The Spandau Diary - what was in it? Why did the secret intelligence agencies of every major power want it? Why was a brave and beautiful woman kidnapped to get it? Why did a chain of deception and violent death lash out across the globe, from survivors of the Nazi past to warriors in this new conflict about to explode? Why did the world's entire history of World War II have to be rewritten as the future hung over a nightmare abyss?
©1994 Greg Iles (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I always feel sad when I finish a book by Greg Iles. His books are intense, well researched, well imagined and well written. They always include a few characters who are ethical and courageous (and it's not bravado, but a position grounded in the character's personal history and experience). Spandau Phoenix was written years before Black Cross, but takes place in a more recent period. Both books have to do with the Nazi era, the formation of the state of Israel, Jewish history and character. Spandau Phoenix is plausible fiction about hatreds that remain today from WWII, a central character in Nazi history (Rudolph Hess) and actions of the British and the Russians during the war, and potential threats to the survival of the state of Israel that are ongoing. Iles improved my understanding and perspective on what happened then and its impact on today. Dick HIll is the perfect narrator.
I loved Black Cross by Iles and this book also did not disappoint. Listen to Black Cross first if you plan to get both books. Great characters and more plot surprises than most books. I hope Greg Iles goes back to writing more military/espionage books, he clearly does a great job and researches his books well. Narration was also a big plus and made the book flow easily. Easily a five star book. Highly recommend.
Greg Iles is a wonderful story teller and this book is a thrilling tale of espionage, heart-stopping suspense and action. This well-told story spans more than 50 years. It centers on the real identity of Rudolf Hess and whether members of the Royal family plotted with Hitler to save England during WWII. It all begins with a policeman innocently finding notes left by a recently deceased elderly prisoner in Spandau prison.
I would have given it a full 5 stars but as has been pointed out by other reviewers, the story has a few too many plot lines and characters than it needs. There are Nazis, neo Nazis, KGB, all manner of spies, police and secret police (Russian, British, South African, Israeli and American), assassins, Arab terrorists, Cuban and Columbian mercenaries, nuclear weapons, arms dealers, drug dealers ???. This shouldn???t stop anyone from enjoying the ride; just know that it???s going to be a wild one.
This book is filled with excellent action, has a lot of interesting characters and a bit of history.
It does manage to drag in a few spots, but not too much.
I can't understand other reviewer's complaints about the narrator. Granted he's not Rich Little, but without his accents and voices, the book would not have been nearly as enjoyable.
Good read - recommended.
This novel was one of Greg Iles first and is somewhat lengthy. The story was good and kept your attention. Dick Hill did a fabulous job of narration. He was able to "read" several unique characters and portrayed them so realistically. I did enjoy the authors later novels more than this one.
After reading the Black Cross, Spandu Phoenix made a superb sequel. It was very fast passed and a lot of characters to remember but overall a very will written and narrated book.
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In order to understand this book, you have to read Black Cross. Witch is very good to.
I got this book right after stumbling across Black Cross which I very much enjoyed. This story actually is very solid and has a lot of good characters throughout. The reason I am writing this is to issue a warning.
The main protagonist is just so melodramatic. Its weird to say because I get that he is being placed under extreme stress, but somehow I just don't buy into it. Maybe I don't get the drama so his reaction seems very excessive and unusual and that is the problem. Maybe he really is acting like a whiny little brat for most of the book. Either way, I really was put off by the seeming over reaction and lack of any kind of human thought he demonstrated. He just keeps shouting, screaming and crying while everyone else tells him to "get a hold of himself". I believe this is his entire role in the story, it creates fluff not drama.
Other then that the other characters are solid, the performance is wonderful and the plot is interesting. I'm only giving such a poor review because he is presented as the main protagonist. If he was just a secondary character I would be fine with it as a sideshow.
If you find hysterical main characters annoying you may want to skip this one.
(That is hysterical as in the definition prone to having hysterics. He is not in any way funny.)
Somebody who is really into Nazi history
Inferno by Dan Brown
Didn't listen far enough to know.
Retired Engineer; living in Bend, OR . I enjoy listening to Audible books while I hike and bike in the great trails here.
Very Complex Tale
The confluence of most of the characters, each with different goals, in or near Horn House
His ability to modulate his voice to suit different characters
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