Spandau Phoenix

Spandau Phoenix

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by Greg Iles

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The Spandau Diary—what was in it? Why did the secret intelligence agencies of every major power want it? Why was a brave and beautiful woman kidnapped and sexually tormented to get it? Why did a chain of deception and violent death lash out across the globe, from survivors of the Nazi past to warriors in the new conflict now about to explode? Why did


The Spandau Diary—what was in it? Why did the secret intelligence agencies of every major power want it? Why was a brave and beautiful woman kidnapped and sexually tormented to get it? Why did a chain of deception and violent death lash out across the globe, from survivors of the Nazi past to warriors in the new conflict now about to explode? Why did the world's entire history of World War II have to be rewritten as the future hung over a nightmare abyss?

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Put Nazis in a thriller and you've got me almost every time. Spandau Phoenix is one of my favorites to star those swastika-wearing scumbags. The fascinating thing about this book, it focuses on a real-life occurrence -- one of WWII's greatest mysteries in fact. Why did Rudolf Hess, Hitler's right-hand man, embark on a daring solo flight to England? Intense excitement laced with historical intrigue at its best.

--Andrew LeCount

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Stock characters and melodramatic plotting mar this first novel, which posits a Rudolf Hess impostor imprisoned in Spandau while the real Nazi remains free, working from a secret South African stronghold to keep Hitler's legacy alive. In 1987, soon after the fake Hess dies in his jail cell, 27-year-old German police sergeant Hans Apfel accidentally discovers a sheaf of yellow documents amid the rubble of the recently demolished Spandau prison. Hans takes the mysterious papers to his wife Ilse who, with her father, a history professor, translates the Spandau Papers, as they come to be known, from their original Latin. What they uncover is a plot begun in 1941 involving Hitler, Hess, his SS-trained double and Nazi sympathizers in the House of Parliament, to kill Churchill and replace him with the appeasing Duke of Windsor. When word of the existence of the papers--which may indicate a present-day neo-Nazi/South African plan to annihilate Israel--gets out, KGB agents, the East German secret police and a rogue Mossad agent race to locate them. Though clearly written, with some entertaining speculation, this effort is overwhelmed by cliches. Author tour. (May)
Library Journal
Rudolph Hess--Spandau prisoner number 7--dies in 1987. When a secret ``Hess diary'' is found at Spandau by a West German policeman, the various police and intelligence agencies stationed in Berlin become even more interested in Hess's 1941 flight to England. Did Hess have highly placed contacts there? Was he alone? Was his well-trained double captured instead? The chain reaction from the diary's discovery explodes around West Germany, England, and South Africa, uncovering secret alliances and double agents. This first novel, which attempts to fill in history's blanks and to tie the past with the present, has action, characters, and violence to spare. But the body count is high, even for this genre, and the novel loses its impact long before the end of the drawn-out plot. An optional purchase for large popular fiction collections.-- V. Louise Saylor, Eastern Washington Univ. Lib., Cheney
Mary Ellen Quinn
In the year 1987, following the apparent suicide of Rudolph Hess--notorious prisoner number seven--Spandau Prison is being demolished. Hans Apfel, a young West Berlin police sergeant, finds some sheets of onionskin in the rubble and takes them home. His wife, Ilse, hands them over to her grandfather, Professor Natterman, a historian who is interested in the mystery surrounding Hess' flight to Great Britain in 1941. These actions set in motion a series of international incidents, intelligence maneuvers, and murders. Dieter Hauer, a police captain and counterterrorist specialist who is also Hans' father, recognizes the hand of Phoenix, a secret neo-Nazi brotherhood. Ilse is kidnapped and taken to the South African estate of Alfred Horn, head of a multinational corporation called Phoenix AG. Horn demands the Spandau papers in return for Ilse's release. Hans, Dieter, Professor Natterman, an elderly Israeli named Jonas Stern, a German detective, a KGB agent, an assassin working for British intelligence, and a group of Israeli commandos converge on Horn's estate for the violent climax. Despite his plodding style and predictable outcome, first novelist Iles does a creditable job of managing his large cast of characters and maintaining suspense.

