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Parting shot
Kunetka, James W., 1944-
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1991.
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Publisher's Weekly Review

The year is 1945 and a crumbling Third Reich leaves a legacy: nuclear bombs planted in the Allied capitals. Crude by contemporary standards, they are nevertheless capable of delivering a ``parting shot'' that could set the victors against one another. Young physicist Philip Cavanaugh pieces the plot together when sent into Soviet-occupied Germany to investigate a mysterious Nazi laboratory. His knowledge places him at the center of a web of conspiracies and cross-conspiracies highlighting the mutual British-American mistrust and their joint hostility to Russia. Coauthor of Warday , Kunetka is at home with the nuclear technology of 1945 and the ambience of London and Washington, D.C., at war's end. Creating in Cavanaugh an innocent believably caught up in events beyond his comprehension, he effectively solves the frequent ``retro-techno-thriller'' problem of explaining why ``history '' was unchanged by the events invented in the novel. Solid, if unremarkable, reading. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

At the end of World War II, Nazi fanatics are sent by Hitler to hide crude atom bombs in Allied capitals as the ultimate revenge of a defeated Germany. Simultaneously, American soldiers discover a secret German atom bomb plant located in the Russian zone, and Philip Cavanaugh, a young Los Alamos scientist working on the Manhattan Project, is dispatched to get the bomb secrets ahead of the British and Russians. Author Kunetka ( Warday , LJ 4/1/84) creates detailed, convincing descriptions of life in 1945. Unfortunately, his characters, including hero Cavanaugh, don't receive the same careful attention. Cavanaugh is inexperienced and naive. The characters he meets are uniformly dull. The plot, however, is intriguing and demands cliffhanging suspense with large doses of sheer terror, neither of which is delivered. Not recommended.--Brian Alley, Sangamon State Univ. Lib., Springfield, Ill. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.