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Five Past Midnight

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  165 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Escaping from Germany's Colditz Castle where he was being held as a prisoner of war, Captain Jack Cray fights his way to Berlin in April 1945, following a twisted trail of terror across Germany. The American Army commando has just been handed the most dangerous mission of his career--the assassination of Adolf Hitler.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by Pocket Books (first published August 1st 1997)
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Christian, Kelanth, Scala
Cinque minuti dopo la mezzanotte, in originale "Five past midnight", è un romanzo di spionaggio/guerra di James Thayer del 1997.

La trama del romanzo: siamo negli ultimi giorni della seconda guerra mondiale nel 1945 e sembra che il conflitto non abbia fine. Berlino è una città distrutta, martoriata dai bombardamenti e Roosevelt affida una missione al capitano dell'esercito USA Jack Cray, prigioniero di guerra in Germania nel castello di Colditz dal quale deve prima fuggire: uccidere il Fuhrer. A
Jonathan Brown
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, mystery
Very well-written thriller about a plot to assassinate Hitler toward the end of WWII. Thayer's portrayal of Germany was very good. The plot twists were mostly surprising, though I was able to guess the ending correctly half-way through. There is language sprinkled throughout.
Great suspense thriller about attempt to assassinate Hitler toward near the end of the war. Lots of twists, turns and surprises
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Five Minutes Past Midnight” is a book written by author James Thayer, who is also author to the famous “White Star” book. Before a book about a Vietnam Sniper, now a book about an American Commando named Jack Cray, James expertly follows the adventures of Jack Cray, as well as adding short stories of other characters that Jack Cray comes across from their point of view. He writes each extra character as if the entire story were about that one person, of if he’s been studying this person his ent ...more
Roger Scherping
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is easily one of the top 10 books I've ever read. Thayer writes so clearly and effortlessly, and his plot twists keep things interesting. His characters are believable, and I found his incredibly detailed insights into life as a German POW and life and the devastation in Berlin during the war fascinating. He demonstrates an incredible level of research on Germany.

My favorite parts of the book were a couple of insignificant chapters. The chapter with the farm widow and the apple strudel was
Monica Akinyi Odhiambo
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was lovely ...The way James portrayed Adolf Hitler as this approachable yet fearful guy who hides in a bunker waiting for the war to end because he knows one macho man called Jack Cray is out to get him.Its interesting how that plot to assassinate Adolf worked so well.I kept reading this book and thinking this would make a good action thriller, even if its set in the Nazi era.Looking forward to reading many more of his books
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
My main reason for really liking this book, was the sense of place. Thayer's description's of Berlin in 1945, really showed the destruction that took place. The despair, frightened and starving Berliner's, because of that lunatic Hitler.
Dirk Pitt, could be the reincarnation of Captain Jack Cray, the American Army commando picked to assassinate Hitler. This is as believable as it is suspenseful, and being my first novel by James Thayer, I will be on the look out for one of his other's.
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
An interesting fictitious take on Hitler's last days in the bunker with a spin on how it would be changed when the Russians finally invaded, with, of course, an American hero.

For those who love adventure, espionage and twists on history, this is a great story. This was unfortunately the Reader's Digest condensed version, but a good story - nice development of the characters as it went along.
Sep 28, 2010 rated it liked it
This book takes place in Berlin, April 1945, during the last death throes of Nazi Germany. An American agent is sent there to assasinate Adolph Hitler. The background is better than the story, but it's still a good read.
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thriller - Capt. Jack Cray, an American commando, is assisted in an escape from a German prison camp and sent on a mission to assassinate Hitler.
Don E. Bush, Jr.
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice read!

An interesting take on a story most have read about before. The end of the war in Europe, Hitler in the bunker and a different twist that just could have happened.
Jun 23, 2010 rated it liked it
In early 1945 an American OSS agent is tasked with assassinating
Adolph Hitler. Good story for those who like their heroes wearing a skin tight blue suit with a big "S" on the chest.
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lots of action, a little long but would make a GREAT movie.
Gary Freeman
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
one of the best stories i've ever read.made me proud of that era of america.
Jun 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book was a waste of time. Even at the end when there was this big climax I was able to put the book down and take a nap. That should never happen during the climax of the book.
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