The Man with the Iron Heart

  • by Harry Turtledove
  • Narrated by William Dufris
  • 20 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the real world, Reinhard Heydrich, the number-two man in the SS and an architect of the Holocaust, was assassinated in Czechoslovakia in May 1942. Eulogized by Hitler himself as "The Man with the Iron Heart", Heydrich - also known as "The Butcher" and "The Hangman" - was one of the most ruthless and calculating of the Nazi elite.In The Man with the Iron Heart, Heydrich survives that fated assassination attempt, only to hatch an insurgency as insidious as anything conceived by Osama bin Laden, designed to keep the German battlefront alive long after the supposed end to hostilities. The Allies thought the war was over, but their problems are just beginning.The Man with the Iron Heart is the gripping story of the hunt for Rienhard Heydrisch and of the effort to suppress urban guerrilla warfare 60 years before we really run into it in Iraq. Powerful and compelling, Turtledove has never been better.

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What the Critics Say

"Turtledove is the standard bearer for alternate history." (USA Today)
"Turtledove never tires of exploring the paths not taken, bringing to his storytelling a prodigious knowledge of his subject." (Library Journal)

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Iraq/Afghanistan Overlaid in post WWII Germany

I wanted to like this book more, as I I have read a lot of his other works and enjoyed them a lot. Really, I did. But unlike a lot of Turledove's books this one felt really heavy handed in the manner in which he overlaid post WW2 Germanywith contemporary events.

With the non-death of Reinhard Heydrich the Allies encounters a true opposition in post-defeat Germany. Heydrich has had 3 years to prepare for the downfall and subsequent resistance inside Germany. And to anyone who has followed the news in the past decade, every tool that Al Quada has deployed is in the arsenal of Heydrich's Werewolves. Suicide truck bombs, suicide bombers, IED's, other traps and even the kidnapping and execution of service members (caught on camera of course).

Maybe this book works for other people but I personally am exhausted from our own War against Terror that uses the same tactics, reading about them set into 1945-48 just felt like a chore.
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- Daniel O. Buchholz "Computer Geek"

Not what I was expecting

Perhaps I was expecting more character build up of RH versus what the book delivered.

It is not even close to being about RH which really confuses me, considering the title! It is mostly poor prose and cheeky dialogue. RH may have 10% of the book. The rest is how the Americans are doing at finding him.

I would not spend the time or money. Sorry. In fact, I am asking for my $$ back.
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- Luc

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-25-2008
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio