Review: Nucleus

NucleusNucleus by Rory Clements
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book in Rory Clements’ series set in the immediate lead up to the Second World War featuring Professor Tom Wilde, a Cambridge Don, and Lydia Morris, a publisher of poetry and other literature.

This particular edition of the series, a series I am very much beginning to enjoy, focuses on the developing understanding of atomic physics, particularly as it might impact the availability of the atomic bomb. The efforts of the Third Reich to discover the progress of British developments in this field of science, centred around the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, provides the background for Clements’ engaging narrative.

The weaving together of historical background, well-developed characters, and political intrigue set in a time of heightening international tensions make this book a must-read for anyone with an interest in the history of the inter-war period.

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