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  • ISBN-13: 9780571271498
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012

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  • Posted March 17, 2012

    Mystery, suspense and quite a few dead bodies are the simple wor

    Mystery, suspense and quite a few dead bodies are the simple words I would use to describe this book. The present day is 1971 and Harry Levin has just lost his daughter when she is killed in a car accident. Ironically, the person that caused the accident is connected to Levin in more ways than just this one.

    With a Holocaust survivor and a Nazi who doesn't want to stop the mission of the organization, the book rehashes the not so pleasant details of that time in history. The author takes the reader back in time when it is necessary to allow the reader to have the full story. As the Nazi - Hess tries to further the mission he leaves quite a few dead bodies along the way and learning their connections to the greater story is intriguing.

    This book isn't for the faint of heart. At times, I had a heard time rediscovering the details of the Holocaust. I enjoyed learning about personality traits that are prevalent in survivors and to see how it affected their lives almost 30 years after it ended. I am recommending this book to those who already have an interest in this time in history, but also to those who want to see a personal side of one survivor.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

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    This book was full of action and adventure when Harry Levin a su

    This book was full of action and adventure when Harry Levin a survivor of the Prison Camps hears about the death of his daughter he travels first to D.C. to find out what he can about her death which leads him back home to Germany. The person responsible is so high up the food chain that Harry can't use normal police sources to bring him down and decides to take justice into his own hands.

    Jews are being killed left and right due to the connection between them and Harry Levin. What the murderer doesn't realize is that Harry escaped the occupation and is out for justice for the people murdered and his daughter.

    Just when you think the killer is going to back off it picks up again and drags you deep into Germany during the Nazi reign. Definitely a great book for those that love mysteries and thrillers. I throughly enjoyed this story, while it does have parts that are slow overall it was a great read!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2012

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    Voices of the Dead takes some brave steps into a difficult perio

    Voices of the Dead takes some brave steps into a difficult period of history and actually sees the book focus on two periods of time: both the Second World War and the 1970s. As a child, Harry was sent to Dachau. He managed to escape but lost so many of those he loved and his life was change irrevocably. Years later he has managed to overcome the tragedies he has faced and make a decent life for himself. However, when another tragedy befalls him he not only loses his beloved daughter but finds that the past has returned to haunt him yet again. The man who kills his daughter is a powerful diplomat – and he too has ties to Dachau.

    Leonard has the key elements of an excellent mystery/thriller here – remarkable coincidences, a complex plot, a stubborn lead character who refuses to be browbeaten – and he uses them adeptly to put together an entertaining tale. Harry seems a relatively straightforward character early in the book but as the novel progresses you realise that he is much more complex and extreme events have shaped him to adapt a persona that is, in part, a protective facade. However, he demonstrates a remarkable capacity for love and caring.

    When it comes to thrillers I like situations that are farfetched but not impossible, characters who are strong and even arrogant but not above a little weakness every now and again and a story that unfolds bit by bit to keep you enthralled and – where possible – a little bit of a twist to the end. Voices of the Dead delivers all of these and left me very satisfied with the conclusion.

    Voices of the Dead was a very entertaining read, which – given some of the subject matter – is a feat in itself. I felt Leonard handled it with sensitivity borne of genuine respect for the history, rather than the callousness that can sometimes come from using true life events to simply add ‘shock value’ to a book. An all round good read from a writer who has an excellent command of action and dialogue within his work.

    **I received a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. I did not receive any additional compensation. All opinions are my own.**

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

    Voices of the Dead (Leonard), pretty good read

    Voices of the Dead is part gripping suspense novel, part historical fiction. While I enjoy good historical literature, I rarely read action/suspense type novels. The mixture of these two genres really caught my interest.

    Leonard is quite a good writer. He develops characters well and clearly did his research. His writing easily evokes images of both 1970's Detroit and 1940's Germany. These views into history made this read quite enjoyable. The combination of stories, the loss of his daughter and the Holocaust, was very well done.

    Leonard's writing left me with two complaints though. First, his writing style is a bit staccato at times. His paragraphs move smoothly along, so smoothly that he skips nouns and definite articles (such as "he" or "the"). This may make him a literary genius for some. Personally, I found this quite annoying and the teacher in me wanted to whip out my red pen. Leonard sometimes goes chapters without doing this and then suddenly, annoyingly, it returns.

