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Sweden, 1942 - two old friends meet. They are cousins. One is Prince George, Duke of Kent, brother of the king of England. The other is Prince Philipp von Hesse, a committed Nazi and close friend of Adolf Hitler.

Days later, the Prince George is killed in a plane crash in the north of Scotland. The official story is that it was an accident - but not everyone is convinced. 

There is even a suggestion that the duke's plane was sabotaged, but with no evidence, Cambridge spy Tom Wilde is sent north to discover the truth.... 

©2021 Rory Clements (P)2021 Bonnier Books Ltd

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  • Rrrrrrrrrr
  • 10-02-21

Great Story with a difficult subject

As with all Rory Clements stories starring Tom Wilde, this is a great listen. Clements always has you rooting for his central character, be it Wilde in this case, or John Shakespeare in his wonderful Tudor detective novels.

Whilst all the Tom Wilde stories to date have been involved with the struggle against the Nazi's, either pre or during WWII, this one is on a particularly emotive topic - The holocaust. I actually found the description of a visit to a death camp as particularly moving. I have of course heard many tales of the camps, but this one hit a chord for some reason.

Also - without spoiling the story for anyone - there are some great authors notes and historical notes at the end which i found fascinating, as they contained details of real life people i had never heard of.

A really excellent listen, as always from Rory Clements (10/10 from me)

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  • JD
  • 06-02-21

The best yet?

Very enjoyable fast paced read continuing Tom Wilde’s storyline. A couple of loose ends towards the end so hopefully more to come? Definitely recommend this and the entire series.

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  • Silver Surfer
  • 03-02-21

Not for me

I had purchased and enjoyed the previous Tom Wilde books. However in this novel Tom Wilde seemed to have distorted into a caricature of the character. I found him smug, self-righteous, impetuous and undisciplined to the extent that I loathed him. Quite honestly by the end I longed for someone to shoot him and put him and me out of our misery. I wouldn’t have cared if it was done by the pursuing Nazis or his American boss just somebody please do it.

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  • Mandy
  • 03-02-21

very good book

Storyline is excellent, travels, traitors and spies everywhere. A real life mystery woven into a story of possible events? The problem with Rorys' books is difficulty in stopping to do other things! Next book ASAP please.

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  • The Curator
  • 28-01-21

Not keen on this narrator

This one of better ones in this series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator chose to read it with vowel sounds I haven’t heard since I last saw Brief Encounter. I think it was supposed to be upper class but I did find myself idly wondering if he was South African at one point. Also, the most laughably poor Yorkshire accent in the history of acting but mercifully brief. Anyway, probably not worth letting it put you off the book but definitely distracting.

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  • Henry Tilney
  • 20-03-21

A Good Story and a Good Listen

I came to this book the wrong way; it's the fifth in a series and my first Rory Clements thriller. Now it's back to the beginning and I will work my way up. Mercifully, this novel works well as a stand alone although I'm sure I missed lots of nuance. All the same, I found it an entertaining and engaging story.

Other reviewers have bridled at the American narrator in an English setting but II didn't find this a distraction at all. I didn't become exercised by the occasional error in pronunciation of arcane British words or odd infelicities in the plot. Hey, it's a story. The author has worked hard to build psychological verisimilitude and the setting in time and place generally works well. [They all smoke too much!] The narration is also very confident and assured.

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  • Mrs Patricia M J Smiles
  • 05-02-21

loved it

great story, based on true events. very well read. I hope Rory writes another in series