In the near future: The leaders of Europe sleepwalk into a catastrophe that sparks a new war between Russia and the West.
Warsaw falls on the first day. NATO, more divided and indecisive than ever, leaves Poland to fend for itself.
A small guerrilla army valiantly fights behind enemy lines. The covert Stay-Behind Units of the Territorial Defense Forces are determined to raise hell for the occupation troops. They evade the merciless manhunters of Spetsnaz GRU best they can.
But will they last long enough? Will allied reinforcements arrive in time?
Security consultant Mark Sanders lives a quiet, peaceful family life in Berlin, or so it seems… A dark secret from his past comes back to haunt him and he needs to make an impossible decision:
Should he go off the grid and try to keep his family safe… Or should he join the mysterious hacker Mlada and expose the devious plot of the Russian regime?
Plot: This book is a classic espionage read with all the modern twists of cyber warfare set in Central Europe. The writer is clearly knowledgeable about the history and current political climate of the region, and makes a compelling argument between family and country.
Prose/Style: Fast-paced and well written, the writing moves the plot quickly along for a thrilling ride.
Originality: This is truly an of-the-day story that could be tomorrow’s headlines, including a take on American politics, although the story is Eurocentric.
Character Development: For the genre, there are wonderfully strong female characters, including the wife and mother Ofelia and the wife of the Polish president.
Date Submitted: May 15, 2019