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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    What might have been

    In 1943, the leaders of the Third Reich conclude that they cannot win the war against the allied forces. Hitler wants to negotiate a peace different from the first World War in which Germany is left with dignity; Roosevelt demands unconditional surrender. Various plans offered by the Germans to the American fail to convince the President that the Russians will turn against the allies when the Communists feel the time is right.......................... Philosopher Willard Meyer works for OSS as a German analyst when Roosevelt selects him to scrutinize the Third Reich allegations against the Russians. Once a diehard communist who spied for the Russians against the Germans, Willard is now a super American patriot, who plans to learn the truth about reported German-Russian atrocities. Meanwhile German patriotic General Schellenberg plans to kill The Allies leaders in order to save the hinterland from further destruction in a losing cause................ Philip Kerr returns to World War II Germany, the setting where his stupendous Berlin Noir trilogy took place, with an exciting heart pumping alternate history based on allied and axis leaders making different decisions at key moments. Interestingly General Schellenberg and Willard Meyer share a similar zealousness for their respective country, willing to kill or die if necessary for their homeland. There is plenty of action in this exciting thriller, but the characters, real and fictional, drive the plot into a believable what if scenario told by altering perspectives................. Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Kerr writes excellent noir--this one a spy novel without Bernie

    Kerr writes excellent noir--this one a spy novel without Bernie Gunther. The same theme appears, however. The question is
    how to survive in Nazi Germany while being true to one's moral core. Is it even possible? How many compromises can a man make before betraying his sense of essential right? There is true angst in this book. I highly recommend any Kerr novel, especially the Bernie Gunther series.

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  • Posted June 23, 2012

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    . This is my first book by Phillip Kerr that does not feature Be

    . This is my first book by Phillip Kerr that does not feature Bernie Gunther, and, well, I missed him. Kerr's strength is bringing us back to Nazi Germany and creating a credible field for his characters to act upon. He does that well here, too, but I think just a bit much is going on. The whole plot involving General Schellenberg could have been eliminated and none for the worse. That the book gets a bit preposterous in Teheran (author's spelling) is probably where many readers were disappointed. I know that I was. But, I am not deterred. Bernie is welcome back, and lucky for me, I have not yet gotten to the Berlin Trilogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2006

    Teheran Conference, 1943 -- 'what if' history

    Writing credible alternative history scenarios is tough. Longtime Kerr fans may find Hilter's Peace not quite up to the high standard set by his previous books. It's difficult to explain why without giving away the twists and turns of the plot, and there are plenty of those to keep the pages turning quickly. The central character, OSS functionary Willard Mayer, strains credibilty. The political and ethnic skeletons in his closet are too perfect, he has known too many key figures, he is too often in just the right place at the right time. This Hitler and this Stalin are too subtle and pragmatic. All the right ingredents are here: lavish historical detail, spies, political treachery, famous people, beautiful and randy women, and mysterious murders -- they just don't coalesce into prime Kerr.

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