I found this book to be quite interesting, since it covers some subjects about which I had read very little. The first subject is the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin, used by the Nazis to show the world their physical fitness and their "new" country (since all of the anti-Jewish and other restrictive laws were hidden away during the course of the games). The second subject was flight in a Zeppelin, in this case the Hindenburg.
There is a very good story of intrigue contained within the pages of this book, and a plethora of actual historical figures thrown in with the fictional ones. The synthesis works, although I think that the portrait of the daughter of the American ambassador gives her too much credit for spunk. A British reporter and a young American swimmer removed from the Olympic team get together to try and discover a dossier that the Nazis appear to wish to get their hands on quite desperately. Once the dossier is found, the reason there is such anxiety on the part of the Gestapo and others becomes quite clear.
The last part of the book contains some good old fashioned chase scenes, and interesting ways of escaping. Once you know the characters are going to fly aboard the Hindenburg, you just know how that is going to turn out. The author gives us his reason as to why the airship crashed and burned, and it makes sense within the content of the novel.
This is a first novel by a new author, and I hope that he will be able to match the quality and entertainment value of this one in his next publication,
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Frank J. Konopka (frankiethek)
I'm a small town general practice attorney in the hard coal region of Pennsylvania. Books are my passion, andI read as many of them asI can. Being the President of the local library board for over … more
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