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British Lion
by Tony Schumacher
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William Morrow, 2015 (2015)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

This alternative thriller imagines that Nazi Germany won the Second World War. London police detective John Henry Rossett now reports to Ernest Koehler, his German boss, and is recovering from a gunshot wound when the SS officer approaches him with a serious personal problem.

Koehler's wife and daughter have been kidnapped by American spies and the Nazi needs Rossett's assistance to get them back. Caught in a ticklish situation where he is willing to assist his boss to save two innocent lives, the British detective finds himself walking a tightrope between the violent resistance and the Nazi SS.

Complicating matters is Rossett's search for a Jewish scientist whose life has been spared as long as she works on assisting in the development of an atomic bomb.

In The Darkest Hour, Schumacher set up the scenario of this what-might-have-been situation and introduced the central characters. His post war look at London had the war had a different outcome was so successful that this sequel followed. Given his early success Schumacher will now probably turn this into a series featuring Rossett.

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