Release Date: July 21, 2023
About The Book:
Dakar, French West Africa
French West Africa has not been kind to Gavin Briggs. Forced into the life of a smuggler and scoundrel, he has accumulated debt with the wrong people and now has one last chance to make it right. But when a British invasion armada arrives on the horizon as they prepare their boat to depart, things immediately go from bad to worse. Intercepted as he tries to escape, the British commandeer Gavin’s contraband. All seems lost until redemption arrives in the shape of a shadowy figure named Frederick Atkinson of the British spy service. As Atkinson stares down the imprisoned smuggler, he sees an opportunity. A nation’s treasure, worth billions, has been hidden in the dusty badlands of the Sahara. A treasure of gold bullion that was stolen and hidden away when the Nazis invaded France. A treasure that whosoever controls could tip the balance between the Axis and Allied forces. In Gavin Briggs , Atkinson sees an expendable asset that can help him find the treasure. His offer is simple: find the gold and be rescued from their debt. Seeing an opportunity, Gavin’s decision is simple, and a race against time begins. As Gavin is forced into a world of spies, subterfuge, and violence, he is forced into a scavenger hunt that leads across the desert and through the barren Sahels of the Sahara to find where the Vichy Treasury has been hidden.
About The Author:
Conor Bender is an award-winning World War II author. He was a Marine Officer who led Marines as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, & Company Commander. As a Marine, Conor served as a logistician and foreign military advisor, serving in Africa in support of operations during the Mali Civil War, and in Europe in support of NATO foreign policy goals. His experiences helped shape his stories. While on deployment he began writing his debut novel, Jubilee, a fast-paced telling of the infamous Dieppe Raid of 1942; and the first book in his Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare Series. Join Arthur Cutter as he navigates the stressors of war and the threat of hidden agents as he scours the coast of Normandy. Follow Faraday high into the skies over France as he fights to the breaking point while learning to lead a flight of fledgling pilots and navigate the halls of the War Office as political subterfuge and infighting nearly cost the Allies the war.
Early Reviews: “Author Conor Bender takes a true WWII event, wraps it in a fictional format, mixes real historical people with layered, believable fictional characters, crafts a plot full of suspense, then like an alchemist, mixes this magical blend and the result is pure gold.”
“Truly, outstanding book. It had great depth and was rich in the plot line. Additionally, it was very well researched, so the people who are World War II buffs like me were not stumbling through historical errors.
Characters were very well molded. My favorite was Gavin, who turns out to be a real American hero in the war.
The pace of the book was exceptionally fast and one that I just could not put down. It has an interesting ending and it leaves one with the appetite for more. And the author has crafted the ending, so I am not surprised if there is more coming.
I highly recommend this book, especially for those who are World War II military buffs.
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.“
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