The Suicide Exhibition. Book Review

suicideTHE SUICIDE EXHIBITION by Justin Richards
Del Rey, p/b, 400pp, £8.99
Reviewed by Matthew Johns

It’s 1941, and the Battle of Britain is over – almost four months of aerial combat and bombs strafing England, but the war is not over yet. Somewhere in France, a team of SS soldiers are excavating an ancient underground tomb, aided by a mysterious American archaeologist.

Back in England, Major Guy Pentecross works for the Foreign Office, having been injured in service in Dunkirk. Sent to interview a captured German pilot, he finds that the prisoner is actually Rudolph Hess, the Deputy Fuhrer, who want to speak to Lord Hamilton about the Vril.

The Vril are an ancient alien race, and the Nazis have been seeking ways to use their technologies to help them win the war. Using a combination of alien technologies and arcane rituals, they observe the Vril to learn more about them and to help them unearth more Vril artifacts. Meanwhile, Station Z, a small branch of the secret service, oppose the Nazis and fight back against the Vril, who have their own agenda – to awaken all of their kind and conquer the earth.

Combining Nazis, aliens, archaeology and a spy story is genius, and Richards’ prose grabs the reader by the eyeballs refusing to let go until the end. Truly gripping, and leaves you wanting more – The Suicide Exhibition should be on your must read list this year.