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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
My Nazi Nemesis: A Dark Thriller is an historical suspense novel written by Rich DiSilvio. Jack Goodwin was an OSS officer during the Second World War and had become a CIA operative after the war. He's a widower who lives with his fifteen-year-old daughter, Eleanor, in St. Louis, Missouri. His wife, Veronika, died tragically at the end of the war, and, now that Ellie is fifteen, he's decided to let her know the real story of his and Veronika’s lives. In 1942, Jack was on a mission that would insert him and four other agents into Poland; however, the plane carrying them was attacked by German planes, leaving only him and one other survivor. As the damaged aircraft began to plummet to earth, Jack parachuted out of the plane and landed in a quiet wooded area. Soon after, he heard a strange humming noise that he discovered was coming from an antiquated Russian biplane. It crashed, and Jack could see the pilot fighting to free himself from his harness as the plane began to burn. Jack rushed to help him, and the two men barely made it to safety before the plane exploded. When the pilot removed his leather cap, Jack could see he was really a beautiful woman -- the woman he would eventually make his wife.
Rich DiSilvio's historical thriller, My Nazi Nemesis: A Dark Thriller, is fast-paced and exciting. Jack Goodwin is a superlative spinner of yarns who kept me as fascinated by his stories as he does his daughter, Ellie. I've long been interested in WWII history and fiction and was impressed with the author's obvious depth of knowledge of the subject and his use of that very dark time in world history to engage and inform readers. The passages in the story that deal with Veronika’s time in Auschwitz are harrowing reminders of the atrocities committed during that war, and they are masterfully related. DiSilvio's plot is cunning and ingenious, and his characters, especially the very resourceful Jack Goodwin, won’t be easily forgotten. My Nazi Nemesis: A Dark Thriller is most highly recommended.