The Devouring (Billy Boyle World War II, #12) by James R. Benn

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A murder in wartime Switzerland reveals Swiss complicity with the Nazis and profiteering during World War II
Billy and Kaz are sent to neutral Switzerland to investigate the murder of a Swiss banking official with ties to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). The US and Swiss governments are about to embark on diplomatic discussions regarding the Safehaven Protocols, which are aimed at limiting the amount of war materials exported by Switzerland to the Nazis, halting the laundering of looted gold, and preventing the postwar use of Nazi wealth for war criminals. With the talks about to begin, the OSS wants their involvement in the murder cleared up, as well as to protect the participants from any threat of violence.
The plans go wrong from the beginning when Billy and Kaz crash-land in France. As they make their way through occupied territory to the border, they meet Anton Lasho, a member of the Sinti ethnic group, whose family was slaughtered by the Nazis, and who is, in turn, a one-man Nazi-killing machine. They'll need his help, because as they find once they make it across the border, Swiss banks are openly laundering gold harvested from concentration camps, and those that are profiting will do everything they can to protect their wealth and hide their dark secrets."

Title : The Devouring (Billy Boyle World War II, #12)
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ISBN : 1616957735
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 310 pages


LJ rated it ★★★★☆

October 07, 2017

First Sentence: Light is faster than sound. Captain Billy Boyle and Lt. Piotr “Kaz” Kazimierz are headed to Switzerland but crash-land in France, meeting up with Anton Lasho, a Sinti (Gypsy) determined to kill every German he meets. The three do make it across the border and connect with members o...

Cynthia rated it ★★★☆☆

December 03, 2017

For some reason I’m addicted to WWII facts and stories and The Devouring was unusual. It was about the many groups is minorities the Nazi’s target including the Jews, the Sinti people (more often referred to derogatorily as Gypsies), and homosexuals and all play a part in this book. It’s set in Sw...

Tom rated it ★★★★★

July 08, 2017

THE DEVOURING by James R. Benn is the 12th episode in the Billy Boyle WWII mystery series. This time Billy, along with the urbane Polish Freedom Fighter Kaz, must make it to Switzerland as part of a secret mission to stop the Nazis from hoarding gold in Swiss banks for life after the war. Mr. Be...

Samb rated it ★★★★★

December 03, 2017

This may be the best Billy Boyle mystery yet. Fast paced and set in WW2 Switzerland, a murder is resolved as the little known story of what went on in the 'neutral' country is exposed.

Mike rated it ★★★★★

August 30, 2017

The latest in James Benn's excellent WWII historical mystery series, and it flows so smoothly from the previous title. Jim writes wonderfully about the exploits of CPT. Billy Boyle, special investigator for the Allied Supreme Commander, General Eisenhower. I wait expectantly for the next volume,...

Bebe (Sarah) rated it ★★★★★

October 31, 2017

An absolutely stunning series that has been a longtime favorite of mine, this twelth book keeps the streak of incredible writing going. Benn is a superb researcher (a former librarian) who brings little known WWII facts and events to light in a fascinating, readable manner, while exploring the mo...

Robin rated it ★★★★★

December 15, 2017

I love the Billy Boyle series and can't wait each year for September to arrive so I can read the latest entry. Once again Billy and Kaz do not disappoint, but the subject matter, the spurious nature of Switzerland's "neutrality" in World War II and the hand in glove collusion of Swiss banks with...

David rated it ★★★★★

September 22, 2017

This book starts right as the previous ended. It mostly takes place in neutral Switzerland. Their neutrality favored Germany. This is one of the most under appreciated and under covered parts of the conflict. Many of the books I have seen seem more sensational than fact based. Benn shows a needed...

Rebecca Mulligan rated it ★★★★★

October 16, 2017

Another Home Run The book "Devouring" is another stellar addition to the Billy Boyle series by James R. Benn. This time, Billy and Kaz travel to Switzerland and the book is an eye opening view of its "neutral" position during World War II. As always, it is expertly researched and is full of chills...

Bill rated it ★★★★★

October 18, 2017

This latest Billy Boyle mystery was fast moving and diverting. A bit predictable in some plot twists (no spoilers here - just trust me) but the introduction of a couple of new friends/supporters for Boyle and Kaz help to make the story move along. I read this in two days once I got the e-version...

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