The Boys from Brazil
Alive and hiding in South America, the fiendish Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele gathers a group of former colleagues for a horrifying project—the creation of the Fourth Reich. Barry Kohler, a young investigative journalist, gets wind of the project and informs famed Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman, but before he can relay the evidence, Kohler is killed.
Thus Ira Levin opens one of the s...more
"Two factors are necessary for a resurgence of Nazism ... a worsening of social conditions till they approximate those of the early thirties and the emergence of a Hitler-like leader."
- Yakov Liebermann, "The Boys From Brazil."
Ira Levin was a great writer of "What if?" novels and plays, ten of which have been turned into the sort of films which have the audience gripping the sides of their seats. B ...more
"Holy sh*tsnacks! Krieger's one of the boys from Brazil!"Yes, once again I find myself reading a book as a result of an Archer reference (see also Bartleby The Scrivener ). The premise (of the book, not of Archer) is that down in South America, the fugitive Dr. Mengele is sending out six men to kill 94 civil servants on precise dates in nine countries.
Renowned Nazi-hunter, Yakov Liebermann receives a mysterious phone call from a twenty-something American boy who went down Brazil to inve ...more
After reading and loving A Kiss Before Dying, I've decided to read all of this author's novels, and my second one, The Boys From Brazil did not disappoint. Not having seen the film adaptation, the unusual plot was a complete surprise for me.
The intrigue begins with a top secret meeting in a Japanese restaurant to initiate a killer of a mysterious project by 'the comrade organization'. The important operation assigns six hitmen to dispose of 94 elderly c...more
Η δράση ήταν σχεδόν κινηματογραφική σε σημείο που έβλεπα εικόνες να περνάν μπροστά από τα ματια μου...
Ένα μείγμα τρόμου, αγωνίας και ΕΦ από έναν συγγραφέα που ξέρει την συνταγή.
Η υπερβολή ειναι διάχυτη μέσα σε όλο το βιβλίο (και κάπου αναμενόμενη) όμως δεν ενοχλεί, μιας και ο λόγος του Λέβιν είναι στρωτός και καθημερινός χωρις να στερείται την λογοτεχνικότητα που χρειάζεται...
Ο Δρ. Μένγκελε λοιπόν, ετοιμάζει ένα σκοτεινό ...more
This novel held me in its gr ...more
It drives home the futility of the "it can't happen here/again" philosophy.
Economic despair & charismatic leadership offering easy solutions are a timeless strategy for dictatorial disaster.
"The Boys from Brazil" was one of those paperbacks that found its way into the ever growing collection of book boxes I moved from residence to my parent's home back to residence back to my parent's and then to my first bachelor apartment. But I didn't read it until I was married and living in my first real adult domicile. I woke up sick on a weekeday and called into work. I went back to bed but after my wife left I felt like I could sit up and read. I opened "The Boys from Brazil" and read it fr ...more
নাৎসিরা হেরে যাবার পর অনেকের বিচার হয়েছে আবার অনেকেই পালিয়ে গিয়ে নতুন পরিচয়ে মানুষের মাঝে মিশে গিয়েছে। এঞজেল অফ ডেথ তাদেরই একজন। এইটুকু ঐতিহাসিক সতয।
এই সতযটুকু দিয়ে লেখক বেশ উততেজনাপূরণ থরিলার লিখেছেন। যেখানে আছে এঞজেল ...more
Just kidding, not really... But it had swastikas involved, I swear, and their asses got kicked. And it was well written and kind of scary, an improvisation on subject "What if?...". If you want to know what if what - go read it for yourself. Ira Levin is never disappointing when it comes to speculative fiction.
I read this book for two reasons: one, it was escapism conveniently located in the ‘free paperback’ bin at the library, and secondly as a minor nod to my father. My dad had a bookshelf brimming with cold-war and spy novels, and I vaguely remember him telling me about the plot of the book when I was a kid.
Associating it with my father probably places me in the last generation which can connect with the book, involving as ...more
Still, the genre feels dated. It’s a little sad, sort of. But I guess that’s how it always must be. Still worth your while to read this book, or at least watch the movie.
“Do you kill the Nazis when you catch them?” the boy asked.
“No,” Liebermann said.
“It’s against the law. Besides, it’s better to put them on trial. That way more people learn about them.”
“Learn what?” The boy looked skeptical.
“Who they were, what they did.”
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The Boys From Brazil is a brilliant yarn and has nice twists and t ...more
This is an interesting although slow moving plot about some former Nazi's plot to organize a new Fourth Reich. To do this however 93 men in their 60's must be assassinated on specific dates. A young journali ...more
"Four hundred thousand more to die
Angel of Death,
Monarch to the kingdom of the dead,
Sadistic surgeon of demise..."
Slayer, Angel of Death, 1986.
This thriller is set in 1974 as the fictional Ezra Lieberman, a Nazi hunter based loosely on Simon Wiesenthal, is contacted by a U.S. reporter on the beat in Brazil who just heard of a plan by Josef Mengele, the infamous "Angel of Death," to activate ODESSA (former SS members on the loose in South America) in order to ki ...more
the othe ...more
Okay. The twist is goofy. I won't spoil it if you don't know it, but I had to put the book down at that point for a "really?" or two. Aside from that, a fun read. Would have been a five if I hadn't rolled my eyes so hard.
Recommend if you're okay with implausible adventures where nobody goes, "And you thought that would work how?" "AAHAHAHAHAHA! Madman!" and they really should.
After college, he wrote training films and scripts for television.
Levin's first produced play was No Time for Sergeants (adapted from Mac Hyman's novel), a comedy about a hillbilly drafted into the United States Air Force that launched the career of Andy Griffith. The play was turned int ...more