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Publisher's Summary

A "mesmerizing" re-imagination of the final months of World War II (Kate Quinn, author of The Alice Network), Hannah's War is an unforgettable love story about an exceptional woman and the dangerous power of her greatest discovery.

Berlin, 1938. Groundbreaking physicist Dr. Hannah Weiss is on the verge of the greatest discovery of the 20th century: splitting the atom. She understands that the energy released by her discovery can power entire cities or destroy them. Hannah believes the weapon's creation will secure an end to future wars, but as a Jewish woman living under the harsh rule of the Third Reich, her research is belittled, overlooked, and eventually stolen by her German colleagues. Faced with an impossible choice, Hannah must decide what she is willing to sacrifice in pursuit of science's greatest achievement.

New Mexico, 1945. Returning wounded and battered from the liberation of Paris, Major Jack Delaney arrives in the New Mexican desert with a mission: to catch a spy. Someone in the top-secret nuclear lab at Los Alamos has been leaking encoded equations to Hitler's scientists. Chief among Jack's suspects is the brilliant and mysterious Hannah Weiss, an exiled physicist lending her talent to J. Robert Oppenheimer's mission. All signs point to Hannah as the traitor, but over three days of interrogation that separate her lies from the truth, Jack will realize they have more in common than either one bargained for. 

Hannah's War is a thrilling wartime story of loyalty, truth, and the unforeseeable fallout of a single choice.

©2020 Jan Eliasberg (P)2020 Little, Brown & Company

Critic Reviews

"Jan Eliasberg knows how to open big with strong suspense and wry humor and take us for a hurtling ride through one of America's most complex moments. The wonderful characters of Hannah's War bring together a moving love story, a high-stakes mystery and a fascinating look into the moral compass of an exceptional woman." (Amy Bloom, author of White Houses)

"Hannah's War is a gripping cat-and-mouse tale of love, war, deception, and espionage you won't be able to put down. Jan Eliasberg elevates the spy thriller with her clear, fierce admiration for the women of the past who refused to be edged out of the world of scientific discovery. Mesmerizing." (Kate Quinn, author of The Alice Network)

"At the center of this novel you will find love and physics entangled together in the life of a heroic woman whose bravery and brilliance helped to change the course of modern history. Jan Eliasberg's extraordinary novel is a fictionalized version of what really happened, and despite its serious subject matter, the story moves forward with great speed and power, giving off both heat and light. This is a great story about a woman of genius." (Charles Baxter, author of The Feast of Love)

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Couldn’t Put It Down

I can’t disagree more with the reviewer “wanted to like it”. I found this a compelling listen. The story grabbed me and I couldn’t put it down.

Check out the reviews on Amazon—they reflect my view about the story grabbing the reviewers I listened to this over three days, but once caught, didn’t want to stop. I enjoy listening to Orlagh Cassidy's work.

Highly recommended for those who enjoy WWII books, and especially during the Manhattan Project time frame.

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What a great listen

This is a very well written novel.
The narrator is fantastic. Every character, and there are many, is brought to life with there own distinct voice.
The horror of World War Two is presented in a new and unusual way.
This book is one great listen.
Thanks to you all.

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Wanted to like it

But couldn’t. Story was dull and performance even duller. Overall it was quite disappointing and I had to force myself to finish it.

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most intriguing story

I remind myself it is fiction. looking forward to artist talk later this month. took me a little to get involved, then I was hooked.

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I simply did not care

This presented Rita as completely selfish and totally moraless. I was surprised that she lived as long as she did.

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Interesting and Complex

Very nice character development. The shifting narrative works well. Nice ending. overall a very satisfying read. Well worth it.

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Historical fiction at its best

This is certainly a most convincing story purporting to be completely fiction. In addition, out of the hundreds of audiobook titles that I have listened to, this team narration Is perhaps the most effective and enthralling.

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Great Narrator and Book

Wow! Could not stop listening to this story! Very cool twist. I really enjoyed the narrator. She brought Hannah to life.

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Hannah's war

loved this book, written with love an insight, even if it was a book of fiction, recommend highly.

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Amazing book of love suspense and history related

Great book and great reading combining snippets of the Manhattan Project the rise of Nazi Germany and the complex emotions of the scientist working on the atomic bomb. Touching enjoyable and educational. Five full stars.

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