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Isbell's writing style alone is enough to keep one reading, but the story-line he creates is intense, exciting and fast-paced. The way he opens new chapters sort of "re-hooks" you back into the tale over and over again. IE: The first two paragraphs of Chapter 7 & the image of the old motor lodge, the Indian going up and down on the pole, the big rigs straining to make it up the steep grade... all draw images that compel one to read on.
The ending is very unexpected and you'll want to read every word right up to it and then more. Thank goodness his follow up novel, Icarus Plot, is right around the corner!
All in all a very good read that is dotted throughout with historically accurate events and phrases.
I loved it.
The time is 1938/39 when the USA is finally emerging from the Great Depression and Germany is beating the war drums in Europe. War is inevitable and spies from Great Britain, Germany and other countries are jockeying for position to keep their countries one step ahead of their potential enemies.
The story's major character is Chris Schulte, German agent and rogue serial killer. Schulte travels to the USA by U-boat on a mission that is suppose to eventually end in Brazil. Along the way, several British agents are murdered in the States. As a result, the FBI winds up getting sucked into the chase. When they discover Schulte has boarded the ocean liner, Southern Cross, in New York which sails to Havana, Cuba, they know the killer has be found before the ship arrives in that country. The trouble is the rogue killer is also a master of disguises.
It is at this point, while aboard ship, a most unlikely team of investigators evolves. A young French police inspector, who is on his honeymoon, and a medical doctor returning to California from New York, are asked by the ship's captain to investigate the strange death of one of the ship's passengers. They discover the victim was murdered and it goes from there. I won't tell you anymore. I considered these two to be a couple of the most likeable and interesting characters in the story.
The ending is very much a surprise, but you will find out only by reading this page turning novel. I look forward to read T.C. Isbell's next thriller.
The tale overall is one of spies, danger and subterfuge; the baddies are nasty and the goodies well-intentioned. Full-costume disguise plays a major part, sometimes even producing uncertainty whether a person is a male or female. And all the time the reader is conscious of the World War looming on the horizon.
Good editing has ensured that this story is delivered in clean, succinct and effective prose. The period is evoked through references to historical events, public figures, and things like brand names, models of cars and types of aeroplanes. Nearly everyone seems to smoke cigarettes or cigars. Some descriptive passages are quite arresting but never long. It all works well, but sometimes feels just a little forced: car models, for instance, occasionally seem to distract the reader from the narrative focus at the point they are mentioned.
True to this novel's type, there is little attempt to take the reader into the subjective life of any particular character. The narration constantly shifts its point of view from one to the other, often for only a sentence or two at a time. There is no single lead character, several playing major roles. Where the narration goes into detail its focus is objective--on the setting, for example, or on the scientific procedures used in forensic investigation. Was it this approach, the avoidance of interiority, that gave me the sense of watching a movie?
In view of the type of novel Isbell set out to write, perhaps I should not have been surprised that, apart from one or two allusions, no romantic relationship figures in the story. Yet I do wonder whether some sort of evolving emotional relationship as a sub-plot might not have given this novel a broader and even stronger appeal.
Nevertheless, Southern Cross is told with a sure hand so that suspense mounts from one chapter to the next, right up to the surprising end. I will even consider dipping into the next book in the series, for which the ending has well prepared us. I might have given it an extra half-star if that were possible.