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Special agent James Cronley Jr. finds that fighting both ex-Nazis and the Soviet NKGB can lead to strange bedfellows, in the dramatic new Clandestine Operations novel about the birth of the CIA and the Cold War.
A month ago, Cronley managed to capture two notorious Nazi war criminals, but not without leaving some dead bodies and outraged Austrian police in his wake. He's been lying low ever since, but that little vacation is about to end. Somebody--Odessa, the NKGB, the Hungarian Secret Police?--has broken the criminals out of jail, and he must track them down again.
But there's more to it than that. Evidence has surfaced that in the war's last gasps, Heinrich Himmler had stashed away a fortune to build a secret religion, dedicated both to Himmler and to creating the Fourth Reich. That money is still out there in the hands of Odessa, and that infamous organization seems to have acquired a surprising--and troubling--ally.
Cronley is fast finding out that the phrase "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" can mean a lot of different things, and that it is not always clear which people he can trust and which are out to kill him.
It's the spring of 1946 in bestseller Griffin and son Butterworth's tight fifth Clandestine Operations novel (after 2017's Death at Nuremberg), and two top SS leaders, Franz von Dietelburg and Wilhelm Burgdorf, have been imprisoned for a wide variety of crimes, among them the massacre of slave laborers at Peenem nde, the site of the German rocket laboratories during WWII. Dietelburg and Burgdorf are also suspected of being involved in Odessa, a secret organization of former SS personnel whose mission is smuggling Nazis out of Germany. After the duo escapes, the job of hunting them down falls to Capt. Jim Cronley, an agent in the Directorate of Central Intelligence, the successor to the Office of Strategic Services. Cronley flies from Argentina to Nuremberg with a large contingent of helpers to pursue the escaped Nazis. They also get on the trail of a fortune stashed away by Heinrich Himmler in the hope of financing a Fourth Reich. Newcomers will find this a good entry point, and regular readers will be pleased that the authors have avoided the long-winded prose that's marred recent entries in the series.