New Thriller Sees Rise of a Nazi Fourth Reich
Controversial theories suggesting the post-WWII survival of the Nazi Party fuel the plot of Martin Roy Hill's latest novel.
By: 32-32 North
What would the Nazi Party look like today if it had survived WWII, fanning out across the globe, establishing secret but profitable organizations with millions—perhaps billions—of dollars in stolen gold and other riches?
That's the question award-winning San Diego novelist Martin Roy Hill contemplates in his latest thriller, The Fourth Rising, the third in his Peter Brandt mystery thriller series.
Inspiration for the book, published by 32-32 North, came from the work of researchers who claim that while Germany surrendered at the end of WWII, the Nazi Party did not. Instead, the party sent important members to other countries to quietly rebuild the party and further the Nazi quest for world domination, this time through economic means rather than war.
"While The Fourth Rising is fiction, it does include many historical facts about the Nazis' plans to survive the war," Hill said. "After the successful Normandy landings, the German leadership recognized the war was lost. Allied intelligence discovered there was a 1944 meeting between senior SS officials and German financiers and industrialists during which they planned the party's post-war survival. There are U.S. State Department statements and documents from the period predicting the Nazis were planning a Fourth Reich.
In The Fourth Rising, former war-correspondent Peter Brandt's investigation into the murder of an ex-lover's husband leads him on a hunt for hidden Nazi gold that uncovers a generational plot to bring back the Nazi Party and a new Fourth Reich.
Hill says the post-war survival of the Nazis is not entirely a new idea. Novelist Frederick Forsyth explored the subject in his thriller, The Odessa File, as does Amazon's TV drama, "The Hunters."
The Fourth Rising is Hill's ninth book. Besides his Peter Brandt series, he has also published two thrillers featuring NCIS Special Agent Linus Schag, two stand-alone military sci-fi novels, an award-winning collection of short stories, and a book of military history. His latest Linus Schag thriller, The Butcher's Bill, received the Best Mystery/Suspense Novel Award of 2017 from the Best Independent Book Awards, the 2018 Clue Award for Best Suspense Thriller from the Chanticleer International Book Awards, the 2017 Silver Medal for Thrillers from the Readers Favorite Book Awards, and the 2018 award for Adult Fiction from the California Author Project.
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