Wednesday, March 15, 2023

The Man from Mittelwerk

The Man from Mittelwerk is a historical PI thriller with elements of SF based very loosely on aspects of the some of the scientific experiments carried out by Germany during WW2. Released 6th Sept 2022 through Inkshares, it's 362 pages and is available in paperback, audio, and ebook formats. 

This is an eminently readable espionage thriller set in the cold war with a gritty noir feel and with a world-weary protagonist who was a GI during WW2 and now works as a private investigator. The authors have done a good job of conjuring the horror of war and the capacity of humans to harm one another. 

In addition to the basic evil-science-world-domination plotline, there's a fair bit of interesting & all too credible political cold war history which gives the whole an unsettlingly realistic vibe. The climax, denouement, and resolution are satisfying and well written and guaranteed to please the LeCarre and Forsythe fans in the audience. 

Four stars. Well written and executed. Some of the descriptions are violent and graphic. The violence is not gratuitous, but particularly sensitive readers should be aware.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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