Hitler's Secret

Hitler's Secret

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by William Osborne

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"An incredible adventure and a great page-turner!" -- Bear Grylls

Otto and Leni thought they were safe: They escaped -- barely -- from war-torn Europe and are living as refugees in England. But now the Crown has recruited them: Great Britain wants them to go back. As spies!

Dropped behind enemy lines, Otto and Leni embark on a top-secret operation.

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"An incredible adventure and a great page-turner!" -- Bear Grylls

Otto and Leni thought they were safe: They escaped -- barely -- from war-torn Europe and are living as refugees in England. But now the Crown has recruited them: Great Britain wants them to go back. As spies!

Dropped behind enemy lines, Otto and Leni embark on a top-secret operation. Code name: Wolfsangel. Their mission? Capture the one person who can defeat the ultimate evil of Nazism! Der Fuhrer has destroyed Otto's and Leni's families, but what if the tables were turned? What if Hitler's ultimate legacy was in their hands?

Breathless pacing, nonstop action: By the screenwriter of Goldeneye, HITLER'S SECRET is a cinematic tale of revenge with an unexpected twist. A note by the author explains the truth behind the fiction and lets readers know what really became of history's greatest villains.

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Publishers Weekly
Screenwriter Osborne makes his fiction debut with a fast-paced historical adventure that sees two teens infiltrating 1941 Bavaria on a vital mission. Austrian Leni and German Otto, both refugees living in England, are tapped to go undercover as part of a desperate attempt to find and retrieve a girl who holds unknown significance to Adolf Hitler. The meaty plot and dialogue-driven prose take the two on an adventure that, however improbable at times, provides abundant intrigue. With one of the Third Reich's top men, the fearsome Reinhard Heydrich, in hot pursuit, Leni and Otto are forced to bite back their anger at the Nazis and terror of being apprehended to complete their mission (rescuing nine-year-old Angelika from a convent). Osborne writes with an eye for the big screen, his story barreling forward with kinetic energy and punctuated by narrow escapes from wartime and natural hazards, but he never loses sight of his main characters' inner workings. Though the narrative skews toward action over rumination, Osborne maintains a balance between the two and delivers a satisfying, slightly bittersweet experience. Ages 12–up. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
Two teenagers are recruited to infiltrate Nazi Germany to retrieve a valuable package that might end World War II. It is 1941. The United States has yet to enter the fray, and the British government is quickly becoming aware that they are losing the war. However, the defection of Rudolf Hess, Deputy Führer of the Third Reich, gives them information that they might use as leverage against Hitler. Located deep behind enemy lines is a young girl being held in a monastery; Hess claims she is the daughter of a high-ranking Nazi official. While it is never confirmed, it is thought that her father is Hitler himself. Officials determine that the best plan for extraction rests on two teen refugees from Germany, code named Otto and Leni. After only two weeks of intense training, the two are dropped behind enemy lines with the order to retrieve the girl. The fast-moving plot is populated by both real and fictional characters. Stock characters, familiar tropes and scenes that seem lifted straight from the silver screen are clear evidence of Osborne's career as a blockbuster screenwriter (according to the jacket flap, his credits include The Mummy and GoldenEye). Unfortunately, the nonstop action shortchanges both plot and readers; danger only makes for good fiction when readers care about the characters. Explosive but lacking depth. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
There is a point where a book of historical fiction and adventure can jump the line between plausible and ridiculous. This book not only jumps the line, it pole vaults with the skill of an Olympian. From the truly offensive front cover (the giant swastika covering the globe actually made me embarrassed to carry the book in public), to the story line in which two refugee teenagers wipe out an entire company of seasoned Nazi soldiers, Hitler's Secret hits every action movie cliche that was seen in the entire Indiana Jones franchise. Jewish Rebecca (now Leni) and political refugee Conrad (now Otto) parachute into Nazi Germany to abduct Hitler's secret daughter who is being held in an island convent by highly unpleasant nuns. The child, Angelika, knows nothing of her origins and considers that she may be a real (orphaned) angel. The teens, with barely a bit of training provided by the British military, shoot, kill, and blow up virtually everything in their path in their effort to take Angelika to England where she will be used as a pawn to turn the war in the Allies' favor. Tiny bits of historical fact are worked into the plot. Some of the Nazis are actual historical figures. A one paragraph reference is made to the national pogrom known as Kristallnacht. Hitler's belief in the occult is a documented fact. However, someone needs to inform the author that no one can lighten their hair from brown to flaxen blonde in a single, twenty minute process. The final incursion into Switzerland, and the survival of three underdressed, ill-equipped children in an avalanche created by a stolen hand grenade just about takes the whole book and throws it into a crevice of disbelief. Not recommended. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—This far-fetched adventure/thriller is loosely based on World War II history. Two teenagers who have already escaped Nazi-controlled Europe to England are recruited by the British secret service. The focus of their top-secret and dangerous mission is to rescue nine-year-old Angelika from a convent in Bavaria and take her to Switzerland. The girl's true identity is never disclosed, though there are hints that she is Hitler's daughter. Whether Hitler actually had a daughter is not known. The teens, code named Lenni and Otto Fischer, are chosen for the mission because of their fluency in German and the credibility of three youngsters traveling together. They go through a grueling two-week training period, which miraculously renders them capable of flying planes, scampering over rope bridges, shooting machine guns, and driving through barrages of gunfire. Osborne, a Hollywood screenwriter, combines historical facts with a great deal of literary license focused on propelling the action. Each death-defying adventure that Lenni and Otto survive boggles the mind, only to be followed by similar amazing feats. Angelika also shows unusual bravery and confidence in her young rescuers. She thinks they are taking her to see her parents, though there is no background as to why she was in the convent. Margi Preus's Shadow on the Mountain (Abrams, 2012), in which a secret mission carried out by youngsters is grippingly depicted, is a far better choice.—Renee Steinberg, formerly at Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ

