The darkest secrets of World War II... finally revealed. Europe is ablaze. America is undecided about joining the fight against Nazism. And James Zennor, a brilliant, troubled, young Oxford don is horrified. He returns one morning from rowing to discover that his wife has disappeared with their young son, leaving only a note declaring her continuing love. A frantic search through wartime England leads James across the Atlantic and to one of America's greatest universities, its elite clubs and secret societies - right to the heart of the American establishment. And in his hunt for his family, James unearths one of the darkest and deadliest secrets of a world at war...
©2012 Sam Bourne (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"Ingeniously constructed ... page-turner which maintains the tension ... a strong sense of place; the contrast between rationed and blacked-out Oxford and the faux medieval abundance of New Haven, Connecticut is especially well done." (Observer)
"A compelling story that combines the personal traumas of war, its headline dramas and the tragic tension that can arise between them. A disturbing delight.." (A D Miller, author of Snowdrops)
"A war story with a difference"
A different perspective from which to view the events leading up to WW2. The human interest storyline complemented the factual background. Much food for thought. The narrator was fantastic on accents - the best I have heard, you would think it was a different reader for each of the male voices.
Another terrific novel by Sam Bourne. I can't wait to read more of his books. This is on a par with The Final Reckoning which I just loved.
Whilst the story is fictional it is cleverly based on a series of actual events which occurred during the early years of WW2. An arrangement between Yale and Oxford University meant that wives and children of the privileged classes were shipped to America for their protection when it was thought that Germany might invade England and America had not yet committed to helping the allies. Dr James Zennor arrives home early one morning to find his wife and child have disappeared and so begins the trail of intrigue. I found the characters interesting, the book extremely well written, well read by Julian Rhind Tutt and without giving anything away, I found the conclusion to be well crafted and satisfying. Will be dipping into another Sam Bourne book quite soon.
As a REAL Sam Bourne fan I was giddy with excitement when I started listening to this. The 'hero' of the part is somewhat of an anti-hero who has psychological issues that form an interesting side plot. Not S. Bourne's best yarn IMHO but that may be because of my lack of ability to delve into the story at the required depth. The basic premiss though is really fascinating and there is further reading suggested by the author, Well worth a read/listen.
"Gripping, with a good sense of time and place."
An interesting thriller, thankfully without car chases, shoot-outs etc, that kept me gripped. I also enjoyed the background information on the Spanish Civil War, 1936 Olympics, USA isolationism and eugenics. There was an excellent sense of place and Julian Rhind Tutt read it all very well.
"A Terrific Thriller"
None stop terrific fun. Brilliantly read.
His best yet, and not to be missed!
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