Review: The Torch Betrayal by Glenn Dyer

Title: The Torch Betrayal Book Cover
Title: The Torch Betrayal Series: Conor Thorn #1 Genre: Historical Thriller Publisher: TMR Press Format: Print, Digital Pages: 376


One man’s dark deal with the Nazis could bring the Allies to their knees. Autumn, 1942. Rule breaker OSS Agent Conor Thorn is assigned a mission to help the Allied war effort when a key Swedish cryptographer stationed in England goes missing. Thorn is determined to find him before critical information falls into enemy hands, but when his MI6 colleague vanishes trailing the code-breaker to Stockholm, Thorn is plunged yet again into a sinister Nazi conspiracy. Can Thorn stop prized secrets from triggering more wartime carnage?


The Ultra Betrayal is the second novel in the thrilling Conor Thorn spy series. If you like harrowing historical drama, riveting espionage, and fast-paced action, then you’ll love Glenn Dyer’s well-researched World War II adventure.

I’ve had a long-time interest in the World War II antics of the legendary OSS (the precursor American spy agency to the CIA). Back in college, I read a book about the infamous counterintelligence chief of the CIA, James Jesus Angleton. The book’s title was Cold Warrior. It seems to be out of print, but if you can find a used copy, I recommend it. Angleton had gotten his feet wet in the intelligence field with the OSS during the second World War. This lead me to learn more about the OSS and their cast of fascinating spies like Angleton, movie stars like Sterling Hayden, even famed cook Julia Childs, and baseball star Moe Berg, were OSS spies.

So I was excited when I came across Glenn Dyer’s book series centered on a rule-breaking OSS agent Conor Thorn. Glenn Dyer’s books do not disappoint. The Ultra Betrayal is the second book in the series. It finds Conor Thorn on a mission to help the Allies when a key Swedish cryptographer goes missing in England. Soon enough Conor Thorn fights against a sinister Nazi conspiracy that he must stop before it’s too late for the good guys.

Dyer expertly navigates the thin line between presenting a historically accurate historical thiller while providing the good bits (page-turning action, adventure, and great characters).

With his background as a journalist with 30+ years of experience, it’s obvious the author knows how to do thorough research, write well, and can spin a good yarn.

I enjoyed Glenn Dyer’s books so much that I had him on my podcast as a guest, so check out my interview with Glenn Dyer for more details and behind the scene stuff with his writing.

My Interview with Author Glenn Dyer
It's safe to say that Alan Petersen loves mystery and thriller books. He writes high-octane thrillers, hosts the MEET THE THRILLER AUTHOR podcast, and reviews thriller/mystery books.

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