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Cave Dwellers: A novel by Richard Grant

Cave Dwellers: A novel

by Richard Grant

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Cave Dwellers is set in 1938 Germany. The main character is a young lieutenant in the German army who is tapped by the Abwehr, Germany's military intelligence branch, for a secret mission in the U.S. The German military (which was separate from the SS, Hitler's paramilitary organization) is hoping to somehow unseat Hitler and stop the 'New Germany' movement that is planning invasion and war. Things get complicated quickly.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is well-written and plotted, the characters reveal complexity as they wrestle with their inner conflicts even as the action moves right along. I got something of a feel for what it was like to live in Germany during the pre-war years. Highly recommended. ( )
  MsRoux | Jun 24, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307270831, Hardcover)

A gripping novel of historical espionage, about an eleventh-hour attempt by members of the German elite to unseat Adolf Hitler, and its endlessly complex consequences.

In late 1937, the young lieutenant Oskar Langweil is recruited to this cause while attending a party at the lavish home of a baroness. A high-ranking officer in Germany's counterintelligence agency brings Oskar into the fold because of their mutual involvement in a patriotic youth league, and soon dispatches him to Washington, D.C., on a perilous mission. Despite his best efforts, Oskar is compromised, and must immediately find a way to sneak back into Germany unnoticed. A childhood friend introduces him to Lena, a Socialist and fellow expat, and they hatch a plan to have Oskar pose as her husband as they cross the Atlantic on a cruise ship filled with Nazis and fellow travelers. But bad luck follows them at every turn, and they find themselves messily entangled with the son of a U.S. Senator, a White Russian princess, a disgraced journalist, an aging brigadier, and a gay SS officer as the novel races toward an explosive conclusion.

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