Classic thriller focussing on an imaginary conspiracy, where Dr Josef Mengele plots to create a new version of the Third Reich. Emerging from his hideout in South America, Mengele initiates a series of murders, assembling a band of former soldiers to set his scheme in motion. Meanwhile, Nazi hunter Yakov Lieberman receives a strange phone call from a young man who has been following Mengele’s progress and desperately needs Lieberman’s help…
Having seen the movie version of this many times (Laurence Olivier and Gregory Peck), I wasn’t sure if the book would live up to my expectations. But, even knowing the plot inside out, I thoroughly enjoyed Levin’s tale of a Nazi takeover, and the masterful way he reveals the evil Mengele’s plans for world domination.
I’m already looking forward to the next Ira Levin tome on my bookshelves – Rosemary’s Baby. Mwah, hah, hah.
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An interesting plot, Colin. I read Different Seasons by Stephen King recently. It includes a story, Apt Pupil, which is about an ex-Nazi and it was a very difficult story to read.
Ah yes, I believe there’s a movie version of it with Ian McKellen. having read it yet, though.