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Dark Invasion

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A gritty, high-energy tale of German espionage and terror on American soil during World War I - and how it was uncovered. New York City, 1915: as World War I rages in the battlefields of Europe, a covert war is taking place in America. When the Germans find out that the supposedly neutral United States have been supplying goods to Britain and other Allied powers, they implement a secret plan to strike back. Franz von Rintelen, an aristocratic German with connections in American banking, arrives in New York to set up a spy network. This team of saboteurs - including an expert on germ warfare, a Harvard professor, and a brilliant, debonair spymaster - devise a series of 'mysterious accidents', involving explosives and biological weapons, to bring down targets such as ships and factories, and even captains of industry such as JP Morgan. As the authorities get wind of this, New York police inspector Tom Tunney, head of the city's bomb squad, is assigned to stop them. Assembling a team of operatives, he begins a hunt for the conspirators. But as Tunney heads deeper into a labyrinth of deception, he realises that the Germans' plan is far more complex and dangerous than he had suspected. What develops is a tense cat-and-mouse battle between the American cop, with his team of novice spy-chasers, and the German spy, with his plan to wage a secret battle to disrupt American trade and affect the course of the war. In the tradition of bestsellers such as Erik Larson's In the Garden of Beasts, this is a riveting real-life thriller about a critical period in world history. It reveals the little-known, incredible story of how American naivety and German ruthlessness placed the United States, and the Western world, in mortal peril.
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""Dark Invasion" is must read for lovers of suspense and anyone who wants to understand how the basis of our homeland security system was born. Between 1914 and 1917, a clandestine network of German terrorists orchestrated a campaign of mass destruction and murder on American soil that has never been equaled. The network was made up of brilliant scientists, suave diplomats, and military and civilian operatives at the highest and lowest levels. The one requirement imposed on its members was a willingness to murder Americans on whatever scale necessary, by whatever means necessary. Opposing this juggernaut was Captain Tom Tunney, head of the NYPD's Bomb Squad, who in the process of working with his crack team of operatives would wind up creating the basis of America's Homeland Security System nearly a century before 9/11. Expertly told by Howard Blum with shocking betrayals, surprising heroism, artful cons, and heart-in the-throat chases, "Dark Invasion "grippingly brings to life two sets of equally fascinating antagonists - cops and terrorists - as they contend over a nation's fate.--Tom Reiss, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Black Count "and "The Orientals" "A suspense-filled tale, " Dark Invasion" uncovers a fascinating corner of history when courageous New York City police officers fought insurmountable odds to defend America against sophisticated German saboteurs at the start of World War I."--Ronald Kessler, author of "The Secrets of the FBI" and "In the President's Secret Service"" ""In his gripping and expertly crafted narrative, Blum demonstrates that the best stories are true. Told in the great tradition of spy thrillers, "Dark Invasion" is the startling tale of German secret agents operating in the United States during World War I and the determined effort of a New York detective to stop them. The result is a book that is not only engrossing, but helps explain why America entered the Great War."--Scott Miller, auth

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