A string of strange deaths in 1932 leads Bourke Cockran, Jr., and his lover Mattie McGary to uncover a plot by Nazi scientists to conduct lethal experiments on American twins in order to create a master race. They confront an international conspiracy connecting Wall Street to Washington, DC; from Long Island's fabled Gold Coast to the marble corridors of the Barlow Palace in Munich, headquarters of the fast-rising Nazi Party; and finally to a sinister clinic hidden deep in the Bavarian Forest. The Gemini Agenda is a historical thriller, the third in the Winston Churchill trilogy. Michael McMenamin is a trial lawyer and author, and his son Patrick McMenamin is a producer at Fox News.
Third in the authors’ compelling thriller series with Winston Churchill. Set in 1932, when a host of disturbing murders is happening across the United States. 5/5 for a highly original combination of historical fiction, suspense and romance.
Thanks to the authors, First Edition Design Publishing and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine.
It's been a year since Mattie and Cockran's adventure to find The Spear in the Austrian Alps. Mattie and Cockran seem to have reconciled after their fight last year. Mattie is once again assigned a case, this time in America. Her boss, W.R. Hearst asks her to investigate the mysterious murders of ten Americans. The M.O. of the killer is the same in all cases- the body is found naked and eyes of the victims, missing. What is initially thought to be the work of a serial killer turns out to be something else - something that involves the handiwork of the Nazis.
Meanwhile, Wesley Waterman, the chairman, and president of the International Calculating Equipment, or in short, I.C.E, is funding the eugenics project, code-named Gemini Project. Mattie has to work with the second best journalist of Hearst papers, Ted Hudson. He also happens to be Mattie's ex-flame. Cockran is not on good terms with Hudson either, after all, he and Hudson were in the same group during their MID training.
Mattie turns detective and comes across a proof that shows that the murder victims were related - they were twins. On further investigation, she discovers that the Nazis, along with I.C.E are conducting experiments on twins to develop what they call The Master Race.
Cockran is Ingrid Waterman's divorce lawyer. Things go haywire when Wesley hires Kurt Von Sturm and his protegee` to kill Ingrid. Kurt, who happens to be Ingrid's lover has other plans in mind. Ted Hudson, Cockran, and The Apostles, Kurt, Ingrid, Mattie, along with Churchill and Randolf (Churchill's son) solve the mystery behind the mysterious disappearance and murder of twins.
The Gemini Agenda is the third and final book in the Churchill Thrillers Trilogy. Cockran is happy that Mattie's work is in America. Although he is not very happy about Ted Hudson joining Mattie, he is relieved to know that Mattie will be protected by an ex-MID agent. Ted Hudson tries to hit on Mattie, in spite of her refusal. He even tries to poison Cockran's mind by saying that he and Mattie are more than just co-workers.
Ingrid, Waterman's wife plays a major role in this book. Cockran is initially reluctant to take her divorce case but when she comes to him with a black eye and bruises all over her body, he decides to fight her case. Kurt realizes that Ingrid's life is in danger and rescues her from an assassination plot. The relationship between Ingrid and Kurt is interesting. From one-night stand to lovers, they have come a long way. Kurt is in two minds though, after all, he feels that he is still in love with the red-haired woman he met last year during his search for The Spear - Mattie McGary.
The Eugenics Science seemed to start just before the start of WW II. With hatred towards Jews rising to all-time high and the quest to develop the pure-breed, horrific experiments are conducted on innocent people. Apart from being drugged, the victims are also raped by the SS guards. This story reminded me of a book that I read a couple of years ago - Horrific experiments were conducted on Jews in the concentration camps. Without any anesthesia, the victims had to undergo torturous and painful experiments, and finally, they were shot to death.
Kurt, who is an ardent follower of Hitler is confused. With people like Himmler supporting the Eugenics cause, Kurt is not satisfied that Hitler is really unaware of all this gore. From assassin to someone who lives by his word, honor, and truth, it is interesting to see the all-new Kurt.
Overall, this book was a good read. Like the first book in this series, there is gore, betrayal, and violence. If you like historical fiction, then you will like this fast-paced thriller.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
"The Gemini Agenda" eBook was published in 2018 (original paper edition was published in 2012) and was written by Michael McMenamin and Patrick McMenamin (http://www.winstonchurchillthrillers.com). Mr. McMenamin Sr. has authored or co-authored 12 books. Mr. McMenamin Jr. has authored or co-authored 6 books. This is the third in their “Winston Churchill 1930s Thriller” series.
