The Rocket's Trail
That "one small step for man" in July 1969 was made possible by a small group of Germans captured by the Americans at the end of WWII. The Rocket's Trail is about one of these men, his direct links to crimes against humanity, and how US Cold War Warriors went to extreme lengths to cover them up. The story is revealed through the eyes of Jim Black, an English scientist drafted in to the secret post-war intellectual reparations programme. Black's personal ambition leads him into a deception that denies the German rocket scientists to Britain and delivers them to America. Black joins them there but when he discovers the truth about one of his new colleagues, he must choose between his new career and complicity in covering up unimaginable crimes. Can he find redemption, and what price must he pay as Washington sets about suppressing the barbaric back-story of one of their prize rocket scientists? The Rocket's Trail blends a fictional hero with real historical figures including Wernher von Braun, J. Edgar Hoover, Eli Rosenbaum, and Arthur Rudolph, the Director of the Saturn rocket programme and the only former Nazi eventually expelled from America.
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