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has the ring of a classic thriller
on 24 August 2011
The name really has the ring of a classic thriller, and it does not disappoint in that respect. If you go back through my other reviews you will find them interspersed with thrillers, I usually read them as a break between Historical fiction, a little light sorbet of a book, something that is fast and does not tax the brain.
This book is not a light sorbet; it is too packed with pace, action and great characters. The plot is complex and there is a great use of time slip to draw the reader deeper and deeper into the plot.
All of this could give the reader just your average thriller, and throw your usual "Best read since the Da Vinci code" type comparison, but it's not like that.
James Douglas (AKA Douglas Jackson) brings to bear his considerable depth of writing skill from his historical fiction to give his characters flesh and breath and life and make them people you feel and care about, he add that ability for intrigue that now defines his roman series to give the thriller its depth and to hide the plot twists that most thriller writers still telegraph so badly, and then finally because he is used to writing within the bounds of Historical fiction adds a level of reality to his thriller. Given that so many thrillers suffer from the super hero factor its fantastic to see a normal guy as the lead.
This is a fantastic read, I highly recommend it to all, and look forward to James Douglas making another foray into the thriller world.
1937, Hitler sent an expedition to Tibet in search of the lost land of Thule.
1941, Heinrich Himmler spent a huge fortune, and sacrificed the lives of hundreds of concentration camp prisoners, to turn Wewelsburg Castle in Germany into a shrine to the SS.
Art recovery expert Jamie Saintclair thought he knew his grandfather, but when he stumbles upon the old man's lost diary he's astonished to find that the gentle Anglican clergyman was a decorated hero who had served in the Special Air Service in World War Two. And his grandfather has one more surprise for him. Sewn in to the endpaper of the journal is a strange piece of Nazi symbolism.
This simple discovery will launch him on a breathless chase across Europe and deep into Germany's dark past. There are some who will kill to find that which is lost, and although he doesn't know it, Saintclair holds the key to its hiding place.