80 pages, 7¼ x 9¼ inches, softcover
This book is part of Osprey's 'Adventures' series (which used to be called Dark Osprey). In line with the other titles I've read, it is what you may well call an alternate history book. The thing about these books is that they are very cleverly written so that one could logically believe that the events in the book are based on fact. Of course, one has to make several assumptions and dispend belief in a few areas, but it all is part of the fun of reading titles like this.
So what is the pretense of this edition. Well, it combines the Nazi mysticism of an earlier title with the somewhat mysterious events of late WWII regarding 'foo fighters' and the rash of UFO sightings in the late 1940s and early 1950s. I hesitate to give away too much of the book, because I don't want to ruin the enjoyment of reading it, but I feel I should give some insight.
Late in the war, SS scientists had developed several weapons, such as a beam energy weapon as well as a drive for what we would now call a flying saucer. These saucers were used late in the war and became the 'foo fighters' that were reported by B-17 crews. While the beam weapons they carried were devastating, it was the usual case of not enough.
Realizing the war was nearing an end, these SS men and those from the Black Sun started transporting equipment and personnel to a secret base in Antarctica using U-boats as well as various sizes of saucers. Thanks to the incredible speed of the saucers, they were able to move a great deal in the short months left to them and so developed a self sustaining base in the Antarctic.
It was obvious that the base would soon be discovered after the war and so it was by a US task force led by Admiral Byrd in early 1947. The task force's air power was totally wiped out and many ships were severely damaged. This led the Nazi's to move everything to the Moon. Using the saucers and fuselage sections from unbuilt Ta-400 bombers, a base was established and thanks to the unlimited power of the Vril generators, they were able to make it self sustaining.
The book goes on to tell of how the base was discovered, how weapons based on the moon led to the 'hot' portions of the cold war, and several mysterious explosions in the earth's atmosphere assumed to be meteors. It provides the real reason for the space race, the race to the moon, the near destruction of Apollo 13, a US attack on the base in 1972, the real reason for the building of the X-37 and the base's continued threat even today.
While it would probably be useful to read 'The Nazi Occult' book published in 2013, it isn't necessary to fully enjoy this one. I have to say that the author has done a superb job of melding events of the time with some rather fanciful, but fascinating fiction. It is a book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and give it my highest recommendation.
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