SLEEPER AGENT by Ib. Melchior


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Whereas the Nazi Werewolves were a prominent feature of Melchior's Order of Battle (1972), his new novel deals with the carefully chosen group of the title who after years of training, watching and waiting--under the ubiquitous Martin Bormann--were to be sent to the U.S. to establish the foundations of the Fourth Reich. Melchior, who takes, the genre more seriously than most (much documentary research), has written an action story of considerable probity where the apparatus of this underground war (from interrogations to codes to high explosives) takes precedence over the physical story or the writing thereof. Reduced to its simplest terms, it deals with the stalk of Rudolf Kessler, otherwise known as Rudi A-27, by Tom Jaeger, CIC, at the conclusion of the war when Rudi ex filtrates via Denmark as part of KOKON or cocoon. Intermittent scenes dominate--the onslaught of a rat which costs him his papers; a killing whereby hangs a finger, his, which he must amputate; etc. but move it does with increasing strength so that you can authorize it with the assurance that it will be read with respect and enjoyment.

Pub Date: Aug. 27th, 1975
Publisher: Harper & Row