In 1962, the Western powers’ leading scientists meet in London for a conference. A notorious Nazi war criminal is after an attendee, Bernard Zimmerman, from NASA who once worked on Hitler’s rocket program. But CIA agent Jack Stein will stop at nothing to protect him. Meanwhile, Stein’s loyal friend and intelligence source, Spencer Hall of MI5, is consumed with a personal vendetta. Soviet KGB and Israeli Mossad agents are in town too, and the secrets they’re after are nuclear in more ways than one.
A 5* Rated Thriller. Duty and Betrayal: The SS Brotherhood and the NASA Connection by Toby Oliver is a riveting Cold War-era spy thriller in which former Nazi spies, American and British spies, a sultry double agent, and other intriguing characters are bent on righting the wrongs of the past, while trying to protect their countries in the present, many with conflicting objectives. A novel of well-drawn characters, Duty and Betrayal will have you continually trying to guess at people’s motivations. Non-fiction from this era often-times reads like spy fiction – for example, The Zimmerman Telegram by Barbara Tuchman. Oliver reaches those sorts of heights with this novel, but he playfully adds enough double crosses to satisfy any thriller reader, while still retaining an authentic depiction of the time.