Saturday, December 08, 2007

Mystery Book Review: Hitler's Judas by Tom Lewis

Mysterious ReviewsMysterious Reviews, mysteries reviewed by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books, has written a review of Hitler's Judas by Tom Lewis. For our blog readers, we are printing it first here in advance of its publication on our website.

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Hitler's Judas by Tom Lewis
The Pea Island Gold Trilogy (2nd Book)

VP Publishing (Trade Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-9705793-6-5 (0970579365)
ISBN-13: 978-0-9705793-6-2 (9780970579362)
Publication Date: September 2007
List Price: $14.95

Synopsis (from the publisher): Martin Bormann, possibly the closest man to Adolf Hitler, knows Hitler’s insane decision to invade Russia will destroy The Fatherland. Already in a position of enormous power, Bormann forms an intricate plan of escape. But Bormann has no intentions of escaping as a pauper.

When the right moment comes, Bormann leaves the doomed Third Reich forever, taking with him $50 million in stolen Nazi gold. His surprising destination is Pea Island, a lonely strip of sand north of Cape Hatteras, . Will his plan succeed?

Review: The second book in the Pea Island Gold Trilogy by Tom Lewis, Hitler's Judas, is a backstory for the first book, relating the tale of how a fortune in gold bullion came to be buried on a small island off the coast of North Carolina.

It is 1941 Germany. Adolf Hitler’s armies have invaded most of Europe and he’s heading for the Soviet Union. Hitler believes he can conquer not only Europe, but the world. Many of his high profile military men disagree but fear Hitler’s wrath should they confront him. One man in particular knows of the arrogance and futility of the war, and although he is not afraid of Hitler, for his own arrogant and selfish reasons he does not confront him. He is Martin Bormann, Hitler’s personal secretary, confidante and friend of many years. Inasmuch as he believes that, without a doubt, Hitler and the Fatherland will be defeated, he begins the biggest betrayal of its kind.

It took over two years of planning, but eventually Borman was able to transfer millions of dollars in gold bars and American currency from the German coffers to banks in neutral countries. He was also able to have the fastest most efficient submarine completed at the time he would need it. Borman went so far as to bribe a southern POW airman to join him and teach him “southern” English so when he arrived on Pea Island, the destination of his choice because it was isolated and barren, he would fit right in. He assembled a crew for his vessel and had them stow the crates of money and gold in special holds on the ship.

What happens to these men, their submarine, and the people living on Pea Island that include a young girl named Sunday Everette, is startling. Just as compelling as the first book in the trilogy, , yet separate and exciting in its own right, Hitler's Judas is an impressive addition to this already outstanding series.

Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Hitler's Judas and to Maryglenn McCombs Book Publicity for providing a copy of the book for this review.

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