Hoping to become a famous singing star was the goal of a singer songwriter trudging her way through Greenwich Village wanting to drive her way to the top. With the help of her manager and cousin Christina, she hoped for her first break. But things do not always go the way you want and a chance meeting with nick Ladd would take her in a direction leading to danger and dealing with taking down the leader of a Nazi movement hoping to ignite the establishment of the fourth Reich. A team of ex FBI operatives each seemingly with their own agenda enlist her to join the team. An agency under the radar and using methods of interrogation that are unorthodox, they attempt to try and uncover Nazis in Post was AMERICA.
Having barely escaping when attacked the members of this covert organization decide to enlist her thinking she might be an asset. Getting in the way of the opera and someone else thought to have compromised the mission, because she’s a black belt champion biathlon and racer and karate instructor. Her cover is her alter personality as a singer. Money might be her motivation and fighting her own private wars another.
The graphic art is so realistic that the story and characters jump off the page as if the action is in three dimension and you can feel the tension and energy of the characters.
Some you will wonder about their loyalty and if you can trust them. Some are traitors and others will bear the brunt of what these men Justin’s their mode of justice. Values compromised and one young agent who has to rethink her new journey and if her direction is misdirected:
Listening to Granger and Nick talk it over they decide that Nina would be a perfect agent at least for now. This job is unsafe and can she handle it. As we get to know her we realize that she has morals and values that differ from those in the organization and they often silence her, do not allow her to post her viewpoints and she has to either do as they say or get out. But, when doing their bidding she realizes that the methods they use are dangerous and their taking prisoners not exactly according to rules or protocol.
Frank Granger and Nick Ladd are the two that approach her and insist that the information she receives remain confidential and not shared.
Nina, the woman who shot at these men is part of a group of Nazis sent to the USA right before the end of WWII. There are many agents that they speak about and as you get to know Granger and Nick you wonder which side each one is on, you learn the government recruited them and they hope she will join their cause and the group. Will she join the group and fight for her country? As we take a step in a different direction as Nina practices her singing and hopes to get an audition with John Cameron.
Throughout the novel at the end of each chapter or section the author shares the names of many songs that famous artists sing and at the end of this graphic novel we get to read or even hear in your own mind the songs of The Queen of Kenosha.
Granger, Nick and she has to meet Werner who is unpredictable and often goes off the beaten path. His methods are unorthodox and his temper is highly explosive.
Target practice and training and hopefully she will be fit for the job. Two months later she ready for her first mission and is instructed to follow their lead.
Trust is hard for her and yet she shares some of her past with nick. Moving to her singing she performs and explains to him her relationship with her cousin and that John Cameron might hear her audition and she wants to sing on his label, intercontinental records.
Things heat up the next morning when we see and hear a face to face between two agents. The facial expressions says it all.
Watching them take down someone you wonder what their real agenda is as it did not go according to what Nina thought was the plan. Thinking the operation was to get the Nazis back for questioning the end result was anything but. Following franks call and thinking they don’t trust her Nina begins to question more than just her decision to join this group.
Things change blame is cast and she realizes that they can’t afford more mistakes and if the want to find Alex the Nazi leader then she had to be kept in line.
Werner came through for them but and gave them info but can he be trusted?
More cover-ups more deceptions and they begin to share more about what they are about. Werner is about money. Granger states that until their agents can get themselves deep within the Nazis the need Werner. Each side using the other for their own purpose.
Nina is still angry at being left in the dark and the secret war where many will not survive and is senseless wages on.
Author Howard Shapiro takes readers into the minds of these agents and the culture that permeates during this time period. Wanting to get Alex might happen but greed is Werner’s motive and money is his language. Anger flows and rages as one man just wants theses enemies locked away. As she is told to follow orders and not question. But granger is sacrificed as the paper relates his death.
Account Ernest Rachins is coming their way and his life will change when taken. Nina is part of the capture and the end result is shocking. Rachins is questioned and illegally imprisoned and the methods used go against our way of interrogation. Violence anger abuse and almost killing the witness they have to control Frank before Rachins is dead. Dangerous territory and dangerous actions as the world these people created is no different from the one they want to destroy:
Fighting for freedom. Fighting for their rights yet oblivious to the constitutional rights of others. Why do they believe granger? An explanation follows as someone reveals why granger is vital and why he’s trusted.
As the author forwards to her audition. Great but more work needed but it’s a start. Sharing her success with nick and yet some close by might not be who they think they are. But sacrifices are made and someone gets to Howe?
Anger rages tempers boil and secret detentions are the norm and torture is what was done in the past and you won’t believe their goals in the present.
An explosion at an elementary school and Werner claims he knew nothing about it. Rachins and the guard are dead and will they take out the entire organization? Will they meet their goal? Three men: Frank, Nick and Granger each one more explosive than the other. An ending so shocking you won’t see it coming and agents that are blindsided, as the real mission is not what they thought. Just what are the Nazis planning? Who’s behind it? Whose lives are lost? Where will everyone wind up?
Deception betrayal deceit and one young girl whose destiny is still unknown. But the ending let’s u know there is more to come but what?
The author shares the songs of the queen of Kenosha at the end. Each song with a meaning and related to the plot and the characters.
Characters that look true to life and situations that are not far from what we read about today when prisoners are questioned and questionable methods are used. The Queen of Kenosha: Will she sing? Or will she fight?
Just reviews/MJ magazine/MJ network