“Berlin, 2015 – a well-connected SS Commander is found dead, having protected the last secret of the Nazi empire for seventy years. A discovery by Nazi Scientists so potent it could change the balance of world power – forever.
Led by misfit military historian Myles Munro, an international team begin to piece together the complex puzzle left by SS Captain Werner Stolz. As their hunt across Europe gathers pace, the brutal killing of one of the group signals that they are not the only ones chasing the answer.
Plunged into a world of international espionage, Myles only has his intellect and instincts to keep him alive. As the team edge closer to an explosive truth, it becomes clear to him that there is a traitor amongst them.
Who can Myles trust? And can he unravel the clues of the past in time to save the future?”
Well, this turned out to be a fascinating read! The first in a series (of two, so far) books featuring the character of Myles Munro, a military historian, “Secrets Of The Last Nazi” was British author Iain King‘s first novel, published in 2015.
Beginning with a prologue set in Germany during July 1945 we first meet SS Captain Werner Stolz being interrogated by Allied forces before speeding forward seventy years to find the now-elderly Stolz in a nursing home near Berlin.
When he dies shortly afterwards Zenyalena Androvsky, a Russian working in the Moscow-based Ministry of Foreign Affairs, invokes an old Allied Powers act from the end of World War II to force the Americans to agree to an investigation into Stolz’s death. The other countries party to the act, Britain and France, also send representations. Jean-Francoise Pigou is the French flight lieutenant sent by his government, and Myles Munro is persuaded to get involved by his own government.
This is essentially a political / conspiracy thriller based around the idea that the Nazi regime had re-discovered an age-old link between planetary alignment and world events and used masses of data to refine a mechanism for accurately predicting future events. It is this secret that the international team find themselves trying to uncover – and all the while a shadowy figure is on their trail and determined to stop them…
The book starts with a quote attributed to Adolf Hitler at Nuremberg in 1936 – “No matter how weak an individual may be, the minute he acts in accordance with the hand of Fate, he becomes more powerful than you could possibly imagine.” King then goes on to state in his preface that “…historical events in the book really did occur on the dates mentioned in the book. The relationship between natural events and human affairs explained in this book is true.”
This immediately struck a chord with me as I have an interest in pre-Christian ideas. The story cleverly sets out to illustrate that astrology is so much more than the nonsense that gets printed in newspapers and magazines as your horoscope and that it could, in fact, have far more truth that the religious and scientific communities would like us to believe. And that’s where this book really wins, I feel. Not only is it a cracking and seemingly very well researched thriller, but the ideas – and the theory that those in authority would denounce them as nonsense (even while they covertly use them for their own gain) – mean that the reader can happily come down on either side of that particular question and be confident that they are on the correct side. Either astrology can truly tell us our futures, but is being suppressed by “the man”, or it’s all rubbish and religion and science are the avenues that can tell us that truth.