London, 1946. The Nazis have conquered and now occupy Great Britain. John Henry Rossett, a decorated British war hero and former police sergeant, has been reassigned to the Office of Jewish Affairs. He now answers to the SS, one of the most powerful and terrifying organizations in the Third Reich. Now assigned a job he did not ask for and cannot refuse: rounding up Jews for deportation. But they are not the only victims, for the war took Rossett's wife and son, and shattered his own humanity. Then he finds Jacob, a young Jewish child, hiding in an abandoned building. Determined to save the innocent boy, Rossett takes him on the run, with the Nazis in pursuit. But they are not the only hunters following his trail...
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an 11 miler!!
It mesmerized me--I rate books by how long I walk at a time. A mediocre book is a 5 miler and a book I can't stop listening to is an 11 miler. I was completely drawn in by this alternative history.
I loved the forward momentum of the plot and the way the author made the listener have some empathy for, or at least understanding of, even the flawed characters
I can't think or read with an English accent. Therefore, listening to the book made it seem so real--as if I were watching a well done BBC drama in my brain. Mr. Jackson was able to bring distinctive voices to all the characters--different English and German accents as well as female and a small boy's. I was transported to another time and place.
I was particularly moved by the opening scene with the desperate grandfather trying to get the sergeant to help him.
I have listened to hundreds of audible books. The best ones are usually like this one, reasonable well written with a fabulous narrator. I hope this author continues this storyline as a series.
Good concept but maybe too many escapes