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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Book Review - The Gemini Agenda by Michael and Patrick McMenamin

Book Review
The Gemini Agenda
The Gemini Agenda
by Michael and Patrick McMenamin

About the Authors
Michael McMenamin
Michael is a first amendment and media defense lawyer in Cleveland,  and author of the critically acclaimed Becoming Winston Churchill: The Untold Story of Young Winston and His American Mentor  and co-author, with his son Patrick McMenamin, of "The De Valera Deception".  He is a former Army counterintelligence agent and Army JAG officer and a member of the Association for Intelligence Officers and the International Thriller Writers Association.  Living in Cleveland, OH.
Patrick McMenamin

Partick, his son and co-author is an award winning journalist at  FOX-TV.  He is a Phi Beta Kappa cum laude graduate of the University of Rochester with departmental honors in both 20th century European history and film studies.  Prior to ABC, he worked as a free lance film production assistant for camera crews. Living in Brooklyn, NY.

Authors Website         

Book Description
A string of strange deaths in 1932 leads Bourke Cockran, Jr., and his lover Mattie McGary to uncover a plot by Nazi scientists to conduct lethal experiments on American twins in order to create a master race.

They confront an international conspiracy connecting Wall Street to Washington, DC; from Long Island's fabled Gold Coast to the marble corridors of the Barlow Palace in Munich, headquarters of the fast-rising Nazi Party; and finally to a sinister clinic hidden deep in the Bavarian Forest. The Gemini Agenda is a historical thriller, the third in the Winston Churchill trilogy.

Our Book Review
The third book in the trilogy featuring Bourke Cockram and heroine Matty McGarry.  This time the year is 1932 and Winston Churchill has again received, through his intelligence network, the answer to the mystery of why naked bodies with their eyeballs extracted and drained of blood lies in Germany.

Churchill informs William Hearst and he them assigns Mattie McGarry to investigate with her love Bourke Cockran.  They discover that all the victims were twins and ten more missing sets of twins have been moved to Bavaria where the 'autops protocols' were due to start in ten days.

On arriving in Munich, Cockran and McGarry make an alliance with an unlikely source and they lead them to a sinister Nazi clinic in Bavaria.  Can they save the twins and expose the project that has been undertaken?

The story revolves around the controversial issue of eugenics, which is the science of improving the population by controlled breeding for desirable inherited characteristics.  Winston Churchill once supported sterilization of mental defectives as a method of securing their release from state institutions in 1910-12.  Even though Britain never passed these laws 26 US states passed the law for the compulsory sterilization and through the 1930's 35,878 men and women were sterilized or castrated.  The Nazis adopted the policy in 1933 when they gained power.

The story based around the issues and the power that certain individuals had and the secrets they kept are immense.  The writings again are easily read and understood , the thought provoking issues raised will question your beliefs and will touch your emotions.

An excellent read and brilliant follow up novel to the Parsifal Pursuit.  A very clever title The Gemini Agenda, obviously Gemini being the sign of the twins. 

Our Rating



  1. Interesting plot. Love how the story is over. I hate reading a story, and then having to wait a while for the next in the series. I am going to have to go to the library and pick up all three books and get to reading.

  2. Wow, I'm interested now! Great review.

  3. This looks a great book! You just gave me new reading material!

  4. Patrick's kinda hot... Love the concept of the storyline. I'll have to check the book out.


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