The Traitor’s Emblem pdf

The Traitor's Emblem  pdf

Title: The Traitor’s Emblem pdf

Author: Juan Gomez-Jurado ,

Genre: ,Historical,Historical Fiction,Mystery,Thriller,Fiction,Historical,Cultural,Germany

Pages: 317 pages

The Traitor’s Emblem pdf

Based on a true story: A Spanish sea captain rescues four German castaways during a treacherous storm in 1940. He doesn’t know who they are or where they came from, but one of them gives him a mysterious gold-and-diamond emblem before disembarking. Decades later, the captain’s son receives a substantial offer for it and is told an astounding story behind the object: it holds the key to Paul Reiner’s lifelong quest. . . . ,Munich, 1919. After his family falls into disgrace, fifteen-year-old Paul dreams of the heroic father he never knew. But one night, seconds before committing suicide, Paul’s cousin reveals a terrible secret about his father’s death. This discovery turns Paul’s world upside down and leads him on a hunt in Nazi Germany to uncover the mystery surrounding his father’s death. ,The Traitor’s Emblem is an epic novel spanning decades of family betrayal, impossible love, and the high price of vengeance. Set against the menacing streets of Depression-era Munich and the cruel rise of Nazism, Gómez-Jurado’s spellbinding thriller proves again that he is a master of narration.

 

Stones from the River pdf

Stones from the River  pdf

Title: Stones from the River pdf

Author: Ursula Hegi

Genre: ,Fiction,Historical,Historical Fiction,Cultural,Germany,War,World War II

Pages: 525 pages

Stones from the River pdf

From the highly acclaimed, award-winning author of Floating in My Mother’s Palm comes a stunning novel about ordinary people living in extraordinary times.,Trudi Montag is a Zwerg—a dwarf—short, undesirable, different, the voice of anyone who has ever tried to fit in. Eventually she learns that being different is a secret that all humans share—from her mother who flees into madness, to her friend Georg whose parents pretend he’s a girl, to the Jews Trudy harbors in her cellar.,Ursula Hegi brings us a timeless and unforgettable story in Trudi and a small town, weaving together a profound tapestry of emotional power, humanity, and truth.

 

Greeks Bearing Gifts pdf

Greeks Bearing Gifts  pdf

Title: Greeks Bearing Gifts pdf

Author: Philip Kerr

Genre: ,Historical,Historical Fiction,Mystery,Fiction,Mystery,Crime,Thriller,Cultural,Germany

Pages: 511 pages

Greeks Bearing Gifts pdf

Knowing New York Times -bestselling author Philip Kerr’s delight in subterfuge and obfuscation, readers can rest assure that nothing is what it seems when Bernie Gunther discovers war criminals living freely in Europe. ,It is 1956 and Bernie Gunther has a new name (Christoph Ganz), a clean passport, a chip on his shoulder, and a menial low-paying job in Munich. And then an old friend arrives to repay a debt. He encourages Bernie to take a job as a claims adjuster in a major German insurance company.,Which is why Bernie, as Christoph, finds himself in Athens investigating a claim by Siegfried Witzel, a brutish former Wehrmacht soldier who served in Greece during the war. Witzel’s supposed losses are immense, and, even worse, they may have originally belonged to Greek Jews deported to Auschwitz. But when Bernie tries to confront Witzel, he finds that somebody else has gotten to him first. What he has now is a dead man: both his eyes have been shot out. ,Enter Lieutenant Leventis, who is working on a recent case with the same MO. Both deaths match the highly particular style of a killing 15 years prior, during the height of the war. Back then, a young Leventis suspected an S.S. officer whose connection to the German government made him untouchable. He’s kept that name on his lips all these years, waiting for his second chance at justice.,And while a pattern like this may be Leventis’s best opportunity to close an old case, there’s a much more sinister truth to acknowledge: A killer has returned to Athens, or even worse, he may never have left.

 

The Ludwig Conspiracy pdf

The Ludwig Conspiracy  pdf

Title: The Ludwig Conspiracy pdf

Author: Oliver Pötzsch ,

Genre: ,Historical,Historical Fiction,Mystery,Fiction,Thriller,Historical,Cultural,Germany

Pages: 435 pages

The Ludwig Conspiracy pdf

In 1886, Ludwig II, the fairytale king of Bavaria, was deposed after being declared insane by doctors who had never met him. He died mysteriously soon thereafter, his eccentric and beautiful castles his only legacy.,When an encoded diary by one of Ludwig’s confidants falls into the hands of rare book dealer Steven Lukas, he soon realizes that the diary may bring him more misery than money. Others want the diary as well—and they will kill to get it. Believing the diary to contain the secret truth behind Ludwig’s death, Steven and the detective Sara Lengfeld go on the run, investigating each of Ludwig’s three famous castles for clues. Just what in the diary could be so explosive that Ludwig’s deranged modern-day followers will do whatever it takes to keep it hidden?,Combining contemporary mystery and a gripping historical saga, putting computers and smartphones alongside derringers and palace intrigue, The Ludwig Conspiracy is a bold new thriller from the best-selling author of The Hangman’s Daughter series.

