I recently watched Guy Ritchie’s “The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)” on rental. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. And by coincidence my next book review takes place around this post-WWII/Cold War era, it’s “The Age of Treachery” by author Gavin Scott.
World War II has just ended and like many soldiers returning home to England, Duncan Forrester is trying to adjust into normal civilian life. The ex-Special Operations Executive agent, Duncan is back at Oxford College as a archaeology researcher. A fellow colleague David Lyall is murdered on campus and everything points to Duncan’s best friend Gordon Clark. Duncan Forrester begins his own investigation.
As Duncan digs, he finds out that David Lyall was a commando during the war in Norway and one of his missions went horribly wrong. Lyall was betrayed by the Germans. Duncan also finds a mysterious Nordic manuscript with Nazi connections, links to MI6 and a Soviet-spy network that might have lead to Lyall’s death.
If you’re interested in post-WWII history, with some espionage intrigue, a dose of Nazis, the magic of Viking lore and crime fiction – then this book is it. Author Gavin Scott adds some Forrest Gump moments as Duncan comes into contact with likes of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ian Fleming and a young Margaret Thatcher. Unlike Guy Ritchie’s “The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), Gavin Scott’s “The Age of Treachery” did not disappoint. It was a fun summer read and have a nice bottle of sherry on hand as you flip the pages.
Paperback Title: The Age of Treachery
Author: Gavin Scott
Publisher: Titan Books