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The Odessa File

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  34,386 ratings  ·  370 reviews
The suicide of an elderly German Jew explodes into revelation after revelation: a Mafia-life organization called Odessa, a real-life fugitive known at the "Butcher of Riga", a young German journalist turned obsessed avenger...and ultimately, of a brilliant, ruthless plot to reestablish the worldwide power of SS mass murders and to carry out Hitler's chilling "Final Solutio ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published March 1st 1983 by Bantam (first published 1972)
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Nazis........"Here"....... Photobucket
International Intrigue........"Present"....... Photobucket
Secret Societies.........."Here".......... Photobucket
Nazi Hunters/Israeli Mossad.........."Here, Sir".......... Photobucket
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Compelling Main Character.........Uh, Compelling Main Character......Anyone.......Main Character we care about......SHIT..... Photobucket

Excitement and Suspense.........hello....Excitement, Suspense.....Anyone.....has anyone seen any hint of excitemen
Sonia Gomes
Apr 05, 2009 Sonia Gomes rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People interested in the Holocaust
ODESSA File shows us a very dark and brutal side of humanity. Although I do not know a single Jew, I have wept over and prayed for the millions of Jews killed during the Second World War. I have heard arguments that the Holocaust is just another ‘casualty’ of War. It is amazing that despite a full fledged war raging all around the world, the Germans had the time, patience, resources and the desire to annihilate millions of men, women and children. What is chilling about the Holocaust is the cold ...more
Jul 06, 2015 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of quality thrillers
Shelves: 2015, wwii, spies, thriller
After the formidable tour de force of "The day of the Jackal" Forsyth returns with his "The ODESSA file" (Organisation Der Ehemaligen SS-Angehorigen). And it is a brilliant thriller about a post WWII German journalist his gets his hands on a diary of a Jewish man that survived the horrors of Riga. And if you knew never anything about some of the horrible crimes committed during the last great war you find out galore of the crimes committed by the Nazis especially by those of the SS.
The book sets
Well, I’m glad I stuck with this book through the first 100 pages or so. I usually set my limit at 100 pages. If a book shows little or no promise, or if it simply drags to an extreme degree, or if it’s just a jumbled mess, it has 100 pages to turn the ship around. This is a rule I set for myself a few years ago after realizing that I had slogged my way through too many worthless books while books I actually wanted to read gathered dust on my shelf.

I mention all of this because roughly 100 pages
When a young German journalist comes across a diary written by a deceased elderly Jewish man, he is overwhelmed by the brutality described inside it. He determines to track down "the butcher of Riga"-- a notorious Nazi responsible for thousands of deaths during World War II. His quest leads him to a sinister organization named Odessa. Taut, well written and suspenseful, this book is hard to put down.
Fast-paced thriller about a reporter finding evidence of SS officers hiding in post-war Germany. The author did alot of research into that time period, and reading about it was very interesting. The sections about the reporter and his stripper girlfriend weren't that well-written, but were thankfully brief. A quick and thrilling read.
Don’t you just hate it when you finally get to the good part of a book and then life gets really busy so you have to put it aside for a few days?

Sadly, such a thing is what happened with this one. Then, when I managed to get back to it I’d lost the small amount of love which had come about.

I should probably start by saying this is not a bad read. In so many ways it is really good – yet it did not push the right buttons for me. In my eyes too much of the story was lost to information being passed
Fanda Kutubuku
Berawal dari sebuah buku harian seorang tua keturunan Yahudi yang bunuh diri, hidup Peter Miller--seorang wartawan, tiba-tiba saja berubah. Ia jadi terobsesi untuk menemukan Eduard Roschmann, seorang mantan SS yang dulu jadi komandan kamp konsentrasi Nazi di Riga. Si pemilik diary adalah korban holocaust yang berhasil keluar dengan selamat, lalu menulis semua tentang Si Jagal dari Riga, agar suatu hari bisa menyeretnya ke pengadilan.

