APPOINTMENT IN PRAGUE by Michael & Kathleen McMenamin, HistoricalThriller, 160 pp., $12.95 (paperback) $4.99 (Kindle)
Title: APPOINTMENT IN PRAGUE: A MATTIE MCGARY + WINSTON CHURCHILL WORLD WAR II ADVENTURE
Author: Michael McMenamin & Kathleen McMenamin
Publisher: First Edition Design Publishing
Genre: Historical Thriller
the head of the SD, the domestic and foreign counter-intelligence wing
of the SS; second in rank only to the head of the SS himself, Reichsfuhrer SS Heinrich Himmler; and the architect of “The Final Solution” that will send millions of European Jews to their doom.When British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
authorizes the SOE—the ‘Special Operations Executive’— in October 1941
to assassinate Heydrich, he is unaware that the entire operation has
been conceived and is being run by his Scottish goddaughter, the former
Pulitzer Prize-winning Hearst photojournalist Mattie McGary.
The SOE is Churchill’s own creation, one he informally describes as the
Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare and, at his suggestion, Mattie
becomes one of its Deputy Directors.Mattie has a history with Heydrich dating back to 1933 and a personal
score to settle. In September 1941, when the man known variously as
‘The Blond Beast’ and ‘The Man With the Iron Heart’—that last coming
from Adolf Hitler himself—is appointed Reichsprotektor of
Bohemia and Moravia, the remnants left of Czechoslovakia after the
Germans had dismembered it in 1939, Mattie is determined—now that he is
no longer safely within Germany’s borders—to have him killed. She
recruits and trains several Czech partisans for the task and has them
parachuted into Czechoslovakia in December 1941.
An increasingly impatient Mattie waits in London for word that her
agents have killed the Blond Beast. By May 1942, Heydrich still lives
and Mattie is furious. The mother of six-year-old twins, Mattie
decides—without telling her godfather or her American husband, the #2
man in the London office of the OSS—to parachute into Czechoslovakia
herself and “light a fire under their timid Czech bums”. Which she
does, but her agents botch the job and Heydrich is only wounded in the
attempt. The doctors sent from Berlin to care for him believe he will
On the fly, Mattie conceives a new plan to kill Heydrich herself.
With forged papers and other help from the highest-placed SOE asset in
Nazi Germany—a former lover—Mattie determines to covertly enter Prague’s
Bulovka Hospital and finish the job. After that, all she has
to do is flee Prague into Germany and from there to neutral Switzerland.
What Mattie doesn’t know is that Walter Schellenberg, Heydrich’s protégé and the head of Foreign Intelligence for the SD, is watching her every move.
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Patrick of the award winning 1930s era historical novels featuring
Winston Churchill and his fictional Scottish goddaughter, the
adventure-seeking Hearst photojournalist Mattie McGary. The first five
novels in the series—The DeValera Deception, The Parsifal Pursuit, The Gemini Agenda, The Berghof Betrayal and The Silver Mosaic—received a total of 15 literary awards. He is currently at work with his daughter Kathleen McMenamin on the sixth Winston and Mattie historical adventure, The Liebold Protocol.Michael is the author of the critically acclaimed Becoming Winston Churchill, The Untold Story of Young Winston and His American Mentor [Hardcover, Greenwood 2007; Paperback, Enigma 2009] and the co-author of Milking the Public, Political Scandals of the Dairy Lobby from LBJ to Jimmy Carter [Nelson Hall, 1980]. He is an editorial board member of Finest Hour, the quarterly journal of the International Churchill Society and a contributing editor for the libertarian magazine Reason. His work also has appeared in The Churchills in Ireland, 1660-1965, Corrections and Controversies [Irish Academic Press, 2012] as well as two Reason anthologies, Free Minds & Free Markets, Twenty Five Years of Reason [Pacific Research Institute, 1993] and Choice, the Best of Reason [BenBella
Books, 2004]. A full-time writer, he was formerly a first amendment and
media defense lawyer and a U.S. Army Counterintelligence Agent.
Kathleen, the other half of the father-daughter
writing team, has been editing her father’s writing for longer than she
cares to remember. She is the co-author with her sister Kelly of the
critically acclaimed Organize Your Way: Simple Strategies for Every Personality [Sterling, 2017]. The two sisters are professional organizers, personality-type experts and the founders of PixiesDidIt, a
home and life organization business. Kathleen is an honors graduate of
Sarah Lawrence College and has an MFA in Creative Writing from New York
University. The novella Appointment in Prague is her second
joint writing project with her father. Their first was “Bringing Home
the First Amendment”, a review in the August 1984 Reason magazine of Nat Hentoff’s The Day They Came to Arrest the Book. While a teen-ager, she and her father would often take runs together, creating plots for adventure stories as they ran.
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