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As the dark specter of the Nazis settles over Germany, two wealthy and educated brothers are suddenly thrust into the rising tide of war. Karl, a former soldier and successful businessman, dutifully answers the call to defend his country, while contemplative academic Gerhard is coerced into informing for the Gestapo. Soon the brothers are serving in the SS, and as Hitler's hateful agenda brings about unspeakable atrocities, they find themselves with innocent blood on their hands.

Following Germany's eventual defeat, Karl and Gerhard are haunted by their insurmountable guilt, and each seeks a way to escape from wounds that will never heal. They survived the war and its revelation of systematic horrors, but can they survive the unshakable knowledge of their own culpability?

©2014 Turbine DK & Jesper Bugge Kold (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Translation © 2016 K. E. Semmel.

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kept me entertained through many hours of listening, almost as brilliant as the book.

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  • CHH
  • 02-07-20

Good story. Vividly picturesque.

The details of the story were so vivid that at times I felt like I was actually in Germany during WWII, or France, or the Eastern front. The descriptions pull you in with not only the sights and sounds, but the smells, the tastes, the touch, but most of all the emotions. The hopes and dreams, the losses, and the utter, inescapable despair. You see people who know that they are good and righteous people, as we all do, who are placed in situations where they know the right thing to do but lack the courage or strength of character to actually follow through with the actions necessary to retain their virtue.

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  • DAR
  • 19-04-19

Thought provoking

I think the narrator did a very good job with the different inflections. It was very informative as to the history of that time. Both brothers were clearly defined in their thoughts and behavior.

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  • Brian Hanson-Harding
  • 13-06-17

Morally questionable

This book is nicely written. But it lets Nazis off the hook in a morally questionable way. I understand that the author wants to show how good and bad reside in all of us. But we do not see enough of the badness and coarseness that must exist in a human who runs a concentration camp. That is something not everyone would stoop to do.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-03-17

A slightly dark story

the book starts normally but gets pretty dark as it progresses.. it keeps your attention although it does jump around scenes

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  • Scott
  • 04-03-17

Interesting but sad

This book told an interesting story of 2 brothers and their struggle with Nazi Germany. At times I was very drawn into their plight and others I wanted them to fight harder for their beliefs.

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  • pat egleston
  • 28-02-17

Beautiful narration!

Nick Sandys does a remarkable job of making these fictional characters human and empathetic. The book reads like a mystery set in a tragic and tumultuous time. The narration is beautiful and masterful!

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  • 02-08-17

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