by Bob Mackin
JACKHAMMER: A NOVEL OF ESPIONAGE, LOVE, BETRAYAL, AND REDEMPTION
Lucky in life and love, Karl Ludwig has it all. He’s about to start a promising career as an orthopedist and marry the brilliant and stunning plastic surgeon Fern Wagner. Money saved from Karl’s night job as a prizefighter will launch their medical practices. Then, just hours before their wedding, Karl uses his fists in a barroom brawl to save his best friend, the free-spirited Dr. Josh Greenberg. Karl’s punches land him in Sing Sing and begin an adventure that will see him penetrate the highest echelons of the Nazi Party.
After being at the wrong end of brutal gang beatings at Sing Sing, Karl receives a surprise visit from a courtly Englishman. Karl learns that he can leave prison if he agrees to undertake a high-risk mission, one that requires him to gain access to the likes of Hermann Göring, Martin Bormann, and even Adolf Hitler. The enterprise promises Karl his freedom, and vast wealth, but requires him to fake his own death and not see Fern, or tell her of his mission until he has succeeded and escaped Nazi Germany.
Karl, Fern, and Josh crisscross war-ravaged Europe, where they encounter resourceful MI6 agents, sadistic SS officers, and deep-cover KGB operatives, along with an underworld kingpin and a streetwise Berlin detective. As the story races toward its climax, Hitler, Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt pull strings in a deadly and ever-changing game of war and murder. The story’s surprising conclusion brings Karl, Fern, and Josh together in a moment of truth in the game-changing event of World War II.
“Jackhammer is outstanding, kept me on the edge of my seat. I was not able to put it down. Some things deserve great praise. Jackhammer does.”
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