Baltimore Logic

Fiction - Thriller - Espionage
491 Pages
Reviewed on 06/07/2020
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Reviewed by Steven Robson for Readers' Favorite

Baltimore Logic by Basil Truscott is an espionage thriller set in one of the most tumultuous periods in American history; the time immediately preceding the bombing of Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into the Second World War. Society at this time is highly fractured, with a myriad of issues causing division and hatred, predominately generated by ideological differences arising from political alignment, racial treatment, and religious belief. The main players in this volatile mix are the Nazi and Japanese spy networks, based out of their respective embassies, the FBI, various Intelligence Offices, and local law enforcement, all under the watchful eye of the Federal Government. Into this incredibly convoluted and dangerous vortex, two innocent and unrelated young men attending college in Baltimore are ensnared; Lieutenant J.G. Martin Victor and Coleman Braxton. Working in the shadows of a cloak and dagger world never envisaged before, neither one of these heroic and spirited individuals knows just how similar their ultimate fates will be. One thing is certain; their journeys to what lies ahead will be fraught with intrigue, adventure, danger, and fast-paced action at every turn they take.

Basil Truscott’s Baltimore Logic is surprising in the way it actually feels true to real life; there are some sections where you envisage that actual FBI reports must read this way. Another aspect where this story excels is in the details. All of the localities, technologies, events, and factual personalities covered appear to be spot on, as well as informative. Clearly, an enormous effort has been invested in research. The characters are quite realistic; however, the sheer number of these precludes the possibility of building personalities for each. The main players are well formulated. Baltimore Logic is for those who enjoy a good spy story wrapped in an exciting period in history, especially where you have some knowledge of the Baltimore and Washington regions.

Ruffina Oserio

Set against the backdrop of a politically tense atmosphere, with the war looming ahead, Baltimore Logic by Basil Truscott is a thriller that explores the theme of espionage. It is 1939 and 33-year-old Martin Victor is comfortable with his teaching job when he receives a telegram that orders him to report to the Navy. It is not a mere interview as he quickly realizes that he has an important role to play in outwitting the Japanese and German spies who want nothing but US secrets. War looms ahead, and for America to beat the Axis powers, they not only have to play against the rules but do so very smartly. Follow Martin and his companions through the rough streets of Baltimore and Washington DC as they cause havoc to the enemy, using a logic that is atypical and setting new rules in the game of espionage.

This is an engaging story with rock-solid characters. The author wastes no time in introducing the premise, and it is strong. I was hooked from the opening that skillfully introduces the story with an encounter. The novel is well-researched and Basil Truscott did an impeccable job in capturing in clear prose the fever of the days leading up to the war. The cast of characters features career professionals from the FBI and the police and a counterintelligence project that is exciting, fraught with danger, and acts that will have readers rooting for the characters. Baltimore Logic is filled with humor and I loved the strong writing. It is packed with action and is fast-paced, a novel that will keep readers turning the pages until they reach the satisfying denouement.