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The Boys from Brazil

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  30,590 ratings  ·  709 reviews

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

Hardcover, First Edition, 312 pages
Published February 12th 1976 by Random House (first published January 1st 1976)
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Bionic Jean
Who are The Boys From Brazil? And can there really be a Nazi plot to implement the "Fourth Reich"?

"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
"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
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fine read from Ira Levin...........

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

Jul 06, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
When I was in Hebrew school, the teacher had us listen to the first chapter on audiobook, and promised to let us hear the rest. When he realized that the book had dialog such as "Fucking bitch, I'd like to cut her tits off," he reconsidered his plans.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Σχεδόν δέκα χρόνια μετά τον εκδοτικό και κινηματογραφικό θρίαμβο του Μωρού της Ρόζμαρι, ο Ira Levin έγραψε ένα ακόμη συγκλονιστικό θρίλερ, χωρίς μεταφυσικές προεκτάσεις αυτή τη φορά, αλλά το ίδιο τρομακτικό, όσο και η ιδέα ότι το γενετικό υλικό του Αδόφλου Χίτλερ δεν θάφτηκε μαζί του στο υπόγειο καταφύγιο της Καγκελαρίας του Βερολίνου τον Απρίλιο του 1945, αλλά χρησιμοποιήθηκε αργότερα, μέσα από τη διαδικασία της μονοπυρηνικής αναπαραγωγής, για να δημιουργηθούν μερικές δεκάδες κλώνοι του και να ...more
Nickolas the Kid
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, mystery
Αυτό το βιβλίο ηταν ένα πραγματικό ξεπετοσέλιδο/γρηγοροδιάβαστο/page-turner!
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
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, thriller
Despite the age of this novel (40 years), it is still a great thriller. It is a masterful mystery, where bit by bit, Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman unlocks a set of clues. He gradually pieces together the details of a terrible conspiracy to kill 94 men, all about 65 years old, around the world. The conspiracy involves Nazis from World War II, who have escaped to South America. There they are led by the incredibly evil Josef Mengele, who seeks to bring back a fourth Reich.

This novel held me in its gr
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I read this book many years ago, one of my first mystery/thrillers beyond the classics. I recall being totally enthralled by the story, reading it during my subway commuting in NY. Since I hadn’t read the blurb (bought it because I was exploring new authors and so many other commuters were reading it), it was a fascinating journey with a unique premise. Lots of twists and I think it’s probably timeless.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
One of my best assigned reads in high school (together with Patrick Süskind's Perfume: The Story of a Murderer).

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.
Carac Allison
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing

"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
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
An excellent reasonably quick read by author Ira Levin. I had previously watched the film many years ago and couldn't quite remember in detail but it did not stop my enjoyment at all. Ira Levin has written so many classic novels that have been turned into film blockbusters 'Stepford Wives' 'Rosemary's baby' and this is one more. An interesting plot and great descriptive writing that brings the book to life.
Angus McKeogh
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
So definitely better than just okay, but not so riveting that it was exceptional. The storyline was really rather engaging and prescient. But at times the plotting just involved two characters talking about unveiling the mystery of the storyline and was therefore kind of stale on the action end of things. Overall a solid read and I'd recommend it.
Jill Hutchinson
Feb 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I read the book, saw the movie, and then re-read the book again lately. In my mind's eye I kept seeing Olivier as the Nazi hunter and Peck as Mengele and they hammed it up pretty badly in the film. That aside, the story although pretty far-fetched (well, maybe not so far fetched in the modern world of cloning) still intrigues. At the time it was written, many of the Nazis responsible for the atrocities were still living......hiding out or hiding in plain sight. It made the story a part of living ...more
This novel was published in 1976 and centers around a Nazi hunter named Yakov Liebermann. The interest of Western nations in tracking down Nazi's is waning and the bank where Liebermann kept his centers funds has failed and he is now elderly. For these reasons he is skeptical and not eager to listen to rumors or take on help. In September 1974 he receives a phone call from Barry Kohler, a young investigative journalist whom he had previously turned away. Kohler is calling from Brazil and claims ...more
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
মোটামুটি ভালই টানটান রুদধশবাস থরিলার। বইটা হাতে নিয়েছিলাম মূলত এঞজেল অফ ডেথ এর কথা পড়ে। নাৎসি বিভৎসতা ঠিক কতটা ভয়াবহ ছিল তার খুব ভাল উদাহরন এঞজেল অফ ডেথ ডকটর মযাঙগলে। মানুষের উপরে বিশেষত শিশুদের উপরে করা তার একসপেরিমেনট এর দুই একটা উদাহরন শুনলে অনেকেই রাতে ঠিক মত ঘুমাতে পারবেন না।
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
Caro the Helmet Lady
This book was about this:

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.
Mar 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
My one-phrase rundown: a dated but well-penned and addictive tale of suspense

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
Kitty Red-Eye
Some of these post-WW2 nazi crime books are classics. It’s a genre of its own. I imagine this was quite visionary in its time, the plot including cloning, which still is quite cutting-edge.

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.
“Why not?”
“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.”

Εδώ ο Nickolas the Kid τα λέει καλύτερα.
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
People say "don't judge a book by it's cover" but when a cover has a swastika on it, I'm like a moth to a flame. Short version: It's the 1970s and a bunch of Nazis who have been in hiding in Brazil decide the time has come to initiate a plan to start up the Fourth Reich and finally achieve Aryan supremacy. So to Europe they head. Meanwhile, a Nazi Hunter is still looking for them. Now.... honestly.... how can you say 'no' to that?

The Boys From Brazil is a brilliant yarn and has nice twists and t
Austin Reams
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Holy smoke! This book was awesome!
I might have read this book or seen the movie. If so, it was a long, long, long time ago. Simon Vance is one of my all time favorite narrators. In this book though, his voice is mostly monotone and it was hard to keep up my interest. Vance's depiction of the characters is his usual great job.

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
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: circle
Nazi Hunter Hounds Angel of Death
"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
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
It was a total surprise to me how much I enjoyed this book! It was a well written thriller with a good amount of suspense and interesting thought experiments to back it up. The somewhat predictable thus anticlimactic ending was slightly disappointing but I still totally recommend you read it! It made me really interested in learning more about Mengele as a person and I've already watched some documentaries on his life and experiments he performed on humans. The fact that he really existed made t ...more
Jul 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of thrillers
Recommended to Checkman by: the movie version
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the gift
041115 from ??? childhood: much later later addition. i have now read this twice- over a gap of decades, so who knows how many books. i seem to recall something about usual american bestsellers having the average vocabulary of an 8th grade reader, and this is certainly the case here (i might have been in 7th grade). for poetics i might give this lower marks, but language is not important only to be simple, ordinary, accessible, to lead the reader into the plot with minimal distraction...

the othe
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable fast-paced classic 1970s thriller. No objections to this one, at all. When looking through my collection for something in this genre, I first chose Marathon Man. That was a bad choice! This one is great, there are no offending stereotypes, just really, really bad Nazis.
Rebecca McNutt
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Surreal and disturbing, The Boys from Brazil, written by the author of Rosemary's Baby, is an unforgettable book with an original storyline.
DeAnna Knippling
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nazis have fled to Brazil, pursued by Jewish hunters...but the Nazis have a plans to retake the world!

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.
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Levin graduated from the Horace Mann School and New York University, where he majored in philosophy and English.

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
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