This book is “a novel of alternate history”. It tells the story of a German World War II plan to render America’s involvement in the War impossible and the Americans’ desperate attempts to circumvent the German plot. Set mainly in the period 1941 to 1943, this is a novel which is very evocative of wartimes. I like the blend of history with conjecture/possibility, and the way in which historical characters are written into the story. There is a certain amount of American ‘gung-ho’ patriotism and bravado, but this is nicely offset with the glimpses into the German war effort, with scenes with von Braun and the German leaders, including Himmler and an audience with Hitler himself.
This is a pretty good book, a pleasant read and a good ‘alternate’ view of how an aspect of the war could have been. I could not help feeling, though that it could have been much better. However, I enjoyed the book, and would happily read more of the author’s works in this genre.