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(Tom Wilde #3)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  165 ratings  ·  42 reviews
A race against time to unmask a Nazi spy

In a great English house, a young woman offers herself to one of the most powerful and influential figures in the land - but this is no ordinary seduction. She plans to ensure his death . . .

On holiday in France, Professor Tom Wilde discovers his brilliant student Marcus Marfield, who disappeared two years earlier to join the Inter
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Published January 24th 2019 by Zaffre
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Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd in the wonderful American History Professor Tom Wilde series by Rory Clements and it is a real humdinger set around the beginning of WW2 as Britain declares war on Hitler's Germany. It is a time of tremendous turbulence and as they say the first casualty of war is the truth as a propaganda war takes off. The US has chosen to remain neutral despite Roosevelt not liking the Germans, the American public are hostile to the war and the Germans wish to keep it that way. However, Britai ...more
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#1 Corpus - Not Read Yet
#2 Nucleus - Not Read Yet
#3 Nemesis - ★★★★★

Nemesis is the third book from the Tom Wilde series by Rory Clements. I haven't read the previous two books, and I also haven't read any books from Rory Clements before. I received this book through ReadersFirst, and I will be honest, I was quite reluctant to read it. You already know my opinion on reading sequels before reading the previous books - but I went
I really don’t know how Rory Clements keeps turning out books that are more brilliantly enjoyable than the last.  I was already a fan of the author’s books from his ‘John Shakespeare’ series set in Elizabethan England.  I greatly enjoyed Corpus, the first in his ‘Tom Wilde’ series set in the run-up to World War 2, and loved the second book, Nucleus. However, to my mind, Nemesis is the best yet.  I can’t even begin to bring myself to think about the possibility this might be the last in the serie ...more

Based in Cambridge at the dawn of WW2, this was an entertaining enough thriller without ever really drawing me in for more. It’s the second novel I’ve read by this author in this setting and he’s consistent in what’s on offer.

The mystery is interesting enough early on and I wasn’t entirely sure what was going to happen and where things were going. But, as with the other novel I read, the main draw for me is the place and setting. I could happily read just about the dawn of the war and how
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nemesis is the third novel in the Professor Tim Wilde series, and it's the best yet! Although the plot is self-contained it's advisable to have read the previous two to get a feel of the recurring or continuing characters. What I love about these books, in particular, is that the plot is intense, action-packed and full of suspense, intrigue and deception, but these are never focused on to the detriment of the historical fact; you can tell Clements has undertaken a lot of research of the time per ...more
I am in awe of Rory Clements. It doesn't matter which period of history he turns to, he nails it. Nemesis completes the Tom Wilde trilogy which covers the years and (in this book) days leading up to beginning the Second World War. It's a masterpiece of spies, intrigue, horror and political shenanigans, encompassing a range of characters, each with their own ordeal to face or secrets to keep. In this uncertain world so little can be trusted. Outstanding storytelling and plotting. While each novel ...more
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the third in the Professor Tom Wilde series, following, “Corpus, “ and “Nucleus,” both of which I enjoyed. We begin with a flashback to 1931, where we are briefly introduced to a talented thirteen year old chorister, Marcus Marfield, singing a solo at Kings College Chapel, Cambridge.

Fast forward to 1939 and Wilde, and his partner, Lydia, are travelling in France. War is days away and their holiday is winding down, when Wilde has a strange visitor. He informs him that a young English man
Clemens Schoonderwoert
This suspenseful thriller is the 3rd part of the fascinating "Tom Wilde" series from the author Rory Clements.
It's for certain another spellbound spy thriller that will keep you entertained from start to finish.
At the end of the book you'll find a well documented Afterword by the author, and it's there where the historical details concerning this story are wonderfully explained.
Story-telling is absolutely of a top-notch quality by the author, all the characters, whether real great historical or
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in August and September 1939, the opening days of World War II, this story reunites us with Professor Tom Wilde and his partner Lydia Morris. They are on holiday in France after Lydia had called off their wedding at the last minute. Wilde is approached by a man called Honore who tells him that one of his former students, Marcus Marfield, is being held in a French camp for refugees from the Spanish Civil War. The latter has ended in victory for Franco and his fascist army, aided by Hitler and ...more
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a well researched historical spy thriller set at the outbreak of World War 2. The lead protagonist is Professor Tom Wilde an American History Don at Cambridge University who becomes entangled in a complicated investigation into various murders in the University town.
It became apparent early on that Nemesis was part of a series but this in no way detracted from reading it as a stand alone novel.
Tom and his girlfriend Lydia are on holiday in France in August 1939 when they are mysteriously
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nemesis is an impressive thrill of a read with an unsettling core. The blackout curtains have been drawn, but this can provide little protection against the rapid darkness that has already crept onto our own little island.

