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A Thousand Suns

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  783 ratings  ·  58 reviews
It's early April of 1945 and the bloodied days of World War II. The Nazi regime is being slowly throttled by the oncoming Russian and Allied armies and Hitler rages uselessly in his Berlin bunker. But the high command have one more throw of the dice to make. An audacious plan is hatched to save the Fatherland and beat off the oncoming apocalypse. All it will take is a hodg ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Orion Publishing (first published May 3rd 2006)
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Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww2-fiction
A well written and crafted book, the first for me by the author, this book was fast paced for so many pages and there were not many dull moments. He covers a lot of angles in this book and we are introduced to many characters throughout the book, but that being said, though the characters are good, they are not well developed and one yearns for more about them. The story line is great and the author almost makes you believe that these events were possible. In the end the twist really got me, but ...more
Robin Carter
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: time-slip
A Thousand Suns: Alex Scarrow
This book is a fantastic debut Novel for Alex, I myself am a fan of many genre, and in the world of War time exploits one of My favourite authors is Jack Higgins, some one I consider the master of this genre. I would put this book up there with his best, against the likes of Cold Harbour and The Eagle Has landed.
The Story Is a great testament to the courage or the men who fought in those times, alot of people forget or don't know that the Germans had many Brave men w
Another one of those Tesco bargains and another surprisingly good little book.

Historical military fiction again... also with the possibility of alternate historical outcomes too. This book is not complex, yet has sufficient in it to satisfy thriller fans as well as military fiction fans.
David Brooks
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Sub Clive Cussler fodder. Not his best. Annoying little things like Germans talking about distance in miles and .303 mm bullets. Oh dear. The sort of book you picked up in a hurry at the airport - and regretted it before getting out of the departure lounge. The worlds most predictable plot, given away by the end of the first chapter...
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A real fast paced thriller in the style of Dan Brown, set during the final days of WW2. A great read, not too heavy, violent or deep.
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Simon Fenwick
An interesting premise ruined by the fact that the final result is known by the end of the first chapter. If you're going to write a 'what if' novel then you will probably know that real life produced a different result but there might be a good 'what if' story to it. All well and good if the plot isn't given away in the first few pages. Also, it's at least 100 pages too long for the story. ...more
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I dont really know why this book got me. OK, it is thrash, and the fiction is a little far off to be believed, and the current-time part of the book didnt catch in (hence only 4 stars) but the WWII part of the story, especially the look-and-feel for the time, and those characters, they really got me. Oftentimes I dont value a book for the contents but for the aftertaste, like good or cheap wine - this book, despite all its flaws, left me off with a very satisfied aftertaste.

I have read a lot wor
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an exciting read that kept going right to the very end. It kept jumping from the present day to the past to tell the story but spent more time in the past. Maybe just a little too long. Some of the fine detail could have been cut without harming the overall story. Enjoyable but not worthy of a second read!

I think Alex Scarrow is an author who writes good stories. I have enjoyed other stories written by him.
Feb 19, 2021 rated it liked it
I really like Alex Scarrow, but this is possibly not one of his best. It falls somewhere between spy thriller and WWII epic, but achieves neither particularly well. The absolute spoiler on the front cover of the book doesn't help either! Still it's a enjoyable tale, but tragically ironic in light of later events. ...more
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi
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Tore Knudsen
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good alternative fiction, It might have happen but we will never know.
Puddle Jumper
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was gripped by this despite knowing what happens to some of the characters.
Like thousand suns. As such, in my view, shines this war novel from Alex Scarrow. The book has two story-lines; first from the end of the war in 1945, which tells the story of the bomber's crew; the second from the present, where a journalist with his friend a diving instructor head off to explore the found wreck. Some might be put off for from the very beginning it's clear how the crew ends. However, it's not so. Within a while the book will devour you and won't go until the end.

As was said the
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed A Thousand Suns. It's hard to believe it's a debut novel as the plotting is very assured and mature.

This is the parallel story of a last ditch effort by Germany to win the war in its last weeks interspersed with the contemporary story of the discover of a B-17 bomber sunk in shallow water off the coast of Rhode Island. Except the pilot of the bomber is clearly wearing Luftwaffe clothing!

