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Spandau Phoenix (World War Two #2)

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The Spandau Diarywhat was in it? Why did the secret intelligence agencies of every major power want it? Why was a brave and beautiful woman kidnapped and sexually tormented to get it? Why did a chain of deception and violent death lash out across the globe, from survivors of the Nazi past to warriors in the new conflict now about to explode? Why did the world's entire his...more
Paperback, 704 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by Signet (first published May 1st 1993)
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Ron Grunberg
He's a pretty extraordinary writer. This was his first book, and it's the book of a master, you think. And there are so many more. And what's interesting is that he changes genre, or perhaps rather, motif. After writing this book and his next, Black Cross, both Nazi-themed, he completely left that world particularly because he didn't want to face the pressure of having to stay "on subject" for the rest of his career. The only sense in which this is a pity is that those two books, rich in possibl...more
Bruce Henderson
Spandau Phoenix is Greg Iles first novel. He took a few known historical facts and wrote a complex novel speculating how the pieces fit together. What is known is that Rudolf Hess flew to Scotland during World War II in 1941. Reasons why are not commonly known and given to much speculation. He was captured, imprisoned during the war and tried as a war criminal at the Nuremberg Trials where he was given a life sentence. He spent the rest of his life in Spandau Prison in West Berlin. Spandau Priso...more
Jean-marcel
I come across a lot of these modern thriller type books at work, and most of them are quite poor in my view. However, I was quite impressed with this, Greg Iles's debut novel. What sets this apart from other novels of a similar type (many of them written by more popular writers, I might add) are two things: The writing is very solid and measured, showing a very intelligent control of pacing and an excellent grasp of character, and the characters themselves are for the most part depicted in shade...more
Bill
Here's a not-so-funny story...after reading Greg Iles' excellent Mortal Fear, it was with much excitement and expectation that I dove into this one. And I wasn't disappointed...and then I was. Let me explain...

I'm 100 pages into this great story about papers that have been discovered at the Spandau prison in 1987 that would blow the lid off what we now understand about WWII, and this all revolves around Rudolf Hess' mysterious solo flight to England in 1941. So I'm enjoying this so far and what...more
Nitin Arora
A very captivating story. I would rate it second on my list of WW2 fictions, my favorite being 'Black cross' by the same author.

The events in the story progress real fast, but then there are parts where the story seem to drag a little (hence the four stars instead of five), but the overall plot is just too good for these 'dragged' parts to affect the overall reading experience much.

Also, in my opinion, the best thing about the story is that the real historic events (and existing conspiracy theo...more
Jill
I finished the last half of this book in a day and loved it. Greg Iles needs to stick to historical fiction. He's great at it. This book was pretty complicated with a LOT of characters, but Iles did a great job of keeping them all straight and setting the scene a bit before diving into subsequent parts of the story.