So, this may be book three of the series yet it remains as fully-fuelled as the first to provide outrageous manoeuvres. These are not only politically damaging but a genuine threat to an entire nation’s survival. The plot seizes the decisive moments of a people steeling themsel
It was great to get back to this wonderful series set in 1930s Cambridge, with two of my favourite amateur detectives, Professor Tom Wilde and his girlfriend Lydia Morris.

This book opens just before the start of World War Two, whilst Tom and Lydia are on holiday in the south of France. Tom is approached by a stranger who lets him know that Marcus Marfield, one of his Cambridge students, is in a concentration camp and needs help to get back to England. Tom being a true gentleman visits the camp a
Linda Hepworth
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it

"Can a ruthless spy ring change the course of war? In a great English house, a young woman offers herself to one of the most powerful and influential figures in the land - but this is no ordinary seduction. She plans to ensure his death . . . On holiday in France, Professor Tom Wilde discovers his brilliant student Marcus Marfield, who disappeared two years earlier to join the International Brigades in Spain, in the Le Vernet concentration camp in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Wilde secures his
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

This is the third book written by Rory Clements that centres around Tom Wilde, American Professor of History at Cambridge. It picks up where Nucleus leaves off and features some familiar characters - Philip Eaton, beaten but unbowed and the divine Lydia Morris. It also has, in common with the first two books, a propensity to wax lyrical about Tom's Rudge motorcycle and it's mighty 500cc engine.

Instead of being set just before World War II, this book sees the start of the conflict in 19
Sandra Danby
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
‘Nemesis’ by Rory Clements is the third in his Tom Wilde series which sees the American-born Cambridge professor tangle with more spies as Britain enters the Second World War. It is a page-turning read that I galloped through despite a few moments of confusion about who was double-crossing who; to the point where I started to distrust everyone except Tom.
It is September 1939 and a strange time, the pause before war starts when sandbags are filled and the propaganda starts. Wilde, on holiday in s
Bucks, Books & Beyond
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I always find myself drawn to books that are set in and around the period of World War Two and this book focused on angle I haven’t previously seen focused on before. I can’t tell you what that angle is as I don’t want to give away too much of the storyline. But think spy’s, espionage, double-crossing and political motives and you can get a sense of what this book is all about.

I didn’t realise at the time of reading ‘Nemesis’ that this is actually part of a series. ‘Corpus’ and ‘Nucleus’ are th
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy from Readers First in exchange for an honest review.

The book starts off pretty much where the previous one had left off, with our hero Wilde on a honeymoon, of sorts. Of course he never actually got married, but they took the holiday anyway, to unwind after all the escapades in the previous book. While on 'honeymoon' they encounter a strange fellow who had been looking for them, he lets Wilde know that one of his former students was in a pow camp and that Wilde was the onl
Tony Nielsen
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Second World War has long been a fertile arena for story tellers, and Rory Clements has made a better fist of the opportunity than most. The focus is on the hallowed halls of Cambridge, the UK Parliament and the American Embassy in London. The time is the period immediately before Chamberlain declared War on Germany and the months following.

Starting out in France in the days before the War Professor Tom Wilde is drawn to the rescue of one of his students, the brilliant Marcus Marfield who ha
Unseen Library
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of Nemesis from Allen & Unwin Australia to review.

Historical thriller and murder mystery author Rory Clements returns with the third book in his electrifying and clever Tom Wilde series, Nemesis.

