Tuesday, 13 August 2013
By William Osborne
Summery Courtesy of goodreads.com
Otto and Leni thought they were safe: They escaped -- barely -- from war-torn Europe and are living as refugees in England. But now the Crown has recruited them: Great Britain wants them to go back. As spies!
Dropped behind enemy lines, Otto and Leni embark on a top-secret operation. Code name: Wolfsangel. Their mission? Capture the one person who can defeat the ultimate evil of Nazism! Der Fuhrer has destroyed Otto's and Leni's families, but what if the tables were turned? What if Hitler's ultimate legacy was in their hands?
Breathless pacing, nonstop action: By the screenwriter of Goldeneye, HITLER'S SECRET is a cinematic tale of revenge with an unexpected twist. A note by the author explains the truth behind the fiction and lets readers know what really became of history's greatest villains.
I liked this book, it was very similar to Robert Muchamore's Henderson Boy's series.
Set in 1941 Otto and Leni have both escaped Germany for different reasons. Leni and her mother and sisters left Germany because they were Jewish, before Hitler started deporting Jews to concentration camps. Unfortunately Leni's father and brothers are missing and presumed captured by the Germans.
Otto's family are arrested by the Gestapo, Otto can only watch helplessly as his family are taken away, knowing that any interference on his part will main he'll share their fate.
Leni and Otto are both recruited by British intelligence to secretly enter Germany, their mission is to kidnap a young girl from a convent, where she's been hidden away for five years. They know nothing about her except that she is of vital importance to the allies.
In a race against time and with the pace of the story accelerating when their deed is uncovered sooner than expected and they go on the run with the Nazis in close pursuit.
Unfortunately I felt William Osborne wrote himself into a corner at this point and I wasn't satisfied with the ending it was just to tidy. I think it needed to be fleshed out more, but all in all boys aged 9-12 will enjoy this action packed adventure.