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The suicide of a desperate man whose wife had been refused care at the hospital where she was a nurse for 20 years.
This is a tense, taut book which successfully recreates the oppressive atmosphere of pre-WW II Berlin. The Nazi thuggery, the blatant antisemitism, the cowering populace, half invested and half-repelled by what has happened to Germany, the ever-present Gestapo. The delicate dance that the hero must do to evade punishment, yet remain tied to basic human values.
A far-fetched tale of a spy who came in from the heat and saved New York from disaster while holding off the CIA and Arab/Pakistani/Jihadi terrorists and their diabolical plans. Moments of suspense. Unrealistic (exaggerated) characters. Dialogue uninspired. Probably OK for a long ride across country, but not the best of audibles out there. (Try Grisham or Connelly).
A series of anecdotes of life on-the-ground among the 19-21 year-olds who were stationed in a jungle surrounded by allies they despised and an enemy they set out to destroy. The memories he brought back make up the book: a series of short recollections. The characters are well-described and the events vary from believable to far-fetched; only the author knows how much (or little) they were embroidered. Good listening. It doesn't convey the rankness of the war, but rather the memories which survived and were worth re-telling after he returned.
Nice prose. Personal dedication. A paean to a suddenly deceased daughter. Anger transfigured into grand-parental caring and self-sacrifice and poorly submerged anger with fate and God and justice.
A touching, if over-long tribute.
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