Published Jun 2018
Shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize
Dieter Merz is celebrated throughout the Third Reich. Flying for the infamous Condor Legion over the battlefields of Spain’s civil war, Merz has been able to unleash the fearsome potential of the Luftwaffe’s newest fighter against his Republican opponents.
In Dieter’s hands, the Messerschmitt Bf-109 is as graceful – and as deadly – as a matador’s killing strike: la estocada.
Dieter’s aerial prowess has brought him into close contact with the top echelons of the Nazi regime. He is not a political man – all he wants to do is fly – but for how long can he deny the toxic nature of Hitler’s rule?
Scotsman and ex-marine Tam Moncrieff is recruited by a nameless intelligence agency in London to go to Germany and sound out Hitler’s resolve. Does he really intend to invade Czechoslovakia? Do his generals support him? Can the march to war be stopped?
As duty collides with conscience, fate will bring both men together. In a society driven by ambition and wedded to violence, desperate steps must be taken. To avoid war a killing strike is needed: la estocada.
The question is, who is the matador, and who is the bull?
Tense, absorbing and faultlessly plotted.