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The Spandau Diarywhat 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 ...
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Spandau Phoenix: A Novel

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Overview

The Spandau Diarywhat 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101656082
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/6/2003
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 17,875
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Greg Iles
Greg Iles was born in Germany, where his father ran the US Embassy Medical Clinic during the height of the Cold War. He was raised in Natchez, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983. Iles worked for several years as guitarist and vocalist for the band Frankly Scarlet, but after getting married in 1989, decided that a more stable lifestyle was in order.

His first novel, Spandau Phoenix, a thriller about Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess, was published in 1992 and became a New York Times bestseller.


Iles's second novel, Black Cross, a thriller set during the Holocaust in Germany, was awarded the Mississippi Author's Award for Fiction. Previous winners include Richard Ford, and Donna Tartt. Black Cross also received the Bertelsmann Award for New Fiction, after Iles was nominated for the prize by John Grisham.


In 1997, with his third novel, Iles shifted settings from Europe to his native South. Mortal Fear, a New York Times bestseller, traces a duel between a computer sysop running an exclusive sexual-fantasy chatroom and the serial killer who haunts it. Of Iles's next novel, Jeffery Deaver wrote: “What a compelling story! The Quiet Game takes us on an engrossing, page-turning ride into the heart of terror, past and present, in a Southern town.” Iles’ last book, 24 Hours, was hailed by critics as “a tour de force of suspense” (The Memphis Commercial Appeal), “diabolical” (People), and “brilliantly plotted bone-chilling suspense” (Publishers Weekly). Iles's writing is so immediate that we feel we know his characters personally, and that Penn Cage's search for justice becomes ours.”


Iles lives in Natchez, Mississippi, with his wife and two children, and is now at work on his sixth novel. For relaxation, he writes and records original music with a few close friends from his “former life.”





Biography

Greg Iles has led a sort of double life as a novelist. His first books, based on extrapolations from real events in World War II, earned him an initial following, but his very modern crime novels are what currently hold his -- and his readers' -- focus. His tight pacing and chilling, innovative concepts have made him especially attractive to Hollywood, which has optioned and/or expressed interest in several of his books.

Iles's first novel, Spandau Phoenix, was about the secret escape of a Nazi soldier and the chilling plot related in his discovered diaries. It was a mixed success critically, earning praise for its premise but low marks on style. Since then, Iles has clearly developed as a novelist, and branched out in themes too.

With his second novel, Black Cross, Iles displayed more of a voice and more streamlined plotting in his story of a conspiracy to use the Nazi's own weapons against them. Those first two titles did become bestsellers; but by the time Iles shifted gears to write crime thrillers set in his native Mississippi, he found himself getting even more attention -- and better reviews. His next two books, Mortal Fear and The Quiet Game, remain his personal favorites. Iles was born in Stuttgart, Germany, where his father was in charge of the medical clinic at the U.S. Embassy, in 1961. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983 and played guitar in a rock band for several years before trying his hand at writing novels.

Moving from screenplays to thrillers to speculative historical fiction, Iles continues to stretch as a writer. He also indulges his love for music (he once played guitar in the band Frankly Scarlet) by performing with the Rock Bottom Remainders, an author side project that includes writers Stephen King, Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, and Amy Tan

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After graduation from college, Iles worked as an x-ray and lab technician for his father, dug ditches, and worked as a professional guitarist and singer.

Iles has the ability to be gloomily prophetic, but not intentionally. In an online chat in 1997, a fan pointed out that some real-life Internet-related murders had followed his Mortal Fear. Iles responded: "A lot of my books have been that way. My World War II thriller about Sarin gas [Black Cross] was published two months before the Sarin attack in the Japanese subway. There are very weird coincidences out there. And I do have one surefire plot I have not and probably never will write, because of my fear someone will carry it out."

Iles's wife is a high-school sweetheart whom he married when he was 29.

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    1. Hometown:
      Natchez, Mississippi
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 30, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Stuttgart, Germany
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Mississippi, 1983
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2005

    Gripping till the end

    Any book on WWII interests me and this ranks among the best WWII stories that I have read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2005

    Intriguing!!

    Different, informative, interesting, and one of the best books I've read. Greg Iles never lets me down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    KIRBY AND THE DARK PHOENIX TRIVIA!: CHAPTA 2 TRIVIA!

    Wanna know my secret for my awesome scene of action? Just put in there whatever comes to mind. No, seriously. I read enough books with at LEAST some action to get an idea how to make an action scene awesome. Also, the reason I gave Epic a spear because some Waddle Dees carry spears in the games. Even the Waddle Dee in Kirby's Return to Dreamland had a spear! Wow, that was short. Ok, Epicness out!

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

    This is one of my favourite books. I've read it several times o

    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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  • Posted April 3, 2010

    My Favorite

    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.

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  • Posted September 21, 2009

    My First Greg Iles Book

    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.

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

    Best if you enjoy WWII history.

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2008

    A reviewer

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2007

    Outstanding!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2005

    Awesome

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2003

    Excellent

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2002

    Awesome book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2002

    Good Fictional Read Combined With Historical Intrigue

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2002

    hard to put down

    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!

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