The Passenger by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz

The Passenger by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz has just been released.

A long lost novel written in 1938 about Nazi Germany and the treatment of Jews has become a best-seller. The Passenger by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz is a must read for those wishing to appreciate the horrors through a contemporary viewpoint.

The novel follows the journey of Otto Silbermann who must flee with his family from the Nazis following the increasing violence surrounding Kristallnacht.

The book, The Passenger charts his hurried escape taking train after train criss-crossing Germany in order to find a border he can cross to freedom.

This classic novel by Boschwitz gives a great sense of the tremendous fear of discovery which so many of those people suffered and the consequences that would follow if the Nazis discovered them.

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See Glass by Ido Graf

Sea Glass - My best fiction books 2020

The book See Glass by Ido Graf, is a fast-paced action thriller which has been described as having a style like Tom Clancy.  I agree with that but I would also say, Frederick Forsyth as both authors researched their novels in great detail,  as does Graf. They all intertwine fact with fiction giving novels of profound insight and realism.

Sea Glass is a contemporary thriller set in various exotic locations such as North America, Europe and the Middle East.

The story begins in a small Andalusian fishing village when a redundant reporter meets a former Foreign Legionnaire by chance. The story he is told appears to be fictitious, but as the journalist begins to dig deeper  …the boundaries between fact and fiction begin to blur and the danger increases.

A top story for men and women that encompasses secrets, spies, hidden Nazi gold and politicians across the northern hemisphere.

The new book See Glass by thriller, adventure, spy story writer Ido Graf has all the twists of a Nelson DeMille bestseller novel. DeMille’s Plum Island is one of my best fiction books of all time. See Glass is one of my picks for best fiction books of 2020.

Another great fiction book writer I have read recently is Ben MacIntyre. His book The Spy and the Traitor is a riveting book and another of my top fiction books to read. It’s the sort of book that would make a great contemporary film or TV series.

Many new streaming services have appeared in recent years. Film production companies  such as Metro Goldwyn Mayer and Paramount Pictures have been joined by others such as HBO, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Studios, Sky TV, Crackle and Disney+.

See Glass by Ido Graf is available now either as a paperback or as a Kindle eBook on Amazon. I understand that this novel will also be available on Audible as an audiobook in the coming two months.

The book foretold subversion of the US democracy by a President in league with right-wing groups. See the video of See Glass on Vimeo.

Where Eagles Dare by Alistair MacLean

Where Eagles Dare by Alistair MacLean

Where Eagles Dare by Alistair MacLean

Alistair Maclean died in 1987, but what a legacy he left behind.

Alistair MacLean wrote the novel, Where Eagles Dare, at the same time as he wrote the screenplay. The 1968 film was shot on location in Bavaria and Austria. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced this classic film with stars such as Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood and Mary Ure. Both the book and the film were a major success.

Out of interest, the title comes from Act I, Scene III in William Shakespeare’s play Richard III: ‘The world is grown so bad, that wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch’.

The plot has various twists and turns. During the winter of 1943 to 44 U.S. Army Brigadier General George Carnaby is captured by the Germans. He is said to be a chief planner for the Western Front. The Germans take him to Schloß Adler to be interrogated. The castle can only be accessed by cable car or by helicopter.

A British Major, John Smith and a U.S. Army Ranger Lieutenant, Morris Schaffer (Clint Eastwood) are instructed on their mission by Colonel Turner and Admiral Rolland of Britain’s MI6. They are to be parachuted into Germany disguised as German troops with a team of commandos. Their mission – to rescue Carnaby before he can be interrogated.  They are dropped by a captured German Ju-52 transport plane. Smith secretly contacts agents Mary Ellison and Heidi Schmidt. The other commandoes do not know of their existence. Heidi gets Mary a job as a secretary at the castle.

Two of the commandoes are killed in suspicious circumstances, though Smith decides to continue the operation. He works closely with Shaffer and informs London of what is happening.

The commandos surrender to the Germans and Smith and Schaffer are separated from the enlisted men. Smith and Schaffer quickly kill the Germans who are guarding them and then get their escape route ready. They ride on top of the cable car and then climb up a rope, lowered by Mary, into the castle.

