Book: The Agnatum - A Strategic Intelligence And Defence Action and Adventure Thriller (Strategic Intelligence And Defence Novels) by Greg Staceycategories: Book, Adventure, Thriller, Fiction, German WW2 Weapons, Wunderwaffe Programme, Action
Greg Staceyabout this book: The Agnatum is set in the present day, but originates during the bloody and savage conflict of World War Two, with the development of a 'superweapon' in the German Wunderwaffe programme. In the last few years of the war, Germany became increasingly frantic to devise new, powerful, and sometimes bizarre weapons that could turn the tide in its favour. As the Allies began to overcome the Luftwaffe and gain air superiority, the invasion of mainland Europe became an imminent reality and Germany's desperation to create and develop new technologies pushed 1940's science to the limit.
The Agnatum is the story of the development of one such superweapon. Unable to complete their work before the conflict ends and the war is lost, a powerful group of Germans, the Agnatum, who planned a counter regime to the Nazi dictatorship in the final stages of the war, leave a legacy to their descendants to continue their work, in order to restore Germany's former glory and supremacy. The eventual successful development of the superweapon ultimately threatens world stability by potentially forcing governments to capitulate to the demands of the merciless and cruel underground group.
The menace and danger that the Agnatum's superweapon poses has to be countered. An international intelligence organisation, Strategic Intelligence and Defence ©, SIAD for short, is charged with the task, under the leadership of the charismatic central character, Nathan Stone.
Stone, aided by a trusted and dependable colleague, Spencer White, and a former lover, Dr Georgie Manston, heads up an experienced team of skilled professionals to track down those behind the plot and thwart their ambitions, whilst struggling with his own personal relationships. As the conspiracy and web of secrecy around the superweapon unravels, Stone and his team are taken across Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East at a pace that is fast, exhilarating and intriguing.
The Agnatum is an adventure thriller suitable for adults and teenagers.
I have had an interest in the Wunderwaffe programme in Germany since I first read about it as a child. The technological advances the Germans made in the last few years of the war were truly amazing and weapons, such as the V2, could have been potentially even more dangerous, if there had been more time to develop them. Thank heavens they were not able to, or the outcome of the war may have been very different ... this was what partially inspired me to write The Agnatum.
With the research I conducted, the book took about three months to write, followed by a month of editing and then proofing. The process was very rewarding and I learned a great deal about how the Germans began to turn against what Hitler stood for. There were many more attempts to end his dictatorship than I first realised. Agnatum is Latin for offshoot, which becomes apparent as the storyline progresses.
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