A Notable Historical Military Thriller The Passenger By F. R. Tallis

A Notable Historical Military Thriller: The Passenger By F. R. Tallis

World War II, SS, Submarines and a suspenseful plot: This is what you get by reading The Passenger, the new novel by F. R. Tallis which was recently published by Pegasus Crime.

A Brief Summary: 

1941. A German submarine, U-471, patrols the stormy inhospitable waters of the North Atlantic. It is commanded by Siegfried Lorenz, a maverick SS officer who does not believe in the war he is bound by duty and honor to fight in. 

U-471 receives a triple-encoded message with instructions to collect two prisoners from a vessel located off the Icelandic coast and transport them to the base at Brest―and a British submarine commander, Sutherland, and a Norwegian academic, Professor Bjornar Grimstad, are taken on board. Contact between the prisoners and Lorenz has been forbidden, and it transpires that this special mission has been ordered by an unknown source, high up in the SS. It is rumored that Grimstad is working on a secret weapon that could change the course of the war . . . 

Then, Sutherland goes rogue, and a series of shocking, brutal events occur. In the aftermath, disturbing things start happening on the boat. It seems that a lethal, supernatural force is stalking the crew, wrestling with Lorenz for control. A thousand feet under the dark, icy waves, it doesn’t matter how loud you scream…

Our Take: 

As you can see in the summary, this novel has a suspenseful supernatural theme to it. The author has done a great job in researching what goes on in a submarine and what life is like when you work for months in isolation…There is no escape from the mysterious force and that makes the story very entertaining. Tallis writes in an easy language and you can finish this book in one sitting. The start is a bit slow but hang on…It will get interesting towards the middle.

Our Rating: 3.9 

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