Soren Paul Petrek The Allies and the Nazis are in a deadly race to develop the ultimate weapon while supersonic V-2 rockets rain down on London. Madeleine Toche and Berthold Hartmann, the German super assassin who taught her to kill, search for the secret factory where Werner von Braun and his Gestapos masters use slave labor to build the weapons as the bodies of the innocent pile up. The Allied ground forces push towards Berlin while the German SS fight savagely for each inch of ground.
Finding the factory hidden beneath Mount Kohnstein, Hartmann contacts his old enemy, Winston Churchill and summons Madeleine to his side. While she moves to bring the mountain down on her enemies, Hartmann leads a daring escape from the dreaded Dora concentration camp to continue his revenge against the monsters who ruined his beloved Germany.
Together with the Russian Nachtlexen, the Night Witches, fearsome female pilots the race tightens as the United States and the Germans successfully carry out an atomic bomb test.
Germany installs an atom bomb in a V-2 pointed towards London, while the US delivers one to a forward base in the Pacific. The fate of the Second World War and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.
This is one book that I was pleasantly surprised by. As a lover of World War Two movies, the ones which showed how the women took care of the country while the men fought especially, this was a book that I really loved reading about it. It starts out a little slow to start with, jumping from different years and places to set the scene but once it gets going, it is incredibly difficult to put the book down. I thought that Madeleine Toche was a very strong, pleasing character to read about and I really enjoyed following her journey with her. And, let’s be honest, reading a story set in World War Two where a woman becomes a hired assassin – what more could you want?
While I did have a few issues with the book – such as how quickly Madeleine bounces back after something that happens to her and how she constantly feels okay to just talk about what happened – these were quite small and not enough to detract from my enjoyment of the book. I am definitely hooked on the story now and cannot wait to read the second book to find out what will happen to Madeleine next! So if you’re looking for an action-filled, woman empowering novel – definitely make sure you give this book a read!