Totenkopf *****
by Tom Morganti

A lost letter from a doomed Jewish man, who spent his final years a Nazi prisoner, turns up in a post office in the present day. A map within ignites a hunt that pits its rightful owner against neo Nazis to find the treasure.

Imagery like this will pull you into Morganti’s search for a lost Nazi treasure:

“The outline of the castle above say like a dragon on the hill, still visible behind the trees and lit up by the fires at its base.”

I’ve got to start my review by stating a bias. I’ve known the author personally for around a decade and have grown fond of his art in the form of oil paintings, poetic holiday cards, philosophy, and book reviews prior to exposure to this story. I also read and provided notes on his rough draft, so any dirty laundry I turned over has aired out prior to what became the novel. In defense of the review, I’ve read Totenkopf twice and am waiting for my paperback to arrive.

Prepare for a lesson in German history touching on Roman conquest as well as the Third Reich. The historical references push toward brushes with the supernatural that feel like a real encounter with ghosts. 

Morganti’s approach with the paranormal is nowhere near vampires applying glitter to talk about their insecurities and romantic fixations with High School aged humans. This encounter will lead you to question your own stance on ghosts and supernatural evil. His presentation of the main antagonist will leave a bit to think about. Dear Reader, if you are not careful, you may not make a connection I will only hint toward. I don’t want to spoil it.

I can see historical fiction fans loving this treasure hunt, I can see fans of supernatural thrillers enjoy the eerie imagery, and I think any fan of classic Speculative Fiction will love this story.

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