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 may not be fair to Greg Iles but although this is not my usual genre of book, I was surprised that I enjoyed it as much. Typically Nazi based stories have not been my choice but good story line and the excellent performance by Dick Hill brought this home.
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It was different from most I read. I enjoyed it, but it was too long.
Dick Hill is my favorite reader. I often choose books because of him, not necessarily because of story.
This is a pretty good book but not up to Illes' standards. While some of his other works, e.g.the Penn Cage series, are comparably long, they are so well written that it's hard to put them down. Unfortunately Spandau Phoenix does not meet this standard.
Very little. I cannot understand why Dick Hill is so popular. When he is reading in a normal tone, he's OK, but his attempts at foreign (and female) accents are insufferable and annoying. Unlike John Lee (Century trilogy) whose accents and pronunciations are superb, Hill's are amateurish and exaggerated.
I wish Illes would either continue the Penn Cage series or begin another one.
I love Greg Iles, I have read almost all of his books. This one was disappointing because the plot became so bogged down with to many characters and to many countries. I just couldn't keep up with all of if. But can't wait to read his next book.
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 is very good and grabs attention but soon the story becomes dis-jointed with characters flitting about everywhere. Serious credibility situations such as secrets being discussed on an airplane where the probability of being overheard is obvious, and so on. This just gets worse and halfway through the book I was wishing for it to end. The characters, especially Hans and his wife are so pathetic one has no pity for their circumstances. The "bad guy's" - Nazis and Afrikaners - so stereotypical!
The narrators efforts at adopting the German, British and South African accents becomes very irritating - in fact, soon they all sound the same.
No - enough already
I was disappointed. This plot had good potential - the incredible situations and "whiney" heroine faced with the stereotyped villains spoiled it.
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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