This is a great summer for exciting historical fiction.
First, James Rollins came out with "The Devil Colony" (William Morrow) and now, William Dietrich has a tale which will make the Indiana Jones adventures look like a walk in the park.
Dietrich's "Blood of the Reich" (Harper Collins, 420 pages) is a wild adventure pitting a small cast of Americans against Nazis and Neo-Nazis.
The book begins in 1938, with Heinrich Himmler's sponsorship of an expedition to Tibet, ostensibly to prove the Aryan roots of Germans.
Dietrich ponders whether the historical mission might have had even more sinister motives, that being, to capture Vril, the source of all power, the means of controlling matter at its sub-atomic level.
In an adventure which spans across decades and continents, from Tibet in 1938 to Switzerland in the present time, Dietrich dishes up a story that will hook the reader from beginning to end - and will make one hope that Europe's CERN supercollider is controlled by mild mannered, highly ethical scientists who seek knowledge, not power.
Memorable female characters are typically absent in the action genre, but Dietrich has sketched three truly heroic "damsels in distress" in his characters - the modern single girl, Rominy Pickett, the Tibetan nun, Keyuri Lin and the intrepid aviatrix, Beth Calloway.
The American slacker turned Tibetan guide, Sam Mackenzie, is a most lovable action hero.
Entertaining and thought provoking, William Dietrich's "Blood of the Reich" reawakens the warning that man must never entertain the delusions of a master race and the right to dominate those who may be deemed "inferior."