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Riech of Passage

Title:  Reich of Passage
Author:  Ace Collins                                                                                                                          
Pages:  520
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Bay Forest Books
     What comes to mind when you read the title of this novel?  Have you read other books by this author?  If you look up Ace Collins’ books, then look over the vast amount of writing published and perhaps one word that might come to mind is amazing.  The reason for this adjective is because of the wide variety of topics on which Ace has written.  It is also apparent that America as well as Christmas has a place in his heart.  Not only would that jump off the page, but also the love of history that he then weaves into stories, both in fiction and nonfiction, for many to enjoy.
     There are many who love a good story.  Truth can be communicated as well as remembered better by using the avenue of storytelling.  Here, in this novel, you will find history, action, spy, heroes, villains, and more set in two different timeframes.  Yes, two different timeframes, one being in the early Hollywood Golden Age and the other in what is referred to as The Present.  The characters are fictional.   Most of the plot is fictional as well, but the reality of what happened before, during, and after WW II is not.
     A young writer for a newspaper, Tell Boyer, used to write for the political section of the newspaper until he decided to write about something he loved, movies.  With that in mind, Tell uses his knowledge to write more about the Golden Age of Hollywood that included many famous people.  One of his favorite people is a woman who was nicknamed “Baby”, though her name was Jean Harlow.  During WW II in this fictional setting, scientists were experimenting with cyber sleep.
     Now, as you think about those two little pieces of information, a character named Jim Blane who was a double agent during the war is now “awakened” to a different time period of which he knows nothing about.  On top of that, he has slept for many decades, which means he lacks knowledge of the present day.  Does he still have the skills he had once learned as a spy to uncover a plan so evil that lives around the globe are in jeopardy?  Then, add in two doctors in the states who have worked to keep those who are in cyber sleep healthy until they are “awakened”.  One of them dies by being assassinated, but what about the other?
     The threat and plan are made by men who want to resurrect the past, but with a far grander pay off than just one country.  Obviously, many have been put into cyber sleep, but the American doctor has only two, so who else had the knowledge to do this?  How far up in the governments around the world have members of this evil plot ascended to?  In an unusual way, the Freedom Fighters who helped get many Jews safely out of Germany will be needed again.  Assembled for a night to honor the leader of this group, Grace has more in mind than simply receiving an award from the Vice President or dancing with the President.
     Reich of Passage is definitely a novel that will grip the attention of the reader from start to finish.  The characters as well as the plot are mindboggling and with all the subplots that occur, the reader will not want to put this book down for long, if at all.  As I read this book, there were times I thought I knew how the story would unfold, until Ace would literally pull a card out of his back pocket that would surprise me.  So be prepared to be engulfed with a truly breathtaking story and ending.  Those who get a copy as well as read it won’t soon forget this tale.
     My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
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