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on August 16, 2017
A surprisingly good story that ranges from WWII to the present day. Both early and later portions of the story take place in an area of Poland I am very familiar with, and the book does a good job providing a historically accurate description of the area and the part it played in the war. The plot driver is a treasure of Nazi gold hidden in tunnels during the last days of the war. Two brothers who escaped the concentration camp during the war use the gold to torment a evil Nazi in hiding in Argentina. The characters are very interesting, and interact in a variety of ways as Joe Johnson, a former CIA agent turned Nazi-hunter, tracks the aged war criminal despite efforts by two governments to protect the criminal. The Nazi's son. old friends, former lovers and enemies work with and against Joe Johnson as he tries to understand the issues and do the right thing. The writing is quite good and keeps the level of suspense high as threat after threat impacts Johnson and his team
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on March 14, 2018
I don't want to be too hard about this. I realize its genre fiction and it contains your standard tropes and cliches (the protagonist is ex-CIA for instance), but the problem I had, at least in the first quarter of the book, was the clumsy background exposition via dialogue. Maybe it's me, but it bugs me when main characters tell each other things they both know and have no real reason to bring it up. I get that this is the first book in a trilogy, but author could have been a little more nuanced in offering us the backstory. So with that nit picked, I will say that the author is definitely capable of solid yeoman work and as the story goes forward it gets smoother and turns out to be a decent little piece of historical spy fiction. So yes, I would still recommend it.
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on April 18, 2018
I read books aloud to hubby, as we enjoy sharing events "as they happen". We also share the same interests, especially anything to do with WWII; thus, this book piqued our interest from the title alone. We liked the book very much, but it was hard to get into and did not flow well. The author jumps around an awful lot; we had a hard time keeping the characters straight, constantly having to refresh our memory from chapter to chapter as to who was associated with what organization and what their involvement was in the story. Thus, I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. On the other hand, there were many parts of the book that were suspenseful and exciting, and we are talking about trying the next Joe Johnson thriller in the series, "The Old Bridge". It's not about WWII, unfortunately, but neither are the Cormoran Strike detective mysteries that we love so much by J.K. Rowling, and would be a good book to read while we anxiously await J.K. Rowling's 4th novel in the detective series, supposedly being printed as we speak. One last comment: I can imagine this author -- Turpin -- writing a novel about the German U-boats in the Atlantic during WWII -- oooh boy, now THAT's something we could really get into!
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on February 11, 2018
All the ingredients of a good story, told at the right pace with believable characters, a solid plot and interesting sub-plots without confusing the story line.
The Nazi theme is handled with deft story telling, exposing the atrocities without boring us with too much judgemental opinion - it is what it is.
I liked Joe Johnson, he is believable. Not a super hero like a Clancy character, not a Reacher, who too easily gives in to his base instincts and no Bernie Gunther who don't quite fits anywhere.
I look forward to his next adventure!
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on August 16, 2017
This new author has written one of the best books I've read! The story covers several different locations with their individual activities then melds them into the main story. This is fast paced and will hold your attention through the whole book. He makes the characters and their purpose in this book, seem very real and believable. You'll love this book if you like an excellent, fast paced storyline.
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on August 27, 2017
Fantastic book! It has all the components necessary for a good thriller -- intriguing characters, revenge, a hunt for justice, lots of action, and a great plot. The story moves seamlessly between World War II and the present day, with just enough of a history lesson to tie the story together. Andrew Turpin knows how to tell a story. I look forward to the next Joe Johnson adventure.
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on October 18, 2017
Great read about a notorious Nazi brought to justice after decades. The disturbing part about the CIA and Mossad involvement was never resolved nor were the stories of their operatives who were siphoning money from the operation. Sad commentary on the governments after the war.
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on August 18, 2017
When I read this book and realized it was the author's first book - I couldn't believe it. Excellent book. I couldn't put it down until I completed it. The book grabbed me from the prologue and kept me there until (sadly) the end - I wanted more. One of my favorite genres covers anything related to WWII - and this book did not disappoint! If this is precursor of what this author is capable of, I can hardly wait for his next book! Mr. Turpin is easily my favorite new author!
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on May 6, 2018
Fascinating book that is far more than just a spy espionage thriller. It has a great deal of compelling history in areas of interest to subjects U listed in my title. The author out in an impressive amount of research into the history and geographic settings of the novel which made it come alive. His literary extensions of such were well done. His characters were well done female as well as the hero and villains as well. All in all a great read!
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on January 12, 2018
The single thing I disliked was that it ended. But that of course has to be. This historical novel does a masterful job of developing the storyline and the characters. This resulted in a page turner. As a reader who reads a book a week, I must say it's the best read I've had in months. Andrew Turpin joins Phillip Kerr on my preferred authors list. Get the book! You will not be disappointed.
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