The Bleiberg Project (Consortium #1), by David Khara

Three Stars

In the first of Khara’s Consortium Thrillers, his focus is on the Nazis and their secret program to create the ultimate citizen. Jeremy Novacek had all he could want: money, success, and women. When two members of the Air Force arrive at his door to offer condolences for the loss of his father, Novacek thinks could not get any better. Estranged from his father, Novacek is delighted with the news and travels to pass it along to his mother, who is institutionalised. It is only then that things spiral out of control, as she hands him a key emblazoned with a swastika. Jeremy learns that his father’s departure in his youth was for safety reasons, as he was seconded by the CIA to engage in a covert mission, one of which his mother was fully aware. Jeremy, who returns to using his father’s ‘Corbin’ surname, heads to Zurich with a CIA agent to discover what lies within the safe deposit box to which the aforementioned key belongs. He is being trailed along the way by a Mossad agent who is also curious, but must offer an additional line of protection for those seeking to eliminate him and stop the discovery of any secrets. As Corbin uncovers the secrets in the Zurich bank, a coded document, he realises that his life is in danger. His mother is murdered, he is being targeted, and there is a broader mystery taking place that could have monumental importance. Layered with flashback chapters about the most secretive and important medical and genetic experiments the Nazis undertook during the War, Khara adds to the thrills throughout this novel, culminating in the ultimate surprise. An interesting beginning to the series, hopefully with more of this calibre to come to keep all readers interested.

With the third in the series on my NetGalley list to read, I felt it important to get a context before diving in with a review for the publisher. Khara offers an interesting introductory novel to the series, postulating the creation and development of the Übermensch, the super-man, perfectly Aryan in every way. As the story progresses, Jeremy Corbin realises that his father is embroiled in uncovering this mystery while the narrative leads the reader through numerous angles in the Nazi development. Nothing earth-shattering or fabulous, the novel plods along and seeks to offer some insight for the reader to ponder, with action and thrills to offset the historical recounting of this scientific tale. Khara does a decent job (as does the translator) in building up a few characters and developing them in a superficial manner. Well-crafted to allow the plot to flow smoothly and keep the reader entertained throughout. 

Kudos, M. Khara for your work on the first Consortium Thriller. I hope the others are as exciting and historically enticing.