PLOT: Hunting Nazi Raushman is his new goal.
1963~ a freelance journalist stumbles on to a journal of a Jew who committed suicide. The story it tells is first rate. The journal beings in Rega Concentration camp where sadist Raushman the Nazi in charge both kills, tortures and "enjoys" the murder of all his victims. When the Journal informed Miller (the Journalist) that Raushman is still alive and living in Germany the hunt is on. This is both interesting how the "good old boy" Nazi network helped each other out. With some going to South America and some simply with new identities they chose new lives right under the nose of the Nazi Hunters. They often protected each other. But the ODESSA is the "organization" who helps FUND and arrange the escapes and new lives. AS Miller discovers the "forger" who helped with the new identity papers. He has the proof he needs for justice but the Odessa is hot on his trail to stop him at any cost. This is an excellent story. It has the details and keeps you interested. But there is a plot twist that is great that gives a personal reason for Miller to find the Nazi Rauschman. I give it 4 STARS....
I would recommend the book but not the audio. Something important was lost in hearing rather than seeing the page.
José M. Batista
This is a story about the enduring network of former nazis and how they plan and act to perpetuate their influence and protect the former SS members. Still a very good plot well worth the time.
Someone (the narrator?) opted to have all the german characters speak english in a squeaky pitch with a german (?) accent. Irritating and distracting,
Who doesn't like that arch British accent.
An important story, compulsive listen, hard to turn off.
The book itself, of course, is a classic now, as it should be.
The performance is seamless and accents are not over acted.
Doesn't get much better than this.
I had no idea what this book was about when I ordered it. The combination of the author and an Audible sale I just grabbed it. Very glad I did.
The preface explains the mix of fact and fiction, which I am glad it did or you could think it was a true historical account. The story (though a little predictable where it would end up) was good as expected with an interesting web of characters.
The narration with the German accents was very good for the male characters. Lucky there where not too many female characters and they didn't have much to say :-)
If you like a chase with some deviousness. Give this book a listen, well worth it.
One-dimensional story with cartoonish characters loosely based on real events and real characters. I generally love Frederick Davidson when he is narrating comedy. One of the reasons may be that any non-English-speaking character sounds, sooner or later, like Pepe Le Pew. But this book is not supposed to be a comedy, right? Unless it is a tongue-in-cheek commentary on British xenophobia: Germans, being Western European and Germanic people, are, generally speaking, good guys with few bad apples giving them bad reputation, Jews are single minded sufferers-revenge-seekers, everybody outside Western Europe are evil brutes just because. I laughed out aloud several times, but, in the end, did the author really had to drag the real tragedy of Holocaust into this travesty?
Outstanding story. Fredrick Forsyth always does his homework. His character development is amazing and his story always leaves you spell bound. There is often a twist at the end of his stories and every detail is wonderful. I loved this story, and I recommend all his stuff.
A bad reader can wreck a great book, and this was pretty much the case. Frederick Davidson's accents may have been accurate, but they were also cartoonish and incredibly annoying. It's a credit to the story that I stuck it out, but such a shame that this particular reader was selected to deliver it.