Berlin Calling

Berlin Calling

by Kelly Durham


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Germany 1938. While young and old are captivated by the country’s rapid ascent under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, naive Maggie O’Dea, an American studying abroad, finds her own fortunes turning after falling in love with a handsome soldier and landing a job with the Propaganda Ministry. Embodying the infectious spirit of nationalism sweeping the country, her powerful dispatches launch her broadcasting career as a champion of the Fatherland.

But as Germany invades one peaceful neighbor after another and the wheels of World War II are set in motion, Maggie starts opening her eyes to the grim reality of Hitler’s intentions. Torn between her successful career rooted in the allegiance to her adopted land and a growing dread over her role in a tyrant’s ruthless reign, Maggie—supported by a new love—must fight her own war of conscience. Will she survive a conflict threatening the world…and her own life?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503942967
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 428
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Kelly Durham lives in Clemson, South Carolina, with his wife, Yvonne; their daughters, Mary Kate, Addison, and Callie; and their dog, George Marshall. He is the author of four previous novels, including Wade’s War, The Reluctant Copilot, The War Widow, and The Movie Star and Me. A graduate of Clemson University, Kelly served four years in the US Army with assignments in Arizona and Germany before returning to Clemson and entering private business. He was an award-winning Wendy’s franchise owner for more than twenty-five years, as well as a private pilot, and he was named a distinguished alumnus of Clemson University in 2012. For more information about the author and his work, visit

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Berlin Calling 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
I received a free electronic copy of this historical novel from Netgalley, Kelly Durham, and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. This was an excellent historical novel, told from a rather unique perspective. Maggie O'Dea, an Irish American, is taking classes in Heidelberg, Germany in July of 1938. Because her father was heavily involved in the failed Irish rebellion in 1916, he had to flee Ireland for political asylum in America, and his wife and daughter were able to follow a year or two later. Consequently, Maggie truly hates the British. But she falls in love with Germany and - hard - for a young German soldier, Kurt Engel, on leave in his hometown of Heidelberg. They meet later in Berlin, where with Kurt's help, Maggie is able to get her student visa changed into a work visa, and finds a job with the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda's Broadcasting Division, where the official German version of affairs are transmitted to all corners of the world in various languages. Maggie is a hard worker, and enjoys her work. She is naive enough believe what she is told are the true facts in the news, and very good at scripting radio programs that employ that Germanic slant without being preachy. And the news unfolds as time goes by. Austria. Czechoslovakia. Poland. Returning ethnic Germans who's communities were awarded to other countries at the end of the first war. Not aggression, but reunification. But then the Nordic countries begin to fall. Much harder for Maggie to legitimatize, much harder to rationalize. And Maggie is left with a big choice to make - who's side is she really on? And how can she best help the good guys win? Where will she most effectively make a difference in the outcome of the war?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another thriller from newcomer William Kelly Durham. This historical novel gives a new insight into Nazi Germany through the perspective of a love story. Hoping for a sequel on this one!