Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Germanica - Robert Conroy

Robert Conroy
Baen, Sep 1 2015, $25.00
ISBN 9781476780566

In 1945, Nazi Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels knows the end of the Third Reich is imminent.  Though he supported the thousand-year vision of Hitler, Goebbels prepared an alternate National Redoubt plan in case the allies won.  Thus when the final days can be counted on fingers, he leads what is left of the military and other loyal supporters to the German Alps to establish Germanica there.

General Eisenhower and other ally leaders fear a Nazi retreat state that would begin efforts to form a Fourth Reich in an area as difficult to mount an attack as Switzerland is.  Meanwhile American military officer Scott Tanner, Czech refugee Lena Bobekova, and OSS operative Ernie Janek head to Germanica with a counter-scheme to destroy the last vestige of the Nazis before this evil can gain a foothold, fester and renew the war driven vision.

This is an intriguing alternate historical that provides a mesmerizing look at the Nazi National Redoubt fallback position to establish a holding pattern nation similar geographically to neighboring Switzerland.  The supporting history and the extrapolation from what actually happened make for a fascinating thriller in spite of an underdeveloped key cast.

Harriet Klausner

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