New York Times bestselling author Thomas Greanias continues the thrilling reality-altering epic adventure that began with The Promised War, as counterterrorism agent Sam Deker embarks on his most daring and life-altering mission yet.
Dishonorably discharged from the armed forces and haunted by nightmares of the past, counterterrorism agent Sam Deker is trying to build a new life in Los Angeles. The Pentagon, however, believes only he can endure their top-secret neuro-simulation program known as the 34th Degree, a stunning technological breakthrough that gleans priceless intel from the sliced brain tissues of dead terrorists. Their target: SS general Ludwig von Berg, the legendary Third Reich “Baron of the Black Order.” Deker’s mission is to discover the fate of the ultimate weapon—a supernatural alchemy for a fatal thermodynamic technology—before his counterparts in the Alignment, a twenty-first-century successor to the Nazi SS, beat him to it. Ultimately, Deker discovers that the past, present, and future are not what they seem, as his path leads to a shattering secret that will change everything he knows about the universe.
In this leaden follow-up to The Promised War, Sam Deker, former Army Ranger and former member of the Israeli Defense Forces, travels back in time to 1943 Nazi-occupied Greece, courtesy of the Pentagon's experimental "34th Degree Neurosimulation Program," which involves injecting brain tissue from long-dead SS Gen. Ludwig von Berg and from freshly deceased Greek-American shipping tycoon Chris Andros into Deker's brain. Deker's mission is to learn the fate of an ancient manuscript, the Maranatha text, which may hold the secret to world domination. In 1943, Andros slips into Greece in a covert effort to recover the missing Maranatha text, while von Berg, "the most dangerous man in the Third Reich, after Hitler and Himmler," tries to stop him. Aphrodite Vasilis, a beautiful Athens socialite who was once Andros's fianc e and is now von Berg's unwilling mistress, makes the contest personal. Greanias covers familiar thriller territory with stock characters.