The Quadrant Conspiracy
The Plot to Kill FDR
by James H Lewis
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Pub Date 10 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 02 Jan 2023
As Anglo-American leaders gather to plan the defeat of Nazi Germany, Hitler orders the death of President Franklin Roosevelt to derail the conference.
Brandon Armitage, a Canadian veteran of the Great War, has joined Canada’s Volunteer Guard to oversee German prisoners; it’s a role he’s undertaken to seek revenge for the death of his son during a raid on the French Coast. When one of his prisoners escapes. Armitage pursues him to a remote island above Lake Huron, where FDR is on a pre-conference fishing trip.
Suspecting the German is trying to assassinate the American leader, Armitage alerts security officials. When they refuse his help, insisting their security is tight, Armitage must act alone, even as he seeks to rescue his failing marriage.
The Quadrant Conspiracy is based on an actual historical incident and is set against the backdrop of the Allied march to defeat the Third Reich. While there are elements of a thriller, the story also centers on the effect of two worldwide conflicts on a marriage.
At a pivotal time in World War II, did the Third Reich try to kill the U.S. president? Deep inside Canada? Allied records surviving today leave only intriguing hints. Evidence from the German side – if it existed –is said to have been destroyed in the bombing of Berlin. From the hints to motive, means, opportunity, and actions, James Lewis has skillfully woven a suspenseful story of what might have happened in his novel, Quadrant Conspiracy.
Philip Padgett, author, Advocating Overlord
Average rating from 3 members
The tide of the second world war is beginning to turn and the allies are not totally in sync regarding the prosecution of the war. Winston Churchill and the British preferred the battles be fought in North Africa and up the Italian peninsula rather than from British soil into France. Stalin is refusing to attend the meetings because of the problems faced on the Eastern Front with the German army.
German pilot Jorg Schumaker is shot down and being held in a Canadian prison. A young girl, smitten by his boyish good looks; decides to assist him in escaping.
Meanwhile, the high command in Germany decides that their best bet to turn the tide of the war is to kill Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR is scheduled to take a fishing holiday in Canada and Jorg Schumaker is tasked with the assassination assignment.
Prisoners have been paid a stipend for working in the fields and orchards and he has accumulated enough money to attempt another escape.
After the failed attempt to land troops at Diepp along the French coast, Churchill wishes to have the war proceed through Italy rather than an attack across the English Channel. Meanwhile, Roosevelt has gone fishing!
The writer has written a very gripping novel of war and the intrigue of three very large world powers not totally in agreement as to how to proceed. You will find this a very informative and engaging read. 4.5 stars – CE Williams
I thought this book was absolutely brilliant. The author has really brought this era to life, and the characters came across as very real in the telling. It is one of those books that once started is very difficult to put down, in fact, I stayed up very late in the night reading it.
The historical detailing has to be commended, the author has certainly done his homework and has he has depicted the era with a great deal of confidence and certainly. Likewise, I thought the characters came across as very real in the telling. The story itself if utterly captivating and I enjoyed every minute of it.
If you enjoy quality historical fiction with a thriller edge then I think this book should be on your to-read list. I highly recommend it.
*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration.
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