This was also a great suspense novel, Iles seemed to find an unexplained part of WW2 and created a great fictional piece around explaining the disappearance of a very highly ranked N...more
Nikki Handros
This suspense thriller is based on the notion that the man imprisoned in Spandau Prison for many years was not Rudolf Hess, but his Nazi double. The nearly 700-page plot takes you from Britain to Germany to South Africa -- the long road to an explosive ending. While it brings you into the current times, it still often feels like a World War II thriller in mood. I didn't care for it as much as I have some of Greg Iles' other books, but I would still recommend it to readers who also enjoy writers...more
Luan
I am a sucker for WWII stories. And with Iles you think you know where a story is going and what it's about and then he twists it. I'm amazed by how many balls he keeps up in the air and manages not to drop. I like this author and I'm going to read one of his non-WWII books and hope for the same level of writing.
Chuck
A very complex story revisiting the 1941 "peace" visit that Rudolph
Hess made to England. Was it a legitimate effort to enter into an
alliance between England and Nazi Germany or the opening move in
a vast conspiracy. Good story but too long. 700 pages.
Greg Tetreault
The sequel to Black Cross, but the characters are much older. Not as spellbinding as Black Cross but still a very worthy read. Would be best to read the two books one after the other so you don't forget characters and can pick up right where you left off.
Margery Marcus
I really enjoyed Iles' sprawling novel Black Cross, about the Allies' attempts to steal a German formula for poison gas during World War II, so I thought I'd try Spandau Phoenix,his first book. It's clear that he worked on his craft between the two efforts. Spandau Phoenix is for those who love conspiracy theories; in this case the one that claims Nazi general Rodolf Hess' DOUBLE was the one actually imprisoned at Spandau for more than 40 years. Iles covers all of his geographic bases which incl...more
Michael
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Martin
Using the enigmatic mystery of Hitler's second in command's reasons for flying solo to the UK in the early days of WWII, this novel expands on the mystery by asking who it really was who took the solitary dare towards Britain. Rudolf Hess, Hitler's right hand man for most of his pre-war political career did indeed land in England on May 10th, 1941. Or did he? When the Rudolf Hess who had been incarcerated in Spandau Prison since the conclusion of the Nuremberg Trials suddenly comes to die under...more
Kris P
I have finally finished this book and I have to say that I struggled. I found the plotline well thought out and the characters were well developed. The plot line asks the question why did Rudolph Hess really fly to Britain in 1941, and from there the tale weaves its way to modern day. There are a lot of possibilities, and any book which makes you think cannot be bad. My problem was that with it being an e-book parts seemed to be slightly corrupted, not enough to complain about but just enough to...more
Kathy Chung
Reviewed at : Mama Kucing Meow : Spandau Phoenix

Reviewed On : 15 March 2011

This is a very fast paced book. Something like Tom Clancy's Power Play Series. Innocent bystander turns into desperate combatants at the brutal violence, global intrigue, treason, and terror. Every nations are in a battle for supremacy. There is nobody you can trust.

It was so fast paced that I felt lost at certain parts. One part of me wants to know the outcome as soon as possible and another part of me was frustrated by...more
Marco den Ouden
Brilliant story about Rudolf Hess, the last Nazi prisoner at Spandau Prison. After Hess dies, a policeman finds some papers which sets off a chain of events as it becomes clear that the prisoner was a doppelganger and Hess is still alive. Not just alive, but trying to resurrect the Third Reich from a secure compound in South Africa. This was Isles first novel. A page-turning thriller.
Bill Thibadeau
Having just finished reading Black Cross by Geg Iles, I hopped onto this follow up. I prefer his more current novels in terms of storyline. However, I was really drawn into the premise of this book. The historical fiction aspect of what may have happened if Rudolf Hess was never in Spandau prison caught me off guard.

This novel, even though it was slow developing and contained too many characters, was very intriguing and well crafted. After completing the book, I had to really think about how eas...more
Mark Soone
Still a 5 star read after all of these years!

A brilliant conspiracy fiction alternate history theory on what really happened to Rudolf Hess (On par w/ Jack Higgins "Thunder Point" about Borman or Joseph Heywood's "The Berkut" about Hitler).

Shortly after Spandau prison is obliterated, with the US, Great Brittan, the Russians and Germany all mistrustful of one another guarding the Rubble a German police officer unearths some hidden documents about the true identity of the prisoner assumed to be He...more
Sharon
This is a long book with many details and characters, and it's phenomenally good. I haven't read anything by this author so far that was anything but 5 star, but I still have many of his books to read. Spandau Phoenix is totally different subject matter than Mortal Fear, and yet the author makes every nuance so real.

