WHAT IF THE MAFIA AND FBI JOINED FORCES TO ASSASSINATE HITLER IN 1938? COULD IT HAVE SUCCEEDED? COULD IT HAVE PREVENTED WWII? COULD IT HAVE CHANGED THE WORLD?
The FBI colludes with the mafia to assassinate Hitler in the spring of 1938 during a state visit to Italy. Bugsy Siegel and his accomplice, a secret agent to keep the gangster’s volatile nature from erupting, are chosen to carry out the deed. With the help of the Italian mafia, conned into thinking the target is their bitter enemy Mussolini, the pair must avoid rival gangs and a wily Italian police inspector to avoid being caught or killed before they can even get close to Hitler. No one could have predicted the calamitous events their mission unleashes.
"...nations that play chess with world leaders should beware; toppling the King may just be the beginning...The author's personal insight makes Payback a great novel of what might have been." —Ian Hall, author of the Avenging Steel series.
"Payback is a fascinating alternative history which turns what we know of World War II on its head. Gangsters and Hitler - what could go wrong? Read Payback to find out!"—James R Benn, author Rag and Bone.
"...Real historical figures blend seamlessly with fictional ones, and everyone is believable...In the long tradition of Axis victories in the Alt-History genre, Italy is often overlooked. Michael FitzGerald changes that with Payback, a novel filled with strong characters, excellent research and surprising twists and turns."—Sandra Saidak, author of From the Ashes.
“...Bugsy Siegel, a hitman for the American Mafia, and Luigi Carmona, a far less psychotic but no less competent killer, travel to Mussolini’s Rome before the outbreak of World War II on a mission of assassination...a page-turner of a thriller [and]an alternate history novel that asks us whether great men control history or...are controlled by it...“—David Dvorkin, Author of Budspy.
"Payback is a first-rate thriller. Michael FitzGerald's tale of World War II intrigue and daring keeps the heart racing to the very last page."—James Thayer, author S-Day.
"...a great read with an amazing plot that kept me always wanting more. It's a great story about Hitler, Mussolini, gangsters and an FBI agent that held my interest till the end..."—David Avoura King - Author Hitler Out of Time.
"...one of the most original 'what if' novels since Fatherland...explores the unique possibility that if Adolf Hitler were assassinated before his grip on Germany tightened then there would be a power vacuum in Europe of immense proportions. His addition of American mafia figures brings a colorful new level to this intriguing novel."—Kim Kinrade, Author Rockets of the Reich.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Paul F. Johnson for Readers' Favorite Payback by Michael FitzGerald is an alternative look at history. It’s 1938 and the world is on the edge of disaster. The FBI decides to attempt to stop a new world war by assassinating Adolph Hitler. They know America can’t be involved so they decide to make it look like it wasn’t a government job at all. Deciding to collude with the Mafia for help, they have absolutely no plan to claim responsibility. The Mafia offers up Benjamin (Bugsy) Siegel, a notorious hit man, totally aggressive and sometimes unstable. His nature makes him a dangerous, complicated element in the plan, but that can’t be helped. FBI agent Lugi Carmona, pretending to also be a Mafia hit man, enters Italy, along with Siegel, to carry out the assassination. Conning the Italian Mafia into thinking the target is their bitter enemy Mussolini, the pair must avoid rival gangs and the Italian police to avoid being caught and certain death before they can even get close to completing the job. Both are determined to succeed, but also wonder just what will happen if they achieve their goal. I enjoyed this story very much. Mr FitzGerald has researched and developed a strong cast of characters providing interesting flaws and strengths. There were surprising twists and turns found throughout the story. The plot was good, although the pace of the novel slowed at times, but when the action picked up it sped right along. I kept waiting for the last big twist, but although this didn’t come, the story ended on an interesting note. If you like stories of what could or might have been, then this one’s for you.