The "secret" in the title took me by surprise. The book's written in the old Wallace style, the thoughts of the characters and the action moving rapidly and welcoming the reader into the plot. Do yourself a favor and get this book--mine was on my Kindle, so I had it with me every moment of every day. When you're not reading it, you'll find yourself thinking about this exciting story. Did Hitler die when history tells us he and Eva Braun committed suicide together?
I had read most of the books of this author in 1980 - 1990s, but somehow failed at that time to lay my hands on this one. Now having started it, I could not put it down till it was finished. Reading it, I felt I was in and around the bunkers in Berlin chasing Hitler and Eva Braun
Interesting thriller involving a search by an historian, an architect, museum director, and Mossad agent. They are trying to determine if Hitler did not commit suicide as the record shows but rather survived. The seventh secret is the location of a bunker that was designed and built.
Minor issues with the e-book version: Liesl is a character in the book but OCR errors record her name as Lies! (yes with an exclamation point). Otherwise the only really OCR problems are words that were hyphenated in the print version because they were at the end of the line but remain hyphenated in the ebook version even if they appear in the middle of the line.
Generally a good read. Different than the thrillers written today because this relies more on tension than on action. Interesting view of getting into East Germany before the fall of the wall.
The details of this story have been shared by many other reviewers, and so I shall not do that.
Wallace is a thorough researcher, and he demonstrates this very effectively throughout this book. His incredible descriptions of the locations make you feel as if you are there! Additionally he is excellent at portraying the emotions of his very "real" characters. The subject matter and premise of the book are fascinating. You will not be disappointed--I could barely put the book down!
Decent story and characters, but willing suspension of disbelief has limits. I couldn't get past Hitler living for decades in a bunker connected to the original one where he supposedly died, let alone Eva randomly appearing and disappearing year after year inside a diner without a single patron noticing.
A typical Wallace novel. It takes about a third of the book to get all the characters and plots introduced, but once he gets to the story line you can't put it down. He also leave the reader with a different take on a historical event, in this case the death of Hitler.
I like Irving Wallace, and this book was creative and interesting. Of course, it is an old book and a bit stale (today you would just use a cell phone or tap the Internet, for instance). But, still an enjoyable read. My only real issue is in the editing for the Kindle version - or lack of editing. There were hyphens where none belonged, weird spacings, etc. Clearly, this is based on a PDF or something for a different format. It drove me a little bit nuts. But for 99 cents or whatever, it was a bargain.