August 1939. War is on the horizon, and while most of the world is preparing for the next great conflict, Cambridge Professor Tom Wilde is enjoying a holiday in France with his partner, Lydia. That is, until a mysterious man alerts him to the fact that one of his former students, an
Angela L
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having thoroughly enjoyed the predecessor to this book, Nucleus, being back in the Cambridge world of Tom Wilde was a welcome bit of escapism.
Set just as World War 2 is breaking out Tom is on "honeymoon" in France with his partner Lydia when he receives mysterious contact from Honore - telling him of the plight of a former Cambridge chorister, Marcus Mayfield, who has been incarcerated nearby.
Pulling some strings with his contacts in the Home Office they liberate Marcus and race back to the UK,
Jo-anne Atkinson
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tom Wilde is not on honeymoon as his wedding did not happen but in France in August 1939 his marital status is not important. Contacted by a stranger Wilde is asked to rescue a former student who is in an internment camp following a stint in the Spanish Civil War. Wilde does this but finds, on his return to England, that all is not as it seems. As the country is plunged into World War II people are politicking and Wilde's birth nation, the USA, is a crucial ally and enemies will do anything to p ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had not read any of this authors previous books and was pleasantly surprised by this. It is well written with a very believable set of characters. It is full of good dialogue and fairly rattles along. The story revolves around Professor Tom Wilde and his partner Lydia who are on holiday in France at the outbreak of the Second World War when a stranger tells them that a former student of Wilde is in an internment camp in France. They set about getting this person (Marcus) released and bring him ...more
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really really enjoyed this book.
Although it is the third in a series of books to feature the Professor Tom Wilde, and I had not read any of the previous novels, this did not impact on my enjoyment at all.
In this book set just before and during the first days of the second workd war, Wilde is in France when he is approached by a man claiming that a former student of his is being held in an internment camp. Wilde rescues him and takes him back to England, but the young man has a troubled past,
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never read any of Rory Clement's I've ordered Corpus and Nucleus (the 2 earlier books of this series) and I'm really looking forward to reading them! Whilst Nemesis is the third novel in the Tom Wilde series, it was a great read as a standalone book...the only reason I'm going to read the earlier two novels is because I thoroughly enjoyed Nemesis.

Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres and Nemesis combines this with my other favourite fiction, crime/thriller. Tom Wild
Tammy Tudor
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastically paced and exciting

To be honest, I'd never heard of this author but now I am such a big fan and will most certainly be going on to read more books! I also understood the book perfectly without having to read the other books in the series which, to me, has always been a good sign of amazing writing.

This book had me gripped from the start - it may be cliche but I really couldn't stop turning the page, I actually couldn't put it down!

For me, the pace was the most incredible thing abo
Jane Blake
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book, the third in the series and in my mind the best one.
It grabs you from the start and you just want to keep on reading as the story moves so fast you just have to keep grabbing on and on.
The characters as normal are well rounded and imaginative, the story is set in the summer of 1939 with the shadow of the war hanging over the country and no one knowing what time will bring about. The places feel familiar which is nice as feels like a homecoming.
With it being about a spy
Andrew Doohan
The next instalment in the Tom Wilde series picks up just months after the last volume and covers the period at the very beginning of the Second World War. Wilde and his girlfriend/fiancee are inadvertently caught up in a plot to infiltrate a German agent into England as part of a plan to ensure the Americans stay out of the war. The plot involves murder, betrayal, and personal danger for our hero and those close to him, and the story has a certain ring to it that lends authenticity.

The times in
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked this up from the library, in a swift grab, so I had something with me in hospital, so I had not read the blurb or had any idea about the book. I didn't know I'd be entering a series at the third book, but actually that didn't detract from the story, it stood up well enough on its own. The story was very interesting and the characters were very well written. I found the situation suspenseful and interesting. I'll now have to look up what else is written by Rory Clements.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, way more than I thought I would! It has a gripping storyline and even though I have not read any of the other books in the series it was easy to get into the plot without having read any of the other books first. The author, Rory Clements has an amazing writing style and it was obvious he did a fair bit of research before he wrote this book because it is very well informed. Overall I highly recommend this book.
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Rory Clements has had a long and successful newspaper career, including being features editor and associate editor of Today, editor of the Daily Mail's Good Health Pages, and editor of the health section at the Evening Standard. He now writes full-time in an idyllic corner of Norfolk, England.

Other books in the series

Tom Wilde (3 books)
  • Corpus (Tom Wilde #1)
  • Nucleus (Tom Wilde #2)