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The Afrika Reichby Guy Saville
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The explosive new thriller of a world that so nearly existed
Africa, 1952. More than a decade has passed since Britains humiliation at Dunkirk brought an end to the war and the beginning of an uneasy peace with Hitler.
The swastika flies from the Sahara to the Indian Ocean. Britain and a victorious Nazi Germany have divided the continent. The SS has crushed the native populations and forced them into labor. Gleaming autobahns bisect the jungle, jet fighters patrol the skies. For almost a decade an uneasy peace has ensued.
Now, however, the plans of Walter Hochburg, messianic racist and architect of Nazi Africa, threaten Britains ailing colonies.
Sent to curb his ambitions is Burton Cole: a one-time assassin torn between the woman he loves and settling an old score with Hochburg. If he fails unimaginable horrors will be unleashed on the continent. No one - black or white - will be spared.
But when his mission turns to disaster, Burton must flee for his life.
It is a flight that will take him from the unholy ground of Kongo to SS slave camps to war-torn Angola - and finally a conspiracy that leads to the dark heart of The Afrika Reich itself.
"Saville's tremendously satisfying debut, an alternative-history thriller that supposes there was no WWII, will please fans of Frederick Forsyth and Len Deighton. In 1952, nine years after the Casablanca Conference that divided ('cleaved' was Churchill's word) Africa between Britain and Germany, allowing Germany to regain the colonies it lost under the Treaty of Versailles, retired assassin Burton Cole is hoping to start a new and tranquil existence in Sussex. But those hopes are scuttled by an offer he can't refuse. A Rhodesian, Donald Ackerman, informs him that a man Cole believed dead, Nazi Walter Hochburg, is alive and serving as the governor-general of the German colony of Kongo. Cole, who blames Hochburg for his mother's disappearance, hopes to learn the truth of the circumstances from the Nazi before taking his revenge. Saville gets everything right — providing suspenseful action sequences, logical but enthralling plot twists, a fully thought through imaginary world, and characters with depth. Agent: Jonathan Pegg, Jonathan Pegg Literary." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Guy Saville was born in 1973. He has lived in South America and the Middle East and is currently based in the UK. The Afrika Reich is his first novel.
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