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Ratlines    by Stuart Neville order for
by Stuart Neville
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Soho, 2013 (2013)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

It is the early 1960s and American President John F. Kennedy is planning a historic visit to Ireland. The government wants everything to go smoothly, but the deaths of some Germans granted asylum after World War II could cause serious trouble for the Irish Republic.

A note found on one of the dead men is addressed to former Hitler favorite, Colonel Otto Skorzeny, and warns, 'We are coming for you.'

Not only has he avoided accountability after the war, but the Colonel is quite knowledgeable of the ratlines, the secret routes used to move Nazi war criminals from one safe haven to another. Skorzeny's political power and his source of unlimited funds makes him a person of interest for Irish intelligence operative Albert Ryan. Ryan is tasked with solving the murders while keeping a lid on what they suggest about the country's policies and association with war criminals.

From start to finish the intriguing premise of this thriller makes it one that has already elicited praise such as 'terrifyingly authentic' and 'a flat out terror trip'!

Irish author Stuart Neville's fan club will add quite a few North American members after word of this nail-biter gets out!

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