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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chad Millman, Lloyd James Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A tale of terrorism, espionage, and an epic struggle for justice in an America on the verge, sparked by a massive and mysterious explosion in New York Harbor in 1916.

That year, while the Allied and Central forces waged war in Europe, a group of German saboteurs blew up Black Tom Island, a spit of land in New York harbor within earshot of downtown Manhattan. The subsequent hail of missiles and gunpowder devastated much of lower New York City. The attack, so massive that as far away as Maryland people could feel the ground shake, had been shockingly easy. America was crisscrossed with networks of German agents, hiding in full daylight, an “enemy within” plotting further, deadlier attacks. All the way up to the president, officials had known something like this could happen, and yet nothing had been done.

Twenty years later, the German government had still managed to evade responsibility for the crime, and probably would have continued to, were it not for the determination of three lawyers named McCloy, Peaslee, and Martin. These men, most crucially the young John McCloy, made it their mission to solve a mystery that began during the First World War and barely ended before the second.

The Detonators is a fascinating portrait of these men and their time, an era in which the rising American establishment engaged the world. It is also the dramatic love story of John and Ellen McCloy, and the first full accounting of a crime and cover-up that resonates strongly in post-9/11 America.              

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim Lindgren | 8/18/2010

    " it got bogged down a little in the minutia of the cases, when I was more interested in the first part detailing the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ed | 11/30/2009

    " A fairly good read about and almost forgotten chapter of American History in WWI. Millman does a good job recounting the events before and after the Black Tom explosion and weaves an interesting tale. Reads more like a novel than a history book. A bit choppy in places, but well worth the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim | 12/7/2008

    " Good book about German sabotage in America before America's entry into World War I "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John | 3/23/2007

    " A fascinating story. Very much true. The fact that German saboteurs could actually strike...is unnerving. "

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