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12 - 17 Years

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Hitler's Secret 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im half through the book and it is awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished the book and I loved it. I hope there is a follow up with these two. It was a fast read. The beginning was a little slow but after the first couple of (short) chapters it never let you down.This book kept you hooked the rest of the way. I would recommend it!!
ACS_Book_Blogger More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book.  Typically I am not a fan of WWII fiction, but “Hitler’s Secret” is well written with very real characters and a plot that is never dull or slow.  Although Otto and Leni are fictional characters, the author has chosen to incorporate into the story actual individuals who were very prominent during WWII such as Winston Churchhill, prime minister of Great Britain; Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s deputy in the Nazi Party; Reinhard Heydrich, Lieutenant General of the SS and regarded as one of the cruelest men of the Nazi regime.  The author’s inclusion of these individuals as characters within the book only enhanced the historical aspect.  While the author himself states in the book of this book that he “does not claim to be historically accurate or portray factual events or relationships,” There was not one thing in this book that I could not see actually happening during this time in history.   This book has a target audience of 12 years old and up (7th grade and up).  There are a few violent and graphic scenes within the book and therefore may not be entirely appropriate for the younger end of the target audience.  There is a murder-suicide that caught me by surprise and also a torture scene that includes Otto and Heydrich that was a somewhat intense.   But at the same time, these scenes give credibility to the historical time-frame.  As a parent, if you are considering this book for your younger child, just be aware. Overall, I really enjoyed “Hitler’s Secret.”  If the author chose to develop this into a series, I would welcome the opportunity to read any future stories about Otto and Leni! (rev. P.Howard) DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of Hitler's Secret was provided by Scholastic Books in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer. No compensation was received for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is action-packed, and a great page turner. I couldn't put it down for a second! Please consider bringing Hitler's Angel to the Nook store.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I could say anything about the book I read(which I can),I would say that it is a must read book. Not only I enjoy to read adventure books, but when the author knows how to write, he knows how to write. The author is descriptive but not overly obsessed with detail(that can get annoying). He is careful to try and stick with real life events, and he makes sure that what he has written does not defy real-life events. You can clearly see that the author had done his research and maybe even had experience in the events that happened in the book. He also includes a page that separates fact from fiction, and I thought that addition made his attempt at not contradicting real events obvious. I greatly enjoyed that the author made the characters use "gallow's humor" among themselves, making it seem they are very likely to die. However, the author does include scenes that can get slightly unbelievable. I guess while you are reading a book, you have yo remember that it's just a book. Over all i give this book a 4/5 stars. Truly this author is a master at what he does, and I feel I want to read some of his books in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book at my schools Book Fair, but i never read it. Then my (favorite) teacher chose it for us to read as a class. As soon as i read a few chapters i regreted ever not reading it. An excellent page-turner with a twisty and thrilling plot. I would recomend this book to all, it is a wonderful novel. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far the greatest book ever, i have read it 6 times already and i have only had it for a few weeks! Reading this book should be on everyone's bucket list, young and old!
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The first chapter amazed me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book i have ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Amazing the book to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it was amaizing cant wait to read thenext one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
literaly da besst book ive evah read. da book taught me so muceh abut nazis that i didnt no and i feel smarter now. i cant wait for da sequel. hitler is so eval
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