Target Churchill

Target Churchill

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by Warren Adler, James Humes

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Winston Churchill, the cigar-puffing icon of the British fighting spirit, embarks on a post-WWII crusade to lift the veil of secrecy that hangs over Stalin's Soviet Union. 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 5th 1946


Winston Churchill, the cigar-puffing icon of the British fighting spirit, embarks on a post-WWII crusade to lift the veil of secrecy that hangs over Stalin's Soviet Union. 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 5th 1946. While the Soviet sphere of influence creeping across Europe is to be exposed, Stalin's NKVD recruits Frank Mueller, a zealous Nazi and former member of the German American Bund to assassinate Winston Churchill. During his mission, Mueller begins a dangerous affair with a woman he doesn't realize is his natural enemy. Only Churchill's loyal bodyguard, W. H. Thompson, senses trouble but will he react in time to save Churchill's life? In this gripping thriller co-authored by acclaimed author Warren Adler and Pulitzer Prize nominated Churchill historian James C. Humes, battles are fought not on the beaches, but behind closed doors in the shadows of espionage.

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Stonehouse Press
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Meet the Author

Acclaimed author and playwright Warren Adler is best known for The War of the Roses, his masterpiece fictionalization of a macabre divorce adapted first, into the Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated blockbuster hit film starring Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, and later into the international hit play based on the original novel.
Shortly following the success of The War of the Roses, Adler fueled an unprecedented bidding war in a Hollywood commission for his then unpublished novel Private Lies. He went on to option or sell several of his works to film and television including Random Hearts starring Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas, Trans-Siberian Express, Funny Boys, Madeline’s Miracles, his Fiona Fitzgerald mystery series.
His collection of short stories entitled The Sunset Gang was adapted into a trilogy for PBS’ American Playhouse series starring Uta Hagen, Harold Gould, Jerry Stiller, and Doris Roberts who earned an Emmy nomination for her role in the “Best Supporting Actress in a Mini Series” category. The Sunset Gang also premiered Off-Broadway as a musical.
Also an essayist and poet, Adler has taught novel writing seminars at New York University, and lectured on creative writing, motion picture adaptation and the future of e-books. Adler’s works are available in over twenty-five languages worldwide. He resides in New York City.

James C. Humes: Pulitzer Prize nominated author of Churchill: Speaker of the Century, James C. Humes is a former presidential speechwriter who worked for Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford and Dwight Eisenhower. Before his speechwriting career, he represented the U.S. State Department in lectures on American government all over the world. He has served as a communications advisor to major U.S. corporations, including IBM and DuPont. He is the author of more than 30 books, and one of the few Americans alive today to have met Churchill who told him at age 18, “Young man, study history. In history lie all the secrets of statecraft.” A widely sought speaker across the country, Humes lives in Pueblo, Colorado and is Visiting Historian at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

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Target Churchill 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
alwaysthere More than 1 year ago
Historical fiction. Very interesting
twp1977 More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting read but not as great as it could have been. Knowing a good deal about the period, it was historically accurate in many regards. However, the Soviet and German characters were incredibly one-dimensional power-hungry sadists. Whatever one thinks of the real crimes of people like Beria, many ordinary Soviet and German soldiers had motivations that had less to do with ideology and more with staying alive.  Also, there is a tremendous amount of crass sexual talk throughout the book, including graphic references to rape, masturbation and even in the scenes meant to describe a mutually satisfying love making session - a very clinical description of the act rather than a romantic one. In fact the book's weakest point is its insistence on filling too many pages with the utterly contemptible Franz Mueller (Frank Miller). At first one is not sure whether they want us to see him as a redeemed character on which they quickly pull the plug or as an inhuman beast, incapable of understanding human love. Whatever the case, the authors fail miserably in this regard and should have either written his character with more depth or left him out altogether except as a footnote. Where the book does have its greatest strength is when it is dealing with Churchill. The man himself comes through with great ease and seeing Churchill through the eyes of the secretary who accompanied him makes it a joy to read these scenes. I wish the authors had given more of the stage to Thompson, the unflappable and brave gentleman who was Churchill's personal guard. His character in the book is thoroughly enjoyable. The complicated figure of Donald Maclean is an additional character on which they should have spent more time. Also fascinating is the time period on which the story is based. It is in the aftermath of the Second World War where men of Churchill's stature are are entering unfamiliar territory. His almost regal, statesman-like presence shines that much brighter when contrasted with Truman's crass swearing, poker playing and general demeanor on their shared train journey. One feels that something is lost forever when it is acknowledged that Truman and those like him are the office holders and Churchill has just been unceremoniously dumped as leader - despite returning not long after for a final stint as Prime Minister.  I would recommend the book for those interested in Churchill and the time period, despite its faults. Finding oneself a fly on the wall where Churchill and Thompson are conversing as the great statesman enters his twilight is reason enough to give this book a read.  Disclaimer - I received an Advance Review Copy of this book from the publisher through Goodreads First Reads.
BasingstoneBook More than 1 year ago
This book transports you into the post war era just before the Cold War. It is difficult to separate the fiction from fact, as this is very well written to the point you believe it is a historical novel. Churchill our wartime hero is targeted by an assassin during a visit to the USA, accompanied by Truman the current president, you are presented with many options on how the attempt will play out. The author explores Churchill's long time relationship with his bodyguard to prove that even in politics simple and trusting friendship are possible. Excellent book and is recommended as a must read.