The Sentinels: Review

Saturday, August 01, 2009 Posted by Dina N

The Sentinels: Fortunes of War is a new historical thriller by Gordon Zuckerman. Thanks to the author and Bostick Communications, I got the opportunity to read and review this book.

The Sentinels takes place in the 1930s and 40s and centers around a historical speculation that German industrialists have aided Hitler's rise to power. Greedy and hungry for power, a group of rich businessmen conspire to support the National Socialist Party and reap financial benefits from arming the new regime. At the same time, several smart Ph.D. students from the University of California at Berkeley discover a pattern that explains and can even predict repeating cycles of the rise and fall of world powers. They claim that the German industrialists are pushing Europe into war and propose a watchdog organization to prevent it. Not content to just sit back and watch the events unfolding in Germany, this group comes up with a clever and daring plan to punish the German industrialists while making it harder for the dictator to fund his never-ending appetites to conquer other countries. They become The Sentinels and subject themselves to great danger undertaking a Robin Hood-type mission.

The Sentinels is an entertaining, fast paced book that was impossible to put down. Unlike many WWII stories, it focuses on the role money may have played in Hitler's rise to power. In addition to being a clever, entertaining thriller, it poses questions about the morality - or rather, lack thereof - of using monetary influence to support and then control dangerous military regimes. It has all the ingredients of a thrilling story: conspiracy, money, danger, abduction, rescue, love and hatred, heroes and villains. The Sentinels is an enjoyable summer read that would appeal to fans of historical fiction.

The Sentinels came out July 1 and can be found on Amazon as well as at other book retailers.

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