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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
Duty & Betrayal: The SS Brotherhood & the NASA Connection is a true political thriller in every sense of the word. The story takes place in the 1960s, but the characters and plot are tightly bound together for the parts they played in World War II. Author Toby Oliver has included intelligence and espionage players from the United States' CIA to Britain’s MI5 and Scotland Yard to Germany, Russia and former Nazis in an intricate and well executed setting. Duty & Betrayal is a slow paced and very intriguing reading experience, but the espionage, thrills and twists never stop. Spencer Hall of MI5 and Jack Stein of the CIA are old friends who have teamed up together again to protect their countries' secrets. Bernard Zimmerman is a NASA scientist hoping to leave behind his strong association with the Third Reich. Each of the participants, including Joyce Leader, a double agent, has their own agenda while trying to protect their organization's secrets and accomplish their own revenge at the same time.
I struggled sometimes to keep the story and characters straight and occasionally had to reread a section, but the thrills, twists, turns and intrigue made it all very worthwhile. Duty & Betrayal is classified as a fictional story, but as I read I couldn’t help but wonder how much was fact and how much was the imagination of Mr. Oliver. Political thriller fans will love Duty & Betrayal as it has all of the ingredients for a perfect espionage story, a 'making things right and fixing the wrongs' kind of story. Toby Oliver is a talented writer who has written a book that, while fiction, is based on truth and justice in the real world.