 

The Undertaking pdf

The Undertaking  pdf

Title: The Undertaking pdf

Author: Audrey Magee

Genre: ,Historical,Historical Fiction,Fiction,War,War,World War II,Historical,Romance,Cultural,Germany

Pages: 304 pages

The Undertaking pdf

Desperate to escape the Eastern front, Peter Faber, an ordinary German soldier, marries Katharina Spinell, a woman he has never met; it is a marriage of convenience that promises honeymoon leave for him and a pension for her should he die on the front. With ten days’ leave secured, Peter visits his new wife in Berlin; both are surprised by the attraction that develops between them.,When Peter returns to the horrors of the front, it is only the dream of his wife that sustains him as he approaches Stalingrad. Back in Berlin, Katharina, goaded on by her desperate and delusional parents, ruthlessly works her way into the Nazi party hierarchy, wedding herself, her young husband and their unborn child to the regime. But when the tide of war turns and Berlin falls, Peter and Katharina, ordinary people stained with their small share of extraordinary guilt, find their simple dream of family increasingly hard to hold on to.,A stunning, riveting debut novel in the tradition of Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader and Rachel Seiffert’s The Dark Room, The Undertaking shines an intense light on history and illuminates the lives of those caught up in one of its darkest chapters.,’The Undertaking is written with sympathy and skill. The narrative is tense and engaging, filled with complex undertones, impelled by an urgency and a deep involvement with the characters.’ Colm Toibin,’A bold and unsettling feat of empathy, all the more daring for its taut, beautifully understated style.’ A D Miller,’Audrey Magee is one of the most exciting new talents to arrive on the literary scene. There is an emotional depth to her writing which elevates her to the top rank of contemporary novelists. I read the book with awe and gratitude.’ Fergal Keane

 

The Devil’s Disciples: Hitler’s Inner Circle pdf

The Devil's Disciples: Hitler's Inner Circle  pdf

Title: The Devil’s Disciples: Hitler’s Inner Circle pdf

Author: Anthony Read

Genre: ,History,Nonfiction,Biography,War,World War II,Cultural,Germany

Pages: 1008 pages

The Devil’s Disciples: Hitler’s Inner Circle pdf

The Nazi regime was essentially a religious cult relying on the hypnotic personality of Adolf Hitler, and it was fated to die with him. But while it lasted, his closest lieutenants competed ferociously for power and position as his chosen successor. This peculiar leadership dynamic resulted in millions of deaths and some of the worst excesses of World War II. The Devil’s Disciples is the first major book for a general readership to examine those lieutenants, not only as individuals but also as a group. It focuses on the three most important Nazi paladins—Göring, Goebbels, and Himmler—with their nearest rivals—Bormann, Speer, and Ribbentrop—in close attendance. Perceptive, illuminating, and grandly ambitious, The Devil’s Disciples is above all a powerful chronological narrative, showing how the personalities of Hitler’s inner circle developed and how their jealousies and constant intrigues affected the regime, the war, and Hitler himself.

 

Child of All Nations pdf

Child of All Nations  pdf

Title: Child of All Nations pdf

Author: Irmgard Keun,

Genre: ,Fiction,Historical,Historical Fiction,Cultural,Germany,European Literature,German Literature,Literature,20th Century

Pages: 208 pages

Child of All Nations pdf

Kully knows some things you don’t learn at school, from the right way to roll a cigarette to how to pack a suitcase. She knows that you can’t enter a country without a passport or visa, and that she and her parents can’t go back to Germany again-her father’s books are banned there. Her mother would just like to settle down, but as her restless father struggles to find a new publisher, the three must escape from country to country as their visas expire, money runs out and hotel bills mount up.,,In this utterly enchanting novel, some of the great themes of 1930s Europe are refracted through the eyes of a child who is both naive and wise beyond her years. Irrepressible Kully, her charming, feckless father and her nervy, fragile mother are brought to life through Irmgard Keun’s fastpaced prose.

