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When a former Nazi scientist and a current NASA rocket expert arrive in 1960s London for a conference. International spies and war criminals alike are still looking to settle old scores from World War II.
Monitoring the conference are Spencer Hall of MI5 and Jack Stein of the CIA, top agents who became fast friends while fighting side by side for their lives. They’ve been called to protect their nations’ vital secrets, but one of them harbors his own plans for revenge. Meanwhile, Bernard Zimmerman, the NASA scientist, wants everyone to forget his past work with the Third Reich so he can create a new life in America. Unfortunately, both the Soviets , Mossad, and the Germans remember him all too clearly While Stein will stop at nothing to protect him, his loyal friend and intelligence source, Spencer Hall ois consumed with a personal vendetta.
Duty & Betrayal - The SS Brotherhood & the NASA Connection certainly proves an absorbing and smart read. More, it reminds us that when done right, the moral and political quandaries of an espionage thriller can make for intensely dramatic and entertaining escapism. With accelerating plot twists that are more than just surprises delivered by rote, Oliver creates both suspense and an emotional impact with plenty of appealingly classic qualities that speak to his novel's theme. Rich in both resonance and elegiac melancholy he gives us marvellously nuanced characters without the frills and in doing so makes them feel organic and believable, never contrived. Three that particularly stand out are Spencer Hall, Garvan and Joyce Leader who find themselves faced with the deep and painful ironies that created a special chemistry between them. Dark ironies that teeter on the deadly but come to a startlingly satisfying and warmly human conclusion whilst others like Stein, Schneider and Frenzel allow for an intriguing look at MI5's Double Cross System and the suspicion-fueled days of the cold war era. All brought vividly to life by Oliver with inventive narrative flair.
A genuine pageturner from start to finish, when all the plot twists are unravelled Duty & Betrayal - The SS Brotherhood & the NASA Connection is a solid thinking readers novel. Sure to be well received by discerning fans of the genre it is recommended without reservation.
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Toby Oliver was born in London, and in 2007 moved to the countryside of West Sussex with his family in England. For many years he worked as an Administrator in Central London. His first novel Codename Nicolette is based upon the real-life secret work of MI5's Double Cross System who were responsible for controlling turned Nazi agents based in Britain during World War II. His other works include Mission Lisbon - The Double Cross, Dead Man Walking - A Spy Amongst Us and The Downing Street Plot - An Agent's Revenge. His latest book Duty and Betrayal was published in November 2016.