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The Secret Fire

3.05  ·  Rating Details ·  79 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Sotheby's, London, 1936. A paper by Sir Isaac Newton is sold at auction to a bookseller's agent and within minutes of leaving the auction house, he is killed and the paper stolen. For the Nazis are desperate to get their hands on a Newton formula that will unleash the Secret Fire - a weapon beyond all imagining that can wipe their enemies off the face of the earth. And thi ...more
UK paperback, 356 pages
Published April 16th 2009 by Penguin UK - Michael Joseph (first published 2009)
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Palindrome Mordnilap
Oct 14, 2009 Palindrome Mordnilap rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller-books
Another excellent thriller from Martin Langfield. Following close on the heels of his previous novel, "The Malice Box", this sequel sees Robert, Katherine and Horace pitted once again against the forces of evil, this time in a Nazi incarnation. Running two broad plot lines concurrently - one set during WWII and the other in present-day Europe - the novel weaves together the characters, past and present, in a very compelling way, underscoring Langfield's theme of "time and place elide". The autho ...more
May 23, 2011 Kira rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: keeper
My husband bought this book to read on a trip last year. He couldn't get into it (he isn't a "reader") so I picked it up after finishing another book. I wasn't sure what to expect having never heard of the author before but I was drawn into the book from the first few chapters and was soon powering through it. The storyline, whilst a bit "out there" was cleverly pulled together to give a different twist on the potential outcome of WWII. I haven't read the Malice box but it is now on my list afte ...more
May 24, 2009 Cam rated it really liked it
I greatly enjoyed the reading of The Secret Fire, the second of Martin's books. It has cemented my love of a dual story line.
This book however has a delightful twist on the usual. The Malice Box (the first in the series) is filled in from both sides with this account. One story line continues the path initialized with The Malice Box. Whilst the second works as a prequel, set mostly in Europe prior & during the Nazi/German occupation of France & the security threat that they posed to Lon
Jul 17, 2013 Abril rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Qué creo? bueno, el libro me gustó... muy bueno, pero se pone interesante a partir de la página 100 más o menos. El principio es detestable! No se entiende qué pasa, quienes son lo personajes principales, de qué trata... no se entiende nada, por lo que me llevó a odiarlo. Estuve cinco días para leer esas 100 páginas, cinco! Me resultó muy aburrido.
Por otro lado, al pasar el inicio lo encontré entretenido y llevadero. Me encontré con que mi personaje favorito era Peter, y me la pasé todo el libro
Jul 31, 2009 Zephfire rated it it was amazing
OK..normally,(being the female that I am) I confess that I wouldn't even pick up a book that on first view would seem to be all about war and weapons, but ladies don't be put off, you'll be missing out! I had read this author's previous book, The Malice Box (which I greatly enjoyed) and that made me want to find out what happened next to the characters from that book (this is it's sequel). I am very glad that I did, it was a solidly good read, from start to end for me, weaving some complicated p ...more
Jasmin I.
Sep 10, 2014 Jasmin I. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ich habe nach dem Klappentext von diesem Buch garnicht allzuviel erwartet, war allerdings SEHR positiv überrascht. Der Autor schafft es, die fantasy-lastige Handlung in die Zeit des Nationalsozialismus einzuflechten, ohne die furchtbare Atmosphäre, die damals geherrscht haben muss, im geringsten anzugreifen oder die geschichtlichen Fakten ins Lächerliche zu ziehen. Ganz im Gegenteil ist die Stimmung für ein Buch dieses Genres irrsinnig authentisch. Allen, denen der Hauch des Okkulten bei einem T ...more
Dec 04, 2009 Alan rated it really liked it
This book blends World War II history with the occult to produce a thrilling climax. Langfield effortlessly evokes Paris and London during World War II and pays tribute to the heroism of the brave resistance agents who risked torture and death to defeat the Nazis. He has an amazing ability to bring to life the true quality of evil in all its sadistic, creepy, malevolent, heartless, perverse and inhuman forms.

The plot revolves around an attempt by Nazis using dark powers of witchcraft, alchemy an
Oct 07, 2013 Leslea rated it liked it
After reading The Malice Box by the same author and enjoying it, thought I would give this one a go. The last half was really good but it just took too long to get going. Loved the idea of 'time travel' and a group of people fighting frantically in the present to stop a wrong done in the past. Too many characters over 3 different time periods, was a little hard to keep them all in the right order! Would probably read another of his though as I like these kinda books.
Wilde Sky
Oct 10, 2013 Wilde Sky rated it liked it
In 2007 a group of people try and contain a mystic Nazi weapon that failed to explode in London at the end of June 1944.

The first half of this book (which felt very long) was confusing jumping between multiple locations and times, but towards the end it was gripping and fast paced. I felt uneasy about the mixing of real attempted terrorist acts with mystic / Nazi plots and schemes.
Mi sono avvicinata a questo libro dopo averne letto molte recensioni negative, quindi non ho potuto rimanere delusa, anzi. Sapendo che avevo davanti un romanzo d'avventura di serie B l'ho potuto apprezzare nel suo genere, una lettura d'intrattenimento senza alcuna pretesa.
Ammetto che senza queste precauzioni l'avrei chiuso già a pagina 2.

Jul 22, 2011 Hayley rated it did not like it
I didnt expect this book to based so heavily in mysticism, as it was not indicated on the story blurb. It was an interesting idea, but seemed too far-fetched.
The Nazi interest in the occult theme was interesting, but the time-folding made it less enjoyable for me.
Dec 28, 2010 Minnie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Na zo'n 60 pagina's had het verhaal me nog niet te pakken en ik had zo'n vermoeden dat dit niet meer ging veranderen. Dus heb ik het ongelezen terug naar de bieb gebracht.
Vikas Khair
Mar 08, 2013 Vikas Khair rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
It was nice twist on the familiar history of WWII. Lot of magic and such .. I couldn't read it in one go so wasn't overtly existing for me but I did finish it.
Mar 24, 2012 Winnie rated it liked it
This for me was readable story but was expecting so much more from this author after the Malice Box and was left feeling disappointed.
Amit Shetty
The book has an interesting plot line. But most of the concept didn't make any sense at all.
Aug 21, 2013 Joanna rated it it was amazing
brilliant story kept me entertained right to the end
Grant Shade
Jul 10, 2012 Grant Shade rated it did not like it

Dire trash.
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Martin Langfield has been a foreign correspondent, bureau chief and editor for Reuters since 1987, working mostly in the Americas. He has reported from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico, Peru, Cuba, Madrid, Miami, London and New York. He now works with the company's Breakingviews commentary team. Martin studied French and Spanish languages and literature at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University in Engla ...more
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