I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Situations. The story is set in 1932. The primary characters are Mattie McGary, Churchill's goddaughter and a reporter for the Hearst newspapers, and Bourke Cockran a law professor, former US Army MID agent, and the son of one of Churchill's former mentors. Also playing a significant role in the story is the German Kurt von Sturm.
By this point, McGary and Cockran are an intimate pair, though not yet engaged. McGary is drawn into a mystery of grisly murders across the US by Hearst. She encounters ruthless thugs who try to discourage her investigations. Meanwhile, Cockran is engaged as the divorce attorney for Ingrid, the wife of Wesley Waterman. Waterman and Cockran have already crossed paths earlier in the book series. Waterman uses his wealth and power to block the divorce including violence and murder.
When Ingrid's siblings disappear while traveling in Europe, she and Cockran set out to find them. McGary's investigation of the murders also leads her to Europe where there is evidence that some Americans that have been abducted are being held. Both paths lead to a secret medical facility where studies are being conducted under the direction of the Nazis.
Von Sturm has had affairs with both McGary and Waterman and still carries deep feelings for both women. When he finds Waterman under threat, he steps in to rescue the young woman. In doing so he risks the deadly retribution of both colleagues and his employers if they find out. He feels honor bound to do what he can to save Waterman's siblings.
I thoroughly enjoyed the 11+ hours I spent reading this 400 page historical thriller. I have enjoyed the three major characters in the novels, as well as the other real people of the era that are woven into the story. While this isn't a true WWII story, it deals with real factors that lead up to the war. The cover art is OK, but an image of one of the Pitcairn autogiro craft that Cockran and McGrady repeatedly use would have been better in my opinion. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.
A string of strange deaths in 1932 leads Bourke Cockran, Jr., and his lover Mattie McGary to uncover a plot by Nazi scientists to conduct lethal experiments on American twins in order to create a master race.
They confront an international conspiracy connecting Wall Street to Washington, DC; from Long Island's fabled Gold Coast to the marble corridors of the Barlow Palace in Munich, headquarters of the fast-rising Nazi Party; and finally to a sinister clinic hidden deep in the Bavarian Forest. The Gemini Agenda is a historical thriller, the third in the Winston Churchill trilogy.
About the Author:
MICHAEL McMENAMIN, a first amendment and media defense lawyer in Cleveland, is the author of the critically acclaimed Becoming Winston Churchill: The Untold Story of Young Winston and His American Mentor published in hardcover in the UK and US in 2007 by Greenwood World Publishing and in trade paperback in the US by Enigma Books in July 2009. The Churchill Book Club called it "Indispensable. The most important new book about Churchill, one you'll come back to again and again for its extraordinary insights into Churchill's genius". Martin Gilbert, Churchill's official biographer, said it was "Fascinating: a tour de force that brings life and light to one of the great early influences on Winston Churchill."
Michael is also the co-author of the Watergate era expose Milking the Public: Political Scandals of the Dairy Lobby from LBJ to Jimmy Carter (Nelson Hall, 1980) which Robert Sherrill termed "an excellent job of reporting…thoroughly entertaining". His work has also appeared in the anthologies Choice: The Best of Reason (2004) and Free Minds and Free Markets, Twenty-Five Years of Reason (1993).
Michael has been a Contributing Editor for 35 years on the leading libertarian magazine Reason, regularly ranked by the Chicago Tribune as one of the country's best magazines. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Finest Hour, the quarterly journal of the Churchill Centre and Museum in London where his column "Action This Day" chronicles Churchill's life. Michael's articles also have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Sacramento Bee, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Inquiry and The Nation magazines.
Michael is a former Army counterintelligence agent and Army JAG officer. He is a member of the Association for Intelligence Officers and the International Thriller Writers Association. He has traveled extensively in Europe, South America and Asia. He was Managing Partner for twelve years of the Cleveland law firm Walter & Haverfield and is currently the Chair of the Global Coordinating Committee of Lexwork International, an alliance of 39 law firms and 2,700 lawyers in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.
