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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Magician In Black is a work of historical fiction based on real events and people and was penned by author Michael J. Merry. Set during the early 1930s and continuing into the events of the Second World War, the initial plot is brought about by various assassination attempts to end the life of Adolf Hitler. When Hitler asks Himmler of the SS to get someone to protect him and prevent further attempts, Dieter Goff is recruited. Known by his titular moniker ‘the magician in black’, the novel unfolds Goff’s experiences working for Hitler, and later his time defecting to the American side prior to the war.
History comes alive under the keen watch of author Michael J. Merry, who combines a semi-biographical style with moments of heated narrative to bring his tale into being. The research behind Dieter Goff and the various attempts on Hitler’s life is airtight, giving history buffs all the details they could ever wish for, whilst also presenting an engaging work of war fiction with lots of action, suspicion, and intensity. As a central character, Goff and his incredible skills are often put to the test with a plotline that keeps the psychological thrills coming and the mysteries of each interrogation unfolding. There is much to learn that isn’t popular war knowledge and plenty of insider information woven into the storyline. Overall, Magician In Black will appeal to both fiction and non-fiction fans for its high levels of accurate historical detail, making it a war novel and a learning experience in one.