Larsen (The Perfect Assassin) links the torpedoing of the USS Indianapolis shortly after the ship delivers an atomic bomb to the island of Tinian in the South Pacific to a Nazi plot in his second thriller, set in the waning days of WWII. Maj. Michael Thatcher, a tenacious British officer whose job is to hunt down Nazi spies, is intrigued when the words "Manhattan Project" come up in one of his interrogations. Meanwhile, in Germany, Col. Hans Gruber knows that a sleeper spy, Die Wespe, who's been working on the atomic bomb project in Los Alamos, must be smuggled out of the U.S. with his stolen plans so that those Nazis who survive the war can rearm and continue their goal of world domination. Charged with this mission is Capt. Alexander Braun, an American fighting in the German army. Braun is clever and ruthless, but once Thatcher catches his scent, he won't rest until Braun is captured or killed. An innovative, original plot marks Larsen as an author to watch. (Oct.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Stealing Trinityby Ward Larsen
In the last days of WWII, the Third Reich makes a desperate grab to retrieve its most valuable asset, Die Wespe, a spy buried deep in the Manhattan Project. The man chosen for this mission is Alexander Braun-American born, Harvard educated, and a ruthless killer. British Intelligence learns of the Nazi plan. Unable to convince their American counterparts of… See more details below
In the last days of WWII, the Third Reich makes a desperate grab to retrieve its most valuable asset, Die Wespe, a spy buried deep in the Manhattan Project. The man chosen for this mission is Alexander Braun-American born, Harvard educated, and a ruthless killer. British Intelligence learns of the Nazi plan. Unable to convince their American counterparts of the magnitude of the threat, they dispatch Major Michael Thatcher to track down Braun. The trail leads to Rhode Island, where Lydia Cole, a young heiress, has unwittingly taken Braun back into her life. Braun is forced to run, and there is one place where he must goLos Alamos, home of the Manhattan Project. On July 16, 1945, the world's first atomic bomb is tested - code named Trinity. In the days that follow, four people - a tenacious British investigator, a determined young woman, a killer, and the spy who could compromise America's greatest scientific endeavor - will have a fateful rendezvous, all vying for control of the secret that will shape the world.
Larsen's second thriller (after The Perfect Assassin) is a well-written, well-researched, and compelling tale of the chase for nuclear secrets in the final days of World War II. Nazi sniper Alex Braun, a German raised in the States, is smuggled into America to locate a Third Reich spy buried in the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos. British intelligence major Michael Thatcher discovers Braun's presence but not his purpose or his whereabouts-he's staying with an old flame, the wealthy Lydia Cole. Braun, who wants to get the spy's secrets and sell them to the Soviets, is a killer, and his trek to both New Mexico and Guam is littered with the bodies of those who've crossed his path. Meanwhile, Thatcher and Lydia have joined the chase. An easy and gripping read, this is recommended for all popular fiction collections.
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Larsen's concept that the Nazis had a spy in the Manhattan Project's design lab at Los Alamos is, as far as I know, a new and intriguing plot. It is now common knowledge that Beria's NKGB penetrated the Manhattan Project and stole most of its secrets, which explained how the Soviet Union managed to detonate a nuclear device, First Lightning in 1949, years before the OSS and our military estimated they could do so. In STEALING TRINITY, a German physicists and Nazi spy, The Wasp, has managed to compile most, if not all, of the secret data in one suitcase. Germany surrenders as Capt. Alexander Braun, the Nazi agent sent to contact the Los Alamos spy, is landed off the east coast of Long Island. Can Braun reach The Wasp? If he does, then what? The Third Reich is gone. Larsen uses historical fact as the anchor points in his fascinating story. A British major who specializes in interrogating captured Nazis interviews a captured corporal, who was responsible for destroying top secret files. Before doing so, he took a peek and remembered two words, Manhattan Project. When Major Thatcher makes inquires about the name, red flags are raised and he is told to drop the issue. Exactly the wrong thing to tell a dedicated Nazi hunter, and the hunt begins. Major Thatcher meets the FBI who is more interested in keeping him from finding out what the Manhattan Project is than finding the spy. For those who have had experience with code word projects and "need to know," the story will have echoes of truth. For others will just be an amusing comedy. Ward does an excellent job of describing the first nuclear detonation of Gadget, and the Little Boy atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, without getting in over his or the reader's head in technical details. The USS Indianapolis did deliver the nuclear components and it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. STEALING TRINITY is a good read anchored in historical facts. Fans of W.E.B. Griffin's Men At War series will like this book.
So may words were run together that I could not finish. Also, the book did not hold my interest.