“Dead Secret” eBook was published in 2016 (the paper version was first published in 1981) and was written by Alan Williams (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Williams_(novelist)). Mr. Williams published 11 novels.
I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this Thriller novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Situations. This novel is set in various countries in Europe. The primary character is Tom Hawn, a British journalist.
The story takes place in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Hawn begins to investigate where the Nazis had obtained their oil supply during the final months of World War II. He believes there is a tie with one of the now largest western oil companies ABCO. He and girlfriend Anna Admiral dig into the records. They find, and follow a series of clues that lead them across Europe. They learn a little more with each interview of the men who had been connected to the Nazis. As they proceed, many of their contacts soon turn up dead. Hawn and Admiral often run into danger, whether from ABCO or other parties is not always clear.
The 8.5 hours I spent with this 288 page novel were enjoyable, though it did get a little slow. There was not a lot of ‘edge-of’your-seat’ type of action, but more intrigue. Even though the book was written more than 30 years ago it was still a reasonable read. I did have some problems with the primary character Hawn. For being an experienced reported who had worked in many dangerous places around the world, he seemed rather reckless and inept. I also found the conclusion of the novel less than satisfying. I give this novel a 3.5 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.
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