Top positive review
Riveting, high stakes World War II spy thriller.
Reviewed in the United States on March 9, 2019
Full disclosure: I was a reporter at a station in Washington, D.C., where Glenn Dyer was a TV news executive. I should not have been surprised he had a book in him. But an espionage novel? I was nervous about writing a review, however brief, since World War II dramas are not normally in my realm of interest. But after socking away "Torch Betrayal" on a recent cruise, I discovered this saga of a missing Allied battle plan, Operation Torch, was hard to put down. I found myself stealing an hour here, an hour there to devour the plot. Conor Thorn, a wartime intelligence agent, is tasked with recovering the confidential orders for the invasion of North Africa -- before the Nazis can use them to their own advantage. Thorn teams up with a lovely British M-16 agent, Emily Bright, said to have been Winston Churchill's "right hand" before her transfer. Their mission to rout out suspected traitors takes them, of all places, to the Vatican. The stirring story line is based on true events, with rapt attention to historical detail. Suspenseful and well researched "Torch Betrayal" is chock full of characters Dyer invented, flawed characters, like real life people, who interact with real-life historical figures like General Dwight D. Eisenhower. This cloak and dagger mystery is the first of a sequel. I'm anxious to see what Agent Thorn is up to next.
Karen Gray Houston