Carnaby is being interrogated by General Rosemeyer and Standartenführer Kramer. When the three captured enlisted men arrive, they identify themselves as German double agents.

The plot then gets quite tricky to follow. But it is worth staying with it as it is ingenious.

Where Eagles Dare by Alistair MacLean is a fantastic read and the film is a classic and one to watch over and over again. He is a great author in the style of Desmond Bagley and Hammond Innes.

Buy Where Eagles Dare from one of the worlds greatest authors and you will not be sorry.

A Small Death in Lisbon by Robert Wilson

A small death in Lisbon

A small death in Lisbon

I was recommended to the works of Robert Wilson by a friend of mine and I am glad I was. The espionage thriller, ‘A small death in Lisbon’, intrigued me and so, along with a love of all things Portuguese, I bought it.

Wilson is a British writer who currently lives in Portugal. He is the son of an RAF fighter pilot, and has a degree in English from Oxford. He was written crime novels based in Benin in West Africa, and also a series set mainly in Seville, in the Andalusian region of southern Spain. Born in 1957, the son of an RAF pilot,  he finished his studies with a degree in English at Oxford University which was clearly a good grounding for what was to come. Wilson won the CWA Gold Dagger for this book  and the German Crime Prize and rightly (or is it writely?) so.

A Small Death in Lisbon is an excellent novel by Robert Wilson and well worth the read. The story has several threads which intertwine into a lush tapestry a la finRobert Wilson sets the story in Portugal, which gives a wonderfully exotic air. It involves SS officers during the war and ranges through to sexual intrigue, murder and the contemporary investigations of Inspector José “Zé” Coelho.

Well done Robert!

If you enjoy this novel then you will also enjoy See Glass by Ido Graf.

Jeg blev anbefalet til værkerne af Robert Wilson af en af ​​mine venner, og jeg er glad for, at jeg var det. Spionagethrilleren, ‘En lille død i Lissabon’, fascinerede mig, og derfor købte jeg den sammen med en kærlighed til alt portugisisk.

Wilson er en britisk forfatter, der i øjeblikket bor i Portugal. Han er søn af en RAF jagerpilot og har en uddannelse i engelsk fra Oxford. Han blev skrevet kriminalromaner baseret i Benin i Vestafrika, og også en serie, der hovedsageligt udspiller sig i Sevilla, i den andalusiske region i det sydlige Spanien. Født i 1957, søn af en RAF -pilot, afsluttede han sine studier med en grad i engelsk ved Oxford University, hvilket klart var en god grund for det, der skulle komme. Wilson vandt CWA Gold Dagger for denne bog og den tyske krimipris og med rette (eller er det klogt?) Så.

En lille død i Lissabon er en fremragende roman af Robert Wilson og værd at læse. Historien har flere tråde, der fletter sig ind i et frodigt gobelin a la fin. Robert Wilson sætter historien i Portugal, hvilket giver en vidunderligt eksotisk luft. Det involverer SS -officerer under krigen og spænder fra seksuelle intriger, mord og nutidige undersøgelser af inspektør José “Zé” Coelho.

Godt gået Robert!

Hvis du nyder denne roman, vil du også nyde See Glass af Ido Graf.

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Storm Troop by Leo Kessler

Storm Troop military thriller by Leo Kessler

Storm Troop military thriller by Leo Kessler

Leo Kessler, aka Charles Whiting, was a prodigious military writer who died in 2007, writing some 350 fiction and non-fiction books – quite astonishing. Many of his great novels are detailed on the wonderful Fantastic Fiction site which I visit so often. I remember many happy days in my youth reading his novels of courage and danger set across the background of a wartorn Europe. He wrote mainly war novels that were exciting and easy reading.

Storm Troop is the first of the nine WW2 Stormtroop Edelweiss novels which were to detail the exploits of the crack German Mountain Troops who took as their emblem the beautiful Edelweiss flower of the high European alps. The Edelweiss was highly prized by young men who climbed into the mountains to retrieve them for their beloved.

