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Monday, September 09, 2013

The Bleiberg Project

The Bleiberg Project by David Khara and translated by Simon John.  

Book Description:  Self-pitying golden boy trader Jay Novacek is having a bad week. He finds out his long-lost father is dead, he discovers his boss's real identity, and he ends up boarding a plane to Zurich under his real name Jeremy Corbin. He has a  Nazi medallion in his pocket, a hot CIA body guard next to him, and a clearly dangerous Mossad agent on his tail. What was his father investigating? Why was his mother assasinated? Why are unknown sides fighting over him with automatic weapons? 

A bit of alternate history dating from the Holocaust and Mengele-like genetic experiments with lots of action thrown in.

The book reads quickly after a rather slow beginning.  None of the characters are more than caricatures, slightly annoying, but reasonably likable.  My favorite character is Mossad assassin Eytan Morg, and he is the only one that I'd like to know more about.  I did find Jay/Jeremy's interior monologues about Jackie amusing, though.

Regardless of the superficial characters, the book is a fast-paced thriller and an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.

NetGalley/Le French Book

Alt. History/Thriller.  2013.  Print version:  202 pages.

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