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Blackout: A Gripping Ww2 Thriller (A Berlin Wartime Thriller)

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I have to say that I liked the character of Horst Schenke. He is making the best of his life after his career took a dramatic turn that lead to him becoming a Kripo officer. He is often torn between doing what is expected of him and doing what he knows to be right. Knowing that should anyone find out that he does not wholly follow the party line could cause harm to both him and those close to him. Despite knowing that he could be shot he does everything he can to protect Ruth a young Jewish girl who had helped him in a previous case and is now helping him again in the investigations into the doctor’s death. For years, Scarrow has kept us entertained with the antics of Cato and Macro, two soldiers in the Roman forces when the Roman Empire was a viable force and ruled much of the known world. Those books always managed to work in a bit of levity. This one does not. It is very dark. Of course, we are dealing with the Nazis and there wasn't much about Hitler and his gang of thugs which could provide much humour, so it's understandable this book doesn't have that lighter touch the Cato and Macro series has. The first book starts in 42AD. The books cover the experiences of the two soldiers, initially as an experiencedcenturionand newoption, in battles in Germania and the invasion of Britain byClaudiusas part of theLegio II Augusta. The 6th bookThe Eagle’s Prophecyhas them serving as part of the Imperial Navy east of Italy. The 7th and 8th put them in Rome’s eastern provinces as agents of the emperor’s secretaryTiberius Claudius Narcissus.

En este contexto Scarrow no mete en una trama ágil y que a mí me ha mantenido pegado al libro. Había leído a amigos (Carmen, Javir) que han dicho que no consigue meterte en la angustia de esos momentos con el Partido omnipresente. Bueno, pues yo sí me he metido. Igual es xq he leído bastante sobre la época nazi y ya solo “soltarme” en esos años leo con el corazón encogido.For me, there is a clear improvement. The author has always superb stories in mind and this novel doesn't disappoint in any way. The characters are more formed now and the reader can relate to their respective evolution more. For me, I really enjoyed reading how the characters developed and grew, especially with how their own relationships with other characters within the story and universe developed. El escenario. Berlín, diciembre de 1939. Alemania acaba de conquistar Polonia, la Segunda Guerra Mundial está en sus comienzos. Muchos ciudadanos, desconocedores de las intenciones de su Führer, creen todavía posible que Inglaterra y Francia lleguen pronto a un acuerdo de paz. Mientras tanto, los berlineses sufren apagones nocturnos, racionamientos y carencia de combustibles. El aparato del partido lo controla todo. Desde su ascenso al poder, muchos ciudadanos se han afiliado a él, bien por convicción, bien para no quedar relegados en sus puestos de trabajo o ser considerados sospechosos. En las fuerzas policiales y de seguridad, centralizadas por Himmler, los pocos que no lo han hecho viven con la perpetua amenaza de ser acusados de traición. At the begin of the book you'll find two maps, one of Berlin and surroundings in 1940, and one of the Nazi Chain of Command. Simon has also co-written with T. J. Andrews three bestselling novels set in the Roman era, ARENA, INVADER, and PIRATA. Writing with Lee Francis, Simon is the author of the contemporary thriller PLAYING WITH DEATH Awards of Simon Scarrow

Saying I enjoyed this book feels wrong in respect of the subject matter, but I did. The police inspector is a man torn between two women, one of whom is very dangerous to know. His sergeant is a family man with children who struggles with the case as does the ss officer, but for a different reason. A su favor tiene que la trama detectivesca no esta mal, es muy difícil mostrar algo novedoso y este no es el caso, pero en general está a la altura. Es fácil empatizar con el protagonista y sus dudas hacia el nazismo. Por otro lado los secundarios cumplen con el aprobado sin más, salvo alguna excepción. En este apartado me hubiera gustado un poco más en alguno de los compañeros de nuestro inspector. El ritmo narrativo es bueno, en esto se nota que Scarrow es un escritor veterano y sabe como evitar que el lector pierda el interés. Well this is absolutely one of those books which grabbed me right from the beginning. Schenke and his assistant Hauser with the help of ex-Gestapo Liebwitz - a character I particularly liked due to his matter-of-factness even in the worst situations - are the good guys. The police who have not succumbed to the Nazi ideology although of course are unable to speak out which would put their lives at risk. This is historical crime fiction at its finest – gripping, believable, intricate and sometimes terrifying. You won’t find a better story which so perfectly captures time, place and attitudes.

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I read this book in two sittings, the second sitting I was determined to read it until the end because I was so engrossed in the story, a story that represents people who had to live through 1940 Berlin, believing Hitler to be a peaceful man, hoping the war wouldn’t last for long. It’s hard to comprehend how those that lived through those years survived. FBI Special Agent Rose Blake has more than an increasingly distant husband and an Asperger’s teenage son to cope with. She is still recovering seven months on from an investigation that went horrifically wrong.

Schenke's worst fears are confirmed when a second victim is found. As the investigation takes him deeper into the regime’s darkest corridors, Schenke realises danger lurks behind every corner—and that the warring factions of the Reich can be as deadly as a killer stalking the streets . . .The memories of Shane Koenig’s escape from his isolated cabin, and the trail of deaths he left behind haunt her waking hours, but Rose must move forwards. And when the call comes in about a suspicious death from arson, she abandons her family dinner and is on the scene within minutes. This investigation, which is undertaken with German efficiency and strict protocol, Horst Schenke, who's not a Nazi Party member, is from now on closely watched in his doings and dealings from all angles within the Nazi Regime, and in these suppressing circumstances Horst Schenke and his team, consisting of Sergeant Hauser, female officers, Frieda Echs and Rosa Mayer and the probationer, Brandt, will have to conduct their investigation to the best of their abilities. What at first seems to be a routine investigation into forgeries of food coupons, becomes suddenly a nightmare from hell when Horst Schenke gets a phone call from SS Oberführer Müller, and a summons to show up asap at the office of Müller, where Schenke will be informed to lead an investigation into the death of former actress Gerda Korzeny (Schnee). With the aim of attracting more readers, the publishers of the series had decided to drop the word Eagle from the title of the series in the year 2007. However, the idea seemed to be quite absurd and they decided to continue with the same title. Oye, que MUY bien esta historia clásica de inspector que busca a asesino. Ya, ya sé que eso sólo define el género.

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