Summer, 1942: The con man known as David Walker didn't exactly volunteer, but OSS chief Wild Bill Donovan convinced him that serving his country and the cause of freedom by posing as German astrologer Peter Kepler was a better use of his time than going to prison for impersonating a Princeton University professor. His mission: use his skills in illusion, sleight of hand and deception to gain Heinrich Himmler's trust and persuade him to assassinate Adolph Hitler.
In a plot that involves German resistance members in high places, Walker walks a tightrope of deceit, playing on the high command's fascination with the occult to penetrate the highest levels of Nazi power in a daring plan to eliminate the Nazi Fu¨hrer.
In action that takes him from Berlin to Paris to Cairo; from Hitler's Eagle Nest to Himmler's occult Wewelsburg Castle, Gary Kriss's The Zodiac Deception is a memorable debut, an unforgettable thrill ride through the dark heart of World War II Germany.
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Kriss makes the implausible plausible in his debut, the entertaining first in a duology set during WWII. In 1942, Wild Bill Donovan, the head of the O.S.S., recruits con man David Walker, a prot g of both Harry Houdini and Conan Doyle, to go to Berlin and persuade Heinrich Himmler to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Donovan wants Walker to pose as a German astrologer and predict important German victories that will win the trust of Himmler, a firm believer in the occult. While the outcome of this archetypal mission impossible is never in doubt, Kriss sweeps readers along with complex action sequences and an impressive array of tangential challenges. In one detour, Walker must descend into the Paris sewer system to try to rescue his love-interest, Maxine Elise, ostensibly a maker of Nazi propaganda films, whom members of the French underground are holding hostage. Crisp prose and a well-structured storyline bode well for the sequel.
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