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Human Game: Hunting the Great Escape Murderers | [Simon Read]

Human Game: Hunting the Great Escape Murderers

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Simon Read (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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    Bex Staffs, UK 18/06/2013
    Bex Staffs, UK 18/06/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Probably Better in Book Format"
    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hector Munro 11/10/2014
    Hector Munro 11/10/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Poor. Neither History Nor Fiction."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sue Felixstowe, United Kingdom 09/07/2013
    sue Felixstowe, United Kingdom 09/07/2013 Member Since 2013

    I am a retired social worker. I live with my husband of 46 year on the coast at Felixstowe.

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    "Historically interesting"
    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?

    None


    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.

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    John Hayes 08/07/2013
    John Hayes 08/07/2013 Member Since 2010
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    "Deserved Justice!"
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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