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The land God made in anger
Davis, John Gordon.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1990.
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Booklist Review

The desert of Namibia, the initial setting for this spy drama, certainly qualifies as a godforsaken place, but there is lots of action in them thar sand dunes. The plot revolves around a German U-boat that fled the Nazi collapse loaded with stolen loot and a fugitive gestapo chief. Forty years later, Jim McQuade, suspecting that rumors of a sunken submarine off the coast are somehow connected with neo-Nazi plots, drops his captaincy of a fishing trawler in favor of the decidedly more exciting tasks of a free-lance intelligence operative. For hundreds of frenetic pages, he tracks down clues to the U-boat's mission and the location of its sunken wealth, while the Israeli Mossad tails him in the hope of nabbing the war criminal. Davis' yarn of seduction, deceit, and creepy underwater action careens all over southern Africa, but it stays on course by keeping the characters' pursuits of avarice and justice (and a little lust) at the center of his tableau. A very entertaining adventure. ~--Gilbert Taylor

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this potboiler by the author of Seize the Wind , Gestapo chief Heinrich Muller has been dispatched to South Africa at the end of WW II to establish the Fourth Reich amidst the ethnic German and sympathetic Afrikaner population. A native Namibian observes him as he emerges from the ocean, and retrieves a parcel that drops as he heads into the brutal desert. Forty years later, James McQuade, a struggling fishing boat operator, is solicited to purchase a souvenir Iron Cross from the Namibian's son. His interest piqued, McQuade is certain that a cache of Nazi loot must be nearby and that Muller is needed to locate it. He travels to Europe to do research, encounters the widow of one of Muller's victims and holds an improbable meeting with Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal, who gives him a photo of Muller. On the flight home he meets and falls in love with Sarah Buckley, ostensibly a journalist but actually a Mossad agent. Mossad, naturally, seeks justice, not ``loot.'' The race for Muller begins with Sarah suffering divided loyalties. Although Davis demonstrates knowledge of South Africa and U-boats, the story is predictable and the prose often trite and repetitious. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

James McQuade, captain and part owner of a trawler based in Walvis Bay, Namibia, worries about the future of the country, the safety of his investment, and the onset of middle age. When he hears the story of two German officers who at the end of World War II escaped from a sinking U-boat just up the coast, he sets out to locate the wreck and any valuables aboard. Concluding that one of the survivors was a high-level Nazi who is still alive somewhere in South Africa, McQuade finds his efforts have attracted the unwelcome attention of the Mossad, the local police, and an organization of South African right-wing extremists who are nurturing the Nazi seed for the arrival of the Fourth Reich. Unfortunately, the intricate plot is spoiled by too much background data, and a potentially spellbinding thriller becomes bogged down in a mass of documentary detail.-- John North, NorCom Enterprises, Toronto (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.