War hero and Expressionist painter Max Bauer is an ambitious protégé of the artistic-minded - but anti-Modernist - Adolf Hitler. Max is the assigned curator of the infamous Aryan Art and Degenerate Art exhibitions in 1937 Berlin. Torn between ambition and revulsion, he defends his creative integrity, his colleagues, and his steadfast, half-Jewish physician wife Frieda from escalating Nazi terror. As danger mounts and his pacifism crumbles, he battles an obsessive but refined Gestapo henchman determined to destroy them. His fight to save not only his artistic legacy but also his country and loved ones culminates with the massive Crystal Night pogrom, when - with Frieda - they resolve this high stakes jeopardy in an action-packed, suspenseful climax. This is a fast-paced story based upon true incidents, about love, romance, intrigue, atrocities, the psychology of twisted historical figures, and the determination to destroy evil at its source.
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Highly Recommend -- Love Historical Fiction
I enjoyed the Kindle book so much I decided to buy the audiobook version too, and I'm glad I did. The story and characters in this historical thriller are excellent, it moves fast and the narrator brings it to life.
I have read so many alternative history books and also historical fiction, but if I had to I pick one I would say FATHERLAND by Robert Harris. However, PALETTE KNIFE has an emphasis on art. It chronicles a journey through the terrain of Nazi terrorism and its determination to smash artistic freedom in the Germany of the '30's.
The narration is professional and entertaining, done with style. Steve White has created different voices for the characters and his accents are wonderful. Really exciting. If I see his name again I will get the audio if it is in my genres.
Yes, the end. It ties the entire book together. It is moving and real. But no spoilers for any one who is going to buy it -- and they should.
This book gives insight into artists and artistic freedom in a dictatorship. It depicts the twisted psyches of historical tyrants and has a nice love story as a bonus to the suspense packed plot. Five Stars!
- Akamai Okole
This is a fascinating story of how a Modernist German artist and war hero, Max Bauer, is sucked into the twisted world of Adolf Hitler and his henchmen. The "Fuhrer" considered himself a gifted painter and promoter of "culture". Max finds himself (with his strong, half-Jewish wife) holding a tiger by the tail, and he's caught in the middle of the collision between Nazi terrorism and free expression. Suspenseful, eerie, violent and at times humorous and romantic, this historical thriller juggled many balls with skill. The narrator's voice is rich, versatile, and entertaining. Top ratings!
There are so many, but I think the pivotal point is amazing, but I cannot give it away. The beginning where Max confronted a Nazi henchman in this art gallery.
I loved the scene where Max and Frieda first fall in love after the attack by Nazi thugs.
I was attracted to Max the most, because he understands women and he is gifted and he is passionate husband to Frieda. I like his character.
As a woman, I really enjoyed the romance, even though there was lost of action too. It was so lovely .