Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2022 Finalist
It’s the summer of 1938 and Veronica and her fascist boyfriend Billy attend a pro-German event hosted by the 5th Duke of Wellington. Amid the evening’s glamour and fervour, Veronica meets Sir Oswald Mosley and Diana Mitford, who invite her on a trip to Berlin.
All over Europe, evil triumphs as good men do nothing, but for Veronica, doing nothing is no longer an option.
As Europe edges towards war and the Nazis prepare to unleash the Kristallnacht pogrom on Germany’s Jews, the British government juggles appeasing Hitler with growing pressure to accept Jewish refugees.
Veronica finds herself entering into a high-risk world of deadly intrigue and high-level political conspiracy to place herself at the very heart of darkness: Berlin under the Nazis.
“A nail-biting plot set against the dramatic, real-life effort to help Jews escape from Nazi Germany.”
– Jane Thynne, author of The Words I Never Wrote
– Alex Gerlis, author of The Spy Masters
– Clare Pooley, author of The Authenticity Project
Geoffrey Charin’s first degree is from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem – whose role in saving people from the Nazis features prominently in this book. He served in the Israeli Navy for ten years and is currently studying for a PhD in Military History covering British policy towards Palestine prior to and during WWII. He lives in north-west London.
su bec (Guest Review) - 03 Oct, 2021
A great read for those who like historical fiction and/or thrillers. This book delivers both in one story.
It is set in the lead up to World War II set against the political backdrop of Chamberlain's policy of appeasement, a period of history not often covered in fiction, but still relevant today as the World continues to turn away refugees fleeing terror and torture. It is quite chilling to realised how many more people could have been saved from the holocaust but also serves as a reminder that there were people willing to risk their lives and stand up for justice.
The detailed description of the places and characters transports the reader right into the story and brings it to life. The reader really feels that they are rubbing shoulders with the main characters, whether it is living the high society life in London or sitting besides the German Jews trying to flee their homeland; you could really feel their desperation. The political backdrop was well researched and I particularly liked how the Parliamentary discussions and debates were woven into the story. The book deals with some dark subjects but the fast pace carries the reader through and the twists and turns creates a gripping read right through to the end.