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Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite
Chameleon: The Terror Begins by Chris Black starts in May 1933. Mysterious marksman Kurt Eichorn is determined to destroy the Nazi regime. Having already executed Meister for murdering Hauptmann Wagner, Kurt becomes a member of the “Von Hagendorf Orchestra.” He lives by the law of the gun, killing Gestapo sadists when not working as a counterespionage agent for the Abwehr. Kurt embarks on a quest to save a man from the Dachau camp. Upon his return, Kurt is reunited with Untersturmführer Victor Graf von Ritter who is in Berlin to investigate the theft of a Gestapo list and forged identity papers. The two men team up to identify sinister powers behind the forgeries and halt an atrocity at the Nuremberg Rally, all while keeping a life-threatening secret. Kurt must choose between doing his duty and killing Adolf Hitler, even when he is in grave danger.
Chameleon: The Terror Begins is an incredible novel, filled with suspense, action, and thrills as Kurt and Victor risk their lives to solve many mysteries including the identity of Archangel. Author Chris Black has certainly done his research and provides a chronology for the period 1934-1935, an immense help in piecing the story together. There are many twists and turns as well as a few surprises along the way. The numerous characters are well described and easy to relate to – as are their relationships. The scenes and locations are accurately depicted in detail, helping to form a visual of each area. The historical details and information add an educational aspect to the novel. The story is well-written and smooth flowing, an absolute pleasure to read, and highly recommended to adults.