'This book will hold your attention from start to finish and will leave you thinking about the
futility of war long after you have turned the last page.' Leo Cooper
September 1942: Karl Deichman knows that if he carries out orders to lead a precision bomb attack on the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth he will probably kill his English cousin with whom, long ago, he swore friendship until death.
He also knows that, as a pilot of the German Luftwaffe, he has no choice. The attack must proceed.
Years later, consumed by guilt, Karl returns to England to find out for himself the question that refuses to leave him, 'Did I kill Andrew?'.
His search leads him to Anna, a former secret agent with a score to settle; Robert, a wartime spy who has made his home in Portugal, and Ivo, an ex-RAF Spitfire Pilot, recently escaped from the Communist Regime in Czechoslovakia.
As Karl digs deeper he uncovers the secret of the Dartmouth Conspiracy but tension mounts as he is unwittingly drawn into a potentially lethal trap.
The final piece of the jigsaw finally slots into place in the summer of 2005 when Karl makes his final visit to Dartmouth for the Royal Naval College's centenary celebration and Karl finds peace at last.
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Seventy years after the event I returned to Dartmouth and stood on the spot where I heard bombs exploding and saw a German Focke-Wulf 190 (the infamous Butcher Bird) at rooftop height being pursued by two Spitfires flown by Czech pilots from RAF Squadron 310 based at Exeter. The FW-190 had just dropped a 500 kilo bomb on the college and was making a speedy getaway.