Germany is on the brink of losing World War II and an assassination attempt against The Fuhrer has failed. Somehow Hitler managed to survive the explosion from a bomb that had been placed within a few feet of him. On a German U-Boat many miles away, Captain John Meyer mourns the loss of an old friend executed for the attempt and wonders when the madness of this war will end. Meyer is old guard military and distrusts and dislikes the new breed of German soldier bred in the “Nazi State.” But first and foremost, he is Navy and there is a war to fight.
Meyer’s U-Boat, Naucilus is called away from its duties for a secret mission to transport a high-ranking Nazi official to Norway. His annoyance at being called away from his duty turns to fear when the passenger boards and he learns it is The Fuhrer himself. During the voyage, fear turns to terror as he comes to suspect that Hitler is indeed a monster, but one of myth and not man. Meyer now wars with himself – does he obey the commands of a monster or does he destroy it? And where he can find allies who will believe in a myth and will not turn him in for treason for just thinking it?
Mr. Kirch has taken an obscure historical fact and let his curiosity and imagination run wild with it, taking the reader on a terrifying submarine ride. The atmosphere weighs heavy, the tension mounts and the brief glimpses of the monster encourages one to turn on a light. Mr. Kirch is a master at imagery and phrasing: “Like a tiny steel splinter the vessel plunged deep into the ocean’s body aware of its surroundings.” He leads the reader step by step into an improbable scenario and we are captured by it. Reich manages to both chill and thrill and confirms what history has always suggested, that Hitler was not only monstrous, but indeed a monster.
- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace (June 25, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1477657339
- ISBN-13: 978-1477657331
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