Whatever the Cost (Welker & Saboy #2) by Michael Kurland

‘We need ten – no, fifteen – men. Prisoners.’

September 1939. Germany has declared war on Poland. Meanwhile in America, Albert Einstein believes that the Germans, aware of advances in atomic science, could win the race to develop a new super weapon. He knows that there are a small group of scientists within Germany with the knowledge. President Roosevelt is concerned and hands a special assignment to Counter-intelligence agent Jacob Welker. Welker’s job is to find the scientists and get them out of Germany. In German Pomerania, Professor Josef Brun, one of those scientists, is already on the run from the SS. He carries a suitcase of secret documents which could change the course of the war. Can he survive?

The story unfolds through several different viewpoints set in Paris, Germany, the USA and the UK. Welker, in Europe unofficially, enlists the aid of his British friends posted to Paris: Lord Geoffrey Saboy and his wife Patricia.

Brun is aware that his former colleagues are being rounded up, and there is plenty of tension in this part of the story. Less satisfying, for me, were the interactions between the Saboys and Welker. While I found their interactions humorous at times and they certainly lightened the tension, I was as often irritated as I was amused. However, there are a few twists in this story and it held my attention from beginning to end.

This is the second book so far in Mr Kurland’s Welker & Saboy series, and I liked it enough to add the first book to my reading list.

Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Severn House for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith