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Summer of the Long Knives

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After an attack by a band of roving Nazi Brownshirts, Lisel Ganz, an artist's model in Berlin, suffers an injury that gives her the ability to catch glimpses of the future. It is already too late for many, but Lisel now can see that an even greater evil lies ahead. Taking refuge in the home of artist Albert Entrater, Lisel meets Konrad, a Catholic priest involved in a plot ...more
Paperback, 194 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Signal 8 Press (first published July 22nd 2014)
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Jason Pettus
Oct 27, 2014 Jason Pettus rated it really liked it
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

By now, of course, alt-history novels are nothing new, although unfortunately most of them suffer from the same problem; given that the majority of them are written by genre veterans, they tend to be heavily focused on their overly complex and action-oriented plots, and for the most part are lacking in oth
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Kathleen Kelly
Oct 15, 2014 Kathleen Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summer of the Long Knives is a speculative story about the assassination of Adolf Hitler, one of the most hated men in history. Summer of the Long Knives is the name of a purge that took place in Nazi Germany from June 30 to July 2, 1934, when the Nazi regime carried out a series of political murders. Just that sentence is enough to give me chills. Lisel Ganz is brutally attacked by Nazi Brownshirts, She befriends Konrad who brings her into his home after the attack, where Lisel soon becomes ...more
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Oct 28, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
This is a hauntingly beautiful book about what could have happened if Hitler had been assassinated in the early years of his reign. The story starts with a brutal rape of a non-Jewish German woman who just happens to walk past a Berlin synagogue right after services let out. The streets of Berlin really come alive in this book. It's an intelligent look at a little-discussed part of history that could have magically gone another way with the flick of a switch.
Philip Knoerzer
Jan 22, 2015 Philip Knoerzer rated it it was amazing
Okay, so maybe "alt-history" is a simplistic way of describing this book. It reads like a fever-dream one might have after reading too many personal experiences of Germany during the Nazi era. That said, it is very hard to put down owing to the well-fleshed characters and on-rushing plot. Just loved it.
Cheryl
Jan 05, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it
It's a well-written novel which gives great insight into what life was like in Nazi Germany during the war years but I spent the whole time wondering if this was fact or fiction and where they blurred into one. If you're more knowledgeable of the ins and outs of German history, I'm sure you'd have no such qualms though, so it's a book I'd like to reread after having swotted up on what really went on behind the scenes in Nazi Germany just before the end of the war. It's also quite poignant, ...more
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