    My other complaint is that this book is over 40 chapters long. Yes, I said 40. Now, to be fair, the chapters are short which keeps the story moving. But the constant jumping back and forth between the 40's and the 70's makes the book choppy. I couldn't help but wonder if some of the chapters could have been combined, making the book smoother to read.

    Overall though, this was a wild-ride of a story and I am glad I read it.

    I hear a sequel is coming. Personally, I don't like sequels and think I will skip it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2012

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    Chilling!

    Voices of the Dead is chilling, it takes elements of the holocaust and fictionalises them into a very believable tale that immerses you into it's pages from the first to the last. The characters leap from the book and tie the reader into their lives, making you feel compassion and camaraderie with the hero, and hatred toward the villain, as well as some black humour that'll make you laugh. Set in the 1970's the author cleverly ties that time period, back to the 1940's and then binds them together to take the reader on a journey across continents and emotions. It handles a period of history that most struggle to understand let alone comprehend in a very sensitive way, not glamorising it nor belittling it but at the same time making sure the reader understands the scale, horror and enormity of what happened. The prose are clean and neat, conveying enough to the reader without requiring the author to write long descriptive passages to explain the action and plot direction. The dialogue is similarly balanced and each character has their own unique voice, contributing their own perspectives as the story unfolds. If I have to find a criticism of this book, it would have to be that it was over too soon, not because the book was short, but because I wanted to read more. To that end I will definitely be checking out more of Peter Leonard's novels over the months to come. Peter Leonard is the son of Elmore Leonard, but don't make comparisons, the two authors are distinctly different and having now read books by both, I think this is now a case of a father having big shoes to fill rather than the son. I highly recommend Voices of the Dead by Peter Leonard.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    Good book

    Enjoyed the book - well written and would read more by this author

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    So much more than I had hoped for...

    Mystery, history, personal honor, and a heavy dose of anti- bigotry. I am almost done with this book, and am in need of more!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2012

    Interesting storyline

    Good read, the storyline and characters are interesting and beliveable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Good read

    Became hard to put down; definitely worth reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

    Must Read Thriller

    This was an absolutely wonderful book. All of the characters are very well defined and come to life so that you have a well rounded picture of all of the characters. Traveling from the United States to Germany, and then back to the United states is not confusing for the reader. The settings are so well laid out that you feel as if you are on a physical journey with the main character. When Harry was in Germany and the memories resurfaced, of what happened to him the night his parents were killed, I felt like I was there with him. I felt his anguish and survivor's guilt. I've listed to survivors talk of their escape and what it was like. I had the same feelings while reading this book as I had listening to those survivors tell their story. When trouble followed Harry back to the United States I kept wondering why the police couldn't put two and two together. I realized in cases such as this that there are people savvy enough to get in and out of the country under an alias and commit crimes. The research that had to have gone into this book would, in my opinion, made this a story that had to be told. I commend the author.

    I love thrillers and to have it bounce back and forth through memories or flashbacks to a historical period I love learning about, made it all the more interesting. Although this was my first book by this author it will not be my last. He definitely has my recommendations for his works. I will proudly recommend this book to my friends.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2013

    Can't Get Enough of Those Nazis!

    There are two main characters: Hess, the Nazi who accidentally kills the grown daughter of the other main character, Harry, who had survived being shot after a concentraion camp. The book concerns the quest for each man to kill the other in Germany, or the United States. Friends of each suffer lethal ends. This is a thriller, for readers who like that genre. I might read other books by this author, whose father is Elmore Leonard. Elmore mentions that he looks over his son's books. Apparently, neither one of them have a problem with "close proximity," which is like saying "pizza Pie"--redundant. Probably most book groups would object to this violence.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Great Read

    Peter certainly inherited his fathers ability to write. Even though their styles are different, they both keep you glued to the the book.

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    Great Read

    Loved this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    couldn't put it down

    Good storyline-liked the characters

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013

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    Chill book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Just a reader

    Liked this book a lot. Kept me reading till the end.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Recommend -Not a book I would have picked up but am glad I did

    I don't belong to any type of book group but if I did I would recommend this book as it would have been interesting to hear others opinion of the story.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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