ECHOBEAT, the Second Spy Novel in the ECHOLAND Series
It's Christmas1940. France is under German
control, Britain is in danger and the United States has yet to
join the war. Ireland, meanwhile, has succeeded in staying
neutral – so far.
Reports of a British
troop buildup in the North have raised fears that Ireland is
facing an invasion by its neighbour. And Germany’s bombing of
Dublin early in the new year suggests Berlin is trying to send
a message, but the meaning is unclear.
Paul Duggan and his
colleagues in G2, the intelligence unit of the Irish army,
have to decipher Germany’s intentions fast: any miscalculation
could be fatal. One man who could answer their questions is
Hermann Goertz, the chief German spy in Ireland, who has been
on the run for almost a year. Finding him is imperative.
Meanwhile, Duggan is
also running an undercover operation spying on German fliers
interned in Ireland when they're out on parole. Planned as a
routine operation, it turns out to be anything but -- and
changes Duggan's life dramatically.
Dublin shines through
Joyce’s prose as his characters juggle with the diplomatic chess game to
keep Ireland out of the war. You won’t be able to put this
thriller down until you reach its heart-wrenching finale.
Echobeat is the second book in the
Echoland series, which features Duggan, his Special Branch
friend Peter Gifford, and a cast of political and
intelligence operators in Ireland during the treacherous
days of the Second World War.
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