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Counter-intelligence agent Jacob Welker is on a special mission to find a group of scientists who could change the course of World War II in this smartly written historical espionage thriller. September 1939. Germany has declared war on Poland, and in German Pomerania, Professor Josef Brun is on the run from the SS, carrying secret documents that could change the course Counter-intelligence agent Jacob Welker is on a special mission to find a group of scientists who could change the course of World War II in this smartly written historical espionage thriller. September 1939. Germany has declared war on Poland, and in German Pomerania, Professor Josef Brun is on the run from the SS, carrying secret documents that could change the course of the war. If he can make it to France or Britain. If he can survive . . . In America, counter-intelligence agent Captain Jacob Welker is handed a special assignment from President Roosevelt. Einstein believes the Nazis are aware of a new super weapon made possible by advances in atomic science, and only a small group of scientists can stop them winning the race to develop it. Enlisting the help of his British friends, Lord Geoffrey and Patricia Saboy, Welker must find the scientists and get them out of Germany from under the Nazi's noses. As a dangerous new world of physics gathers pace, can Welker prevent the war taking a catastrophic new turn?


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Counter-intelligence agent Jacob Welker is on a special mission to find a group of scientists who could change the course of World War II in this smartly written historical espionage thriller. September 1939. Germany has declared war on Poland, and in German Pomerania, Professor Josef Brun is on the run from the SS, carrying secret documents that could change the course Counter-intelligence agent Jacob Welker is on a special mission to find a group of scientists who could change the course of World War II in this smartly written historical espionage thriller. September 1939. Germany has declared war on Poland, and in German Pomerania, Professor Josef Brun is on the run from the SS, carrying secret documents that could change the course of the war. If he can make it to France or Britain. If he can survive . . . In America, counter-intelligence agent Captain Jacob Welker is handed a special assignment from President Roosevelt. Einstein believes the Nazis are aware of a new super weapon made possible by advances in atomic science, and only a small group of scientists can stop them winning the race to develop it. Enlisting the help of his British friends, Lord Geoffrey and Patricia Saboy, Welker must find the scientists and get them out of Germany from under the Nazi's noses. As a dangerous new world of physics gathers pace, can Welker prevent the war taking a catastrophic new turn?

18 review for Whatever the Cost

  1. 5 out of 5

    jeff popple

    This is a breezy spy thriller set in the early days of World War II. Counter-intelligence agent Captain Jacob Welker is handed a special assignment from President Roosevelt in September 1939. Einstein believes that the Nazis are aware of a new super weapon made possible by advances in atomic science and is concerned that the Germans will win the race to develop an atomic weapon. Roosevelt wants Welker to go to Europe in an unofficial capacity and extract these scientists. Meanwhile Professor Jose This is a breezy spy thriller set in the early days of World War II. Counter-intelligence agent Captain Jacob Welker is handed a special assignment from President Roosevelt in September 1939. Einstein believes that the Nazis are aware of a new super weapon made possible by advances in atomic science and is concerned that the Germans will win the race to develop an atomic weapon. Roosevelt wants Welker to go to Europe in an unofficial capacity and extract these scientists. Meanwhile Professor Josef Brun is already on the run from the SS, with a suitcase of secret documents that could change the course of the war. Enlisting the help of his British friends in Paris, Lord Geoffrey and Patricia Saboy, Welker must find Brun and the other scientists before it is too late. Kurland mixes a variety of viewpoints in this engaging tale about spying and secret missions in the early days of the war. The various storylines in Paris are agreeably light and are balanced by the tension of Brun’s plight in Germany. Some of the sub-plots serve no real purpose, but keep the story bubbling along. Kurland is adept at quickly sketching characters and the scenes in Germany, as Brun realises that his former colleagues are being rounded up by the Gestapo, ring true and are quite suspenseful. The dialogue is serviceable and the banter between the Saboys and Welker is witty and amusing, but very stagey. A light, easy flowing novel that provides a pleasant reading experience, while also throwing light on some forgotten aspects of the early stages of the War. Three and a half stars out of 5. See my full review of this and other recent spy novels at: https://murdermayhemandlongdogs.com/s...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jean Kolinofsky

