Brimming with surprising characters, chilling political revelations, and a heart-pounding climax, The Nazi Hunter is a thrilling debut and “an action-packed story” (Jewish Book World).
A gripping thriller, The Nazi Hunter mixes fierce partisan Washington politics, the search for ex-Nazi criminals, and a crazed, right-wing militia intent on bringing down the government.
Nicknamed “the Nazi Hunter”, Marek Cain, deputy director of the Office of Special Investigations at the Justice Department, has for 10 years been the point man for tracking down ex-Nazis who have fraudulently entered the United States since World War II and bringing them to justice.
Late one afternoon, a distraught German woman eludes security and slips into Cain’s office. “I have documents,” she says, “important documents only for the Nazi Hunter.” She promises to bring them the next day. When she doesn’t show, he dismisses her as just another crackpot. But when he reads in the Washington Post the next morning that the woman has been brutally murdered, he senses he’s on to something big. He must find those documents. The trail leads from Washington to Florida, to Boston, to Germany and Ukraine, and eventually to the Belzec extermination camp in Poland, where half a million Jews were murdered in the winter of 1942.
The Nazi Hunter is a thriller that combines romance, political intrigue, music, religion, and culture. Meticulously researched, it takes the listener on an intellectual journey into the seamy side of Washington, the heart of darkness in Europe, and the lair of America’s fascist militias. Nobody who hears it will fail to be entertained, amused, and profoundly moved.
©2007 Alan Elsner (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“[A] gripping debut thriller…. [A] compelling tale.” (Publishers Weekly)
The story was interesting, if a bit too convoluted. It needed to decide if it was a mystery/thriller, a love story, or a story about religious faith. The author was trying to accomplish too much in one book. Perhaps he's setting up for a series and so he was world building, but there's no indication of that. Still, it held my interest and the mystery/thriller part was a unique take (to me anyway) on hunting Nazis.
However the narration was awful. It was flat and featureless, with very little inflection. Unless there was an accent, the male characters all sounded pretty much alike, as did the female characters. It would have worked better if it had simply been read with no attempt at doing 'voices'.
There was one twist too many at the end which I felt ruined much of the story. It made the evil of the Nazi aspect seem cheap and facile rather than the powerful indictment it had been.
I enjoyed the story. I thought the neo Nazi angle was too simplistic and did not really make sense
No, i felt the writing was not strong enough and towards the end I was waiting for it to finish
I enjoyed the voice of the speaker
PLOT: Marek Cain looks for clues to a Nazi who has special talents. Better than expected.
Marek Cain works for the Dept of Justice ends up with an elderly German Woman who has "clues" to a Nazi. When the woman fails to show up the next day with her "documents' that will help nail the Nazi....she is later found with her throat cut. Marek is soon on the trail of a very famous singer who is now elderly. His secrets is tied into his Nazi Past....immigrated to South America and then with false passports ends up in the USA. Suspecting and proving are two different things. The trail goes to Poland and several elderly people who knew the Nazi. Now back in the USA Marek soon has White Neo Nazis on his trail. The reader is excellent....a big 5 STARS to the reader Keith Szarabajka who is very good with accents. The story is good but this would have been a much better 8 hour book. The story keeps us guessing and the plot is both entertaining and interesting. I give it 3 STARS.
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