From the master storyteller, a startling new thriller set amidst the Danish Resistance.
It is June 1941 and Denmark is under German occupation. On the rocky coast of Denmark, two brothers, Harald and Arne Olufsen, starkly different in nature, are straining against the rigid confines imposed by their austere, elderly parents and trying to find their own way in life. Meanwhile, a network of MI6 spies is attempting to decipher an encrypted Luftwaffe radio signal which mentions the new Freya-Gerät - a rudimentary form of German radar equipment.
Arne's relationship with Hermia Mount, an MI6 analyst draws him into underground politics, putting him under surveillance by the Danish security forces - and by one man in particular who has a personal motive to see Arne fall. It is only a matter of time before the brothers' paths converge in a united effort to overcome the Nazis. A disused Hornet Moth biplane is their only means of getting a vital message to the British....
©2002 Ken Follett (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
Although after some of Ken Follett's books this seemed quite a brief novel, it was never the less a gripping story if rather predictable.
I m always astounded by the author's knowledge of the era about which he writes and this book was not exception and it brought to life an occupied country in WW2 which is little talked about these days
It was very factual, as well as a brilliant story.
I've not read anything quite like it before.
Nigel Carrington's performance was fantastic.
A war story at its best!
This book is exciting throughout, keeping the reader on his toes and not wanting to put it down. A must read
On the strength of how much I enjoyed, and admired, the author's Century Trilogy I gave this book a try. It's a terrific story that kept me gripped throughout. The characters are so well-drawn I felt I knew them and cared about their fate. The story maintains momentum and never flags, even when there are digressions about such things as how to fly a Hornet Moth aircraft. I was reminded of Frederick Forsyth's novels in the way that a fast-paced and thrilling spy-story story is meshed with precise historical and technical details that makes it all seem authentic.
The narrator is excellent.
exciting storyline, excellent narration
He has a flair for telling a story, pity he has not much else in this genre
the hornet moth taking off scene from Denmark
Typical good detail yarn from Follet. Brilliantly narrated by Nigel Carrington.
fall of Giants
How brave the ordinary
Great to hear Nigel Carrington's excellent narration, much more than reading a book.
Brilliant. Couldn't stop listening to it. Really good narrator and extremely exciting. Although I don't know anything about flying an airplane I found the description very interesting
"Outstanding World War II spy thriller"
If you like WWII thrillers, this is the book for you.
Probably the chase by a Danish Nazi policeman of the young hero who must fly to England with important intelligence about the Luftwaffe.
No, but I will certainly listen to more of his performances. He's great.
It was just plain fun.
Follett's attention to technical, geographic and cultural detail about Denmark in the 1940s makes the book very engaging.
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