Flight from Berlin: A Novel

Flight from Berlin: A Novel

by David John

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ISBN-13: 9780062091598
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/25/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 372
Sales rank: 1,312,613
Product dimensions: 5.42(w) x 7.06(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

David John grew up in Wales. As a teenager he was an assistant to the future British prime minister Gordon Brown. After that, he made his career in publishing, editing popular books on history and science. In 2009 he moved to Germany to write Flight from Berlin. He now lives in London, after spending several months in Seoul, South Korea, researching his second novel.

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Flight from Berlin 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
ebooks18 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book with its mix of Historical fiction and thriller. It's a page turner with plenty of twists and turns.
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
This book deserves 3.5 stars, and for the purposes of Barnes & Noble, I’ll round down my overall rating to 3 stars, since it’s hard for me to say I really liked this book. I should also point out that I have a mixed reaction to historical fiction. History was one of my least favorite subjects throughout school, so I’ve never been a big history buff, by any stretch of the imagination. But I did enjoy this book enough to say that I’m a little above a like with my rating, so I tip my fedora at David John for his ability to spin a tale and interweave historical fact with fiction to create a more entertaining read. I liked the characters I was supposed to like—Eleanor Emerson and Richard Denham—and I didn’t like the ones I wasn’t supposed to like—the Germans. The author did a good job with story, but there were a few times where it seemed to jump, like there was a blip on the TV set, or in the VHS age, an overused videocassette. But this is a debut novel, and the author is still developing his talent. So I took it all in stride, and I hope David continues to advance his writing ability. Because there is talent there, even if it does need a bit of polish around the edges. FLIGHT FROM BERLIN proved a relatively quick read for me. Little bits of detail sprinkled throughout increased the pace of the story. If you love historical fiction, and you love this time period, then you’ll probably enjoy this story. If not, then you’ll probably have a more mixed reaction to this tale. I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
Ixachel on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Berlin, 1936. The Olympics are underway and all eyes are on Hitler¿s Germany. The Nazi propaganda machine has hidden its brutality from view, but there are those who still recognise the veiled terror. Eleanor Emerson, expelled from the US swim team, meets up with Richard Denham, a British journalist. Together, they learn that Berlin is center stage for more than just the Olympics. They find themselves in the middle of a very different kind of game, this one between the Gestapo and The British Secret Intelligence Service. There is a secret document that threatens to bring down the Third Reich, and Hitler's men want to get it before it is handed over to the SIS... by any means necessary.Eleanor is a feisty young woman with a rebellious streak. Being quite the socialite, she gets herself kicked off the Olympic team en route to Berlin for partying a bit too hard. Her lines are fantastic and full of wit. She is a strong, likeable character. The same can be said for Denham, the cynical journalist determined to report the truth. He, too, is very well drawn. We get a great sense of how he values both his profession and his fellow man. All of the good guys stand out in their own way, in fact. For that bad guys, though, I was more likely to get them confused. They get a bit muddled, but I got them straightened out in the end.The historical backdrop is phenomenal! So many real people and events are wonderfully woven into the story. The Olympics is the obvious, but the Hindenburg is also written in. Even the Wallis Simpson scandal gets a mention. Berlin itself comes to life. It¿s easy to imagine what things were like back then, with the city being cleaned up to show a ¿nice¿ face to the world.My main criticism, and the thing that really knocked the rating down a star, is the ending. I saw it coming pretty early on and spent the rest of the book hoping I was wrong. It¿s just pretty predictable and...safe. It wraps the story up neatly and reconciles the book with actual events, but after such an exciting story I found myself wanting something radically different. Something that rewrote history entirely. Still, Flight From Berlin is a well written historical thriller. A must-read for anyone interested in this time in history, and great for fans of thrillers as well![Full Disclosure: I won this book through Goodreads First Reads.]
Ronrose1 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
A fascinating story set in Germany during the years leading up to World War II. Bounded by the spectacle of the 1936 Olympic games, the beauty and grandeur of the Hindenburg zeppelin, and the horror of the plight of the Jewish people trapped in Germany. Hitler and the Nazi regime intended to use the Olympics for propaganda purposes. They hoped to show the supposed superiority of the Germans, while hiding from the world the truth about the the regime's atrocities. The author mixes into this the story of Eleanor Emerson, a wealthy socialite who wins a place on the U. S. Olympic swim team. She had already won a gold medal at the previous Olympic games. Her cavalier attitude, smoking, and drinking combined with a marriage on the rocks all are leading her to lose her chance to compete again. Even if she can't compete, she is determined to go to the Olympics and secures a job as a news correspondent covering the games. Richard Denham is a seasoned British journalist who sells his stories to both British and American papers. A veteran of World War I, he has seen his share of war and suffering. When Eleanor and Richard first meet at a publicity function in Berlin, there is an instant attraction. Their relationship is intertwined with intrigue as Richard becomes involved with the British Secret Intelligence Service agents. They want to recruit him to secure a dossier from inside Germany, which contains papers that could have a devastating effect on Hitler's regime if they come to light. Suspense and intrigue are the driving forces behind this exciting tale. Eleanor and Richard's love story is played against the backdrop of a world on the brink of war. A very captivating first novel by an author we hope to hear more from soon. Book provided for review by Amazon vine.
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Smiles quickly before the bell rings to signal the beginning of class.
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MUDROCK More than 1 year ago
While I did finish this book it took several days. I read every night before I go to sleep average about 30 pages. This book did not keep me awake long enough to read more than 10 pages before falling asleep. I bought it because I like history. I wasn't sure David John did much research it was worth $2.99 though not more.
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings about this book. The history was interesting and seemed to be well-researched. I wanted to like the protagonist, Eleanor, but I was disappointed with her prejudicial slurs. When complaining that she did not want to bunk with non-town girls, she remarked, "I was worried I'd be with some of our sisters from "Ass-end Nowhere." Now perhaps I understand one reason it ended up in the "$2.99 or less" bin. I guess it's true that you get what you pay for! : )
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Interesting
Te1 More than 1 year ago
Story has enough actual history to keep the reader intrigued and wondering if certain parts/characters are real or fictional. Add in romance and a mystery and you have a real page turner.
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The book was okay. I enjoyed the characters Richard and Eleanor. However, I found some parts to be a bit long and drawn out. I felt like some of the story lines were dropped all of a sudden and never really explained to their full potential.
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WAS RECENTLY GIFTED THIS BOOK BY MOTHER AND FATHER IN LAW.. He loved it.... I am eager to begin !!!!