In March 1944, 76 Allied officers tunnelled out of Stalag Luft III. Of the 73 captured, 50 were shot by direct order of Hitler.
This is the story of how a British Bobby from Blackpool, Frank McKenna, was sent to post-war Germany on the express orders from Churchill to bring the Gestapo murderers to justice. In a quest that ranges from the devastated, bombed out cities of Europe to the horrors of the concentrations camps, McKenna is relentless in his pursuit.
A gripping read set in the aftermath of World War II. Simon Read is a former award-winning newspaper reporter and best-selling author. Born in Britain, he is the author of Dark City: Crimes in Wartime London. He now lives in the U.S.
Not so much a story of the escape itself, but the detective story of find those who murdered the 50 escaped airmen. I was a bit put off to learn of harsh interrogation in London of captured Germans including allegations of torture. I could actually see some of the anger of the Germans for the "Terror" bombers. However, it's hard not to be reminded of what the Germans did to London. It was sad to hear of those that got away for various reasons. Certainly a long cast of very diverse characters. Interesting to read. This was one of those books that I had trouble setting aside. I adore the film version of the Great Escape so in some ways I'm seeing the Hollywood murder of Roger, Mac, and all the rest. At the same time, the reality is even more chilling.
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What disappointed you about Human Game?
I was really looking forward to listening to this, as the plot sounded very interesting. However, I found it very difficult to get into and it was hard to remember the names. This could just be me, but it was hard to keep track of people when not seeing their names written down. I will probably give the book a go, but for me, the audiobook was a disappointment.
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A concise telling of German brutality by both German service personnel and the civilian population who really thought the Allies should not have done what they had done! which has wrongly lasted until the present day. Bomber Command stood for bravery and freedom.
A very good book but slightly ruined by the very poor narration. It's the only thing that puts a damper on a an otherwise good book.
I really wanted to like this. I listened to this following 'The Nuremburg Trial' by John and Ann Tusa which was well thought out and excellent. This, on the other hand, is neither history nor a novel. As history, it lacks rigour and as a novel, it has poor character construction and description.
The reading is moderate but some of the accents are a little to 'Allo Allo' to be taken seriously.
What would have made Human Game better?
A different reading style, I found the reader did not demand my attention which made it easy to miss chunks so had to re-listen to several chapters.
Would you recommend Human Game to your friends? Why or why not?
I would recommend the book but possibly not this audio version.
How could the performance have been better?
The reader needed to be far more engaging and less deadpan
What character would you cut from Human Game?
Any additional comments?
Interesting historically for those interested on World War Two. However the style of writing was not always easy to translate into audio and would have been better read.
What did you like most about Human Game?
That when you commit crimes of this nature YOU will be hunted down and dealt with!A great story of painstaking commitment to detail and detective work
Who was your favorite character and why?
Frank McKenna the copper from Blackpool who solved most of what happend!
Everyone has seen the Great Escape and knows that it was somewhat embellished, but this showed just what happens afterwards to bring those responsible for Richard Attenborough's death to justice!
What about Joe Jameson’s performance did you like?
He explains everything very well and sets the picture for each of the murders and how they were solved!
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Only the way he kept saying gestapo, got on my nerves'!!!
Any additional comments?
Only that it was a well explained episode in the second World war and one that I was completely unaware of.