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March 26, 2021

The Kaiser's Web by Steve Berry ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


Whenever I read a Steve Berry book I always wonder why I haven't read more of his books. As a fan of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series, Berry's books are a no-brainer to pick up. The Kaiser's Web is the perfect blend of spy thriller and historical novel.

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The Kaiser's Web
February 2021; Minotaur Books; 978-1250140340
audio, ebook, print (432 pages); thriller
From the title, I thought that it would have something to do with World War I or perhaps a little before then as Wilhelm (and his grandfather) were ruthless. But it is actually a modern-day story that has ties to World War II and in particular Hitler.

While I don't care much for conspiracy theories in real life, as a plot trope in fiction though I LOVE it. I do find it interesting that even this many years since WWII conspiracies about Hitler can still draw so much interest. Perhaps it is just Berry's powerful storytelling ability. 

Rumors of Hitler having a child is not new but Berry weaves a story that has implication on present-day German politics. The story is completely fictional as is denoted in the author's note. It still an interesting thought exercise. What would a child, who never knew that they were the child of Hitler, be like? It is the age-old question of nature vs nurture. And what would be perceived by the public about such a child? If you are in a book club, I think there is plenty in this book that would lend itself to a great discussion.

If you like intricate thrillers, then The Kaiser's Web is not to be missed. It is book 16 in the Cotton Malone series, I don't think you need to have read previous books to enjoy this one. However, I liked the character so much that I would really like to know more about him. Just the little bit of his background we are given in this book shows that he has lived an interesting life (much like Jack Ryan). 

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.


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