This is a great WW II thriller, with a truly innovative twist. The Germans know they are losing the war, and even this stunt may not change things, but it’s a fantastic PR opportunity. They’re going to kidnap Winston Churchill.
They draft some interesting characters, including an Irish expatriate, Liam Devlin. Liam is a leader in the IRA, and a cold blooded killer. However, he gets himself in trouble almost immediately, by falling for a local beauty. He tries several times to resist the temptation, but he cannot make the final break.
In the meantime, Liam also helps set up the logistics for the kidnapping, and the Germans send in a group of paratroopers on the fatal evening before the kidnapping is supposed to take place.
Liam is quite a character, mixing a sharp wit with a devious mind, that doesn’t miss a trick. He’s able to keep everyone off balance. But, uncharacteristic of the fiend the world knows him as, he makes some surprising decisions, usually concerning Bonnie, the girl he has fallen for, But not always–there are a few surprises for you.
You can probably guess the conclusion, but the ending is every bit as ingenious as the book’s plot. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.