 

Field Gray pdf

Field Gray  pdf

Title: Field Gray pdf

Author: Philip Kerr

Genre: ,Historical,Historical Fiction,Mystery,Fiction,Mystery,Crime,Cultural,Germany,Thriller

Pages: 448 pages

Field Gray pdf

,Philip Kerr delivers a novel with the noir sensibility of Raymond Chandler, the realpolitik of vintage John le Carré, and the dark moral vision of Graham Greene. ,Striding across Europe through the killing fields of three decades-from riot-torn Berlin in 1931 to Adenauer’s Germany in 1954, awash in duplicitous “allies” busily undermining one another-Field Gray reveals a world based on expediency, where the ends justify the means and no one can be trusted. It brings us a hero who is sardonic, tough- talking, and cynical, but who does have a rough sense of humor and a rougher sense of right and wrong. He’s Bernie Gunther. He drinks too much and smokes excessively and is somewhat overweight (but a Russian prisoner-of-war camp will take care of those bad habits). He’s Bernie Gunther-a brave man, because when there is nothing left to lose, honor rules.,”Bernie Gunther is the most antiheroic of antiheroes in this gripping, offbeat thriller. It’s the story of his struggle to preserve what’s left of his humanity, and his life, in a world where the moral bandwidth is narrow, satanic evil at one end, cynical expediency at the other.” –Philip Caputo, author of A Rumor of War,”A thriller that will challenge preconceptions and stimulate the little grey cells.” –The Times (London), selecting Field Gray as a Thriller of the Year,”Part of the allure of these novels is that Bernie is such an interesting creation, a Chandleresque knight errant caught in insane historical surroundings. Bernie walks down streets so mean that nobody can stay alive and remain truly clean.” –John Powers, Fresh Air (NPR),Bernie on Bernie: I didn’t like Bernhard Gunther very much. He was cynical and world-weary and hardly had a good word to say about anyone, least of all himself. He’d had a pretty tough war . . . and done quite a few things of which he wasn’t proud. . . . It had been no picnic for him since then either; it didn’t seem to matter where he spread life’s tartan rug, there was always a turd on the grass.

 

If The Dead Rise Not pdf

If The Dead Rise Not  pdf

Title: If The Dead Rise Not pdf

Author: Philip Kerr

Genre: ,Historical,Historical Fiction,Mystery,Fiction,Mystery,Crime,Thriller,Cultural,Germany,Mystery,Noir

Pages: 455 pages

If The Dead Rise Not pdf

An instant classic in the Bernie Gunther series, with storytelling that is fresher and more vivid than ever. ,Berlin, 1934: The Nazis have secured the 1936 Olympiad for the city but are facing foreign resistance. Hitler and Avery Brundage, the head of the U.S. Olympic Committee, have connived to soft-pedal Nazi anti- Semitism and convince America to participate. Bernie Gunther, now the house detective at an upscale Berlin hotel, is swept into this world of international corruption and dangerous double-dealing, caught between the warring factions of the Nazi apparatus.,Havana, 1954: Batista, aided by the CIA, has just seized power; Castro is in prison; and the American Mafia is quickly gaining a stranglehold on the city’s exploding gaming and prostitution industries. Bernie, who has been unceremoniously kicked out of Buenos Aires, has resurfaced in Cuba with a new life, seemingly one of routine and relative peace. But Bernie discovers that he truly cannot outrun the burden of his past: He soon collides with a vicious killer from his Berlin days, who is mysteriously murdered not long afterward-and an old lover, who may be the murderer.,If the Dead Rise Not is everything fans have come to expect from Philip Kerr: twisted intrigue, tight plotting, quick-witted one-liners, a hang-by-your-thumbs ending, and, most significant, a richer, wiser Bernie Gunther.

 

A Quiet Flame pdf

A Quiet Flame  pdf

Title: A Quiet Flame pdf

Author: Philip Kerr

Genre: ,Mystery,Historical,Historical Fiction,Fiction,Mystery,Crime,Thriller,Cultural,Germany

Pages: 368 pages

A Quiet Flame pdf

Philip Kerr returns with his best-loved character, Bernie Gunther, in the fifth novel in what is now a series: a tight, twisting, compelling thriller that is firmly rooted in history.,A Quiet Flame opens in 1950. Falsely fingered a war criminal, Bernie Gunther has booked passage to Buenos Aires, lured, like the Nazis whose company he has always despised, by promises of a new life and a clean passport from the Perón government. But Bernie doesn’t have the luxury of settling into his new home and lying low. He is soon pressured by the local police into taking on a case in which a girl has turned up dead, gruesomely mutilated, and another–the daughter of a wealthy German banker–has gone missing. Both crimes seem to connect to an unsolved case Bernie worked on back in Berlin in 1932. It’s not so far-fetched that the cases might be linked: after all, the scum of the earth has been washing up on Argentine shores–state-licensed murderers and torturers–so why couldn’t a serial killer be among them?,But Argentina, just like Germany, holds terrible secrets within its corrupt halls of power. When beautiful Anna Yagubsky seeks Gunther out, desperate for help, to find out what happened to her Jewish aunt and uncle who have disappeared, he is drawn into a horror story that rivals everything he has tried so hard to leave behind half a world away.,In this new postwar world, Bernie Gunther is a man without a name or a country, but still in full possession of his conscience. He is “the right kind of hero for his time–and ours.”