A Gordian Web

The Second Book in The Spider Trilogy

When Germany invaded Poland in 1939, the Nazi regime tossed dissidents into labor camps to break the will of the people. Every day Czeslaw Orlowski, an orphaned teenager, fought for his life in the camps then escaped to become a thorn in the side of the oppressors…

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A Gordian Web

by Guy Butler

A Gordian Web by Guy Butler is the second book in the Spider trilogy, but it does quite nicely as a standalone story. Readers will be delighted by this tale that takes them on a journey filled with history, adventure, and characters who spring to life very quickly as they’re introduced. This is an intelligently written book but isn’t complicated as each scene unfolds and leads to more questions that must be answered, making it a page-turner. The pacing is spot on, and the dialogue comes across natural for each character. I found myself caring about the people in the story as they faced the fictional scenarios that Butler skillfully crafted from real history.

22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Judge’s Commentary

When Germany invades Poland in 1939, the Nazi regime tosses dissidents into labor camps to break the will of the people. Every day Czeslaw Orlowski, an orphaned teenager, fights for his life in the camps then escapes to become a thorn in the side of the oppressors. By the time the Nazis retreat to Berlin, the young Pole has instilled hope in his countrymen through the exploits of the legend known as The Spider. With the pending Allied victory in Europe, Poland becomes a pawn played by the Soviet Union against the West. At the top of the NKGB’s agenda: find and crush The Spider. Hiding in plain sight on a farm in Western Silesia, for Czeslaw, his new bride and family it’s only a matter of time before the Russians close the noose around them. The Spider has only one hope—to ask the British for help.

In response, a covert Special Forces Squad—The Black Widows—is launched in a clandestine extraction attempt behind Russian lines. In return, Czeslaw will be asked to contribute his special talents to a personal mission for Winston Churchill.

The Spider then confronts a Gordian knot: must he keep his promise to the Prime Minister by slicing that knot—or cut the throat of his arch-nemesis?

★★★★★ for A Gordian Web
Guy Butler is a Consummate Storyteller!
Guy Butler is a consummate storyteller. His knowledge of the time period and his research into the details pleased my historic and adventurous heart. A Gordian Web is a wonderful, roller coaster of a read!

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