Richter's War: Case of the Lady Crow

Fiction - Science Fiction
26 Pages
Reviewed on 02/07/2021
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Author Biography

Daniel P. Douglas is the pen name for identical twins Phillip and Paul Garver. Phillip is a U.S. Army veteran who also served as a senior analyst in the U.S. intelligence community. Paul’s career includes over 30 years in the museum profession.

Named a Foreword Reviews 2014 IndieFab Book-of-the-Year Awards Science Fiction Finalist, Daniel P. Douglas is also listed by as one of 2015’s Best New Mystery and Thriller Genre Writers, and is a Readers Favorite Award winner.

Phillip and Paul enjoy writing pulse-pounding, edge-of-your seat science fiction, conspiracy, mystery, suspense, and thriller stories. Their characters are often ordinary people who confront personal flaws to fight for good in the battle against evil.

They explore this theme in a number of published works. Their first novel, “Truth Insurrected: The Saint Mary Project,” centers on a decades-old government cover-up of contact with extraterrestrial life. “The Outworlds” series is comprised of adventure stories set in the early twenty-fourth century at the fringe of human civilization. Their “Richter's War” series blends sci-fi with hard-boiled intrigue in Los Angeles during World War II.

Born and raised in Southern California, Phillip moved to Arizona to attend college, and Paul moved to Virginia to further pursue his museum career. They now reside in New Mexico with their families and many pets.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Richter's War: Case of the Lady Crow is a paranormal adventure novella written by Daniel P. Douglas. Geno Richter did have the satisfaction of knowing that his assailant of the night before was in far worse shape -- in fact, the hulking Nazi was no longer breathing, but he had managed to do a number on Geno’s face before being dispatched. He had been on assignment at LA’s ritzy Cocoanut Grove nightclub in the Ambassador Hotel, at the request of his War Department boss, Dexter Jamison. And despite the previous evening’s activities and Geno’s wounds, Jamison wanted him at his office first thing the following morning. When he arrived at the Terminal Island shipyard serving as Jamison’s headquarters, Geno soon discovered what it was that had carved up his face so efficiently. Headquarters, Jamison informed him, had been able to intercept and decode the communique the Nazi had on his person. A political assassination was in the works, and, somehow, Geno and Jamison’s crew were the last line of defense to prevent it.

Daniel P. Douglas’ hard-boiled espionage novella, Richter's War, is a marvelous blend of World War ll history and the paranormal that builds on the well-documented obsession of Adolf Hitler and his Nazis with all things occult. I loved how the author makes the reader feel as though he is there watching the grand and gilded cavort at the Ambassador Hotel as servicemen await their orders and Geno and the War Department risk life and limb trying to stop the Nazi agents who seem especially adept at infiltrating and hiding in plain sight. Douglas has a deft touch with creating authentic and believable characters, and his plot fits neatly into the novella format. I have read and loved the first story in this series and was thrilled to discover a sequel. Richter's War is a grand read; it’s fast-paced, nicely noir, and suspenseful. And it stars a complex and compelling character in the person of Geno Richter. Richter's War is most highly recommended.

K.C. Finn

Richter's War: Case of the Lady Crow is a work of fiction in the short story, historical and paranormal sub-genres, and was penned by author Daniel P. Douglas. Our protagonist is Geno Richter, a hard-boiled detective who isn’t afraid to take down enemies and organizations much bigger than him, even with the Second World War raging overhead. But as our gritty L.A. hero uncovers a new Nazi thug to track down and overthrow, he also discovers that this figure might possess talents that others would claim were quite impossible. What results is a highly engrossing paranormal suspense tale that is sure to keep readers turning the pages from cover to cover.

Author Daniel P. Douglas has crafted a short, sharp, and highly satisfying work of fiction with plenty of action, intrigue, and sudden surprises to offer its readers. In terms of its presentation of character, I found that the use of close narration created a deeper psychological understanding of our central figure Richter, and this brings us right onto his shoulders as the action unfolds for heightened tension. In terms of adding paranormal flair to historical fiction, the work stays surprisingly gritty and realistic around this peculiar phenomenon, and the paranormal elements serve to increase the terror and danger level as the story rockets to its conclusion. My only qualm would be that I wanted a whole series of these tales because one was not enough! Overall, I would highly recommend Richter's War: Case of the Lady Crow to fans of atmospheric writing, exciting quick reads, and paranormal adventure readers everywhere.

Rylanne Burdette

In the short story Richter’s War: Case of the Lady Crow by Daniel P. Douglas, detective Geno Richter has to track down a Nazi before harm comes to the American people and war efforts. Something isn’t right about the Nazi agent he is after, and paranormal aspects come into play when she easily avoids capture. Geno soon figures out that she is not just any average enemy. Will he be able to detain her and save the day?

Although Richter’s War: Case of the Lady Crow is a very short story, I didn’t feel as though it was incomplete or choppy in any way. It was a quick read that kept me interested from beginning to end, and the protagonist, Geno, had a sort of spunk to his character that I enjoyed. He had a sense of humor and sarcasm, both of which entertain me. Author Daniel P. Douglas did a great job of keeping the plot flowing throughout the entirety of the novella, and there was so much going on in just the few pages during which the story takes place.

I love a good short story. They are quick to read but can often still pack a punch in terms of intense plots and great characters, which is why I liked this book. I would be curious to watch Geno develop as a character if the series were to continue, as this is the second story featuring the detective! Richter’s War: Case of the Lady Crow by Daniel P. Douglas is a fast and exciting book that I would recommend.