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Harry Saves the World

Gary Alexander

Publisher: Encircle Publications

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From an author whose work has been called “very, very funny,” the tale of an all-American guy who runs off to Europe—and gets tangled in WWII espionage (Kirkus Reviews).   Horatio Alger (Harry) Antonelli is 1938 college grad and football star who decided to spend a summer in Europe before settling down to teach high-school history, coach the football team, and eventually marry ─ white picket fence, kids, pets, et cetera. Increasingly, that scenario is terrifying him, so his 1938 summer has stretched out to July 1940.   Now, keeping one step ahead of the Third Reich—and some enraged husbands—Harry settles in Lisbon. While Portugal is neutral in the war, Lisbon is a clearinghouse for every manner of spy, counterspy, and hustler. Though he barely scrapes by, Harry is right at home. He wheels and deals with a shady Brit, dodges his landlady who’s after back rent, and has fallen for a sultry and mysterious café singer.   But his precarious lifestyle is complicated by the arrival of Dorothy Booth, the girl he left behind, and her brother David, an operative in an ultrasecret government agency he refuses to identify. David’s agency has information suggesting that the Nazis run a factory in Lisbon where they’re enriching uranium they plan to somehow release in Allied cities, killing millions. Why Harry Antonelli? David, who strongly disapproves of Harry in general, laments that America has been remiss in getting agents into Lisbon. Harry is all they have. Aided (and babysat) by Dorothy, Harry reluctantly sets out to save the world. To do so, he must thwart the fanatical Nazis, who are dedicated to ensuring that the project succeeds at all costs…

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