As Tara mentioned in her comments, I was more interested in Lynne Cecil's character as the Head Radio Operator of RAF. A good entertainment while watc...moreAs Tara mentioned in her comments, I was more interested in Lynne Cecil's character as the Head Radio Operator of RAF. A good entertainment while watching the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.(less)
From BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Drama: A new play by Adam Ganz starring Ed Stoppard, Julian Rhind-Tutt and featuring Robin Lustig.
Under the Nazis, Michel...moreFrom BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Drama: A new play by Adam Ganz starring Ed Stoppard, Julian Rhind-Tutt and featuring Robin Lustig.
Under the Nazis, Michel Oppenheim - lawyer, patriot and porcelain collector - is made head of the Jewish community in Mainz. The minutes of his regular meetings with Gestapo functionary Schwoerer survive. Civilly, they discuss the pettiest details of Nazi terror and arrangements for the deportations east. Thanks to his non-Jewish, wife Oppenheim survives.
Once the war ends, the tables are turned. Schwoerer begs Oppenheim for a testimonial, which could save him from a US war crimes trial and execution. Oppenheimer must decide whether to help the man who sat across the table during the past six years of horror and humiliation.
From BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Drama: Award winning novelist, John Banville, imagines an encounter between Elizabeth Bowen and John Betjeman as they meet...moreFrom BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Drama: Award winning novelist, John Banville, imagines an encounter between Elizabeth Bowen and John Betjeman as they meet for luncheon in a Dublin hotel during the Second World War. As their conversation ranges over their lives, their loves, their politics, we are given a portrait of wartime Dublin and London and of the place of the artist in a world at war.(less)
From BBC Radio 4 - Afternnon Drama: Already under Gestapo Surveillance, tennis ace Baron Gottfried Von Cramm, married but secretly homosexual, offends...moreFrom BBC Radio 4 - Afternnon Drama: Already under Gestapo Surveillance, tennis ace Baron Gottfried Von Cramm, married but secretly homosexual, offends Hitler, by refusing to join the Nazi Party. He believes himself to be safe as long as he remains Germany's number one and winning. 'But I must win. I can't lose, and I can't quit.' He was left playing for his life.(less)
I requested this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for this book.
Once you start to read this book, you won't be...moreI requested this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for this book.
Once you start to read this book, you won't be able to put it down.
This is the story of a French six-years old Marie Laure and a German orphan boy Werner who lived in different countries but their lives will become entwined during World War II.
Marie Laure lives in Paris where his father works at the Museum of Natural History. Once she became blind, her father built a city miniature made of wood to her n order to help her to walk around the city, by recognizing the main buildings around their neighborhood.
However, this miniature will be also used by her father as a hiding-place for a very valuable diamond.
Once Paris is taken by the Nazis, they moved to Saint-Malo.
In the meantime, Werner and his sister Jutta lives in Germany where he learns to build and to repair radios, a talent which will place him at a military academy. He will then became a master in locate all radios used by the Resistance once he moves to the same city where Marie Laure and his father are living. However his father will be arrested by the Nazis and Marie- Laure will live with her uncle.
The development of the main characters continues even after the end of the war, by finishing in the present days.
As historical background, the author describes quite well how Saint-Malo inhabitants have faced the events of World War II. It should be reminded that this city is located just 100 miles from the D-Day beaches in Normandy. Almost the surrounding cities have been badly damaged by the Nazis in their retreat from the Allies army. The siege of Saint-Malo is described quite well here.
Since I have been recently in Saint-Malo, I could trust in the author's description of this amazing city while reading this magnificent novel.(less)
Since the plot is already described somewhere else, I won't be repetitive here.
As a physicist I knew from the beginning that the element 61 - Promethi...moreSince the plot is already described somewhere else, I won't be repetitive here.
As a physicist I knew from the beginning that the element 61 - Promethium, is a radioactive element and its main properties, among others, are used though beta decay to more stable elements. In this way, this chemical element could not be used as a metal alloy, as clarified by the authors in their Afterword. This fact kept me curious during the whole plot until the end of the book.
Another interesting and curious fact about Coopers Island (also pointed out by the authors): Ulva Island is located within Paterson Inlet which is part of Stewart Island/Rakiura; it was named after the island of Ulva in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland and was formerly called Coopers Island.
Since i've already visited New Zealand, I could enjoy the decryption of the beautiful landscape of this amazing and captivating country.
As overall, this book gives us a good entertainment reading with an excellent espionage plot, involving two very well-known historical figures: General Montgomery and Admiral Canaris. The espionage work from both sides certainly played an important role on the development of World War II.(less)
My book was an advance Reader's copy and published by Amazoncrossing.
This is the story of several Turkish refugees and how they managed to escape from...moreMy book was an advance Reader's copy and published by Amazoncrossing.
This is the story of several Turkish refugees and how they managed to escape from the Nazis while living in the occupied France.
Following an ancient tradition, started during the Ottoman Empire in 15th-century, the Turkish diplomats made a huge effort in order to preserve the life of their citizens since Turkey remained neutral during World War II. Despite its neutrality, Turkey was still selling copper to Germany. In addition, Churchill didn't keep his word regarding the provision of financial and military help.
The only way to bring back the Turkish refugees, among them some were Jews, was to arrange a train by the Turkish diplomats in Marseilles and Paris, which would bring most of them, including some other nationalities, specially from the Balkans, in a special train.
In the first part of the book, we are presented to the main personages of this story: Selva and her Jewish husband, Rafael Alfandari; after have married against her family's wishes since they were Moslem, they decided to move to Marseilles. In the meantime, her sister, Sabiha and her husband Macit were constantly worried with them since the Nazis started to persecute the Jews living in France.
It is quite an enjoyable and fast-paced reading. According to the author, this book is not based in a true story. In my opinion, a movie version based on this book can easily be made.
NetGalley kindly sent this uncorrected proof of this book. Thank you so much. (less)
This book comprises the following books: March Violets (1989), The Pale Criminal (1990) and A German Requiem (1991).
Bernard Gunther is a former Commissioner of the Berlin police and also an ex-soldier, became a private detective. His style of working reminds Philip Marlowe in the late 1930s.
In this trilogy, the author describes in a magnificent way the III Reich and its apogee until the German in ruins in 1947 after the end of World War II.
The description of how Berlin was "cleaned" for the Olympic Games (1936) and the persecution to the jews is very well described by the author, one feels like watching a movie of that time.
In 1989, my brother and I, we managed to visited the original stadium which nowadays was totally rebuilt for the FIFA's 2006. I cannot describe our feelings when entering by the main entrance of that stadium since you will feel chills down your spine. This is a splendid book which dignifies the great "roman noirs".
From BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Drama: Wine shop owner Gerald desperately needs money: his business is failing and the landlord has raised the cost of the...moreFrom BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Drama: Wine shop owner Gerald desperately needs money: his business is failing and the landlord has raised the cost of the lease. When he inherits a watch that used to belong to wartime Nazi Joachim Von Ribbentrop he believes that his financial troubles are over. But it sparks conflict with his wife and brother, who question the ethics of the potential sale.