When first agreeing to review this book I truly did not know what to expect. I was not sure if I was going to enjoy it or just be plain grossed out. I freaking loved it. It is truly butterflying amazing. I am trying this thing where I do not cuss anymore. I am replacing the "F" word with Butterfly or even adding the ing on it. I truly am glad that I agreed to reading this book. Mad props to the author. I do want to say that this is book number three in a series and although it is good by itself I would recommend reading the other two books before reading this one.
Last week I finished the 2nd book in the Winston Churchill trilogy, The Parsifal Pursuit, by the father and son McMenamin duo. I really liked that book, but I think I liked this one even better!
Like the others in the trilogy, The Gemini Agenda follows photo journalist, Mattie McGary and her boyfriend, a law professor (and former CIA agent), Bourke Cockran Jr. as they investigate on behalf of Winston Churchill. Set in pre-World War II, they are following Nazi scientists who are said to be conducting experiments on American twins. These experiments are meant to create a “master race” and they are becoming lethal after 10 bodies are found around the country. In addition, they were killed in a horrible manner as they had their throats cut, their eyeballs removed and then someone drained their blood. YUCK! They find out that there have been 10 sets of American twins kidnapped in the recent months and they were thought to be taken to Germany.
On their quest, they begin to believe that these experiments have something to do with Eugnenics. Eugenics defined by Wikipedia is “the “applied science or the bio-social movement which advocates the use of practices aimed at improving the genetic composition of a population“, usually referring to the manipulation of human populations.” I’ll be honest, I knew nothing of Eugenics and spent quite a bit of time reading up on it when I read the book. Hard to believe this was once a regular practice that included the involuntary sterilization of women for many years. If you get a chance, check out the history of it – very interesting topic and makes for a great addition to this book.
As I stated before, I love anything that has to do with history, but I usually don’t care for historical fiction. The McMenamin’s have changed my mind once again with The Gemini Agenda. I really loved the mix of history, intrigue and romance. It made for a very fast paced story that has a grip on you from the beginning – making it a major page-turner for me. It also wasn’t hard to believe that Hitler (even though not in power yet) could have had a hand in something so vile, so it was an easy buy-in for me on the plot! Loved it!
The third book in the trilogy featuring Bourke Cockram and heroine Matty McGarry. This time the year is 1932 and Winston Churchill has again received, through his intelligence network, the answer to the mystery of why naked bodies with their eyeballs extracted and drained of blood lies in Germany.
Churchill informs William Hearst and he them assigns Mattie McGarry to investigate with her love Bourke Cockran. They discover that all the victims were twins and ten more missing sets of twins have been moved to Bavaria where the 'autops protocols' were due to start in ten days.
On arriving in Munich, Cockran and McGarry make an alliance with an unlikely source and they lead them to a sinister Nazi clinic in Bavaria. Can they save the twins and expose the project that has been undertaken?
The story revolves around the controversial issue of eugenics, which is the science of improving the population by controlled breeding for desirable inherited characteristics. Winston Churchill once supported sterilization of mental defectives as a method of securing their release from state institutions in 1910-12. Even though Britain never passed these laws 26 US states passed the law for the compulsory sterilization and through the 1930's 35,878 men and women were sterilized or castrated. The Nazis adopted the policy in 1933 when they gained power.
The story based around the issues and the power that certain individuals had and the secrets they kept are immense. The writings again are easily read and understood , the thought provoking issues raised will question your beliefs and will touch your emotions.
An excellent read and brilliant follow up novel to the Parsifal Pursuit. A very clever title The Gemini Agenda, obviously Gemini being the sign of the twins.
I received this book on April 27th of 2012, and opened it up due to the neatness of the cover, and the book itself, truly an eye catcher, to say the least. I started paging through it, read the about the authors, and started to read straight from the beginning, (as usual:), and planned on putting this down when my 3rd cup of coffee was done, so I could start my day. Needless to say, that never happened. Right from page one, this story grabs you and doesn't let you go, not even at the end. You will definitely be happy to see inside the back cover that the 4th in this series IS being worked on!! So, I had several other books to read and for some reason, just could not stay away from this one, it ends up that this is on my top ten list, literally, and I never even read books 1 and 2 from this series. (Which I will be doing, as soon as I finish this review!) The bottom right hand corner states,"A Winston Churchill Thriller" and that was rather intriguing. Of course most of us know who Churchill is, and most of us may not like who he is, or most of what happened in that time period. Yes, a lot of that is fairly controversial and continues to be the subject of many, many debates still to this day. Well, just put all those thoughts to the side, and when you start to read this story, you will see what I mean. The book starts out and just never stops, never a dull moment, never a bore, never anything, but in your face, action packed, history, romance, thriller, crime, good stuff, and I now get the, "A Winston Churchill Thriller" on the cover. Everything from mystery, to horror, to love, divorce, adultery, just pure fun all wrapped up in this book. Anyway, I finished this book by the next day, I couldn't put it down, it came with me everywhere and I had a TON of extra housework the next day.. ugh! But, it was very much worth it!!
