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May, 1938. Franklin Roosevelt knows America may soon stand as the sole bulwark of democracy. But for 75 years the nation has been divided, slashed in half by thousands of miles of barbed wire. In the South, the Confederate States of America is under the brutal dictatorship of Huey Long, moving now toward an unholy alliance with Nazi Germany. Roosevelt won’t let it happen. His answer, Terrible Swift Sword: a vast undercover operation to bring the South down, with ten men to spearhead it. Ten men with names as loathed as any in American history. Men whose grandfathers lost the Civil War. And let the United States be ripped in two.
“It’s no secret why I requested you ten to spearhead an operation of such consequence,” the President tells them at a secret camp in Valley Forge. “Because I happen believe that men who have something to prove in life turn out to be either first-rate failures or first-rate fighters.”
Commanded now to undo the damage their grandfathers did, the ten set forth to make America whole again, sea to shining sea.
Russell Chamberlain, a lonely Maine man raised in the shadows of shame, grandson of the infamous “Coward of Little Round Top” teamed up with swaggering New Yorker Daniel Sickels III–a match made in hell. Together they must plan and execute the assassination of the Confederate tyrant. Iris Longstreet and her husband James, Southerners working for the Re-Unionist underground. Floyd Cobb, head of the Confederate National Police, hot on their trail.
All roads lead to Gettysburg.
At festivities marking the 75th anniversary of the greatest battle in American history, amid fireworks and marching bands, secret tunnels and treacherous betrayals, events will once again determine the fate of the nation.
And the world.
The year is 1929, the last days of prosperity. Willi Kraus is Germany’s fastest-rising detective: highly respected but disliked by some because he’s a Jew. Berlin is deep in the throws of a giddy rush to forget its troubled past—war, revolution, and hyperinflation.
But the same day the stock market crashes in New York, the dark underside of the German capital flushes to the surface in the form of a burlap sack spewed by floodwaters from the city’s sewer system. When Willi is called to investigate and discovers the sack is full of children’s bones with teeth marks on them—and a Bible with a single phrase circled in red: Children of Wrath—he fears he’s run into something darker than he’s ever known.
Berlin, 1932, in the final weeks of the Weimar Republic, as Hitler and his National Socialist Party angle to assume control of Germany, beautiful girls are seen sleepwalking through the streets. Then, a young woman of mysterious origin, with her legs bizarrely deformed, is pulled dead from the Havel River. Willi Kraus, a high-ranking detective in the Berlin police force, begins a murder investigation. As he moves through the Berlin underworld of debauched nightclubs, prostitutes with secrets and a hypnotist with troubling connections, Willi begins to understand that much more than the solution to a murder is at stake. What he discovers will mean that his life, the lives of his friends and family, and Germany itself, will never be the same.
Paris, 1933. A refugee with no papers, no legal status and few resources, Will Kraus lives in fear of deportation back to Nazi Germany. His reputation as a top sleuth precedes him luckily, and he’s enlisted to work as a private eye—if under shady circumstances. Seduced by a sultry, troubled young French woman and befriended by France’s most flamboyant financier, Willi finds himself unwittingly drawn into their baffling world. Without a badge and working alone, in order to get to the bottom of a murder he must navigate not only the grand salons of Paris but her seediest alleys, darkest canals and smokiest nightclubs—a landscape as disorienting as a hall of mirrors, where sex, politics, money, and love are often just tricks of the eye.