A first novel by a true-crime author takes place near the end of World War II and pits ruthless German assassin Wilhelm Mueller, who is stalking FDR, against an American intelligence officer he left for dead in a Belgian forest. UP.
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Hitler launches a desperate, top-secret mission in this absorbing "what-if" thriller set in 1944, dispatching three assassins?one to Washington, another to London, a third to Moscow?to murder Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin. SS commando Wilhelm Mueller, a ruthless killer raised in Boston by German parents, takes a U-boat to Georgia, assumes a murdered cop's identity and, thanks to incredible blunders by the FBI and police, becomes deputy sheriff of Warm Springs, Ga., where FDR frequently visits the spa. Despite its none-too-believable premise, this fast-paced fictional debut is studded with vivid scenes drawn from history, including the Yalta Conference, the firebombing of Dresden and antisubmarine warfare in the North Atlantic. Former UPI reporter and true-crime author Davis (The Milwaukee Murders) conjures an indomitable FDR, tired, nearing death, yet unstoppable, and an arrogant J. Edgar Hoover. The weak link is the bland protagonist, U.S. Army intelligence analyst Jack Cole, who seems only two-dimensional compared to the real-life characters. A former prisoner and near-victim of Mueller, who once used him for target practice in a Belgian forest, Cole's dual objective?to save FDR and take revenge on Mueller?stretches the formulaic plotting to implausible extremes.
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Davis' historical thriller about a Nazi plot to assassinate FDR in 1945 probably won't make the same splash as other Naval Institute fiction efforts, such as the first novels of Tom Clancy and Stephen Coontz. It is, however, a thoroughly absorbing and chilling "might have been" story. In it, Wilhelm Mueller makes his way across an Allied-dominated Europe and the Atlantic to the U.S. There he finds both unexpected opportunities and an unexpected nemesis--an intelligence officer named Jack Cole whom Mueller left for dead in Belgium. Davis fills the yarn with vivid historical detail, provides nonstop action, and handles the cast mixture of real and fictional characters very well. Roland Green
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Book Description Naval Inst Pr, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1557501572