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3.24 of 5 stars 3.24  ·  rating details  ·  74 ratings  ·  8 reviews
In September 1942, a U.S. Army Air Force pilot, Lieutenant Grant, crash-lands his photo reconnaissance plane in Swiss territory after catching a glimpse of a previously unknown Nazi secret weapon, a jet aircraft.
The Swiss authorities imprison Grant, along with his navigator. Grant escapes and is soon enmeshed in a complicated plot that centers on Swiss collaboration, a Ru
Unknown Binding, 376 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Not Avail (first published 2007)
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Ross has a take on the WWII thriller that I love. Like LeCarre he delivers a riveting stories with compelling characters which are backed by sound and fascinating political motivations. In this book he delves into the murky and shady role Switzerland played in WWII. Swiss banks today are the primary enablers behind the fortunes of drug kings and African dictators. During WWII they were the vital mechanism by which Hitler's dictatorship obtained the hard currency they needed for natural resources ...more
Fairly deep, wonder if we came that close to losing the war.
This is a first novel by the author. It's an espionage novel, which takes place in Switzerland in October, 1942. There are too many characters in a plot about attempts to stop the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany from signing a cease-fire. I doubt there were any such talks, but if so, they flopped. The Red Army then proceeded to crush the German 6th Army, from which the Nazis never recovered. It's a bit overwritten, but still enjoyable.
Set in World War II, this is the story of an American who sees an incredibly different plane while flying in Switzerland. He and his pilot crash, but only after taking pictures. He is picked up by the Swiss, and kept in captivity. He escapes and this is when the ins and outs of the story really begin.
This was an okay book. The story slowed a bit in the middle and the end was rushed.
Gina Mendola
Got off to a somewhat slow start but soon it was hard to put down!
Enjoyable read. Interesting take on Switzerland during WWII.
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