Collision of Evil: A Novel
by John J. Le Beau
Review by Linda Marie Schumacher
Oceanview Publishing Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781933515540
Date: 21 September 2009 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
In Collision of Evil: A Novel, by John J. Le Beau, the past meets the present when a World-War II era weapon of mass destruction falls in the hands of terrorists. The murder of a tourist in a small Bavarian village ultimately leads to the discover y of the weapon, but the police must find the weapon and the terrorists before they can execute their plot.
All that we know is that there is a cave. An unfortunate American tourist finds it while hiking on a remote trail in the Bavarian Alps. Since dark is approaching, the tourist decides to return to explore the cave some other time, and heads back to town. On the way, he is murdered. The victim's brother, Robert Hirter, travels to Bavaria to claim the body and also meets the German Police Kommissar Waldbaer.
The opening of Collision of Evil, by John J. Le Beau, alludes to a secret and powerful weapon. As the plot unfolds, Hirter and Waldbaer discover that the Nazi Army hid some secret crates in Waldbaer's area at the end of World War II. Not even the soldiers who delivered the crates knew their contents. The group that currently maintains the cargo in the cave is smart, organized and committed. As soon as the group is suspicious that the German police have discovered their secret, they quickly move it to another location. Waldbaer and Hirter must locate the owners and the cargo that they assume to be weapons and stop whatever plot is developing, although they have no clues except the murder of Hirter's brother.
It is a big puzzle as to how these 50 plus years-old weapons that only a few people even knew about when they were new, ended up in the possession of owners that are assumed to be terrorists.
The plot moves quickly, is constantly changing and developing, and is great to read. It is technical enough to capture my attention as Waldbaer and Hirter need to figure out the type of weapon and how it will be used, but Collision of Evil is definitely a fast-paced terrorism story and not a techno-thriller. I am also a fan of World War II fiction, and although this story takes places in present day, the tie to the WWII weapons and the Nazi Army is a lot of fun to read. The beautiful and picturesque setting of fall in the Bavarian Alps also makes the book fun to read, although for completely different reasons.
Waldbaer develops over the course of the novel. At the beginning of the novel, when he investigates the murder, you can tell that he is nearing retirement and realizes that the beautiful alpen town where he works is not the big time, but he is happy and winding down. As the plot unfolds, he regains enthusiasm and becomes the leader of a major project.
I actually read this book on my Kindle that I got for Christmas. The Kindle has advantages and disadvantages, but that is for another review. I highly recommend Collision of Evil by John J. Le Beau.