Dalam penyelidikannya, Miller mengetahui bahwa para mantan SS d
May 28, 2013 Sheila rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Sheila by: myself
I read first time in January 1987 it was a very good read I like this author. I will be reading a few more books of this author that I have not read. I re-read this book now. It is a very well researched book more facts with little fiction. The book is about holocaust when thousands of Jews were killed and some Germans too. The author narrative is great and keeps the suspense to the end. This book is worth giving the readers time and I personally assure anyone who wants to read it you will not b ...more
Danny Gellert
Been watching this movie since I was a kid. In fact, it was on cable this morning when I woke up. Finally got around to reading it a few years ago. Perfect thing for a cross-country flight, total page turner. Even knowing how it ended it was still fantastic. Or maybe I'm just a sucker for any story where a nazi gets his due.
Fredrick Forsyth sets out a wonderful human story with wonderful drawn characters. This has some great twists and turns and the writing is top quality. Once you start reading this great book you get hooked straight away, needing to find out answers like the main character does. This is a great thriller from a top writer.
A German reporter in the 60's gets a lead on German concentration camp officers who have escaped detection, many of whom hold prominent industrial and political positions. For personal reasons, he tracks them down. It is a thriller.
I have seen the film a few times and feel that the film is better than the book which is strange as its usually the other way round. It didn't hold the suspense that the film had.
I love holocaust novels; partly because they are so emotional to me and also because the stories are so heroic.
I've been crawing a good espionage novel, and after a quick glance at my shelf decided that Frederick Forsyth was my man. Chosing between The Day of The Jackal and The Odessa File i chose the latter, because it had all the ingredients of a good yarn - World War 2 and its aftermath, spies, intrigue, the SS...

First published in 1972, The Odessa File is about, well, the Odessa, a secret organization that unites the ex SS-men. After reading a journal left by a Jew who comitted suicide, young journal
Paul Bartusiak
A paperback copy of The Odessa File has been sitting on my bookshelf for probably fifteen years; I can’t even remember anymore how I originally obtained it- probably at a used book sale (I always jump at the chance of picking up spy novels from some of the masters of the genre). There was a hesitance to read it for a long time (obviously), and I’m not really sure why. I think it must have been because for some reason I kept confusing it with the movie version of Ira Levin’s The Boys from Brazil ...more
This novel has all the key elements of heart-stopping drama at its most intense that has made a name for Frederick Forsyth the world over.

The story begins in Hamburg in the early evening hours of November 22nd, 1963. President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, TX, a few hours earlier, and the news of that foul act has just reached the eyes and ears of every German. One of them is a freelance journalist nearing thirty: Peter Miller. Seated placidly in the comfort of his beloved Jaguar XK 150 S
Bel libro di Forsyth sulla vicenda dell'ODESSA, associazione fomdata dall'ex SS per la loro sopravvivenza e continuità nella Germania post-bellica. Un giornalista, venuto in possesso del diario di Tauber, un ebreo deportato in un campo di concentramento a Riga, si mette sulle tracce del "macellaio di Riga", Eduard Roschmann, in una caccia che coinvolgerà ex-SS, il famoso cacciatore di nazisti Wiesenthal, il MOSSAD e le autorità tedesche del tempo.

La ricostruzione dei fatti storici è precisa e pu

I enjoyed that much of this thriller is spent on the German autobahns following the hero driving his 1960 Jaguar XK150 S at speeds over 100 mph. That car had about 250 HP, stiff peformance suspension, and a timeless design. He drove everywhere with it, through dark forests, blizzards, and to most of the major German cities. What fun it must be to do this! I have been encouraged finally to take a trip there and do the same...but without the snow.

On the negative side, Forsyth's second best known n
I love reading Frederick Forsyth books. For some reason or other, the fine quality of his writing has been obscured by the topics which often wander off into the realm of remote possibility. Nevertheless, this book is a fine example of how good an adventure book can be.
The characters are well constructed and even have the conflictions that one would expect of someone in extraordinary circumstances.

We forget how easily generations of Germans were seduced into believing in the man who raised thei
The Odessa file unlike other Forsyth novels didn't catch my attention. It had a decent plot and since Nazi stuff is always engrossing, it was a swift read . I am just jubilant that i got copious amount of inside information about ODESSA . I have always been keen in exploring the incidents incurred in WW2 and thus ODESSA was yet another file to my knowledge stack on world wars . And ,obviously Frederick Forsyth's books are always "textbook cum Novel" kinda material ,that only a patient and devote ...more
Il libro in sé è davvero molto interessante.
Innanzitutto mi ha permesso di approfondire un aspetto della storia del nazismo di cui ero poco informata. Inoltre, le digressioni che l'autore fa su personaggi realmente esistiti sono davvero ricche di particolari degni di nota. Anche i numerosi riferimenti storici sono molto interessanti.
Per quanto riguarda l'aspetto di creazione fantastica, la trama risulta molto avvincente ed intrigante.
Veniamo alle note "dolenti": lo stile di scrittura, personal
A very good book.

