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5.0 out of 5 starsThis is a great thriller to grab
Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2017
Welcome to the world of secrets, lies and espionage. Jack Price is a former British spy who knows perhaps too many secrets of past conspiracies and cover-ups. Patrick West is a man who has a sordid past himself, but it is going to be up to him to see if he can find a way to delve into the past and find out what secrets jack Price may know. This is a well written novel that I would classify as something close to a James Bond thriller. Daniel Kemp seems to be quite knowledgeable about not only spying but historic secrets and how to bring them together in an intriguing novel.
Nag's Head pub (Cricklewood Lane). DC Patrick West went to ask Edward “Teddy” Greenlee (Kilburn 6 gang) a few questions. 1972, Commander Barrington Trenchard sent DC West (23, narrator, Scotland Yard C11) to find out about Jack Price (31, widower, British spy) past life.
Sir Horace Butler (Perkins) sent Shaun Redden (enforcer), & Fianna Redden (spy, Shaun’s sister) to see Mr. Richard Stockford (Stockford Pharmaceutical Co.). What was Sir Richard (Jewish) bothering the Duke of Windsor about? Commander Trenchard has gone missing. St Regis Hotel. Who was David “Dicky” Lewis (WWII naval attaché), & Jack Price (British spy) staking out? NSA HQ (MD). Henry Cavendish was showing the Admiral Frank Meade the Echelon project research.
What was Alain Aberman (aka Adam Berman, aka lan Balearman, Eva code name, Kurt Schuschnigg's secretary) confronting Gregory Stiles (gay, Mrs. Simpson's confidant, aka Alhambra Barrington) about? What was Sir Richard Blythe-Smith (M16 head), & Fraser Ughert (M16 colleague) mission?
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A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written historical fiction thriller book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a huge set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great spy vs spy thriller movie, or better yet a mini TV series. Kind of hard to follow at times but I will still rate it at 5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 starsKnowing the Truth Can Be Deadly!
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2018
What Happened in Vienna, Jack? is a spy thriller that will have you turning pages fast to find out what happens. The only problem is, everyone has an alias and everyone is lying about what happened at the Chancellery in Vienna in 1937. One young man by the name of Patrick is recruited from his regular duties at Scotland Yard and pulled into Jack Price’s ‘web of deceit’. Of course, Patrick finds he relishes the excitement and decides to find the truth hidden in the lies. Who knows, he might get lucky? And Patrick has a litany of questions: First of all, who is this Jack guy working for? Who was the father of Penina’s baby? And what’s with the chemical weapons being tested in Africa? The intriguing novel will take you all over the globe in an effort to solve dark mysteries that happened after WWII. But when you ask Jack he’ll say, “Seldom do I deal with truth, as the people I mix with wouldn’t know what that is.” Read What Happened in Vienna, Jack? And find out whether Patrick ever finds out the truth.
2.0 out of 5 starsVery hard to read unfortunately...
Reviewed in the United States on June 21, 2018
I rarely give up on books, in fact I might have given up on only two or three books out of the hundreds I've read so far. Unfortunately, this one is a novel I won't be finishing. Twenty-three percent in, and I just can't get passed the writing style. I find it super choppy, and the dialogs are very hard to follow. Some sentences are so long that it takes two or three reads to figure out where the gist of it is. And there's a point, there's so much "unknown" one can handle in a plot. The style of this novel went way overboard with the intention for mystery, and leaves the reader wondering why none of the questions in the first quarter of the book are addressed. In fact, the author seems content with dropping the main character's questions without feeling like following up later on... Bleh! Might work for some reader's, just not my style.