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Meet the Author

Greg Iles was born in 1960 in Germany. He founded the band Frankly Scarlet, plays guitar for the Rock Bottom Remainders, and is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including Blood Memory and 24 Hours. He lives in Natchez, Mississippi.

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Natchez, Mississippi
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Stuttgart, Germany
B.A., University of Mississippi, 1983

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Spandau Phoenix 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My friend turned me on to Greg Iles so I picked up 'Black Cross' which is good but this book blows BC out of the water. This book is right up there with Da Vinci Code and the Bourne series as far as i'm concerned. A real page turner indeed. I bet Dan Brown learned a trick or two from this book and Robert Ludlum may have read it as well. If you like to read about spy vs spy vs spy vs spy type novels, this is as good as it gets. I recommend you read 'Black Cross' first though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Any book on WWII interests me and this ranks among the best WWII stories that I have read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Different, informative, interesting, and one of the best books I've read. Greg Iles never lets me down.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I made it to page 431 of TFM. I'm already a history nut, but the way the meandering character dialog is used to essentially narrate a catalog of who did what and for what purpose is truly tiresome. I can usually pound through an interesting piece of history with a wee bit of action over the course of a week. I've been picking this up and dropping off for over a month. I'm half way through. The sparks off interest or few and far between. I'm abandoning the effort on this book. Moving on. A waste of my time and money.
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ebooks18 More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favourite books. I've read it several times over the years and now finally I can add it to my Nook. Thank you for making this novel available for ereaders.
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wordsilove More than 1 year ago
I read this book several years ago and it was one I couldn't put down. I love intrigue and the WW2 era. Greg Iles kept me on the edge of my seat and blew me back in my easy chair with the ending. I didn't see it coming! This book is worthy of a second reading. Loved it.
melicole More than 1 year ago
I loved the book, but then I love WWII history. The story moves back and forth between the 1980's and the 1940's. At times it was a bit confusing trying to keep up with all the unfamiliar foreign agencies from the Nazi era, but that didn't detract from the story. I couldn't put it down. It's fact & fiction woven together to tell a thrilling story of what was and what might be. Greg Isles knows how to keep readers interested!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was good, as are all of Ile's books. However, the same story could of been just as well told in 200 less pages. It was to long. I actually had to take a break from it and read something else before going back to finish it. Rather than being disappointed when it was over, I was relieved.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. Perfect for a film o a 2-season series TV show. I learned a lot of Nazi leaders and 2 World War. The only thing I dislike a little is that there are TOO MANY characters, but perhaps, thas was unavoidable. The plot is FULL of action and breath-taking scenes. I fully recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would reccomend this book to anyone who has an intrest to World War 2 history. You WONT want to put this book down! So believable, its like stepping back into the past and reliving a secret. A must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One thing that I dislike about any book is when the author creates a storyline that makes your head spin and causes you to try to figure out how everything in the story ties together rather than concentrating on the current page. I have to admit that Iles through some of that into the story, however, the plot was original and there were plenty of times when he took the liberty to explain the relationship of the different elements of the story through the characters. Neeless to say, though complicated in some parts, the book had a very intriguing plot which peaked my interest and in the end everything fell nicely together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a really great book.....The ending is obvious,but the rest of the book keeps you guessing right up till the end....Highly recomend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was truly gripping. This was Iles' first book, and after reading this one, I have made it a point to read everything he writes. The book was the perfect blend of history and fiction with plenty of plot twists and suspense. It definitely goes on my top 10 list!
BookNutDJ More than 1 year ago
I have always thought it funny that my favorite WWII novel was written by an author who does not specialize in this genre. Greg Iles is a great writer and he prooves it here. I have all his books and this is easily my favorite. In my opinion you don't even have to be a history buff or a fan of WWII novels to enjoy this book.