Operation Underworld

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Genre: Historical fiction based on a true story     Pages:  365

ISBN: 978-1-904086-71-0

All works available in: PDF, EPUB, MOBI (Kindle compatible) or Paperback


“A fascinating and lesser-known part of Mafia and WWII history, this brilliantly-researched novel is quite an eye-opener!”                                                                                               

                                                                                                            – Shelly Marsden,   IrishWorld, London                                

“Dock workers shout and swear coarsely. You can almost smell the creosote and tobacco smoke as they do while the impression of a New York metropolis coming into its own is particularly potent. As a narrator he never has us at a loss as to our location, and using something of a film maker’s palate, he lets the streets and dock-sides of New York become a central character in their own right.”

                                                                                                              – Hilary A. White, The Sunday Independent, Ireland

“Like a sunken treasure ship this truly     intriguing story has been  excavated.”

                                                                                                              – Irish Daily Mail, London

“I was a bit wary as I began reading, thinking the use of colloquial speech and vocabulary would make the book hard going. However I was wrong; instead it gives the book a distinctive flavour, alongside the descriptions of a bustling New York.”

                                                                                                               – Annette Hart,  Reviews Online:

Some Reader Comments:

“I felt compelled to write and tell you that once into the last fifty pages, on my way home one evening last week, I missed my train stop by two stations reading the chase scene at the end.”

                                                                                                                  – Christina, Philadelphia,PA

“Just a quick “Thank you” for Operation Underworld. Being a girl, I’m usually not a fan of crime-related stuff, but I got this one off my boyfriend’s shelf to read something during a trip – and boy, did the trip seem shorter!”                       

                                                                                                                    – Irene, Rome, Italy

“I have been a history enthusiast for many years, and was frankly bowled over by the historical accuracy of the novel, as well as the effectiveness of the device used to carry the story. Historical fiction so often tends to be either too dry to capture one’s interest for long, or superficial fun to read, but at the expense of historical accuracy. With Operation Underworld, Mr. Kelly seems to have found the happy medium that balances both. Now of course, we are all anxiously awaiting his next historical novel.”

                                                                                                     – Lt. Geoffrey Meade, U. S. N., San Antonio, Texas

“I am greatly enjoying Operation Underworld. The visual and auditory image of the two guys in the hold of the ship striking the water valve in unison to the choral strains of the Anvil Chorus made me burst out laughing! That is such a great visual, in such a weird context!”.

                                                                                                       – Paul O’Connor,Dublin, Ireland


Synopsis: In the Winter of 1942, only six weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii by the Japanese Imperial Navy, an apparent spectacular act of sabotage occurred in New York Harbor. The TLS Normandie, the fastest largest and most well-known luxury liner in the world suddenly caught fire and burned to the waterline then capsized in her berth.

Suspicion fell immediately to the Nazi’s. The suspicion that Hitler may have been contemplating further aggressive action against the nearly 1,000 km of the NYC waterfront prompted the U.S. Navy to seek help. Unprepared for war following the massive de-escalation of WWI and loosing up to 500 merchant ships a month that Winter, the Navy was ill prepared for the challenge so they turned to the one man who could help guard the waterfront from saboteurs. They turned to Charlie “Lucky” Luciano, head of the New York Mafia.

In a twist ending to a surprise story and in time honored fashion, the Mafia were one step ahead of them.

Operation Underworld is the only book ever written documenting this incredible story.

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