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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
In his second novel, Legacy of Evil, Ed Marohn brings back psychologist John Moore. Following his return from the jungles of Vietnam, the CIA once again sends him on a covert and dangerous mission: Deliver a sealed letter to Nina Moesel, aka Karen Schmidt, who is his boss’s former lover and a member of a German extremist group. Despite the mission having incomplete intelligence, Moore agrees to do the job. But when Moesel/Schmidt is brutally attacked, Moore gets caught in the middle of a factions war between his CIA boss, James Woodruff, and a rival connected to the neo-Nazis. He soon meets former members of the Baader-Meinhof gang, an anarchist group, and learns that a nuclear device has fallen into the wrong hands. Moore must race against time to locate the missing weapon.
Legacy of Evil is successful in its gripping effect because of its tight plot. This makes it easy for Ed Marohn to sustain the tension and excitement over the pages. It has its share of high-octane moments as Moore is fighting against time to locate a nuclear device while at the same time struggling with his inner demons. Marohn keeps the story moving from place to place from the United States to northern Europe, and up to the Arctic Circle. The premise has a certain appeal that is complemented by a balanced exposition, and it will likely keep you reading from start to finish. By the time Legacy of Evil reaches its climax, it gives you that satisfying feeling and makes you look forward to Moore’s next adventure.