A story that came with substance in an era that was written of after not during the turmoil and human problems created by the same individual race a second time.Nations and their people were forced to accept a civilization that was crude and cruel and with many mysteries that remained unexplained This author captured the intrigue and mystery while exploring the cruel vindictive natures of survival and cruelty in a yet to be fully civilised utopia Some parts I would replace as they were not required to maintain a readers interest and that would be my only comment in what is a story with substance
I found 'What Happened in Vienna' to be a very interesting read. It helps very much if one is knowledgeable of history in the period from 1933 to through the mid 1970s. The story told by Jack and lived by the other characters is winding and requires utmost concentration when reading. Not having lived in the UK it was difficult to follow the cockney and the slang on the first read. It was amusing to try to place historical names to characters woven into the story. Did seem to reflect some of the tabloid stories of that era. All in all a good read.
Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2018
I found the story rather confusing with so many different names for the same people. I realize it's a spy story, but I got lost in it. Although there are lots of lies told, one that was quite glaring to me is that somewhere it's mentioned about the CIA in April 1945. Yes, there were spies, but the actual organization of the CIA was official until September 1947. So that was gross misrepresentation of a fact. I think I would have enjoyed it better if I'd have kept a sheet next to me so I could keep track of who was who in the spy game.
5.0 out of 5 starsWhat Happened in Vienna Jack? by Daniel Kemp
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 23, 2018
Truth and lies, lies and truth and which is which? Can the truth be hidden in a lie and a lie be veiled in the truth?Suppose there are secrets too? Just the knowledge that something is hidden, well, reality can become a little blurred and obscure. When Patrick West meets Jack Prior in Daniel Kemp’s “What happened in Vienna Jack?” an investigation into police corruption in Soho leads, indirectly, to what could become a world ending catastrophe.
“What Happened in Vienna Jack?” Is a thriller, a tale of espionage and deceit, a story where a turn of reality can change with the turn of a page. I am constantly amazed by Daniel Kemp’s ability to not only keep control over a vast array of characters but, simultaneously, weave an erudite absorbing narrative that leaves me confounded. It was difficult to harness what I was reading. Daniel Kemp is meticulous in his research and extremely knowledgeable about Europe’s political landscape of 1933-1970.
In November of 1937 a violation, somewhere in Europe and prior to WW2, precipitates the unfolding narrative. Like any violation it is cruel, humiliating...just by reading about it, I felt dirty. The violation involves a prominent Nazi and a member of the British monarchy...see what I mean about secrets? This secret is so controversial (and “controversial” here is a massive understatement) that it is hidden, even to the point of murder, for fear of the secret being divulged. It’s an adroit piece of writing.
When I’ve posted this review I shall be reading “What Happened in Vienna Jack?” again. I think that most lovers of the thriller genre will feel the same. I’m not ready to leave either the characters, or this compulsive, gripping narrative...I’ll linger over every paragraph. And I’m pleased to learn that this book is just part one of a book series. If I haven’t made it clear enough, this book is highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 starsA wonderfully written story where Patrick West
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 2, 2017
A story told in 1945 by a Jewish man who survived the Nazi occupation of his beloved Vienna to a British intelligence agent impact on the life of a young university-educated London detective in 1972 as he tries to unravel the truth behind that secret that has been kept for twenty-seven years. A wonderfully written story where Patrick West, the young detective, becomes more and more the man he wants to be; judge, jury and executor of the wrongdoers in life. The trouble he has is identifying who are the real perpetrators of evil. What Happened in Vienna, Jack?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 19, 2016
Danny Kemp does it again! Fantastic, believable characters and mind twisting plots. He is the fly on the wall in secret government places and no-one escapes his brilliant, inventive mind . First class writing yet again.
There is a very fine line between lies and truth. The people who would die to keep secrets and the people trying to find them out. International spy thriller that grabs you and won't let you go. Action packed pages that keep you guessing. Will Jack finally reveal what went down in Vienna or will he take it to his grave? Patrick is determined to find all the answer but at what cost?
Intricate and interesting take on historical events. Just a pity that the story isn't presented in a coherent and easily read way. Continuity is questionable and confusing - probably down to poor editing, which should have erased all the bad syntax and spelling errors. This spoils an otherwise good read and looses a couple of stars.