The Gemini Agenda follows investigative reporter Mattie McGary and her boyfriend lawyer Bourke Cockran Jr (who is a former US Army MID operative) as she is investigating a series of murders, that turns out to be a eugenics experiments on American twins. The story runs a gambit of close calls and intrigue from the United States to Pre-Nazi Germany.
The authors set the time frame of the book in the early 1930's at a time when Winston Churchill is out of political power, and investigating troubling things going on in Germany involving the muder of American twins, which his god-child Mattie is tasked with investigating. At first it looks as the Nazi's are involved by themselves, but eventually we find out that the American MID is also involved, and helping fund the experiments in the US and Germany. During this story we even get to meet Adolf Hitler after he stands up Churchill for a dinner date. Its a interesting book with some history mixed in and worthwhile to read. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series!
A historical thriller so gripping, so intriguing you’ll have a hard time putting it down.
The McMenamin’s have done it again. Their Winston Churchill thriller series is set against a tumultuous time; pre-WW2. So much of the fiction is set against the background of true history and true characters that it will also challenge you to tell the difference. Hitler was evil and so was what he did. You could easily believe that experiments on twins was something that really happened.
When Churchill hear about strange and horrific murders involving twins he is certain the murders would lead back to Germany. He enlists photojournalist Matty McGary and her lover Bourke Cockran Jr. to find out what’s going on. Churchill really did have a vast intelligence network and he really was a man of adventure. Add in two exciting heroes and some romance and this book is sure to please.
I really don't wanna give too much away about the book because they really are that good. It will satisfy a lot of different people I think. People who just love a good mystery, history lovers, or people that just appreciate a good book. Its information intense, which I love. You have to pay attention and you learn so much. And, like with the last one, Michael and Patrick have taken great pains to ensure the historical integrity of the book. I have read a lot of Historical Fiction books, because it is a genre that I really enjoy. These books are some of the best out there. If I didn't know that there were fiction items in it I would believe that this truly and actually happened exactly as written. It isn't over the top or outlandish and stays true to that era. It was crazy enough then to not need to really go overboard. I highly recommend this book.
This story revolves around the issue of eugenics, the science of improving the population by controlled breeding for desirable inherited characteristics. This is obviously a sensitive and controversial issue that we don't think about in today's world but was a reality during the time when Hitler ruled under the Nazi party. The historical references throughout the book make it a very interesting read and take you back to a time that many of us only know about from history books or watching documentaries. Although your first instinct in the book make you think that the Nazi's are to blame, the fact that Mattie McGary, and investigative reporter and Bourke Cockran Jr., her lawyer boyfriend uncover that the American MID is heavily involved make's you really understand how people's patriotism was uncertain during these times.
In the book The Gemini Agenda the third installment in the Winston Churchill series we once again join photo journalist, Mattie McGary and her boyfriend, a law professor (and former CIA agent), Bourke Cochrane Jr. This time we on a quest to investigate murders. In what is an experimental project being done by Germany on twins to create a master race? When twins go missing and 10 bodies are found murder in a horrific way Mattie and Bourke go investigate at Winston's request. Again this book was very well written and set in Pre-world war II time. I found the book to be just as enjoyable as the first and it has me now wanting to read the first installment to get more details on these characters. All in all a great read.
In the third book of the Winston Churchill Thriller series, there are mutilated bodies showing up in various places in the United States. Churchill's niece, Mattie McGary, and her lover, Bourke Cockran Junior, are assigned to track down the serial killer. What they find leads them to Germany where the Nazi Party is rising to power.
This is a story about how the British slowed Nazi scientists’ plans to create a super race.