Release Date: 01/12/16
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Germany, September 1944: Dozens of cities lie in ruins. Enemy armies are at the gates. For the Thousand Year Reich, time is running out. Desperate to avoid the humiliation of unconditional surrender, German intelligence launch Operation Finisterre – a last-ditch plan to enable Hitler to deny the savage logic of a war on two fronts and bluff his way to the negotiating table.
Success depends on two individuals: Stefan Portisch, a German naval officer washed ashore on the coast of Spain after the loss of his U-boat, and Hector Gómez, an ex-FBI detective, planted by Director J. Edgar Hoover in the middle of the most secret place on earth: the American atomic bomb complex. Both men will find themselves fighting for survival as Operation Finisterre plays itself out.
When a title is set in a different world or time period to the one in which we live now the author has to do quite a few things in order to help immerse the reader, firstly they have to give you information without it feeling lie an infodump and secondly the characters within have to be approachable so that you can form bonds. Both of these traits are hard to manage but Graham has managed it with plenty of talent to spare.
The story is gripping, the dialogue sharp and for me the real star of the piece is each of the myriad of the characters that are contained within the page's They feel real, I care about their lives and perhaps best of all I like the way that they're brought across despite which side of the ware they fall. All round the story is wonderful descriptive and feels quite authorative almost as if its been lifted from secret files and brought to the reader. Cracking.