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All hail the review system. I am following a person with similar taste to mine, except he prefers espionage type books. He often gives glowing reviews on books he only gives four stars too. The fact that he gave this one five stars, told me it had to be special and it was.
I had read Sleep No More by Isles and though it was not up to the standard of this book, I knew he was an author I wanted to get to know. Then when this was offered in a 2fer sale and it was so highly recommended by my Espionage expert, I got it.
The actual story is made up, but many of the facts about WWII are correct. I love historical fiction and this falls into that category as well as a WWII story as well as an Adventure, as well as an Espionage story. It is important to reread history from different angels and get the real story. For instance did you know that over 25,000 Vets protested in Washington D.C. over there treatment after WW I and were attacked by our police? Are you aware that neither England or U.S.A. did anything to offer Sanctuary for the Jews before the war, while they were being persecuted by the Nazi's. Are you aware of how anti-Semitic, the English and the Americans were during this time.
The main character is a Pacifist, which was very rare during this time in our history and this made for some interesting debates. Isles has an afterwards that is very interesting, especially the part explaining the training camp at Loch Ness.
I have to say something about Dick Hill. Mr Hill has to be my favorite narrator. He has a distinctive voice such as Rudnicki and Lee and he is an excellent actor. His inflections, his intensity, his understanding of the material are above superb.Dick Hill always makes any book better.
I have one slight qualm and that is with the production. It only happens two or three times, but it is annoying when it happens. There are about three times when DH is whispering and you can not hear what he is saying and a couple of times where he is screaming and just about bursts your eardrums. I don't fault Hill, but the producer.
My Espionage reviewer from Washington and I also highly recommend, Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith.
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A top secret raid to stop the Nazis from producing a gas WMD, well-written and expertly narrated. Oh, one could quibble about a number of details, and there's the usual bang-bang-blow everything up ending, tailor-made for todays tired formula-driven movie scripts. I suspect the real Nazi SS were not quite as incompetent and they certainly did a far more effective job of running a concentration camp than depicted here. Still, be not afraid - this is a good story, made even better by Hill's reading and voices.
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