Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

It’s 1938, and in Berlin, Reichsfuhrer SS Heinrich Himmler has ordered the explorer Kurt Raeder to uncover a secret power rumored to be hidden somewhere in the holy mountains of Tibet. They search for a mythical elixir rumored to give immortality to those who partake of it. At the same time, the United States government has sent a wealthy zoologist by the name of Benjamin Hood to either find it first, or at the very least, stop Raeder from finding it and putting it in the hands of the Germans. Whether or not the elixir truly exists, the Germans must not be allowed to have that sort of power.

In Seattle, present day, mundane Rominy Pickett has been randomly targeted by a group of skinheads who wish her dead. Or maybe it’s not so random, at least it’s not according to a mysterious journalist who saved her just in the nick of time from being blown into smithereens by a car bomb. The mysterious journalist claims to know more about Rominy’s past than she does and claims that it’s important enough to have people wanting her dead.

William Dietrich is the author of many historical novels and has not failed us with Blood of the Reich. This action-packed story moves fairly quickly and keeps the reader turning pages excited for what will happen next. The 1938 narrative feels like an adventure movie with dastardly Nazi villains, a heroic academic protagonist, and the search for a lost city containing a wealth of ancient secrets.

As with most good fiction, Dietrich bases his story on fact. Himmler did indeed send scientific expeditions to Tibet in the 1930s in the hope of uncovering the roots of ancient legends. Blood of the Reich definitely succeeds in what it sets out to accomplish as a fun historical thriller and modern-day mystery.

Rating: 4.5/5

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 cats, and 2 dogs. She goes to school full time as an English major with a focus in creative writing. She likes anime and reads books and plays video games in her moments of spare time.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Harper. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.