I found the past story utterly compelling and entertaining. Initially in the background, it c
May 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Andringas by: My Brother

When my brother explained to me what this book was about, I was very curious and created high expectations towards this novel. Unfortunatly, it didn´t match my expectations, since I found some things to be a bit bothering.
Firstly, the way the story is told in my opinion is not the best, since the reader knows almost from the start how the end is.
Secondly, I think the autor just "casted" a lot of characters. Too many, in my opinion, since some of them don't matter that much to the action. Like
Sep 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: WWII fiction lovers
This was a good read about the possibility that Hitler had perfected an atomic bomb in the waning year of WWII and planned to destroy New York. So he takes a confiscated B-17 US bomber and cobbles together a last Luftwaffe team and some escort planes and devises an elaborate plan to drop the bomb on New York. Meanwhile in the present, a rusting WWII plane has been discovered off the coast of America. Chris Roland, a photographer has been asked to go down and take pictures of the plane, But there ...more
Jan 17, 2010 rated it liked it
When I started this book I thought it was going to be a five star however although it was a decent read it was far too long and padded out with far too much detail on plane dogfights and general war games. The story centres around the the discovery of a B17 plane under the sea off New England. It soon becomes clear that there is a hidden conspiracy from WW2 and the story then goes back and forth from 1945 to the present day and the story of the plot unfolds. At 200 pages less this book would be ...more
May 06, 2011 rated it liked it
A fairly gripping "what if" World War Two novel. The "what if" the Nazis did develop the atomic bomb and "what if" they plotted to send a captured Boeing B-17 bomber straight at New York City in the dying moments of the war in Europe? The novel is structured in two interwoven parts: a contemporary story of a search for the truth about this last-gasp operation; and an account of the planning and execution of the flight from the German perspective. Scarrow used to design video games and this exper ...more
Oct 14, 2012 rated it liked it
1 star - binned it before half way, please don't write anymore!!!
2 stars - finally binned it after really trying, I mean really trying and I hate to not finishing someth....
3 stars - finished it but boy was that hard work on times, it just about hooked me back in as I was about to dump it
4 stars - great book but it lacked something, something, can't put my finger on it but.... something
5 stars - want more, more books, more movies about the books, more movies about the authors and the making of t
Naomi Styles
Apr 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
I got halfway through the book and realised that I didn't actually need to read any more. The ending was clear because it's one of those books that is set in two dates, so I knew what was going to happen. A quick flick to the end and I realised that I was right; nothing unexpected did happen; so i saved myself a few hours then. It's a fun setting, and has some research which did like. But dramatic irony does nothing for me; so that was that really. ...more
Ali Burns
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
'On April 29th, 1945, the allies unconditionally surrendered to Nazi Germany. Four hours later that surrender was withdrawn...'[return][return]It was the above tagline that made me pick up the book, and it was such a good purchase. It had been a long time since I was unable to put a book down until I'd finished it, but had to do it in this case. Absolutely brilliant idea, really well executed. Thoroughly recommended. ...more
Tufty McTavish
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
An alt.history WW2 story that I quite enjoyed a smidge more than an average 3 stars I reckon. Straightforward enough, it's a little like the "5 hours earlier" plot device in movies and television shows; you know where things end up but not exactly how. And that forms the meat of the story as a few characters push this onward.

Not brilliant, not essential, a little different from my norm, but pulpy and enjoyable enough. 4 stars seems generous, so call it 3.5/5.
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun book. It starts out with a WWII mystery and then spends quite a bit of time telling the WWII story while jumping to the current time characters. What if Nazi Germany had developed the A Bomb before America? What if they had used that to try to blackmail the US? What if the Germans tried to deliver the bomb to NY via a captured B-17? All of this is explored in this book. It is an entrancing piece of fiction.
Peter Lees
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I listened to this book as an audio and enjoyed it. The story is well crafted and nicely read by Robert Slade. The story flashes back to the last days of World War II and Germany's last ditch attempt to secure victory from the Allies and prevent complete annihilation from the Russian army. It is an actioned filled story with a solidness about it. I was able to relate to many of the characters in the book. ...more
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really liked it. Probably came to a too quick an ending. But then again I say that with all the books that I enjoy. Probably because I don't want them to end. But saying that, I can understand the German side of the tale finishing as it did, but I would have liked Chris and Mark to have done more towards the end rather than just give up and walk out. ...more
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love this book! I'm shocked by how realistic it was, the action, the war and the suspense was very vivid and I was forced to think about the possibility of this happening. The what ifs and this being something that could have actually happened in WWII, I might lose sleep thinking about this tonight ...more
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a great idea, good book and definitely one that I would read again. There were a couple of sections that had me scratching my head but in all I really enjoyed reading this book. Alex Scarrow has definitely joined my list if favourite authors.
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