Tom Wilde #6
WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT
Germany, late summer 1945 – The war is over but the country is in ruins. Millions of refugees and holocaust survivors strive to rebuild their lives in displaced persons camps. Millions of German soldiers and SS men are held captive in primitive conditions in open-air detention centres. Everywhere, civilians are desperate for food and shelter. No one admits to having voted Nazi, yet many are unrepentant.
Adolf Hitler is said to have killed himself in his Berlin bunker. But no body was found – and many people believe he is alive. Newspapers are full of stories reporting sightings and theories. Even Stalin, whose own troops captured the bunker, has told President Truman he believes the former Führer is not dead. Day by day, American and British intelligence officers subject senior members of the Nazi regime to gruelling interrogation in their quest for their truth.
Enter Tom Wilde – the Cambridge professor and spy sent in to find out the truth…
Dramatic, intelligent, and brilliantly compelling, THE MAN IN THE BUNKER is Rory’s best WWII thriller yet – perfect for readers of Robert Harris, C J Sansom and Joseph Kanon.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
A Man in the Bunker by Rory Clements is a gripping spy thriller. This is my first Tom Wilde book, although this is the 6th in the series. However, it can read as a standalone. “What if Hitler is alive” is a wonderful premise which I am pleased to say Clements has built upon wonderfully.
Clements does a perfect job of portraying the atmosphere of post-war Germany where civilians are scrambling for food and shelter while many people are still unrepentant of their support to the Nazis. Amidst this hostile environment, Wilde must search for the truth.
Wilde is assigned Mozes Heck as a partner for the investigation. The trigger-happy Heck is a perfect foil to the level-headed Wilde. Heck lost his family to the war; hence, his anger is understandable. However, this creates unnecessary obstacles in the path of the investigation. The way Wilde continues despite such obstacles makes for enjoyable reading. However, Heck also contributes to the investigation equally. Initially, both dislike each other, however, gradually, they develop mutual respect and look out for each other.
Clements also sheds light on the plight of women who were shunned by society because they fell in love with the soldiers of the opposite faction. Moreover, Clements’ visually descriptive writing had me in the thrall of the picturesque locales of Germany as Wilde and Heck race through the country to find the truth.
Overall, I enjoyed reading A Man in the Bunker by Rory Clements. Recommended for fans of spy thrillers.
Genre: Thriller || Pages: 460 || Published on January 20th 2022 by Bonnier Zaffre
Many thanks to Tracy @ Compulsive Readers for organizing this blog tour. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book. This does not affect my opinion on the book. I opted to provide an honest review on my blog.
Rory Clements is a Sunday Times bestselling author. He won the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award for his second novel, Revenger, and a TV series of the John Shakespeare novels is currently in development. Rory lives in Norfolk with his family.
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