Troubador The Reich Device

Released: 28/08/2015

ISBN: 9781784623456

Format: Paperback

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The Reich Device


The Reich Device is a fast-action spy thriller with twists and turns that will keep you guessing. A roller coaster ride of tension and intrigue. 

This pre-WWII thriller is as stylish read with setting in New York, London, Berlin and South Africa. This book will appeal to fans of historical thrillers and action novels. The Reich Device is for you if like reading novels by authors such as Clive Cussler or Robert Harris (Fatherland, Munich), also Simon Scarrow. If you love the Jack Reacher novels, then you’ll like our hero, Danny Nash of the British Secret Intelligence Service. Nash is a loner who tends to hide his feelings, but he’s resourceful, tenacious and as tough as they come. 


Leipzig, May 1933, Professor Gustav Mayer makes a monumental discovery, but a new menace rises in Germany … 

Mayer is hunted by ruthless killers from the newly formed SS, but who is the grey man? Assassin or protector? A trail of espionage leads from Berlin to New York, Cairo, and then to London. What are German spies doing in South Africa? What does this have to do with big American corporations? A showdown in the swamp-forests of Zululand gives Germany the upper hand. But the game is not over until the last man is standing – assassins on both sides have men to kill. 


This is the first Danny Nash novel by the internationally respected scientist, and author, Richard Handy. His expert knowledge on the dangers of new technology and detailed research on the alternative history brings a realism to fiction that is hard to beat. 

This is what readers are saying about The Reich Device
‘A rollicking spy thriller…’ 
‘Driven by terrifically paced and visceral action, it is a compelling and stylish read…’ 
‘Handy is a formidably capable action writer…’ 
‘A roller coaster ride of tension…’ 
‘The twists and turns of the plot kept me hooked all the way to the end.’ 
‘A real page turner… cleverly written.’

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I have just finished reading the Reich Device and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a real page turner and the twists and turns of the plot kept me hooked all the way to the end. I found the characters to be believeable and nicely balanced between good and evil. I recommend this book to anyone who likes some science with their thriller.

by Neil Smith

This was a real page-turner, that had me hooked from start to finish! I loved the twists and turns in the story and can't wait for the next episode in the saga! An excellent, believable thriller, cleverly written.

by Sara

A rollicking good read, couldnt wait to turn the page, finished it in two days.

by L Morton

"Just a warning...when starting this book make sure you don't have anywhere you need to be or anything you need to do because you won't want to stop reading until you've finished it all!! Trust me on this! "The Reich Device" starts off with an intriguing beginning and just keeps going from there, with one surprising turn after another..."

by Brenda, Indie Book Reviewers (rated 5 stars)

"The Reich Device by Richard D. Handy was of the most original, complex, and brilliantly-crafted novels I've read in a long time! I was completely drawn in from the opening scene that sets the unique, almost movie-like mood right away, and absolutely loved the author's style of writing. Very fast-paced, yet really descriptive and with detail and passion and intelligent, multilayered sub plots on a global scale..."

by Tabitha, Indie Book Reviewers (rated 5 stars)

"I was hooked from the first pages of "The Reich Device" by Richard D. Handy and my interest never faded for a moment! I loved the creative storyline and strong characters and intricate plots that continued to build and shock and surprise. Just when you think you know what's happening, something comes along to throw a wrench in it. This is good because I HATE books that are super predictable. And this one isn't..."

by Samantha, Indie Book Reviewers (rated 5 stars)

"The Reich Device by Richard Handy grabbed me from the opening pages and didn't let go until the very end. It is rare to find a book that keeps my attention all the way through, but this one did. I was totally caught up in the whirlwind of events, and loved the behind the scenes action of the pre-WWII political and SS/Nazi element, and how real life historical figures played an important part in this action-packed story. Nothing lights my fire more than unpredictable twists, and "The Reich Device" did not disappoint! ..."

by Elizabeth Brown, Indie Book Reviewers (rated 4 stars)

"I had a great time reading "The Reich Device" by Richard D. Handy. Almost non-stop drama and a fast moving plot kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. The writing was excellent, very few errors as far as I could tell which is always a huge plus on my end. I hate sloppy editing! Really enjoyed philosophical angle that helped to shed some light on the role of science and politics in Nazi ideology... it was provocative and eye-opening, and the way that the authors infused them with authentic, flawed characters and a compelling storyline - makes it feel that much more believable. Almost like a blend of fact and fiction, if you will. I was really impressed with the writing style, the brisk pacing and strong word choice works well here, and it seems like Handy has done his homework, as the level of historical and technical and scientific detailing was certainly impressive. Recommend for fans of historical fiction/espionage/political thrillers."

by Claire, Indie Book Reviewers (rated 4.5 stars)

It was thrilling and it was a very historically accurate spy novel.

by Michael Petkus

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