Dark Invasion: 1915: Germany's Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America

Dark Invasion: 1915: Germany's Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America

Howard Blum

Language: English

Pages: 496

ISBN: 006230755X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Combining the pulsating drive of Showtime's Homeland with the fascinating historical detail of such of narrative nonfiction bestsellers as Double Cross and In the Garden of Beasts, Dark Invasion is Howard Blum’s gritty, high-energy true-life tale of German espionage and terror on American soil during World War I, and the NYPD Inspector who helped uncover the plot—the basis for the film to be produced by and starring Bradley Cooper.

When a “neutral” United States becomes a trading partner for the Allies early in World War I, the Germans implement a secret plan to strike back. A team of saboteurs—including an expert on germ warfare, a Harvard professor, and a brilliant, debonair spymaster—devise a series of “mysterious accidents” using explosives and biological weapons, to bring down vital targets such as ships, factories, livestock, and even captains of industry like J. P. Morgan.

New York Police Inspector Tom Tunney, head of the department’s Bomb Squad, is assigned the difficult mission of stopping them. Assembling a team of loyal operatives, the cunning Irish cop hunts for the conspirators among a population of more than eight million Germans. But the deeper he finds himself in this labyrinth of deception, the more Tunney realizes that the enemy’s plan is far more complex and more dangerous than he suspected.

Full of drama and intensity, illustrated with eight pages of black and-white photos, Dark Invasion is riveting war thriller that chillingly echoes our own time.

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his opportunity. One Sunday night, as the more important members of the group huddled secretively, someone, bored and in high spirits, suggested a wrestling match. The men went at it. It was all good fun. But Frank Baldo, the new recruit who was built like Hercules, fought like a champion. He tossed one man after another to the floor as effortlessly as if he were handing out flyers announcing the next demonstration. Baldo, who’d thoroughly enjoyed the chance to channel some of his frustration,

soldier’s vanity, would favorably influence the course of the war. A small team led by von der Goltz would dynamite the Welland Canal. The target, he explained, was only a short distance across the border from Buffalo, New York, joining Lakes Ontario and Erie, and was a major waterway for Canadian shipping. “It is comparatively simple,” von Papen said, brimming with a novice controller’s irrepressible confidence. “If we blow up the links of their canal, the main railway lines of Canada and the

Chapter 47 Chapter 48 Chapter 49 Part VI: Tony’s Lab Chapter 50 Chapter 51 Chapter 52 Chapter 53 Chapter 54 Chapter 55 Chapter 56 Chapter 57 Chapter 58 Chapter 59 Chapter 60 A Note on Sources Bibliography Acknowledgments Index About the Author Also by Howard Blum Credits Copyright About the Publisher Front page of the Washington Times, July 4, 1915. (Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, Library of Congress

completely unexpected direction. McCahill, following up on the telegram from Cambridge, had brought the Nassau County district attorney to the jail. The DA, in a stroke of luck, had studied German at Harvard with Muenter, and after a long look he decided that the prisoner was indeed his old college acquaintance. While in Chicago, the police had shown a news photograph of Holt to the two spinster sisters of the fugitive professor, and they offered an unqualified identification: he was the brother

the Albert papers as a sideshow. They were, he said curtly, “fiscal shenanigans.” The scandal that had become known as “the Bathing Beauties Episode” was, similarly, just gossip. He had larger concerns. He had been fighting a war where blood and smoke were real, where ships were bombed and great men were targeted for assassination. It had been his maverick’s mission to defend the homeland, and the many battles in his long undeclared war had left him with a stubborn dread. He lived with the

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