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'By Samborombón Bay: The Hunt for Carl von Menen' is the sequel to my debut novel 'Out of Mecklenburg: The Unwilling Spy'.
Forty years after German Foreign Office diplomat Carl von Menen disappeared in Argentina, former British secret agent Richard Blandy is tasked with finding him. Can Blandy uncover the truth about the events of 1945? And whatever happened to the half-tonne of gold von Menen took with him?
This follow-up to 'Out of Mecklenburg' is set four decades after the events of the first book, with a forcibly retired British secret agent turned investigator attempting to piece together what happened to von Menen, the protagonist of the first story, after WWII.
The writing remains to a high standard and the mystery at the heart of the plot compelling but it's worth noting that, given the different era and the different motivations of the protagonists, the style and tone necessarily diverge from that of the first. This story is a mystery rather than high political intrigue and this protagonist unearthing old history rather than making it. Those who enjoyed the first book will likely enjoy the second but should bear in mind that each entry in the series is its own beast.
I'd recommend reading the books in order; however as the plot of the first novel is summarised organically within the events of this one, it should also work as a stand-alone book. Definitely worth a read, especially for those who like intrigue, and the Argentinian settings remain a consistent highlight.
Duncan Moore, Amazon reader