Sunday, July 20, 2014

Fatal Addiction by Ace Collins (In The President's Service: Episode 4)

At the end of episode three, Helen Meeker had impulsively hopped onto a DC-2 bound for Nazi Germany. Her motive might have been to save her friend Henry but the rest of her FBI team was sure her decision was deadly.

This is another great episode in the series. Meeker is a smart and savvy woman and with the help of Reggie Fistar, Alistar's twin brother, manages to foil Fistar's traitorous plans.

This episode includes insights to the actions of Hitler and his operators, including his interest in the occult and his desire to obtain power from ancient artifacts. There is also reference to the leader's experiments on humans, in this case the attempt to create a super-human using injections into the bloodstream. The episode has plenty of action too, such as a Nazi sub off the coast of Mexico and a kidnapped nun.

I really like the historical details the author has incorporated into the series. Collins likes vintage cars and in this episode we find an old Pierce-Arrow sedan, with lobster eye headlights, made into a flat bed truck.

Perhaps the most fun is the inclusion of the author himself into the action as there is reference to a certain “agent Collins” who had interviewed a suspect.

This series has all the elements of a great WW II espionage novel. I love Helen Meeker as a strong female heroine. The writing is crisp, the characters well developed and believable, and the action nonstop. I eagerly await the next episode.

You can read my review of A Date With Death, Episode 1, here.
My review of Dark Pool, Episode 2, can be found here.
You'll find my review of Blood Brother, Episode 3, here.

Ace Collins is the author of several novels, covering everything from value-driven plots to adventures, mysteries, historical stories, sentimental tales and comedy. He has also written several nonfiction books. His work has been made into two network television specials and a CBS movie. Find out more at http://www.acecollins.com/.

Elk Lake Publishing, about 62 pages.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this episode through the Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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