Sunday, May 22, 2016
"Lost Kin", by Steve Anderson
“Lost Kin” is a haunting tale of international intrigue set in postwar Munich, 1946. The story is a stand-alone continuation of “Liberated” featuring American captain Harry Kaspar. In this latest the long-estranged brothers Max and Harry reunites to confront a secret Allied betrayal as the cold war heats up.
Amid the post-war chaos Harry remained uncorrupted until everything changes when a Munich cop knocks on his door and says “there has been an incident and your brother may be involved”……Harry is dragged into a murder investigation and thus opens an atmospheric and suspenseful story of forced repatriation.
This book has its slow moments but in whole there is enough action and mystery to keep turning the pages till the final dramatic face-off in the snowing Sumava Mountains of Czechoslovakia. The author has deftly created a canvas where innocent people get caught between allies and enemies and has exceptionally captured a world on the razor’s edge of survival. You soon warm to the characters and desperately want them to succeed. Although the subject is treated sensitively it still allowed the brutality to shine through. This historical fiction is well-written not to be too dramatic but yet provides all the necessary tension to keep us on the edge of our seat. The author certainly knows this period and post-war politics and knows how to deliver it. “Lost Kin” will move you.
This is my first experience reading Mr. Anderson but it will not be my last.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. “This is the way I see it”.