The Parsifal Pursuit, a Winston Churchill Thriller

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Pub Date 08 May 2018 | Archive Date 31 Aug 2018

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By the spring of 1931 a conspiracy is underway in Germany to assassinate President Hindenburg and restore the Kaiser's son to the throne, threatening the peace of Europe. At the behest of her godfather Winston Churchill, the adventurous journalist Mattie McGary, a rising star in William Randolph Hearst's press empire, and her lover, Bourke Cockran Jr., a New York law school professor and former Army counterintelligence agent, get involved.


A brutal struggle opposes the old Germany and the new; the reactionary industrialists backing Kaiser Wilhelm II versus the racist radicals behind the Nazis and their leader, Adolf Hitler. Winston Churchill is drawn into the fray.


An epic quest to recover an ancient Christian artifact, the Spear of Destiny, is underway! The spear was used by Roman centurion Longinus to pierce the side of Christ to end His suffering on the cross. But the spear—long on display at Vienna's Hofburg Museum—is suddenly missing. Hitler wants it every bit as much as the Kaiser and Winston Churchill.


Mattie travels to the Austrian Alps on a danger-filled search for the spear. When Cockran joins her, both their lives and their romance are in jeopardy because of the handsome and mysterious leader of her expedition who saves her life and seeks to seduce her. Will she find the spear and retain Cockran's love?


About the Authors

Michael McMenamin and Patrick McMenamin are the co-authors of the award winning 1930s era “Winston Churchill Thriller” series. The first four novels in the series—The DeValera Deception, The Parsifal Pursuit, The Gemini Agenda and The Berghof Betrayal—received a total of 14 literary awards. The Silver Mosaic is their fifth Winston Churchill Thriller and they are currently at work on their sixth, The Liebold Protocol. Both Michael and Patrick have travelled extensively in Europe, South America, Central America and Asia while Patrick has also travelled in the Middle East and Africa.


Michael is the author of the critically acclaimed Becoming Winston Churchill, The Untold Story of Young Winston and His American Mentor [Hardcover, Greenwood 2007; Paperback, Enigma 2009] and co-author of Milking the Public, Political Scandals of the Dairy Lobby from LBJ to Jimmy Carter [Nelson Hall, 1980]. He is an editorial board member of Finest Hour, the quarterly journal of the Churchill Centre and Museum in London and a contributing editor for the libertarian magazine Reason. His work has also appeared in The Churchills in Ireland, 1660-1965, Corrections and Controversies [Irish Academic Press, 2012] as well as two Reason anthologies, Free Minds & Free Markets, Twenty Five Years of Reason [Pacific Research Institute, 1993] and Choice, the Best of Reason [BenBella Books, 2004]. He was formerly a first amendment and media defense lawyer and a U.S. Army counter-intelligence agent.   


Patrick, the other half of the father-son writing team, is an award-winning journalist who has produced stories for ABC News, Fox News and HuffPost. He is a Phi Beta Kappa cum laude graduate of the University of Rochester with Departmental Honors in both 20th Century European history and Film Studies.

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Keywords: Churchill, Hitler, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Eugenics, The Spear of Destiny, The Order of the New Templars, Anti-Semitism, Nazi

By the spring of 1931 a conspiracy is underway in Germany to assassinate President Hindenburg and restore the Kaiser's son to the throne, threatening the peace of Europe. At the behest of her...

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Keywords: Churchill, Hitler, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Eugenics, The Spear of Destiny, The Order of the New Templars, Anti-Semitism, Nazi

Keywords: Churchill, Hitler, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Eugenics, The Spear of Destiny, The Order of the New Templars, Anti-Semitism, Nazi

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It’s been two years since Mattie, Bourke, Churchill and Michael Collin’s Apostles managed to stop the arms trade to the IRA. Mattie and Bourke were not sure how long they could be together but now, here they are, two years later. Paddy, Bourke’s son likes Mattie and Mattie too likes the kid. Bourke plans to propose Mattie on their romantic trip to Vienna. Their Vienna trip is almost canceled when Hearst, Mattie’s boss asks her to visit Germany for a one-to-one interview with Hitler. Cockran decides to take up a case in Europe and he and paddy pack their bags and leave for Europe.

The story has a gory start – 9 soldiers are killed in cold blood while the tenth one is beheaded. While the first book in this series – The DeValera Deception had descriptions of rape, the second book has descriptions of beheading.

The Nazis are now powerful, with SS guards and thugs beating and killing innocent people, mainly those of Semitic origin (Jews).

Mattie remembers the first time she met Hitler, back in 1923. She remembers Hitler giving her a cold stare, the one that can send shivers down the spine. Hitler is considered to be “Unstable and dangerous” by The Geneva Institute For Scientific and Industrial Progress, also known as The Geneva Group.

Bobby Sullivan, one of the Apostles, who was trained by none other than Michael Collins plays a major role in this book. From being an assassin to warm-hearted, Bobby is a hero when he once again disappears in search of Mattie, just like he did the first time, two years ago.

Bourke and Mattie’s relationship turns sour when Harmony decides to create trouble between them. What I find interesting about the Churchill Series is the mention of airplanes. In the first book it was Ford motor planes while in this book, it is the autogiros. With Kurt and Mattie having a brief fling to Kurt realizing as to why he and Cockran are so much alike, it is nice to see a character grow. The friendship between Bobby and Bourke deepens too. Mattie’s confusion and doubts, her love for Cockran and her respect for her father and godfather are highlighted in this book.

Oodles of history, mystery, and action make this book a must-read for all those who love fiction.

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"The Parcifal Pursuit" eBook was published in 2018 (original paper edition was published in 2011) and was written by Michael McMenamin and Patrick McMenamin ( Mr. McMenamin Sr. has authored or co-authored 12 books. Mr. McMenamin Jr. has authored or co-authored 6 books. This is the second in their “Winston Churchill 1930s Thriller” series.

I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Situations, and Mature Language. The story is set primarily in 1931 Europe. The primary characters are Mattie McGary, Churchill's goddaughter and a reporter for the Hearst newspapers, and Bourke Cockran a law professor, former US Army MID agent, and the son of one of Churchill's former mentors.

There is a plot in Germany to assassinate President Hindenburg and restore the Kaiser to power. Part of this plot also involves finding the ancient Christian artifact, the Spear of Destiny. Churchill and Hearst send McGary to find the Spear and return it to the British Museum. Separate forces acting for the Kaiser and Hitler are also after the Spear. Making things even more dangerous, members of a new Knights Templar are sworn to protect the Spear.

Simultaneous to this, Cockran is in German with his lovely new client. She is being pressured to sell the tabulator company she just inherited from her father, who was murdered. She and Cockran are confronted by Nazi thugs trying to force her to sell. Cockran must call on old friends from Ireland to help him.

As the plot develops Cockran and McGary are thrown into one desperate situation after another. Their romance is threatened by Cockran's lovely new client as well as a distinguished German that is accompanying McGary on the search for the Spear. Both McGary and Cockran must also contend with enemies that are not so obvious as the uniformed Nazis.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 11.5 hours I spent reading this 442 page period thriller. While not a novel set in World War II, it deals with events and figures that will soon play important parts in that conflict. I like the characters created for this series of novels. While this book could be read stand-alone, it would be best to start with the first book in the series "The DeVelera Deception". I like the cover art. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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The second title in the authors’ series of thrillers featuring Winston Churchill. As equally engrossing as the award-winning series debut, the Parsifal Pursuit is set in spring 1930s as a life-and-death struggle is playing out between factions supporting Kaiser Wilhelm II and radicals backing Hitler in Germany. Highly recommended!

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