A Thousand Suns

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It's early April 1945, deep in the bloodied days of World War II. The Nazi regime is being slowly throttled by the oncoming Russian and Allied armies and Hitler rages uselessly in his Berlin bunker. But the high command have one more throw of the dice to make. An audacious plan is hatched to save the Fatherland and beat off the oncoming apocalypse. All it will take is a hodge-podge squadron of escort fighters, a captured U.S. bomber, and one brave but suicidal pilot to fly it over the Atlantic...

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Overview

It's early April 1945, deep in the bloodied days of World War II. The Nazi regime is being slowly throttled by the oncoming Russian and Allied armies and Hitler rages uselessly in his Berlin bunker. But the high command have one more throw of the dice to make. An audacious plan is hatched to save the Fatherland and beat off the oncoming apocalypse. All it will take is a hodge-podge squadron of escort fighters, a captured U.S. bomber, and one brave but suicidal pilot to fly it over the Atlantic into the beating heart of America. Half a century later, a rusting plane is discovered, sunk with its crew, off the coast of New York—a relic from a bygone age. Chris Roland, a brilliant young photographer, is sent to take photos of this time capsule. But it is only when he discovers that the fragments of Nazi uniforms on the decaying corpses that he realizes that he has come across a secret so terrible that even 50 years later it could still kill him.

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"An intense what-if that ties a present-day freelance photographer to an ill-fated WWII German assault on Manhattan . . . Scarrow has a real talent for pacing, and he keeps the tension escalating."  —Publishers Weekly

"An exuberant and epic tale."  —Good Book Guide

"An epic tale that moves between the present and the last days of the Third Reich."  —Eastern Daily Press

"This is a fascinating timeslip mystery . . . Scarrow manages the division well, keeping up the suspense on both sides of the story."  —Guardian

"Alex Scarrow's depiction of Britain as only a few hours away from disintegration is chillingly plausible. This is the perfect book to give to somebody who opposes your plans to build a wind farm."  —Daily Telegraph

Publishers Weekly

Scarrow debuts with an intense what-if that ties a present-day freelance photographer to an ill-fated WWII German assault on Manhattan. Photojournalist Chris Roland heads to Rhode Island to investigate reports of an American B-17 bomber wrecked just off the coast. When he crawls into the submerged cockpit, he finds what appear to be the skeletal remains of a Luftwaffe pilot. His curiosity piqued, Roland investigates, but his interest and his photographs put him in the crosshairs of James Wallace, an aging spy charged by Truman to keep the B-17 and its mission top secret. The prose is unsteady in places, but Scarrow has a real talent for pacing, and he keeps the tension escalating as the action flips between Wallace's pursuit of Roland and the final days of WWII. (Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781409117308
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Scarrow is the author of Last Light. He is the brother of historical novelist Simon Scarrow.

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    Posted November 30, 2007

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    I really liked this novel, and thought it was a very original story that hasn't been re-hashed by a dozen different authors. The writing was good, and kept the reader involved. I look forward to buying his newest novel 'Last Light.'

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