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It is 1915 and Germany has allied itself with the Ottoman empire, persuading the caliphs of Turkey to declare a jihad on the British empire, as President Woodrow Wilson hesitates to enter the fray. War correspondent Christopher Marlowe Cobb has been tasked to follow Brauer, a German intellectual and possible secret service agent suspected of holding information vital to the war effort.
As they travel on the Lusitania’s fateful voyage, Cobb becomes smitten with famed actress Selene Bourgani. Cobb soon realizes that this simple actress is anything but, as she harbours secrets that could add fuel to the already raging conflict. Surviving the night of the infamous German U-Boat attack, Cobb follows Selene and Brauer into the darkest alleyways of London and on to the powder keg that is Istanbul. He must use all the cunning he possesses to uncover Selene’s true motives, only to realize her hidden agenda could bring down some of the world’s most powerful leaders...
'A rollicking thriller with a keen eye for period detail' - Herald Scotland
'A thrilling, old-fashioned tale of intrigue and adventure that grabs you immediately with a historical timebomb' - Crime Fiction Lover
Set in 1915, Butler's busy second adventure featuring Christopher Marlowe Cobb (after 2012's The Hot Country) takes the intrepid reporter, who doubles as an American spy, to war-torn Europe. Cobb travels on the Lusitania, where he's watching Walter Brauer, a suspected German agent. Cobb also keeps an eye on hot-blooded film star Selene Bourgani, who attracts his amorous attentions, despite rumors that she, too, works for the Kaiser. When the Lusitania is torpedoed off the Irish coast, Cobb leaps into the ocean with Bourgani in his arms, but his job is far from over. He accompanies Bourgani to Turkey, where she has a score to settle involving two great empires. Butler impresses with his exceptional attention to historical detail, particularly aboard the Lusitania, but the heavy doses of melodrama may put off some thriller readers. Others may find Cobb's ego and fearless approach to danger tiresome.