Monday, 12 July 2021

The Counterfeit Candidate by Brian Klein | Blog Tour Book Review

[AD/Gifted - I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

The Counterfeit Candidate by Brian Klein - 5/5
Blurb: 
"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 F├╝hrer'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."

Review:
What a book. I absolutely devoured this book and couldn't put it down even if I wanted to.

In the prologue we hear about Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun's deaths in April 1945. These deaths were faked and Hilter and Braun really fled from Berlin to South America, taking on new identities. They plan to build the Fourth Reich and own a huge pharmaceutical company, essentially taking over the USA.

Flash forward to Buenos Aires in January 2012, and three men break into a bank's safety deposit boxes stealing as much as they can.

Senator John Franklin is set to become the next President of the United States and his father's deposit box is one of the ones in which the contents were stolen. The documents hidden inside cannot be public knowledge. John's father, Richard Franklin hires men to seek out the perpetrators and even has an insider so they stay one step ahead of the police.

What is the connection to Franklin and Hitler/Braun? And why must these documents be kept a secret?

I was immersed in this story right from the beginning. The chapters are short and something big happens in almost every one so you feel that need to keep going and see what happens. There is a real chase and sense of urgency and you are just waiting for the truth to be outed.

It is so cleverly written and the stories between Franklin and Hitler are weaved very well together. It's an easy read and lots of little aspects are added in that probably could have been overlooked but they really add to the narrative.

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A massive thank you to Midas PR for having me on the blog tour for this book. You can find the Instagram handles for the other Bookstagrammers taking part in the graphic below.
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