Genre: Political Thriller
About The Book:
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 Führer.
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.
“All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players.” This Shakespearean quote is very central to the overall issue of this story. With the character's lives depending on their ability to convince their audience that what is, really isn't, or just the opposite. It's cunning and conning at the most crucial and dangerous political level.
Another thing I enjoyed about this book is the vast number of character's that people the story, some historical and some fictitious, but all interesting and woven into the plot smoothly. It's a challenging read, one that requires focus and retention to keep all the elements in their right place, but it's worth the effort.