Aku tidak memedam kebencian kepada rakyat Jerman, karena mereka bangsa yang baik. Suatu bangsa sebenarnya tidaklah jahat, hanyalah pribadi-pribadi, individu-individulah yang jahat.

Tidak ada dosa kolektif, tidak ada dosa bersama.

Mendengar atau membaca perihal NAZI (NazionaliSozionalisme), sebuah partai besar dan tunggal yang berkuasa di Jerman antara tahun 1933 sampai 1945 (semasa perang dunia II) tak lengkap tanpa menyinggung perihal Adolf Hitler sosok yan
Dick Edwards
I enjoyed this neo-Nazi thriller. The year is 1963. Odessa is the group hiding former SS and, in some cases, providing them with new identities and livelihoods. The most startling thing in the beginning of the story to me is the fact that there is so much resistance within Germany to any inquiries into German war crimes, especially those perpetrated by the SS. It is admirable how Miller is determined to track down Roschmann, and he gets very little cooperation from any German officials. When Mil ...more
Althoug it is an interesting book and incredibly catching when you take patience to read it, is a very common subject.
To explain myself better when i say "common subject" im not talking about the WW 1-2 or Nazis, im talking about the "mistery" or the "conspiration" that some people love to talk about. And it gets to be really boring to always hear the same stuff most of the nazis are dead and the others where capture illegaly in other countrys and transport to others country to "make" justice.
The action takes place in 1963 and 1964 and centers around a German journalist who learns about an underground network of former members of the SS who are plotting to complete the Final Solution.

The author did an incredible amount of research which he blends seamlessly into the story, including heartrendingly realistic flashbacks to the Holocaust, and a highly credible if speculative description of the lengths to which the SS went to protect its members after the collapse of the Third Reich. Th
Set in the 60's, Frederick Forsyth tells the story of Peter Miller, a German journalist who's life is changed when an old friend hands him the diary of an old Jewish concentration camp survivor, now dead.

What he uncovers makes him sick to his soul and gives him a burning desire to let the world know of the Nazi's that escaped and are still trying to complete the final solution. The only problem for Peter is the Nazi's want him silenced and they're powerful enemies.

Although not one of his bes
Nitin Arora
I picked this book, because I was looking for a WW2 fiction, and Forsyth is a good author. So, it seemed the right choice. Well, I was wrong and this book turned out well below my expectations.

The story is not bad, but it's not great either. The characters did not grow on me, and I felt no connection with them whatsoever. If you compare this book to some other excellent WW2 Fictions like 'Black Cross' by Greg Iles, 'Eye of the Needle' by Ken Follet and 'The Eagle has landed' by Higgins, 'The Od
Gary Haynes
To be honest it's a bit dated now. The action scenes aren't exactly state-of-the-art and there's a scant desire to be PC (did that term exist when it was written?). But let's face it, Forsyth is a master thriller writer. The scenes involving the protagonist's reading of the old Jewish man's diary - when he was a victim of the Nazis - are haunting, informative and sympathetically written. But what a twist at the end! One of the best conceived. This isn't The Day of the Jackal, but it's well-plott ...more
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Frederick Forsyth, CBE (born 25 August 1938) is an English author and occasional political commentator. He is best known for thrillers such as The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Fourth Protocol, The Dogs of War, The Devil's Alternative, The Fist of God, Icon, The Veteran, Avenger, The Afghan, and recently The Cobra and The Kill List.

The son of a furrier, he was born in Ashford, Kent, educ
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“there is no collective guilt,...guilt is individual, like salvation." [p.28]” 38 likes
“People had Jewish friends, good friends; Jewish employers, good employers; Jewish employees, hard workers. They obeyed the laws, they didn’t hurt anyone. And here was Hitler saying they were to blame for everything. ‘So when the vans came and took them away, people didn’t do anything. They stayed out of the way, they kept quiet. They even got to believing the voice that shouted the loudest. Because that’s the way people are, particularly the Germans. We’re a very obedient people. It’s our greatest strength and our greatest weakness. It enables us to build an economic miracle while the British are on strike, and it enables us to follow a man like Hitler into a great big mass grave.” 2 likes
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