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Fear Itself

Format:  Hardcover,

429 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Oct 2012

ISBN-13: 9781468300727

ISBN-10: 1468300725

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Oct 2012
ISBN-13: 9781468300727
ISBN-10: 1468300725
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 429
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.45
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.5


Review by Library Journal (2012-11-15)

Rosenheim's sixth book (after Without Prejudice) is a historical thriller set at the start of World War II before the United States had fully committed to the Allied 'cause. Many German Americans supported the Nazis by forming groups collectively called the Bund. When the Bund opens training camps in the upper Midwest, 26-year-old FBI agent Jimmy Nessheim wants to infiltrate the group but meets with resistance from Director J. Edgar Hoover, who is more interested in rousting communists than fascists.

After one of Nessheim's informants reports sub machine guns at one of the camps and is then found murdered, Nessheim begins to work against the Bund in secret. Meanwhile, from Berlin, security agent Walter Schellenberg prepares to activate a potentially lethal deep-cover agent, a German orphan raised in the United States and now in a position to change the fate of the war.

Verdict: A former Rhodes scholar, Rosenheim has lived in England since 1977, where Fear Itself was published to acclaim in 2011. Announced as the first of a series of novels that will chronicle young Nessheim's wartime adventures, this book, reminiscent of Frederick Forsyth's The Day of the Jackal, gets off to a rousing start.

-Ron Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson

(c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Set in the tense and uncertain years before the Second World War, when America was still largely conflicted about entering the war on either side, Andrew Rosenheim’s thriller Fear Itself offers a rich depiction of history as it was—and as it might have been. Jimmy Nessheim, a young Special Agent in the fledgling FBI, is assigned to infiltrate a new German–American organization known as the Bund. Ardently pro-Nazi, the Bund is conspiring to sabotage American efforts against Adolf Hitler. But as Nessheim’s investigation takes him into the very heart of the Bund, it becomes increasingly clear that something far more sinister is at work, something that seems to lead directly to the White House. Drawn into the center of Washington’s high society, Nessheim finds himself caught up in a web of political intrigue and secret lives. But as he moves closer to the truth, an even more lethal plot emerges, one that could rewrite history.

With sharp wit and a keen eye for period details, Rosenheim fully immerses the reader in Depression-era America. He seamlessly weaves into the narrative larger-than-life figures such as J. Edgar Hoover, Clyde Tolson, and Lucy Mercer Rutherford, as well as historical events like the 1939 pro-Nazi rally held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The first in a series chronicling Agent Nessheim’s adventures throughout the war, Fear Itself establishes Andrew Rosenheim as a spectacular new talent.

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