This story takes place around the time Rudolph Hess disappeared while on a secret mission, and also in the 1980s. It involves several countries and their top brass, and yet it's an...more
Kristy Budner
I really enjoyed this book. It's very long but it keeps your interest throughout. I had to rewind the audible version numerous times to keep up with the characters because there are a lot of sub-plots, and although this work of fiction is based on real history, there are tons of possibilities of what else might or could have happened during and post-World War II. I've always been interested in that period of history and this book didn't disappoint. I had tons of questions running through my mind...more
Jerry
We didn't realize this was Greg Iles first novel. We read it to complete his booklist, as once we discovered his work, we have really enjoyed virtually every one of his books. This one, basically a thriller involving a supposed historical incident associated with the Nazi's during WWII, is long (~700 pages) and complicated, and loaded with characters and subplots -- definitely not our favorite Iles. ("Black Cross" has much these same elements...)

What sets this author apart from the pack is his...more
Samantha
I'm glad I didn't read this book as my first Greg Iles' book. He's one of my favorite authors and you can definitely tell this is his debut novel. This book needed an editor. It was way too long and redundunt. Mr. Iles repeated himself several times describing characters or scenes. The middle section of the book jumped around to different characters without expanding their depth. The middle part was boring and hard to follow. I love his next books so maybe it was just a first time diaster or may...more
Dan Smith
The Paperback version of this book was 694 pages... and it was all action. This is one of Iles first books and it was the grand slam that made him one of the great writers... Even though he is an Ole Miss graduate, he has conquered the world in keeping readers enthralled in his stories.. There had to have been a great deal of research done to make this story as believable as it is.. There is a strong connection with the past and present and he could not take chances to have holes shot through th...more
Jake
A very week 3 stars. Maybe I've read too many thrillers this summer, but I just wasn't as impressed as I should have been with this book. The dialogue is good and it moves along okay, but perhaps 695 pages are a little too many. I don't usually mind long reads if there's a payoff but the conspiracy here was a one-trick pony (did Greg Iles really need to take 4/5ths of the book to explain the big twist anyone reading knew the whole time?) that got stretched too far. Also, for what is allegedly a...more
Andrew
A nice slice of "What-if" fiction, as in "What if that wasn't really Hess in that prison there?" Iles took a few known facts about the rather bizarre circumstances around Hess' capture, and spun a really entertaining read.

This was my first Iles book (I guess it was his too), a great overall read that has turned me into fan for the better part of the last 15 years. Unfortunately, WWII was a topic Iles would rarely revisit again, as only the vastly inferior Black Cross delved into the war again....more
Jill Manske
This is an amazing first novel; it takes years for most authors to perfect their writing skills to this level. I don't ordinarily like books about WW II or Nazi Germany. But Isles was able to hook me in to the plot from the first few pages. He must have spent an inordinate amount of time on research; the details of the plot, characters and scenes feel very authentic. The book is action-packed, with a host of arch-villains doing evil deeds. And the mystery surrounding the Spandau papers leaves th...more
Susu
I loved the book in general. But what was really the best part of it, is the last sentence. I love good last sentences, and this book had the best-last-sentence I've read in a long time.
Ken
Iles takes one of the great mysteries of WWII--- Rudolph Hess's flight to England in 1941--- mixes in a plausible conspiracy theory, adds cold war intrigue and spins a great yarn. He is a great story teller and writer.
Ricardo
Nice twist of historical fiction. At times difficult to follow because there are simply too many characters but still, very entertaining
Carol Mckinley
Wow. It took me forever to read this book.
If you are a woman who loves a good story, do not read this book!!!! It's full of uninteresting facts, twists and turns leading you everywhere except into a decent plot. I kept reading on, thinking it was going to get better, but besides fireworks and explosions at the end complete with a jet plane being flown by a dying man miraculously getting to its destiny, it drug and drug and drug.
Thank goodness I am finished with it. All nearly 600 very tiny alpha...more
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Greg Iles was born in Germany in 1960. He grew up in Natchez, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983. He was active in a band called "Frankly Scarlet", but quit after realizing that the touring lifestyle was not conducive with his family life. Once no longer busy with the band, he turned his attention to writing.

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