Dilger is a fascinating analog for our own troubled times. Having thrown off the tethers of obligation to family and country, he became a very dangerous man indeed: a spy, a saboteur, and a zealot to a degree that may have so embarrassed the German High Command that, after the war, they ordered his death rather than admit that he worked for them.
"Koenig has researched with great thoroughness and written with great clarity." (Booklist)
The first half of this audio was extremely interesting and very enjoyable although much of it was a concentration of background information of the family of the main character, Anton Dilger --- much time is spent relaying facts about how important horses were to the conduct of war, very fascinating indeed, and something I never realized.
The historical backdrop went back to the Civil War. Getting to the activities of Anton Dilger and his involvement took quite a bit of time but time well spent.
The importance of disrupting the shipment of horses from the U.S. to Britain and France was a priority for the German war effort. One of the first organized attempts at germ warfare was directed at infecting horses bound for Europe, compliment of Anton Dilger.
The second half of the audio was very much less interesting than the first --- the details became draining to say the least. I found myself drifting off quite a few times and had to “rewind” to catch up with what had happened.
Too bad one cannot just buy the first half because it was so captivating.
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