    When President Roosevelt received a letter from Albert Einstein advising him to get some of his fellow scientists out of Germany, he calls on Captain Jacob Welker to accomplish this. These are people working on advancements that could lead to a super weapon and they must not fall into the hands of the Nazis. Arriving in Paris, Walker is met by Lord Geoffrey and Lady Patricia Saboy. With war declared by England and France, they have been sent to establish their network of intelligence operatives. When President Roosevelt received a letter from Albert Einstein advising him to get some of his fellow scientists out of Germany, he calls on Captain Jacob Welker to accomplish this. These are people working on advancements that could lead to a super weapon and they must not fall into the hands of the Nazis. Arriving in Paris, Walker is met by Lord Geoffrey and Lady Patricia Saboy. With war declared by England and France, they have been sent to establish their network of intelligence operatives. Their primary agent is Felix, a German officer in Berlin, but contact is becoming increasingly harder and more dangerous. The Saboys inform Felix of Welker’s mission and ask for his help. Professor Joseph Brun is a Polish physicist on the run from the Gestapo. As changes became evident in Germany, a group of like-minded academics vowed to help each other. Now he has traveled to Berlin, where the Gestapo would not expect to find him. His plan is to make contact with members of the group and have them escape to Britain or America. At a time when people lived in fear of betrayal by friends or neighbors it would take a miracle for this to succeed. Luckily, the Saboys are masters of deception and dabble in magic. With help from Felix and Welker they may just pull this off. Michael Kurland takes you to Washington as Roosevelt prepares for a possible war and to Paris as France is mobilizing. He imparts the real sense of danger faced by Brun and his associates but offsets this with the banter between the Saboys, which is often filled with humor. This is a tale of espionage set in the early days of WWII that is sure to entertain his readers. I would like to thank NetGalley and Severn House publishing for providing this book for my review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer (JC-S)

    ‘We need ten – no, fifteen – men. Prisoners.’ September 1939. Germany has declared war on Poland. Meanwhile in America, Albert Einstein believes that the Germans, aware of advances in atomic science, could win the race to develop a new super weapon. He knows that there are a small group of scientists within Germany with the knowledge. President Roosevelt is concerned and hands a special assignment to Counter-intelligence agent Jacob Welker. Welker’s job is to find the scientists and get them out ‘We need ten – no, fifteen – men. Prisoners.’ September 1939. Germany has declared war on Poland. Meanwhile in America, Albert Einstein believes that the Germans, aware of advances in atomic science, could win the race to develop a new super weapon. He knows that there are a small group of scientists within Germany with the knowledge. President Roosevelt is concerned and hands a special assignment to Counter-intelligence agent Jacob Welker. Welker’s job is to find the scientists and get them out of Germany. In German Pomerania, Professor Josef Brun, one of those scientists, is already on the run from the SS. He carries a suitcase of secret documents which could change the course of the war. Can he survive? The story unfolds through several different viewpoints set in Paris, Germany, the USA and the UK. Welker, in Europe unofficially, enlists the aid of his British friends posted to Paris: Lord Geoffrey Saboy and his wife Patricia. Brun is aware that his former colleagues are being rounded up, and there is plenty of tension in this part of the story. Less satisfying, for me, were the interactions between the Saboys and Welker. While I found their interactions humorous at times and they certainly lightened the tension, I was as often irritated as I was amused. However, there are a few twists in this story and it held my attention from beginning to end. This is the second book so far in Mr Kurland’s Welker & Saboy series, and I liked it enough to add the first book to my reading list. Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Severn House for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes. Jennifer Cameron-Smith

  4. 4 out of 5

    Robin Price

    Michael Kurland is a veteran author. Since the early 1960s he's published dozens of novels and non-fiction books. This longevity suggests he is a good writer. Whatever The Cost helps prove it. Set against a backdrop of the early months of the Second World War this is a spy thriller with a clever, fast-paced plot. I was particularly impressed by the rapport between the well-drawn characters. They all have a real lust for life. Michael Kurland is a veteran author. Since the early 1960s he's published dozens of novels and non-fiction books. This longevity suggests he is a good writer. Whatever The Cost helps prove it. Set against a backdrop of the early months of the Second World War this is a spy thriller with a clever, fast-paced plot. I was particularly impressed by the rapport between the well-drawn characters. They all have a real lust for life.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jerome

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

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    Jill

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Reddell

  10. 5 out of 5

    Erica Nesbitt

  11. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

  12. 4 out of 5

    R.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

  14. 4 out of 5

    David

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dave

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jim lawson

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dirk Eigenbrood

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