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The Conor Thorn Series, Book 1

Dyer indicates that he intends to write further novels using the character of Conor Thorn introduced in The  Torch Betrayal. Conor is an agent for the O.S.S. (Office of Strategic Services.)  The office was formed during World War II  and headed by (Wild) Bill Donovan who later became the first head of the CIA the agency that evolved from the O.S.S.

The event depicted in the book take place during WWII.  Operation Torch was the plan to establish a second front against Germany. It was the plan for the invasion of North Africa. Hitler was aware that an invasion was under action and did all he could think about to determine where it would be launched.

The action starts when a written page meant for eyes only of Allied leader is stolen during course of it’s being copied. The information was, of course, the plan for Operation Torch: where and when it would take place. To prevent the page from falling into the hands of the enemy General Dwight Eisenhower in command of the allied armies assigned groups of people to locate the document and the thief. Conor Thorn is one of those assigned to find it and was paired against his will with Emily Bright, a British Intelligence agent. She was naturally against being paired with Conor with the mutual antipathy laying a neat background for romance.

Dyer has done a great deal of research in preparation for this planned series. He is successful in bringing  his readers into the era described with good portrayal of the events and places as they were at the time.  Hedy Lamarr, an American actress of the day makes a short appearance.  We also meet the enigmatic Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, head of the German Abweher whose sympathies were involved in getting rid of Hitler and initiating peace talks with the Allies.

The novel ends with the stage set for the next Conor Thorn book and the growth of the romance with Emily. An interesting read certainly enticing the reader to be on the lookout for the next novel in this series.

1/18 Paul Lane

THE TORCH BETRAYAL by Glenn Dyer. TMR Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2018).  ISBN 978-0999117309. 354p.

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