Blood of the Reich: A Novel

Blood of the Reich: A Novel

by William Dietrich

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Blood of the Reich: A Novel by William Dietrich

“WilliamDietrich...should be read by anyone who loves adventure at its grandest!”—James Rollins, author of Alter of Eden

Atthe height of WWII, a quartet of daring American adventurers pits theircunning against a cadre of Nazi S.S. agents seeking to acquire a powerfulweapon for the Fuhrer’s arsenal; today, as the Nazi specter begins to rear itshead once again, the descendants of those long-ago adventurers must unlock thesecrets of their forebears’ mission in order to save the world from Hitler’sresurgent Reich. Now, modern science and ancient Tibetan mythology surround adaring zoologist and a beautiful aviatrix who are all that stand between theNazis and world domination in New YorkTimes bestselling author William Dietrich’s Blood of the Reich, a knockout stand-alone novel perfect for fansof Ken Follett, Frederick Forsyth, and Thor Brad.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062079435
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 281,137
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

William Dietrich is the author of fourteen novels, including six previous Ethan Gage titles—Napoleon's Pyramids, The Rosetta Key, The Dakota Cipher, The Barbary Pirates, The Emerald Storm, and The Barbed Crown. Dietrich is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, historian, and naturalist. A winner of the PNBA Award for Nonfiction, he lives in Washington State.

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Blood of the Reich 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
K_Fryman More than 1 year ago
This a a thoroughly good read by William Dietrich. The plot is a bit far fetched but entertaining none the less.... Also read Ice Reich by the same author. His Ethan Gage books are "engaging" as well. The first book in that series is Napoleon's Pyramids.
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autocratofthedinnertable More than 1 year ago
This is one of Dietrich's better books and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I really got caught up in the descriptions of Tibet but got a little lost at the end. Anyone for Joe Black as the down and out Tibetan guide?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author effectively flashes back and forth between the present day and pre-WWII events, which is a challenge but was well-handled. However, I agree with the review posted by The Alternative in that the ending was rushed and did not adequately tie together the sub-plots. The story was fine until the LHC events, which spoiled an otherwise well-written book; a more critical editor should have advised that the last part of the book should have been completely rewritten.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book, tense exciting and thrilling at all times. A great book with an enjoyable story line I could not put this book down
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Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
From the mountains of Washington, to the mountains of Tibet, from an aerie nunnery to a Nazi castle. Dietrich's latest book spans the generations from just before World War II to present day. Jump aboard and come along for an adventure filled with explosions, sex, treachery, and the ever elusive treasure of a lifetime. We begin in 1938 with zoologist and SS member Kurt Raeder, who is called to a meeting with Heinrich Himmler. The Nazis are gearing for war and the head of the German secret police wants Raeder to help assure Reich domination. Raeder is sent to Tibet to search for the legendary city of Shambhala and a power source that will give Germany guaranteed world conquest. Jump ahead to present day where publicist Rominy Pickett's life is narrowly saved by a mysterious man claiming to be an investigative reporter who knows about Pickett's ancestry. Apparently, her great-grandfather traveled to Tibet and may have brought home a secret so great people have and will kill to possess it. Together, they sort through clues, avoiding danger at every turn, in order to find what the fascists of yesterday (and their followers of today) sought in the mysterious land of Tibet. Are you ready to be immersed in the lush northwest then climb the highest peaks in the world? Are you ready to walk with Nazi loyalists and fly with a tomboy aviatrix? Oh, you know there's going to be lies and false-faces. You know there's going to be death-defying chases and heroism involved. This book doesn't drown you in scientific chaos, but stretches your imagination into 'what if' areas. If you like adventure, look no further than "Blood of the Reich." Reviewed by Stephen L. Brayton, author of "Beta" for Suspense Magazine
RLPace More than 1 year ago
In Blood of the Reich, Anacortes based William Dietrich takes a peculiar true historical incident, in this case a Himmler sponsored expedition of German scientists to Tibet--the roof of the world--and combines it with a fictional power supposedly left by the ancients in a remote monastery awaiting the 'blood key' to unlock the secrets. Convinced of their Aryan superiority the Nazi expedition treks treacherously to the forbidden gates and discovers 'Vril' only to have its power denied them by the interdiction of an intrepid American archeologist and an adventurous lady pilot, presumably saving the world from Nazi domination--for now. Dietrich cleverly switches to and from pre-war German obsessions and a modern day thrill ride as destinies separated by seven decades race toward a breath-taking collision. Here the elements of history, fiction and the supernatural are blended seamlessly with the peculiar world of sub-atomic physics to produce an exciting page turning adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat right till the last page. A great read, and I will note for the record, Bill's work is among my favorite reading. His scholarship is evident, but always serves the story well without distraction. When you finish this one, try Hadrian's Wall or the Ethan Gage series. I promise you won't be disappointed!
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The_Alternative More than 1 year ago
Blood of the Reich William Dietrich Trade Paperback Uncorrected Proof 432 pages Publisher: Harper Expected Release Date: June 28, 2011 ISBN: 978-0061989186 Sometimes a book is published at exactly the right moment in time and Blood of the Reich may have hit the jackpot in the way of timing. By that I mean that it may eventually sell a lot of copies due to its timely publication in correlation to the World War II Nazi stories that currently inundate the news. The Associated Press published an emotional article this past week about the grandchildren of high-profile members of the Nazi Party. Also, this week, an Ohio autoworker, John Demjanjuk, was found guilty of 28,060 counts of accessory to murder, one for each of the Jews exterminated during the six months that he worked as a guard at the Sobibor death camp in Poland. This may well be the last Holocaust war crime to capture the public's attention. The timing may ultimately also help sales of Blood of the Reich. I enjoy historical fiction and World War II is especially fascinating to me, a child of a WWII veteran. Throw in some action and a little suspense and you have something that piques my interest. However, while Blood of the Reich has its moments, especially the intriguing pre-WWII story line, it fails to pull all the sub-plots back together into a neatly-bundled conclusion. Some suspense/action writers (Steve Berry and James Rollins, for instance) have the remarkable talent of putting us at the edge of our seats and then, as the story concludes, drawing all the sub-plot arcs together into a compact, complete, and satisfying climax. While Dietrich tells a good story and makes a descent attempt at bringing it all together I think it could have been done much better. Indeed, the closer to the finale I got the more hurried it felt. I suspect this had more to do with publication pressure rather than actual writing skill but since I have never read anything by Mr. Dietrich before this is only a guess. However, it felt to me like a book that was forced too soon out of the writer's hands. On the other hand, perhaps Blood of the Reich might have been more impactful and my opinion less negative had the story not already been told so well by Spielberg, Lucas, and company in the Indian Jones saga. Still, for the die-hard WWII suspense fanatics out there, you should probably check this one out for yourselves. 3 ½ stars out of 5 The Alternative Southeast Wisconsin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, who doesn't like a book with bad guy Nazis running around? I admit I kinda wanted to like this book when I bought it. The premise reminded me of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and I did like it, though I personally found the jumping back and forth timeline kinda off. But that may have been just me. All in all, a fun read.
Lakeyta More than 1 year ago