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 really enjoyed this book. Greg Iles can really write and the narrated performance was stunning. It is one of my favorites and I am listening for over 25 books per year.
I got lost in this story more than once. It is convoluted and there are a LOT of characters. That said it was engrossing and the presentation was excellent. It had to be good to get through that many hours of the same story. I still didn't want to leave these people after it was all over. I recommend it.
I love books a lot
In order to understand this book, you have to read Black Cross. Witch is very good to.
I'd read a few of Greg Iles' Natchez series of books before picking up "Spandau Phoenix" and was not disappointed with the change of subject matter. Iles definitely did his research on the history of the Third Reich and the strange flight of Deputy Fuhrer Rudolf Hess to Britain in 1941. And, while the story here is fictionalized, it offers a version that, while fanciful, fits the evidence on hand to Iles in 1993.
While it may be looked down on by those who believe "great" literature the only type worth reading, if you are looking for a gripping tale of the most horrific and intense periods in all of human history then you this won't disappoint. It's a solid 4-stars and DIck Hill's narration is amazing as usual.
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
The story was intricate and had many plot twists, and the narrator did a remarkable job intoning the various accents, and emphatically voicing the tension of the story
While it had many elements of a good thriller, it was overlong for the story and felt padded. Its huge cast of characters was too huge, maybe; many of the characters felt pretty peripheral. A thriller, yes. A taut thriller, no.
DIck Hill, as usual, provided excellent narration and pulled me along through the less compelling parts.
The plot was complex and involved a great many characters and subplots. The Author was very creative and was able to weave this complex story into a cohesive plot. There was significant action and suspense up to the very end and the fact that the author wove actual history events into the story made it even more interesting. I listen to audiobooks when I work out and this book was so gripping that I looked forward to working out so I could listen and it made my workout much more enjoyable.
I highly recommend this book.
Probably no - It is a long book , interesting, but too long
I feel this book is unique unto itself. The book follows the mystery of Hess flight to England and his escape to South Africa. Hess's reason for his "escape" to England and the potential over through of England to prevent a war in the East and West was the mission. As a student of that time period , fascinating.
The conversations between Hitler and Hess and the planning of the trip was of interest. Hitler trusted Hess the most and the insight of his distrust of his other leaders was I think key. the book gave a behind the scenes view of the think of the Nazi leadership.
There are many theories of why Hess flew to England and most people thought he was captured and died in prison. That was his double . I behind the scenes look at intrigue of a important time in history.
This is right in line with the back-to-life Nazi conspiracy stories we've seen in Indiana Jones or the Boys from Brazil. Interesting spin on the mystery surrounding Hess' flight to England and Nazi sleeper cells in West Germany and South Africa. Enjoyed the first 2/3, but the final shoot out scene involving so many strange alliances slipped into farce.
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