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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  379 ratings  ·  21 reviews
In a major new thriller by the author of Thai Horse, twenty-six of the most powerful Americans vacation off the coast of Georgia while a great Nazi spy in their midst tries to destroy them and their country.
Published (first published February 10th 1990)
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This is a very enjoyable thriller from the author of Primal Fear.

The world is at the edge of the second World War. Master disguise artist Johann Ingersoll is commisioned by the Fuhrer himself to carry out a plan known only as "27". But don't worry, a fanatic anti-nazi from the States will do everything to stop him...or at least he'll try.

Diehl integrates historical elements from Hitler's rise to power to Dillinger's bank robberies and weaves one hell of a tale. The plot is ruthless and hits gro
John Purvis
“The Hunt” (also known as “27”) was published in 2012 and was written by William Diehl ( Mr. Diehl has published 10 novels.

I was alerted to this book being available for free on the Kindle book store through I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there are Mature Situations and Violence. The novel is written in the third person and is set in the period just leading up to World War II. The primary characters are Johann Ingersoll an
Aug 04, 2014 Anne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller lovers
Francis Keegan is a rich playboy who is visiting Berlin in the early 1930's He meets and falls in love with a young German torch singer, Jenny Gould. He wants her to leave Germany as the Nazi's are slowly taking power and he fears for her life.
Meanwhile, Hitler and one of his henchmen have devised a plan to keep America out of any war he starts. They use an actor, a man of many disguises who goes by the code name 'Twenty-seven." He is ruthless and more than willing as an avid supporter of the Na
This was my 7th William Diehl novel. I only wish he was still alive and had started writing before he turned 53.
27 (also relabeled THE HUNT, is a suspenseful account of a German spy and the American who hunted him down. The characters in this 459 page novel include Adolph Hitler and all his henchmen, Chicago gangsters, famous bands and singers from the 30's in addition to the main characters in the story. Historical to a degree. Exciting to the end. Well-written and well-developed characters. L
27 also released under The Hunt is an excellent thriller set primarily in the 1930's leading up to World War 2. The story follows Francis "Frankie" Scott Kee as he leads a carefree playboy lifestyle in the early 1930's. The author mixes in some flashback sequences explaining Frankie's wealth and mafia connections, and then exposes his current lifestyle bouncing around Europe. He spends a lot of time in Germany where he falls in love with Jenny Gould. Like most in the world at that time, Frankie ...more
Cheryl Amazeen


Historical novels are the best. The Hunt was beautifully researched, fully developed characters and the main story riveting. You will cry some, laugh some recommend it and I guarantee you will never forget this book. The insights into Hitler's mind are shocking. Buy this book!
Nina Allbert
The five stars could stand for terrifying. In 27, Wiliam Diehl proves the adage, " Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it". The novel spans 1933 - 1945 beginning in Germany with the meteoric rise of Hitler. Hitler was appointed chancellor by the president of Germany and 5 DAYS later he is Die Fuehrer. Diehl discusses the Great Depression and how the greed of the wealthy plunged us into a financial disaster. Sound Familiar? He pounds us with how the Treaty of Versailles set i ...more
Reverend Stanleigh Chapin
The ultimate page turner

A exceptional blending of actual people,time with a well written story lines. Personally the explicit sex scenarios could have been reduced to "they had intimate sex" instead of a page or more that distracted from a otherwise magnificent novel
Very enjoyable thriller. A good read all the way
Great book, slow to start but picks up intensity.
A WW11 story about a German actor who is trained to be a super
spy assassin. He is sent to America and is pursued by our own
super spy.
Good writer. The plot is very far-fetched. But an engrossing thriller. I will look for more by this author.
Walter Harvey
Interesting thriller, the set up took a little time, and the resolution seemed a bit rushed, but it was a great story.
Was surprised at how good this was, I never knew this author had so many early books, worth reading
A fast-paced spy thriller with Nazi elements. Note: The title of this book when I read it was 27.
Michael Wiggam
Took a while to get going, ended a little quickly. Not bad though.
Entertaining espionage story st before and during WW II.
Chris Turen
Great read- one of my all time favorites.
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William Diehl was an American novelist and photojournalist.

Diehl was fifty years old and already a successful photographer and journalist when he decided to begin a writing career. His first novel, Sharky's Machine, which became a movie by the same name was directed by and starred Burt Reynolds. Diehl saw the movie shot on location in and around his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

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