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Most Nazi sadists went to the grave with their secrets. Who was Hans Schreiber - and what was his terrible secret?
Crime reporter Mark Edwards and his colleague Danielle Green wade deep in red herrings and a twisting and turning plot as they seek to discover the terrible secret of a Nazi sadist who has continued his murdering ways in modern London. The story switches from a
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Kindle Edition, Revised, 336 pages
Published July 7th 2013 by Parados Books (first published January 1st 1995)
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Andrew Smith
I have to say I found this one a disappointment. It started promisingly enough, with a young man entering the, so called, model Jewish settlement at Theresienstdadt, Czechoslovakia. World War II was still in flow and he quickly learnt the full horror of what actually went on in the camp to which he had been sent. In reality this camp (it really did exist) was used as a transit stop for Jews on their way to one of the extermination camps. Quite a few never made it beyond this stop and were killed ...more
Ann
Jul 15, 2013 Ann rated it it was amazing
SCHREIBER’S SECRET BY ROGER RADFORD

What an absolute treat this book was! A very powerful mystery thriller which starts in a Nazi transit camp Theresienstadt, situated near Prague.

A young man, Herschel Soferman, arrives tired and hungry and not knowing what to expect. He is immediately befriended by Oskar Springer, who helps him acclimatise to the dreadful conditions. However, nothing can prepare him for the brutality and horrific things to come when sent to the Small Fortress and he comes up aga
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Manchester Military History Society (MMHS)
Very difficult to put down and ended up reading it within 2 days.

The story centres around the identity of Nazi sadist Hans Schreiber, and the court case over some present day murders that he is accused of.

The story shows well the unease some feel over trying apparently helpless old men who have however carried out the worst crimes and excesses of the last century and are nonetheless still guilty men today.

A gripping story with a great twist at the end. Well worth a read.
Christoph Fischer
"Schreiber's Secret" by Roger Radford is a masterly written thriller. One narrative deals with the crimes committed by the Nazi's in the Czech Republic, particularly the famous Theresienstadt concentration camp not far from Prague. We meet a varied group of Jewish characters as well as their Nazi torturers. Some of the writing here is rather explicit in its violence, I need to warn you (although still little compared to the horrors we know occured in other places). The story is told in snippets, ...more
Jeff Dawson
Feb 10, 2014 Jeff Dawson rated it liked it
Unresolved

First and foremost, I enjoy most stories on World War II no matter what the topic. I found the blurb catchy and interesting so I took a chance.

For me, it missed the mark. There is a great premise hidden deep in the story and I mean deep. I can understand using lovers to drive the vehicle, but when the story centers more around them then the true path of the work, the result falls a bit flat.

Pros’s
1) The book start out with an excellent description of Theresienstadt and the fortress
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Christoph Fischer
Jul 19, 2013 Christoph Fischer rated it it was amazing
"Schreiber's Secret" by Roger Radford is a masterfully written thriller. One narrative deals with the crimes committed by the Nazi's in the Czech Republic, particularly the famous Theresienstadt concentration camp not far from Prague. We meet a varied group of Jewish characters as well as their Nazi torturers. Some of the writing here is rather explicit in its violence, I need to warn you (although still little compared to the horrors we know occured in other places). The story is told in snippe ...more
Lauren Bateman
Mar 21, 2016 Lauren Bateman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Such a brilliant book, I listened to this over a couple of weeks and I found this so enthralling and was beautifully read which only gave more dimension to the story. A true mystery throughout the book that kept me interested no matter how long I had left it.
Donn Lorber
Jan 29, 2016 Donn Lorber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Could not put it down.. Very tough in the beginning as it covers a lot of the holocaust and is graphic .. Worth getting thru that part to a great story.
Fran
Aug 20, 2013 Fran rated it it was amazing



Schreiber’s Secret: Roger Radford

The atrocities described in this gripping thriller are real, and the Holocaust did indeed happen. As Herschel Soferman and Oskar Springer meet in the Theresienstadt transit camp near Prague, they forge a friendship for survival. The conditions are deplorable, the food inedible and the final outcome brutal. World War II brought us Hitler, whose reign lasted too long and whose brainwashing over the German people caused shock waves throughout the world. Many turned
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M.G. Mason
Jan 25, 2014 M.G. Mason rated it really liked it
Spy thrillers, WW2 mystery thrillers are genres I rarely touch these days. I couldn’t get enough of it when I was younger but I soon grew weary of it and (perhaps unfairly) stopped reading it altogether. I am pleased to have been presented with the opportunity when signing up for theindieview.com to be introduced to some modern works by indie published authors and perhaps rekindle the curiosity I once had for fiction set around international politics.

