Bad Company starts off in World War 2, and for the most part chronicles the life of Baron Max von Berger. An SS officer in the war, he was summoned by Adolf Hitler, who gave von Berger his diary as well as access to funds that would launch an extremely successful industrial career that provided the baron great wealth. Fast forward to present day, and he enters an alliance with the Rashids, Arab oil moguls who operate on the opposite side of the law. Sean Dillon, ostensibly the main protagonist, has killed all of the Rashids, including Kate, which infuriates von Berger. He vows revenge on Dillon and British black ops commander Charles Ferguson. He also comes in contact with his son, Marco, who he did not even know existed, and mayhem ensues.
The book teases about this deep dark secret that von Berger is holding, which can be found in Hitler’s diary. They built this up like it was going to be a big deal, but when it was revealed, I felt incredibly underwhelmed. Spoiler alert: The secret is that toward the end of the war, Hitler reached out to President Roosevelt to join together, end the war, and turn on Russia before they took over Eastern Europe. Roosevelt sent the father of the current president of the United States to be his emissary. Something that would horribly damage the president. I thought this was a yawner. I didn’t see why the president’s father under the orders of Roosevelt sent to hear out Hitler was a big deal. I’m sure negotiations happen in war all the time. Also, Dillon is maybe in 25% of the book, even though he is the protagonist. Von Berger gets far more screen time and character development. He wasn’t as villainous as one might expect since he was very big on honor. The action was solid but the plot wasn’t terribly interesting, and the character of Marco was a little over the top. This was just an okay novel that is hard to get excited about.
Carl Alves – author of Reconquest: Mother Earth