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Hitler's Secret: The most explosive spy thriller of the year (edição: 2020)

de Rory Clements (Autor)

Séries: Tom Wilde (4)

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Membro:pluckedhighbrow
Título:Hitler's Secret: The most explosive spy thriller of the year
Autores:Rory Clements (Autor)
Informação:Zaffre (2020), 432 pages
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Fourth in the Tom Wilde World War Two spy mysteries, ‘Hitler’s Secret’ by Rory Clements hits the ground running and keeps the pages turning. The secret in question is a ten-year old girl who may or may not be the love child of Hitler. Klara has a false identity and is hidden but is now in imminent danger of exposure and murder.
Wilde travels to Berlin disguised as a German-American motorcycle manufacturer in search of a business deal. His cover enables him to meet allies and search for Klara. Unsure of his mission from the beginning, Wilde imagines that everyone can see through his false identity, everyone is planning to kill him. Clements tells the story at breakneck speed, flicking from viewpoint to viewpoint. Martin Bormann, Hitler’s gatekeeper wants Klara dead and despatches a henchman, Otto Kalt. But it seems everyone touched by Klara’s story is at risk of death. As Wilde closes in on Klara’s hiding place, so do her killers. What ensues is a tense chase north across Germany towards the promised sanctuary of Sweden. And at all times it is assumed Hitler is unaware of the girl’s existence. But who else knows the secret?
At the heart of this story is trust. Believing loyalty expressed at time of war can be a treacherous decision and at times Tom feels everyone has an agenda except him. Even his allies have their own motivations, their own friends and loyalties. Expecting to collect a ‘package’ in Berlin, he is horrified to find he is collecting a girl; he feels duped and used by his spy chiefs. And as Tom runs, it is impossible for him to identify his pursuers. His judgement is seriously challenged and he trusts no-one. What is on the surface a matter of shaming the perfect Adolf Hitler, so popular with his German female citizens, is at the same time a fight between the most elite of German officials.
Familiar characters from earlier books in the series recur: Tom’s partner Lydia, American diplomat Jim Vandenberg and Wilde’s contact at British intelligence, Philip Eaton. History professor Wilde is an affecting amateur spy, diligently learning the role he is assigned but relying on his instincts to get him out of trouble. Of course, the best laid plan can go wrong but this time the plan is not organised in advance and Tom is on his own. He will sink or swim and the few he trusts do not know if he is alive or dead.
Read more of my book reviews at http://www.sandradanby.com/book-reviews-a-z/ ( )
  Sandradan1 | Apr 17, 2020 |
I am a Rory Clements’ fan and his latest installment in the Tom Wilde series that keeps getting better. And it started from a high bar.

Safe delivery of a “package” from Germany in 1941 is Cambridge historian Tom Wilde’s assignment. The Cambridge historian’s task is an enormous challenge that involves some of the most powerful people in Nazi Germany. He finds out in Germany the “package” is Hitler’s daughter, Klara.

Wilde overcomes the odds – including a perilous journey in a lifeboat in the freezing Baltic – to bring the Klara to safety. But that’s not an end to his life-threatening problems.

The United States has just joined the Allies and Wilde’s MI6 contact is working closely with Bodie Cashbone of the Office of the Coordinator of Information (the CIA’s predecessor). Cashbone has a plan to use the Klara to bring an early end to the war. But Wilde thinks Klara has too much to lose in a high-stakes game in which success is not certain.

The American wants to find Wilde and Klara. The tension rises when an English Nazi agent, Charles Young, is also on their trail. Wilde finds what he thinks is a safe hiding place where he brings his partner, Lydia, and their 19-month-old son, Johnny.

Clements’ research is thorough and I felt the fear of ordinary people in Nazi Germany. The fourth installment in the Tom Wilde series is much more than the accomplishment of a quest. Clements has written a great story of intrigue that is fast-moving and well-written. I am a fan of this series and recommend the first three: Corpus, Nucleus, and Nemesis. They, like Hitler’s Secret are stand-alones.

Robert Harris is a brilliant author of historical fiction. If you like his novels, you will enjoy Rory Clements’ work. ( )
  Neil_333 | Mar 19, 2020 |
I really wanted to enjoy this book as I really liked the cover and blurb. I have just had to conclude, though, that it really wasn’t for me at all. Perhaps it was because this is the fourth in a series of books so I wasn’t able to appreciate all the back story and understand all the complex relationships etc. It’s a boy’s own style story of spies and secret agents (rather than the literal battle fields) that follows a Cambridge professor as he accepts a top secret mission to rescue a parcel that might just bring peace. I was able to guess the ‘secret’ pretty quickly, but carried on reading till the end, just I absolutely appreciate that the levels of historical research are impressive as the book evokes much of the horror of Hitler’s regime, complete with its toxic internal rivalries, effectively. It just didn't grip me. ( )
  liccyh | Feb 20, 2020 |
Although Tom Wilde knows he will be called into action by the secret services, his mission is rather odd. He is to go to Berlin in the guise of an American businessman and collect a package. The package turns out to be a young girl with an interesting background and Tom has to get her out of the hands of the Third Reich. However when he returns to England he is uncomfortable with the consequences and so risks a charge of treason to try to do the right thing.
Rory Clements knows how to craft a book that keeps the reader engaged, one that bonces along and thoroughly entertains. That's a good thing as there are so many flaws with this book! The plot is silly, the characters very one-dimensional and there are huge gaps n the narrative. That aside though I devoured this novel and loved it ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Feb 8, 2020 |
This is the fourth in the Professor Thomas Wilde espionage thriller series set during WWII. I haven’t read the first three but I thought Hitler’s Secret worked well as a stand alone. Tom is enlisted to smuggle a mysterious package out of Germany which leads to a cat and mouse situation.

I found it gripping and well researched. It’s an exciting and action packed story where the pace doesn’t let up. The plot is intriguing and there are plenty of twists and turns, it’s quite a journey. I was eager to pick my Kindle up to read on. I loved the character of Tom Wilde and, therefore, look forward to reading the rest of the series. ( )
  VanessaCW | Jan 13, 2020 |
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