Friday 23 October 2015

Review: the British Lion by Tony Schumacher

The British Lion by Tony Schumacher
Publisher: William Morrow
Release date: 27 October 2015
Rating: *****
Back cover blurb:  In this alternate history thriller set in the years after World War II—the sequel to The Darkest Hour—John Rossett joins forces with his Nazi superior to save the commander’s family as the Germans race to make the first atomic bomb. The Germans occupy a defeated Great Britain. In London, detective John Rossett and his former Nazi boss Ernst Koehler must work together when Koehler's wife and daughter are kidnapped by American spies. Caught between the Nazi SS, the violent British resistance, and Americans with very uncertain loyalties, Rossett must make his way out of London and find Ruth Hartz, a Jewish scientist who is forced to develop the atomic bomb for Germany. When every choice has deadly consequences, will these complex and conflicted characters protect themselves, their homeland, or the innocent individuals trying to endure in a world of peril?

The British Lion is Tony Schumacher's second novel featuring Detective John Rossett and his ex-boss, Nazi Ernst Koehler, and the sequel to The Darkest Hour. 
The British Lion could easily be read as a stand alone novel, but I would highly recommend reading the Darkest Hour too - just because it's so good!
Set in the years following World War Two we are invited by Schumacher to consider an alternative to history as we know it. Great Britain has been defeated in the War and is now under German occupation. Detective John Henry Rossett is reconsidering his future after an incident that looks likely to cost him his job.
His ex-boss and unlikely friend, Nazi Commander Ernst Koehler is on hand to help Rossett decide his fate due to his own involvement in Rossett's misdemeanors. When Koehler's wife and daughter go missing, Rossett is called upon to help in the search for the Koehler family.
But he has also been contacted by the Koehler's captors to help find Ruth Hartz, a Jewish scientist working on a deadly atomic bomb for Germany. But America doesn't want the German's to get there first and want to use Hartz themselves.
As tensions build, lifes are endangered, but Rossett is used to his life being in danger and doesn't much care. But despite everything that has gone between them, he does care about Koehler and his family and wants to do everything in his power to bring everything to a satisfying conclusion.
Of course this is occupied Britain and nothing is going to be easy when your every move is scrutinised...
The British Lion is yet another brilliant novel by Tony Schumacher and I can't wait to read the next in the series - please tell me there is one?! 
The British Lion is available to pre-order now from Amazon online and William Morrow.
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A huge thank you to Tony and Helena Towers at Harper Collins for allowing me to receive an advance copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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