Dark Invasion: 1915: Germany's Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America

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Set in New York City in 1915, as World War I rages in the battlefields of Europe, *Dark Invasion* chronicles the little-known story of a tense cat-and-mouse battle between two complex antagonists: New York police captain Tom Tunney, who leads a select team of novice spy-chasers; and Franz von Rintelen, an aristocratic German who comes to New York to set up a spy network and wage a secret war of terror that will disrupt American trade and affect the course of the war. In bringing to life a cast of stranger-than-fiction characters and circumstances, *Dark Invasion* tells a riveting story of how American naivete and German ruthlessness placed the US and the West in mortal peril.

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""Dark Invasion" is must read for lovers of suspense and anyone who wants to understand how the basis of our homeland security system was born. Between 1914 and 1917, a clandestine network of German terrorists orchestrated a campaign of mass destruction and murder on American soil that has never been equaled. The network was made up of brilliant scientists, suave diplomats, and military and civilian operatives at the highest and lowest levels. The one requirement imposed on its members was a willingness to murder Americans on whatever scale necessary, by whatever means necessary. Opposing this juggernaut was Captain Tom Tunney, head of the NYPD's Bomb Squad, who in the process of working with his crack team of operatives would wind up creating the basis of America's Homeland Security System nearly a century before 9/11. Expertly told by Howard Blum with shocking betrayals, surprising heroism, artful cons, and heart-in the-throat chases, "Dark Invasion "grippingly brings to life two sets of equally fascinating antagonists - cops and terrorists - as they contend over a nation's fate.--Tom Reiss, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Black Count "and "The Orientals" "A suspense-filled tale, " Dark Invasion" uncovers a fascinating corner of history when courageous New York City police officers fought insurmountable odds to defend America against sophisticated German saboteurs at the start of World War I."--Ronald Kessler, author of "The Secrets of the FBI" and "In the President's Secret Service"" ""In his gripping and expertly crafted narrative, Blum demonstrates that the best stories are true. Told in the great tradition of spy thrillers, "Dark Invasion" is the startling tale of German secret agents operating in the United States during World War I and the determined effort of a New York detective to stop them. The result is a book that is not only engrossing, but helps explain why America entered the Great War."--Scott Miller, auth

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Howard Blum is the author of the _New York Times_ bestseller and Edgar Award winner American Lightning, as well as Wanted!, The Gold of Exodus, and Gangland, and, most recently, *The Floor of Heaven*. Blum is a contributing editor at *Vanity Fair*. While at *The New York Times*, he was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He lives in Connecticut and is the father of three children.

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