In this Leo Kessler military fiction book the Edelweiss battalion sail through rivers and canals from their base in Bavaria down through France and into the Med. They travel from here to the Greek island of Leros where they land and attack British and Italian positions in the mountains just prior to an airborne assault by German parachutists and German troops who are landed from ships. This is a fast paced, WWII, fictitious, fun tale of danger among Greek islands during the war and is well worth a read. Leo Kessler is one of those writers who can very quickly hook a reader.

Leo Kessler, alias Charles Whiting, byl úžasný vojenský spisovatel, který zemřel v roce 2007 a napsal asi 350 beletristických a non -fiction knih – docela úžasné. Mnoho z jeho velkých románů je podrobně popsáno na nádherné stránce Fantastická fikce, kterou tak často navštěvuji. Pamatuji si mnoho šťastných dnů v mládí, kdy jsem četl jeho romány o odvaze a nebezpečí zasazené do pozadí válečné Evropy. Psal hlavně válečné romány, které byly napínavé a snadné na čtení.

Storm Troop je první z devíti románů Stormtroop Edelweiss, které měly podrobně popsat exploze trhliny německých horských vojsk, které si za svůj znak vzaly krásný květ Edelweiss ve vysokých evropských Alpách. Edelweiss byl velmi ceněn mladými muži, kteří vylezli do hor, aby je získali pro své milované.

V této knize Leo Kessler vojenské beletrie prapor Edelweiss proplouvá řekami a kanály z jejich základny v Bavorsku dolů přes Francii a do Med. Cestují odtud na řecký ostrov Leros, kde přistávají a útočí na britské a italské pozice v horách těsně před leteckým útokem německých parašutistů a německých vojsk, kteří přistávají z lodí. Je to rychlá, fiktivní a zábavná pohádka o nebezpečí mezi řeckými ostrovy během války a stojí za přečtení.

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The Quiller Memorandum by Adam Hall

The Quiller Memorandum espionage thriller

The Quiller Memorandum espionage thriller

This is one of the first and best adventure spy novels I read and I became a firm fan of Quiller and Adam Hall.

The Quiller Memorandum which was also known as The Berlin Memorandum was written by Adam Hall in 1965.  Hall introduced Quiller in this book as a British intelligence officer in the very secret body known as ‘the Bureau’. Quiller was also said to have been in the secret services during World War II. The Bureau is a shady organisation whose purpose was originally to prevent any possible increase in German militarism, such as a fourth Reich.

Quiller was a specialist in Nazi clandestine organizations such as the ‘ratlines’ which were used by Nazis to escape trial. The book is set in the mid-sixties where Quiller is seconded by the Bureau to give secret intelligence information to the Z Commission which is West Germany’s war crimes investigatitive agency. Quiller is persuaded by the bureau to investigate the plans of a secret Nazi secret. He readily does so, as the Nazis have killed one of his friends.

Adam Hall was a wonderful writer of espionage fiction. A classic read that is sure to enthrawl.

Aquesta és una de les primeres novel·les d’aventures i espies que vaig llegir i em vaig convertir en un ferm fan de Quiller i Adam Hall.

El Memoràndum Quiller, també conegut com a Memoràndum de Berlín, va ser escrit per Adam Hall el 1965. Hall va introduir Quiller en aquest llibre com a oficial d’intel·ligència britànic en el cos secret conegut com a “l’Oficina”. Es va dir que Quiller va estar als serveis secrets durant la Segona Guerra Mundial. L’Oficina és una organització obaga que el seu propòsit era originalment evitar qualsevol possible augment del militarisme alemany, com ara un quart Reich.

Quiller era un especialista en organitzacions clandestines nazis, com ara les “ratlines”, que eren utilitzades pels nazis per fugir del judici. El llibre es troba a mitjan anys seixanta, on Quiller és secundat per l’Oficina per donar informació d’intel·ligència secreta a la Comissió Z, que és l’agència d’investigació de crims de guerra d’Alemanya Occidental. Quiller és persuadit per l’oficina per investigar els plans d’un secret secret nazi. Ho fa fàcilment, ja que els nazis han matat un dels seus amics.

