28 Oct BOOK REVIEW: ‘SECRETS OF THE LAST NAZI’ BY IAIN KING
THE GREATEST DISCOVERY OF THE 20TH CENTURY.
Berlin, 2015 – a well-connected SS Commander is found dead, having protected the last secret of the Nazi empire for seventy years. A discovery by Nazi Scientists so potent it could change the balance of world power – forever.
Led by misfit military historian Myles Munro, an international team begin to piece together the complex puzzle left by SS Captain Werner Stolz. As their hunt across Europe gathers pace, the brutal killing of one of the group signals that they are not the only ones chasing the answer.
Plunged into a world of international espionage, Myles only has his intellect and instincts to keep him alive. As the team edge closer to an explosive truth, it becomes clear to him that there is a traitor amongst them.
Who can Myles trust? And can he unravel the clues of the past in time to save the future?
*Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
As I’ve already mentioned in some of my previous reviews of their titles, Bookouture are a fantastic publisher and though they were mainly focused on contemporary romance and women’s ccommercial fiction, by publishing two Angela Marson’s thrillers, starts a completely new era for them as publishers. Following this path, they are introducing readers with a new name in the world of fiction, Iain King comparing him to Dan Brown. Now, I know many of you are wary when publishers or reviewers do this, as lately seems all thrillers written by women have been compared to ‘Gone Girl’ and it’s become sort of a trend and very irritating one, in my opinion. However, as Iain is a new author, please allow me to make this parallel with an author many of you I believe have already read, Den Brown. There are some similarities when it comes to the stories, the pace, etc, however I still believe Iain is in it’s own category as an author, and a breath of fresh air when it comes to political thrillers.
First off, I’m not even much into political thrillers, to be honest. Those that know me or follow my blog, know for certain I’m more chick lit/women’s fiction oriented. Lately, I admit, I’ve been a bit ‘experimenting’ with other genres and rekindled the joy of reading thrillers, but mostly psychological thrillers. Only reason why I picked up this book is that it’s published by a team which I respect greatly and it came recommended by a great friend, whose opinion I value very much.
Reading this book was surely one of the most interesting experiences and one hell of a ride. Right from the beginning, we’re thrown into this great conspiracy, meeting a diverse team of people from Russia, France, UK and USA who’re after what seems to be the ‘greatest mystery and secret of Hitler’. Werner Stolz takes his life (though no one understands why, as he was too old to even think of suicide and it appeared no reasons for him to commit one) and all of a sudden, teams from all these big countries are sent to investigate his death and find his papers. Why is this poor, old guy, Stolz, so important to the investigation? Except being on Hitler’s side, though it doesn’t feel like he’s been completely into the nazi ideology. One thrilling scene after another, we’re introduced into a very complex story, where history, science, religion and astrology are intertwined. It honestly felt like riding a roller coaster, there were so many amazing revelations and nail biting moments, I literally didn’t know what to expect is going to happen next.
That’s another amazing thing about this novel, while it’s definitely a complex story, it reads easy (to certain extent) and is a real page turner. The characters are so different and memorable, especially Myles Monro, the agent UK government sends. These four people are going through hell to find out the big secret the Nazi’s have kept hidden all these years, and save the world from a twisted group or a member of that group, whose mission is to destroy the world.
Conspiracy, lies, truth, predictions, this book has it all. It’s definitely a controversial read, but I strongly recommend reading it with an open mind. Reading some parts was not easy, reminding people of the terror the world’s seen through history is never easy. However, Iain did his best, done an amazing job in his research and created one fantastic thriller.
This book makes you think of the politics between the countries involved in the investigation, about the relationship and opposite beliefs of the church and science and finally, of the role astrology plays. I was fascinated with the influence of planets, but must admit some parts and all their reference added some burden to the story and made it more difficult to read. I’m not saying they felt dragging, however they did seem a bit too much to digest. Or maybe it’s just me and my state of mind when I was reading this book.
Overall, it’s an enjoyable, fast paced political thriller full of action that will definitely appeal to fans of Dan Brown. Amazing, ballsy and unique characters you’ll root for while on the quest to reveal the big secret. I definitely recommend it and sincerely hope you’ll enjoy it. I was over the moon to hear there will be a sequel, ‘The Last Prophecy of Rome’, which I assume it’ll be out next year. So, I’m definitely looking forward to reading it and see Monro once again. In the mean time, enjoy this mind blowing thriller! I really wish it could be made into a movie, hope some producer will hear about this novel and see the great potential.
Iain King, thank you for the many hours of researching and writing, you sure deliver and I can’t wait to read you next book!
My rating: 8/10