Göring as supporting characters was interesting. While I liked the story, the plot almost seemed confusing at times. While there are other previously published books in this series, this novel read well on its own. I think though that I would have been more comfortable with the plot had I read the other novels first. I thought that the cover reflected the story well. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.
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