Russian historian Dr. Lara Klimt has finished her research
project at the Russian State Military Archive in Moscow
writing the definitive book on the origins of the Great
Patriotic War. She is set to begin teaching classes as the
Lukoil Professor of GeoHistory, which is the theory of how
geography determines a people's history, until a stranger
forces her to listen to six recently discovered Dictaphone
cylinders made in 1940.
If what she is hearing on the old tapes is true, it could
ruin her theory on the war's origin, as well as her career.
Could it really be true that Noel Coward and Winston
Churchill conspired to keep Britain from being invaded as
they enticed Hitler to go to war with Russia instead? But if
they were able to alter the cover page of an ancient Bible
into an apparatus to trick Hitler into attacking Russia
instead of England, where is that book now? That's what a
lot of people want to know.
If dealing with all of this is not troubling enough, Lara's
personal life is in shambles after filing for divorce from
her often-absent husband. Then Lara hears from her brother,
Lev, who is working in Alaska where a supposedly huge oil
strike has occurred in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
after it has been opened for drilling by the current US
President. After Lev discovers the new oilfield is nothing
but a phenomenal hoax, his life is in jeopardy.
With so many people working behind the scenes to bring about
two different outcomes, Lara questions who in today's
Russia wants the World War II scheme revealed, who wants the
facts concealed, and who will survive in the end? As
important leaders of the world converge on Moscow for the
G20 summit, a shocking international conspiracy is
eventually uncovered -- and the world is shaken to its very
With a conspiracy plot taken straight from today's
headlines, THE BOOKWORM by Mitch Silver is a
phenomenal political thriller. Melding a World War II
clandestine operation with volatile uncertainties in the
present-day world situation, Silver devises a gripping
storyline and writes spot-on depictions of the leaders and
heads of state of both the USA and Russia. The main cast of
characters is vastly interesting and credible as they
interact to influence the result of the conspiracy.
Believability of this story is even more chilling than I had
anticipated when I first read the synopsis. Seizing my
attention from the very first page, THE BOOKWORM, kept me
captivated and swiftly turning pages in nail-biting
anticipation of the final resolution. THE BOOKWORM is one of
the best political thrillers I have had the pleasure to
read, and I recommend it highly to fans of this exciting genre.
A stunning and surprising new thriller, Mitch
Silver’s latest novel takes readers from a secret operation
during World War II—with appearances by Noel Coward and
Winston Churchill—to present day London and Moscow, where
Lara Klimt, “the Bookworm,” must employ all her skills to
prevent an international conspiracy.
Hitler chose not to invade England when he had the
Europe, 1940: It’s late summer and Belgium
has been overrun by the German army. Posing as a friar, a
British operative talks his way into the monastery at
Villers-devant-Orval just before Nazi art thieves plan to
sweep through the area and whisk everything of value back to
Berlin. But the ersatz man of the cloth is no thief.
Instead, that night he adds an old leather Bible to
the monastery’s library and then escapes.
2017: A construction worker operating a backhoe makes a
grisly discovery—a skeletal arm-bone with a rusty handcuff
attached to the wrist. Was this the site, as a BBC
newsreader speculates, of “a long-forgotten prison,
uncharted on any map?” One viewer knows better: it’s all
that remains of a courier who died in a V-2 rocket attack.
The woman who will put these two disparate events
together—and understand the looming tragedy she must hurry
to prevent—is Russian historian and former Soviet chess
champion Larissa Mendelovg Klimt, “Lara the Bookworm,” to
her friends. She’s also experiencing some woeful marital
In the course of this riveting thriller,
Lara will learn the significance of six musty Dictaphone
cylinders recorded after D-Day by Noel Coward—actor,
playwright and, secretly, a British agent reporting directly
to Winston Churchill. She will understand precisely why that
leather Bible, scooped up by the Nazis and deposited on the
desk of Adolf Hitler days before he planned to attack
Britain, played such a pivotal role in turning his guns to
the East. And she will discover the new secret pact
negotiated by the nefarious Russian president and his newly
elected American counterpart—maverick and dealmaker—and the
evil it portends.