The story flits between two time periods – Na
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Ann
Jul 15, 2013 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an absolute treat this book was! A very powerful mystery thriller which starts in a Nazi transit camp Theresienstadt, situated near Prague.

A young man, Herschel Soferman, arrives tired and hungry and not knowing what to expect. He is immediately befriended by Oskar Springer, who helps him acclimatise to the dreadful conditions. However, nothing can prepare him for the brutality and horrific things to come when sent to the Small Fortress and he comes up against SS officer Hans Schreiber. Thi
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Joan Adamak
Jan 09, 2014 Joan Adamak rated it it was amazing
Holocaust dramatically and factually presented

I was in high school when WWII ended and saw pictures of General Eisenhower’s reactions when he visited several death camps in Europe. After that there were many novels, some autobiographies and movies that were based on Nazi death camps and yet, today, there are certain groups of people who deny the holocaust. The author did exhaustive research before writing this story, as he relates at the end of this novel.
The aspect of this story against many ot
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Harold Kasselman
Jan 15, 2014 Harold Kasselman rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I have read by Mr. Radford (Winds Of Kadeem)and I enjoyed this even better than the 5 star rating I gave to that book. This is well researched, and manages to bring to life the horror of the atrocities committed during the holocaust. Yet it is also a courtroom drama in some ways reminiscent of QB V11. The plot is fascinating. Two Jewish men with no apparent connection, other than the mode of their murder, are found in London. Yet this 1995 murder case is somehow connected ...more
Julie
Wow! So compelling! Just finished. I need to gather my thoughts & write more later. ...
Fantastic book! Highly recommended! My spouse and I listened to it together and referred back to the novel at times. (The narration was excellent.) I actually recommend listening and reading at the same time. We both thought it was excellent. There are some great review written, so I'll keep mine brief. Plus, it's not an easy book to review because I don't want to give anything away. I thought I'd have a r
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Jana
Jan 04, 2016 Jana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The plot of this book was intriguing, but the writing was distracting. There were many times that it felt as if the author had written the book and then used a thesaurus instead of an editor to try to make it better. For instance , one description of freshly shampooed hair is that of being dank. Caves are dank. Clothes left to moulder in the washer are dank. Dank and damp are not the same thing. Then a couple of paragraphs later another character is said to be luxeriating in the dampness of her ...more
Patricia
Jul 16, 2015 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
The Nazis wreaked havoc in World War II and even 40 years later the hunt for war criminals continues.
Two Jewish men, having the same initials, similar appearance, and with stories of Nazi, atrocities emigrated to England after the war. Now, one is on trial for murder but a reporter, Daniele Green, is convince he's innocent. This is a story of murder, mistaken identity, neo-Nazis, and investigative journalism with lots of twists.

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Allison
Jun 03, 2014 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really think everyone should give this book a try..it's not AT ALL what it initially seems. There's a bit of something for all reading types: suspense, historical fiction, perhaps some light romance and a chuckle or two? It's easy reading; although I thought it was a bit "plodding" at first...but then again the Holocaust is pretty heavy subject matter. I have always felt invested in WWII Era and Holocaust stories, so I kept reading. About 20 pages in, the scene changes to "modern era" and the ...more
Hans Bronkhorst Bronkhorst
Schreibers secret is a fantastic read that deserves a five stars rating. The book relates the story of holocaust survivor Herschel Soferman, who suffered tremendous cruelty at the hands of SS Obersturmbannfuhrer Hans Schreiber in Treblinka. Soferman manages to survive the war and emigrates to the UK. The story is told from the viewpoint of English crime reporter Mark Edwards, who becomes involved in the Soferman-Schreiber story when a Jewish cab driver gets murdered in the same way that Schreibe ...more
Geoff Woodland
Feb 06, 2014 Geoff Woodland rated it it was amazing
I spent every spare minute reading this book and thought it had the making of a great film. At the end of the book the author mentions that it has been bought by a film company.

