Target Churchill is an Amazon best-selling historical thriller written by Warren Adler (The War of the Roses) and Churchill biographer James C. Humes. Target Churchill has consistently ranked higher than 10,000 on Amazon's Best Sellers rank and is currently in development as a movie with Grey Eagle Films and sales-financing company The Solution Entertainment Group.
As Great Britain and the United States celebrate a victorious end to WWII, Joseph Stalin's relentless Soviet Union is creeping across Eastern Europe, leaving a trail of devastation and murder in its wake. Winston Churchill, the cigar-puffing icon of the British fighting spirit, embarks on a crusade to lift the veil of secrecy that hangs over Stalin's mission. Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri sets the diplomatic stage upon which the world's political players grapple for supremacy as Churchill delivers his fated Iron Curtain speech on March 5, 1946.
Soviet operatives have infiltrated British and American governments at the highest level. As Churchill prepares to launch the Cold War, Stalin unleashes his trained mole, an American Nazi who served in Hitler's SS. His mission: assassinate Winston Churchill. Churchill travels with a lone bodyguard, W.H. Thompson, a former British police officer who protected Churchill faithfully through the turbulent years of war. Thompson alone senses danger, but will his trained instincts and vigilance be enough to protect the former Prime Minister from a ruthless killer?
In this gripping historical thriller, battles are fought not on the beaches, on the landing grounds, in the fields, on the streets or in the hills, but behind closed doors in the shadows of espionage.
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"To give it up for him would be an honour.'
Mr.Adler is a very versatile writer, not being bound by any genre. But all of his books share three things in common: great story, well written and wonderful three dimensional characterisations. This historical thriller is no exception. Blending known facts and personalities with creative fiction, he creates an atmosphere of immediate post world war attitudes as we are introduced to several of the main players of the time including Churchill himself and his immediate family, Baria's subordinate and supporter of Stalin, and President Truman. The other main protagonists include Churchill's longtime bodyguard and friend, Donald MacLean, the first secretary at the British Embassy in Washington, and a young American nazi S.S.officer, captured by the Soviet army and spared death to be a sleeper in the U.S.A. All are so perfectly sketched they come alive.
This reality is increased by the narration of Nick Howden-Steenstra who both gives separate voice to each individual as well as a pretty good impersonation of Churchill's most memorable way of speaking. Between the dialogue, his pleasant reading is clear and easy on the ear.
The storyline follows three intertwined main themes: Winston Churchill, himself, and his fears for the future of the free world; the Soviet hopes of increasing power, both nationally and personally;and the life of the young, brash American born nazi recruited into the soviet's service. All strands come together at the tense and exciting ending.
A most enjoyable, well executed book: my congratulations to both authors.
And my thanks to the right's holder who sent me a complementary review copy, via Audiobook Boom.
- Norma Miles
Five star read, Warren Adler has hit another home run .