The darkest secrets of World War II… finally revealed. The number one bestseller returns with his most explosive book to date.
Europe is ablaze. America is undecided about joining the fight against Nazism. And James Zennor, a brilliant, troubled, young Oxford don is horrified. He returns one morning from rowing to discover that his wife has disappeared with their young son, leaving only a note declaring her continuing love.
A frantic search through wartime England leads James across the Atlantic and to one of America’s greatest universities, its elite clubs and secret societies – right to the heart of the American establishment. And in his hunt for his family, James unearths one of the darkest and deadliest secrets of a world at war…
For those who haven't come across Sam Bourne yet, he is perhaps better known as his alter-ego, Guardian journalist Jonathan Freedland.
Nevertheless, it is his writing as a novelist that I first stumbled across when a friend recommended his thriller "The Righteous Men". I enjoyed it so much that he immediately found his way onto my must-read list and his next three books The Last Testament, The Final Reckoning and The Chosen One didn't disappoint.
Bourne's earlier works draw heavily on his specialist knowledge of the middle east and religion, marrying contemporary politics with ancient threats, many stemming from the Second World War and its ongoing repercussions.
Pantheon differs somewhat in being set during the Second World War, rather than modern times and he has worked hard to capture the feel of a Britain at war. Particularly well written are the parts which deal with the contrast between the austerity of Britain and the apparent wealth of the United States. James Zennor's amazement at the extravagance of a three-egg omelette for breakfast - most of a week's ration back home - is just one well-written example.
If you haven't had a chance to read this, or Bourne's other works, I heartily recommend that you check them out.
And in case you're wondering, what with Freedman working for the Grauniad I haven't spotted any obvious typographical errors.(*)
(*) A little Private Eye in-joke in case you are wondering.
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