FIVE HOURS FROM ISFAHAN by William Copeland

FIVE HOURS FROM ISFAHAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A 22-man SS commando team -- code name Wolf Pack -- parachutes unobserved behind enemy lines in occupied Iran in November, 1943. Led by Colonel Konrad Zenner -- a young Aryan ace so Reich-minded that he had his own parents wasted in a concentration camp -- their objective is to destroy American war materiel destined for Russia. Meanwhile a heavy assignment is entrusted to Captain Peter Harvis, a former schoolteacher and current Intelligence Officer at the American Embassy in Tehran -- he's put in charge of security at his president's historic conference with Churchill and Stalin. An unlikely hero, Harvis is more at ease facing diplomats on the tennis court, or in bed with his aggressive co-worker Betty. Then one of the Wolf Pack squads is captured. . .Zenner begins wiping out key supply convoys. . .and the Nazis' primary mission becomes apparent. Forsaking his duty, Harris is reported AWOL when he decides to play war games with his SS nemesis -- ""Was he an absurd victim programmed to stalk Zenner? Or be murdered by him, 'the most dangerous man in Europe'?"" There's a desperate chase over mountainous terrain, the commandeering of an unsympathizing German archaeologist. . . . All encompassing, as in zigzaggy -- and if you swallow it all, you may just scrape the bottom of the Persian Gulf.

Pub Date: March 26th, 1975
Publisher: Putnam