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Review: DECEMBER ’41 by William Martin

About the book: From New York Times bestselling author William Martin comes a WWII thriller as intense as The Day of the Jackal and as gripping as The Eye of the Needle. In December '41, Martin takes us on the ultimate manhunt, a desperate chase from Los Angeles to Washington, D. C., in the first weeks of the Second World War.

On the day after Pearl Harbor, shocked Americans gather around their radios to hear Franklin Roosevelt declare war. In Los Angeles, a German agent named Martin Browning is planning to kill FDR on the night he lights the National Christmas Tree. Who will stop him? Relentless FBI Agent Frank Carter? Kevin Cusack, a Hollywood script reader who also spies on the German Bund of Los Angeles, and becomes a suspect himself? Or Vivian Hopewell, the aspiring actress who signs on to play Martin Browning's wife and cannot help but fall in love with him?

The clock is ticking. The tracks are laid. The train of narrow escapes, mistaken identities, and shocking deaths is right on schedule. It's a thrilling ride that will sweep you from the back lots of Hollywood to the speeding Super Chief to that solemn Christmas Eve, when twenty thousand people gather on the South Lawn of the White House and the lives of Franklin Roosevelt and his surprise guest, Winston Churchill, hang in the balance.

Review by Christina Boyd:

With the same deft pen used in some of my favorites Annapolis, Rush for the Gold, and Back Bay, NY Times bestselling author William Martin delivers incomparable research, adding to the richness of real-life figures of our past and imagined complex characters in another scintillating historical thriller, December ’41. Even the most astute readers will be caught off guard by the provocative plot twists, fast-paced prose, and intriguing insights of this powerful novel of a time when key leaders held the fate of the world in their hands.

Blurring the lines between fact and fiction, William Martin’s new release does not disappoint—and would easily translate to the big screen! December ’41 is not to be missed.

About the author: William Martin is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels, an award-winning PBS documentary on the life of George Washington, and a cult-classic horror film, too. In novels like Back Bay, City of Dreams, The Lost Constitution, The Lincoln Letter, and Bound for Gold, he has told stories of the great and the anonymous of American history, and he's taken readers from the deck of the Mayflower to 9/11. His work has earned him many accolades and honors, including the 2005 New England Book Award, the 2015 Samuel Eliot Morison Award, and the 2019 Robert B. Parker Award. He and his wife live near Boston, where he serves on the boards of several cultural and historical institutions, and he has three grown children.


Sounds like a thrilling read and a piece of history I don't know about. Cool! Nice review. Thanks.

Christina Boyd
Christina Boyd
Jun 20, 2022
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William Martin is the king of historical thrillers!

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