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May, 2014Killing Ground, (Trade Pbk)
, by Douglas Reeman
The Katyn Order (PB)
The German War Machine is in retreat as the Russians advance. In Warsaw, Resistance fighters rise up against their Nazi occupiers, but the Germans retaliate, ruthlessly leveling the once-beautiful city. American Adam Nowak has been dropped into Poland by British intelligence as an assassin and Resistance fighter. During the Warsaw Uprising he meets Natalia, a covert operative who has lost everything—just as he has. Amid the Allied power struggle left by Germany’s defeat, Adam and Natalia join in a desperate hunt for the 1940 Soviet order authorizing the murders of 20,000 Polish army officers and civilians. If they can find the Katyn Order before the Russians do, they just might change the fate of Poland.
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“[Jacobson crafts] a well-constructed struggle between Communist and Nazi psychopaths and two lovers risking all to relieve Polish suffering.”
—Historical Novels Review
In Jacobson’s galvanizing mix of war novel and espionage thriller, we meet two of the Resistance fighters—Adam, an American sharpshooter and Natalia, a courier for the Resistance leaders. The two meet in the closing days of the Warsaw Rising but come together later, both on the run from the Russians, to search for the Katyn Order, a document authorizing the murder of more than 20,000 Polish soldiers and civilians by the Red Army in 1940. In the right hands, the document could change the fate of Poland. Jacobson tells a riveting tale, drawing the drama out of the shocking historical backstory and effectively combining it with a moving love story and a detail-rich re-creation of the Resistance fighter’s world. Don’t miss this one.
--American Library Association Booklist