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In ‘Mission Churchill’ Marcus Riley, an IRA assassin is unrelenting in his pursuit of Winston Churchill from the streets of Cuba to Chequers. Walter Thompson, Churchill’s bodyguard, is equally steadfast in his protection of the Prime Minister.

This is a well told story. I enjoyed the array of characters and the tense cat and mouse game between the two men kept me interested.

Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. These opinions are my own.
DeeTeeDee | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Feb 1, 2024 |
Inspired by another book written by Warren Adler “Target Churchill”, this thriller involves the assassination attempts against Winston Churchill in 1933 Cuba and during the German Blitz on London by IRA sharpshooter, Marcus Riley, who was looking for revenge for the poor treatment of the Irish by the British. His orders came from Germany. But Winston was never alone, everywhere he went, tenaciously shadowing him was Walter Thompson, his thrusted bodyguard.

This intriguing plot explores the lack of popularity of Churchill and the plans assassinations on his life. It read much as nonfiction however it is definitely fiction, although multiple attempts were made during his time has Prime Minister, those describes in this story did not occurred.

Following Thompson trying to find Riley is quite a ride, action packed and exiting and the gripping narrative brings everything alive and is a joy to read. The author recreated scenes in England during the Blitz that is chilling and heartbreaking. The atmosphere, characterization and the presentation are top notch.

This taut thriller should please most historical fiction buff. I for one was glued to every word as the story unfolded eager to see if Riley would reach his target and end his mission...I like this determined villain...

Thank you to the Book Whisperer for providing me with this ARC
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Tigerpaw70 | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Dec 16, 2023 |
This an alternate or the author's point of view on the life of Winston Churchill, and we are page turning for answers.
I know that politicians have attempts on their lives, but Winston here is really not liked by many people, including some war machines which included the evil that was present in Europe, when Winston was Prime Minister. There is also a man whom blames him directly for the death of his brother, and IRA supporter, whom seems to have more than nine lives, and has no regard for human life.
Thank goodness Mr. Churchill has a body guard, Walter Thompson, with skills that equal James Bond!
You will soon experiencing the Country of Cuba, and then back to England, and then bombs falling every night, and such destruction!
We know that Churchill survives, but the attempts here make you wonder, and the danger becomes so great you will wonder if Mr Thompson is alive at the end!
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Book Whisperer, and was not required to give a positive review.
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alekee | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Dec 3, 2023 |
As I read through this book, I kept thinking I should be liking it better than I actually did.

The story revolves around a man named Ramon Valdez who is on trial for killing a number of people in a jewelry store. There is no real mystery here; the crime takes place in the first chapter. Ramon is a priest in the Santeria religion, popular (apparently) among many Cuban immigrants. Ramon asks Charlie Morell to be his court-appointed investigator. This involves Charlie delving into the Santeria religion and meeting an unusual assortment of people and having to face ghosts (literally) from his past.

Sounds intriguing, no? But it fell flat for me. I had a hard time feeling sympathetic for any of the characters. The Santeria part was interesting but not interesting enough. The book has a good title, though.
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Chica3000 | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Dec 11, 2020 |


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