The DeValera Deception by Patrick McMenamin and Michael McMenamin

Title: The DeValera Deception (Winston Churchill Thrillers)

Authors: Michael McMenamin, Patrick McMenamin

Publication: First published on 1st January 2010

Genre: Historical Mystery

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

The DeValera Deception is set in the 1929-1939 era, just before the start of the second world war. Joseph Murphy, a 45-year-old Irish American banker receives a telegram to initiate wire transfers. And before he could that, he is shot in the chest. Oskar Weidenfeld, a German diplomat is shocked to learn about the clandestine German military assistance to Russia in destroying Poland. Oskar is brutally murdered before he could discuss this with the Chancellor.

Germany, with the help of Geneva Group, plots to divert the attention of the British towards Ireland while they conquer Poland. Churchill learns about Germany spending 3 million dollars to buy arms from America for the IRA. With the help of Bourke Cockran Jr., a law professor and former US Army CounterIntelligence agent, and Mattie McGary, Churchill ‘s goddaughter, Winston Churchill decides to solve the mystery behind illegal arms supply to the IRA.

Things go haywire when Sturm, a German agent finds Cockran interfering in his affairs. Meanwhile, McBride, the IRA who was responsible for the death of Cockran’s wife Nora, learns about Mattie’s undercover work.

Excerpt from the book: In this story, Winston, Mattie, and Bourke tangle with the IRA and a real-life pre-Hitler, Russo-German conspiracy to dismember Poland. In doing so, they discover a plot in the US to assemble arms for an IRA coup d’état in the new Irish Free State and Cockran seeks revenge for his wife’s murder by the IRA in the 1922 Irish Civil War.


There is love, sex, hatred, politics, brutality and war-related crimes of the worst kind – rape in this book. I was amazed to read about the Graf Zeppelin – a German-built and operated, passenger carrying airship that operated commercially from 1929 to 1937. There were so many interesting things that happened before the start of WW II – the rise of Hitler, prohibition of alcohol in America, cocktail parties and mistresses and greed for power and one can read about all these in this book.

I liked the way the characters have developed, be it the bad guys or the heroes. The relationship between Cockran and Mattie is new. With Cockran losing hope in finding love after his wife’s death and Mattie not ready to get into a relationship after the death of her fiance, the chemistry between them is interesting.

With Kurt Sturm being successful in his mission, he is sure that Hitler will find no difficulty in gaining votes for the next election.

A fast-paced thriller with oodles of history, this is one of the best books that I have ever read. I really like books that impart knowledge about anything, especially if it is about the WW I or II. This is the first book in the Churchill thriller series and as soon I finished reading this book, I started with the next one. So now you know how hooked I am on reading all the books in this series.

If you are a fan of Historical Fiction and stories set in and around the World War II, then do not miss reading this book written by the father-son duo, Michael, and Patrick McMenamin.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

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