The buried contents of a Nazi train. An aging SS mass-murderer. And the wartime secrets of a U.S. presidential hopeful’s Jewish family, hidden for seven decades.
War crimes investigator and ex-CIA officer Joe Johnson is more than intrigued when he learns of a link between the contents of a Nazi train, hidden by Hitler's Third Reich, a ruthless blackmail plot, and financing for a U.S. presidential hopeful’s 2012 campaign.
But the investigation becomes bigger and more deeply personal than Johnson expects when it leads him toward an SS Holocaust killer who escaped his net years earlier, and propels him into a deadly conflict.
Soon there are high-level intelligence and criminal networks combining across three continents against Johnson and his two female colleagues, one MI6, the other a journalist.
He finds himself inextricably caught up in a terrifying quest to win justice, to avenge his mother’s tortured past and revive his flagging career.
With dramatic settings, explosive action and characters readers will come to love, The Last Nazi is a gripping full-length thriller—the first in a forthcoming series featuring Joe Johnson.
Buy The Last Nazi today and read how Johnson puts himself right in the firing line in his fight for justice against the very worst type of criminal.
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Much of the historical backdrop to The Last Nazi is factual, including the details of Hitler’s Project Riese in Lower Silesia and the extensive complex of tunnels that was built in the area in and around Walbrzych. This includes the tunnels underneath Książ Castle and in the Owl Mountains.
The Sokolec group of tunnels was one of seven such structures within the Riese complex, including Książ Castle.
However, poetic license in describing the layout of these tunnels, including the existence of emergency exit tunnels.
The Gross-Rosen concentration camp, including the Wüstegiersdorf subcamp, was built to provide the labor that dug out the Riese tunnels. Most prisoners held there were Jewish.
There has been a lot of speculation about the storage of gold and other treasures looted by the Nazis from across Europe during the Second World War, including gold bars taken from various government reserves and smaller gold items stolen from Jewish prisoners as they arrived at concentration camps, including tooth fillings that were forcibly extracted. For example, a large volume of gold and jewelry was found in a mine at Merkers, Germany, by American soldiers in 1945.
The tunnels of Project Riese, some of which have not yet been explored or which remain blocked due to rock falls, are believed by many to have been a storage location for some of this Nazi gold, but none has so far been found. I have therefore been creative in describing how gold bars were stored in the Sokolec tunnels.