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August 1936: The eyes of the world are on Berlin, where Adolf Hitler is using the Olympic Games to showcase his powerful new regime. Cynical British journalist Richard Denham knows that the carefully staged spectacle masks the Nazis’ ruthless brutality, and he’s determined to report the truth.

Sparks fly when the seasoned newspaperman meets the beautiful and rebellious American socialite Eleanor Emerson. A superb athlete whose brash behavior got her expelled from the U.S. ...

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Overview

August 1936: The eyes of the world are on Berlin, where Adolf Hitler is using the Olympic Games to showcase his powerful new regime. Cynical British journalist Richard Denham knows that the carefully staged spectacle masks the Nazis’ ruthless brutality, and he’s determined to report the truth.

Sparks fly when the seasoned newspaperman meets the beautiful and rebellious American socialite Eleanor Emerson. A superb athlete whose brash behavior got her expelled from the U.S. Olympic swim team, Eleanor is now covering the games as a celebrity columnist for newspapers in the States. While Berlin welcomes the world, the Nazi capital becomes a terrifying place for Richard and Eleanor. Their chance encounter at a reception thrown by propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels leads them into the center of a treacherous game involving the Gestapo and the British Secret Intelligence Service. At stake: a mysterious dossier that threatens to destroy the leadership of the Third Reich.

Drawn together by danger and passion, surrounded by enemies, Richard and Eleanor must pull off a daring plan to survive. But one wrong move could be their last.

Set in America and Europe, David John’s Flight from Berlin is a masterful blend of fact and fiction, drama and suspense. A riveting story of love, courage, and betrayal that culminates in a breathtaking race against the forces of evil, it will keep you spellbound until its thrilling end.

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It's 1936, the summer of Hitler's Olympic Games, and the world, undecided about the Führer's ultimate goals, is looking to Berlin to see what transpires. That summer, reporter Richard Denham accepts an invitation to fly on the zeppelin Hindenburg from its home base to Berlin. Also on her way to the Games is socialite and U.S. Olympian Eleanor Emerson, a high-spirited woman of her own mind. They meet and together soon realize the power of Hitler's propaganda machine and his ultimate desire to destroy not only Jews but other "undesirables" as well. They encounter the only Jewish member of the German Olympic team—who has been coerced to compete but told to lose—and mount a heroic campaign to rescue her and her family from certain death. VERDICT This first novel by British journalist John is a stunning example of its genre. The characters are fully realized, the plots twist and turn, the pages flip at lightning speed. Lovers of historical thrillers, World War II stories, athletic history, and espionage novels will be mesmerized by this offering. [See Prepub Alert, 1/16/12.]—David Clendinning, West Virginia State Univ. Lib., Institute
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062091567
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

David John was born in Wales. He trained as a lawyer but made his career in publishing, editing popular books on history and science. In 2009 he moved to Germany to write Flight from Berlin. He lives in Seoul, South Korea, where he is researching his second novel.

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  • Posted June 18, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book with its mix of Historical fiction an

    I really enjoyed this book with its mix of Historical fiction and thriller. It's a page turner with plenty of twists and turns.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2012

    This book deserves 3.5 stars, and for the purposes of Barnes &am

    This book deserves 3.5 stars, and for the purposes of Barnes &
    Noble, I’ll round down my overall rating to 3 stars, since it’s hard for
    me to say I really liked this book. I should also point out that I have
    a mixed reaction to historical fiction. History was one of my least
    favorite subjects throughout school, so I’ve never been a big history
    buff, by any stretch of the imagination. But I did enjoy this book
    enough to say that I’m a little above a like with my rating, so I tip my
    fedora at David John for his ability to spin a tale and interweave
    historical fact with fiction to create a more entertaining read. I
    liked the characters I was supposed to like—Eleanor Emerson and Richard
    Denham—and I didn’t like the ones I wasn’t supposed to like—the Germans.
    The author did a good job with story, but there were a few times where
    it seemed to jump, like there was a blip on the TV set, or in the VHS
    age, an overused videocassette. But this is a debut novel, and the
    author is still developing his talent. So I took it all in stride, and I
    hope David continues to advance his writing ability. Because there is
    talent there, even if it does need a bit of polish around the edges.
    FLIGHT FROM BERLIN proved a relatively quick read for me. Little bits of
    detail sprinkled throughout increased the pace of the story. If you love
    historical fiction, and you love this time period, then you’ll probably
    enjoy this story. If not, then you’ll probably have a more mixed
    reaction to this tale. I received this book for free through Goodreads
    First Reads. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden,
    Private Investigator

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 17, 2014

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    Can i join.

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    Posted March 15, 2014

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    NO PAGE TURNER HERE

    While I did finish this book it took several days. I read every night before I go to sleep average about 30 pages. This book did not keep me awake long enough to read more than 10 pages before falling asleep. I bought it because I like history. I wasn't sure David John did much research it was worth $2.99 though not more.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Wanted to like it more

    I have mixed feelings about this book. The history was interesting and seemed to be well-researched.
    I wanted to like the protagonist, Eleanor, but I was disappointed with her prejudicial slurs. When complaining that she did not want to bunk with non-town girls, she remarked, "I was worried I'd be with some of our sisters from "Ass-end Nowhere." Now perhaps I understand one reason it ended up in the "$2.99 or less" bin. I guess it's true that you get what you pay for! : )

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    Interesting

    Interesting

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  • Posted November 7, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Story has enough actual history to keep the reader intrigued and wondering if certain parts/characters are real or fictional. Add in romance and a mystery and you have a real page turner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    An Interesting Take on the 1936 Olympics

    The book was okay. I enjoyed the characters Richard and Eleanor. However, I found some parts to be a bit long and drawn out. I felt like some of the story lines were dropped all of a sudden and never really explained to their full potential.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Songwhisper

    Sorry family trip i was gone...)) she purred and whispered in the kits ear. "You will be called Sweetkit." She purred "though your pelt is not as pretty as some. Your heart glows with beaty young one..."

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    Posted October 6, 2013

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    She touches noses with Timepool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    EAGER YO BEGIN

    WAS RECENTLY GIFTED THIS BOOK BY MOTHER AND FATHER IN LAW.. He loved it.... I am eager to begin !!!!



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