The Devil's Alchemist

The Devil's Alchemist

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by A.R. Homer
     
 

1942.

The war hangs in the balance.

But Nazi Germany may soon have a weapon to tip the scale.

Germany, 1942. When Hitler's leading nuclear physicists hesitate to develop an atom bomb, SS officer Max Heldorf conceives of an ingenious plan. But only one physicist can solve the formidable scientific problems essential for success: Hannah Goldmann, who is facing

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1942.

The war hangs in the balance.

But Nazi Germany may soon have a weapon to tip the scale.

Germany, 1942. When Hitler's leading nuclear physicists hesitate to develop an atom bomb, SS officer Max Heldorf conceives of an ingenious plan. But only one physicist can solve the formidable scientific problems essential for success: Hannah Goldmann, who is facing death in an extermination camp.

Denmark, 1942. As Jørgen Sørensen's Resistance cell progresses from acts of sabotage to planning one of the most spectacular Resistance operations of World War II - the rescue of all of Denmark's Jews - he realizes there is a traitor in their midst.

New York, 1942. The American secret service recruits WAAC Christina Lindgren for intelligence work in Sweden. On a return mission, Christina finds herself trapped with a vital message - and an unknown stranger.

And what is the terrible secret of Mørkø, a hitherto deserted island halfway between Denmark and Sweden? Only two people outside the island have any idea: Reichminister Albert Speer and Peder, an autistic ten-year-old Danish boy who is unable to tell what he has seen.

The Devil's Alchemists interweaves these stories against a backdrop of history as it races to a stunning, unforgettable climax.

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A.R. Homer is the author of

The Sobs of Autumn's Violins

Winner, 2006 Distinguished Honor Award,

Military Writers Society of America

"A must read for all lovers of thrillers or World War II novels.." - W.H. McDonald, Jr., 2006 President, Military Writers Society of America

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ISBN-13:
9781595265036
Publisher:
Aeon Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
09/15/2008
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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In June of 1942 in Berlin, Hitler¿s `Uranium Club,¿ a team of prominent German scientists, tells Reichminister Albert Speer that the development of an atomic bomb is infeasible, a claim that arouses the suspicions of Max Heldorf, a physicist and an SS Sturmbannfuhrer. Heldorf reveals these suspicions to Speer in a private meeting in which he proposes an alternate route to the weapon that, given Germany¿s defeats on the eastern front, may be the Third Reich¿s best hope.

In New York, Christina Lindgren, a WAAC born in Sweden, has been recruited to go to the country of her birth by the newly-formed OSS. There she is to collect a message from a German, a physicist and a member of the Uranium Club: it is a message to the United States saying that German scientists have refused, on moral grounds, to build an atomic bomb for Hitler. Christina was selected not only because she speaks fluent Swedish, but also because she strongly resembles the German scientist¿s late wife, a fact which helps ensure the flow of information out of Germany.

In northern Denmark, Jorgen Sorensen has channeled his abhorrence of the Nazi invaders of his country into daring resistance work. He keeps an eye out for his little friend, Peder, a ten-year-old autistic boy, and Peder¿s adoptive mother, a Jewish widow who is being tormented by the Danish Nazis. When the Gestapo decides to move in against the Jewish widow, Peder flees ¿ and in his travels makes a discovery of epic proportions that he is able to communicate only in the most astounding of ways.

It is nothing short of amazing how Homer integrates these three main stories, which seem to have autonomy but which are, in the end, all interconnected. Homer is a master suspense builder, keeping the tension high throughout the novel and destroying your resolve to `just read one more chapter.¿ At the same time, his characters live and breathe, make you love them, hate them, pity them, root for them. `The Devil¿s Alchemists¿ is a worthy successor to Homer's brilliant `Sobs of Autumn¿s Violins.¿ It is a classic tale of World War II or, indeed, of any era ¿ beautifully written and thrillingly told.