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Snake: Nest of Vipers Paperback – March 12, 2015
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During WWII, Greta Hoffmeyer was the top agent for Germany’s counter-espionage agency, Ballemsschlange, known as COBRA. She induced men to talk by seduction. Because of her, people were tortured and died. But she disappeared before the war ended, eventually coming to America. But her past won’t leave her behind, and connecting with her one true love ends in tragedy.
Snake, a masked vigilante suddenly appears on the streets of New York, knowing where crime is going to happen. She foils the robbers, then takes their swag. The police and mob both want her, especially when a young police officer is killed during one of her actions. Snake gathers a team from the streets, a taxi driver, a blind black man, a fallen magician, a brothel madam and her police dispatcher daughter, plus a tough bartender, and a crippled Korean War veteran. With these, and others, Greta Hoffmeyer takes on the underworld, perhaps looking for redemption for her past sins.
The story was interesting, and the characters fun, and the Snake charming. Bases on a six page synopsis by comic book writer, Richard Hughes, the author spins a great yarn, looking back in her WWII past to her current mental problems. Yes, she may still have those moments of hatred for herself, and speaks in riddles to hide her feelings, but she’s a force to be feared. A great read, and highly recommended.
The Snake is a masked woman vigilante that emerges in post war New York city. She gathers an eclectic group of misfits around her and takes on the Underworld. Not the most original idea but still well written. What makes this novel interesting is how does the Snake connect with the mysterious female Nazi agent that we see in flashbacks. The answer seems obvious but how we get from one to the other is the interesting ride we must take. And there are some twists along the way.
Altogerher an interesting read from a veteran author..