The author’s excellent descriptive skill of the horrors of the concentration camp has the reader in the camp with the main character. I could smell the despair of the prisoners, yet the feeling that they had to stay alive. As I read the story it occurred to me that the author must have spent a huge amount of time on his r
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Judy
Apr 07, 2014 Judy rated it really liked it
My Review: I hesitate to say I enjoyed this book since it deals with such a dark moment in history. However I did find it absorbing. It kept me reading long past when I should have put it down. The concept of brothers on different sides in Nazi Germany was unique. I believe I figured out what happened and who the real monster was and which monster was made. However I wish it would have been revealed for sure. The ending really didn’t seem to be an ending at all. The romance between the reporters ...more
Dottie Resnick
May 01, 2014 Dottie Resnick rated it really liked it
The suspense and twists and turns made this Holocaust story all the more captivating. It includes some horrendous scenes and details which may be difficult to read however. Once you are drawn into the book, the mystery of how the characters and events will play out becomes all the more compelling. Throughout the book I consistently wanted to jump ahead to the conclusion. Mr. Radford's writing is descriptive, enthralling and powerful.
Hazel
Jan 06, 2015 Hazel rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
I was lucky enough to get this as a free e-book download from Amazon - not sure how I managed that but I'm not one for complaining ;)

Despite some harrowing descriptions of the Nazi atrocities, I thought this a well written book with excellent characters and it kept me interested to the end. An exiting and page-turning read and I will be interested to see how the film turns out - if it is made.
Keith Vandenbergh
Feb 06, 2014 Keith Vandenbergh rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it
Excellent book! The story does a great job of relating the story of the atrocities of the holocaust and how it carries into a modern day drama. The narrative was very well put together. I thought the actual murder mystery story line could have been stronger but that was a minor distraction to an overall strong book.
Deedra
Apr 18, 2015 Deedra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be well written and a great story!It takes us from Nazi Germany to more current days where someone comes forward to say that they know of a Death Camp Guard,a terrible person,who is still alive.Nigel Patterson was a perfect pick for the narrator of this book.He seems to be able to do any part well.I was gifted a copy for an honest review.I honestly loved it!
Kathy DeShong
Jul 26, 2014 Kathy DeShong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Schreiber's Secret" was a novel about the atrocities of the Third Reich; how it affected families; and even people born after the fall of the Third Reich. This novel specifically addresses an SS Officer that eludes prosecution by immigrating to UK after the Fall. This story has many twists and turns which are mostly resolved by the end of the book.
Robin A. Ferris
Dec 29, 2013 Robin A. Ferris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!

For someone who has always had a fascination regarding WWII and how someone could have the power to make humans treat other humans the way they did, this book drew me in from the first sentence. Well written and keeps your interest throughout. I may have figured one thing out before the end but did mot figure out the twist at the end. I would highly recommend this book.
Jack
Feb 24, 2014 Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WWII Historical Thriller

WWII Historical Thriller

I really liked this thriller about an SS officer at a concentration camp and his interaction with a particular Jew who eventually escapes, leading to two crimes many years later. Well written with many plot twists that keeps the story interesting and engaging.
Susan
Jan 17, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
Great book. Historically accurate, great twists. You are lead in one direction, and then you have to change a bit, and then part of what you thought was correct...and you're blindsided by the other part. Really enjoyed this!
Janice A Walbring
A very good read

The author took the subject, how reliable is a witness identification of a suspect many years after a crime and used a WWII situation to tell the story. Well written and will give the reader quite a few points to ponder once they are done.
Pat
May 06, 2016 Pat rated it liked it
Actually, closer to a 3.5 based on the depth of the author's research and descriptions of the horrors of the death camp. The Danielle character didn't much ring true, and the plot twists were a bit too telegraphed, but I enjoyed the ride. No complaints.
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