A superb and fast paced political thriller full of secrets, corruption and conspiracies!
I was kindly gifted this from Midas PR in exchange for an honest review and to be part of the blog tour.
The Counterfeit Candidate by Brian Klein
Berlin, 30th April, 1945
As the Russian Army closes in on the war-torn City, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun take their own lives. Their bodies are burned and buried in the Reich Chancellery garden, above the Führer’s bunker.
Buenos Aires, 9th January, 2012
Three audacious thieves carry out the biggest safe depository heist in Argentine history, escaping with more than one hundred million dollars’ worth of valuables. Within hours, an encrypted phone call to America triggers a blood-soaked manhunt as the thieves are tracked down, systematically tortured, then murdered.
San Francisco, 18th January, 2012
Senator John Franklin, hailed as the ‘Great Unifier’, secures the Republican Presidential nomination and seems destined for the Oval Office. Despite the sixty-seven year interval and a span of thirteen thousand miles, these events are indelibly linked.
Chief Inspector Nicolas Vargas of the Buenos Aires Police Department and Lieutenant Troy Hembury of the LAPD are sucked into a dark political conspiracy concealing an incredible historical truth stretching from the infamous Berlin bunker to Buenos Aires and to Washington, which threatens the very heart and soul of American democracy.
This read just like one of my favourite TV series, similar to the likes of The Blacklist or Homeland. It was full of secrets, political corruption, murder and conspiracies.
There was never a dull moment in this book and it was a complete page turner. The action and suspense was consistent throughout, keeping the pace brilliantly, building even more towards the end and even though it’s very clear from quite early on who everyone is / how they are related the ending didn’t disappoint.
It’s definitely a book that I wouldn’t normally read but I’m so glad I did. When reading the synopsis I thought it was going to be heavily political and a little too much but it absolutely wasn’t. The author is a brilliant storyteller and had me completely fascinated, especially when going back in time to share the story on Hitler. Every part of the story was perfectly linked together and I thought the plot was such a brilliant idea – an intriguing conspiracy theory which quite frighteningly could have happened.
Overall this was a superb thriller which takes a part of history and turns it on its head. A complete page turner that will have you hooked from that very first page!