Adam Hall va ser un meravellós escriptor de ficció d’espionatge. Una lectura clàssica que segur que engrescarà.

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The Salzburg Connection by Helen MacInnes

Fiction spy thriller

A great thriller novel with style

The book begins near to Salzburg, Austria, when a photographer called Richard Bryant dives into the Fintersee Lake, high in the mountains, to retrieve a large chest that had lain there for many years. Unknown to him, he is observed by others. This sets off a deadly chain of events.

Sometime later a lawyer, called William Mathison, to Bryant’s photography shop to ask about a photo book of the Austrian lakes that is said to be commissioned by Bill’s client, the publisher James Newhart. Anna, Bryant’s wife gives Bill correspondence from Eric Yates who previously claimed to be Newhart’s representative. Soon after Bill leaves, Anna’s brother Johann Kronsteiner is told, by family friend Felix Zauner, that Bryant has been killed in an accident. Bill finds that he is being followed. A desperate tale involving Austrian Intelligence, Mossad, Chinese Communists, CIA, Nazis and the KGB ensues. The secrets that lay hidden in the chest since the war were explosive.

This political thriller novel, by Helen MacInnes is one of my favourites. The start of the novel is very evocative and the suspense continues throughout the book. The story was written in 1968 and took inspiration from true life events. It had been suspected for many years that, near the end of the war, elite Nazis had trekked into the Austrian mountains and had hidden gold in the depths of many of the remote lakes. The most famous lake being Lake Toplitz which began to give up some of it’s secrets in the late 1950s as divers searched its depths.

One of the best fiction thriler novels of high intrigue, assassination, spies and Neo Nazis and a very good read – particularly on a European skiing holiday on a dark night.

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If you like this novel then try See Glass by Ido Graf which is a book with similar themes of neo-Nazis and espionage.

Le livre commence près de Salzbourg, en Autriche, lorsqu’un photographe du nom de Richard Bryant plonge dans le lac Fintersee, haut dans les montagnes, pour récupérer un gros coffre qui gisait là depuis de nombreuses années. Inconnu de lui, il est observé par les autres. Cela déclenche une chaîne mortelle d’événements.

Quelque temps plus tard, un avocat, appelé William Mathison, s’est rendu au magasin de photographie de Bryant pour poser des questions sur un livre de photos des lacs autrichiens qui aurait été commandé par le client de Bill, l’éditeur James Newhart. Anna, la femme de Bryant, donne à Bill la correspondance d’Eric Yates qui prétendait auparavant être le représentant de Newhart. Peu de temps après le départ de Bill, le frère d’Anna, Johann Kronsteiner, apprend, par un ami de la famille Felix Zauner, que Bryant a été tué dans un accident. Bill découvre qu’il est suivi. Une histoire désespérée impliquant les services secrets autrichiens, le Mossad, les communistes chinois, la CIA, les nazis et le KGB s’ensuit. Les secrets cachés dans le coffre depuis la guerre étaient explosifs.

Ce roman policier d’Helen MacInnes est l’un de mes préférés. Le début du roman est très évocateur et le suspense perdure tout au long du livre. L’histoire a été écrite en 1968 et s’est inspirée d’événements réels de la vie. On soupçonnait depuis de nombreuses années que, vers la fin de la guerre, des nazis d’élite s’étaient rendus dans les montagnes autrichiennes et avaient caché de l’or dans les profondeurs de nombreux lacs reculés. Le lac le plus célèbre est le lac Toplitz qui a commencé à dévoiler certains de ses secrets à la fin des années 1950 alors que les plongeurs fouillaient ses profondeurs.

L’un des meilleurs romans de fiction de haute intrigue, d’espions et de néo-nazis et une très bonne lecture – en particulier lors de vacances de ski européennes par une nuit noire.

Si vous aimez ce roman, essayez See Glass par Ido Graf qui est un livre avec des thèmes similaires de néo-nazis et d’espionnage.