Hitler's Peace

Hitler's Peace

by Philip Kerr


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ISBN-13: 9780143036951
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 531,248
Product dimensions: 5.11(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Philip Kerr is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Bernie Gunther novels, two of which—Field Gray and The Lady from Zagreb—were finalists for the Edgar® Award for Best Novel. Kerr has also won several Shamus Awards and the British Crime Writers’ Association Ellis Peters Award for Historical Crime Fiction. As P. B. Kerr, he is the author of the much-loved young adult fantasy series Children of the Lamp.

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"A scandalous yet plausible scenario... a thriller [in which] the historical dice are well-shaken." —Los Angeles Times

"[Kerr] quantum leaps the limitations of genre fiction. Most thrillers insult your intelligence; Kerr assaults your ignorance." —Esquire

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Hitler's Peace 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1943, the leaders of the Third Reich conclude that they cannot win the war against the allied forces. Hitler wants to negotiate a peace different from the first World War in which Germany is left with dignity; Roosevelt demands unconditional surrender. Various plans offered by the Germans to the American fail to convince the President that the Russians will turn against the allies when the Communists feel the time is right.......................... Philosopher Willard Meyer works for OSS as a German analyst when Roosevelt selects him to scrutinize the Third Reich allegations against the Russians. Once a diehard communist who spied for the Russians against the Germans, Willard is now a super American patriot, who plans to learn the truth about reported German-Russian atrocities. Meanwhile German patriotic General Schellenberg plans to kill The Allies leaders in order to save the hinterland from further destruction in a losing cause................ Philip Kerr returns to World War II Germany, the setting where his stupendous Berlin Noir trilogy took place, with an exciting heart pumping alternate history based on allied and axis leaders making different decisions at key moments. Interestingly General Schellenberg and Willard Meyer share a similar zealousness for their respective country, willing to kill or die if necessary for their homeland. There is plenty of action in this exciting thriller, but the characters, real and fictional, drive the plot into a believable what if scenario told by altering perspectives................. Harriet Klausner
dspoon on LibraryThing 6 months ago
In the fall of 1943, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin met in Teheran to determine the endgame of the war. But what if Hitler, canny enough to realize he could no longer win the war, was putting out peace feelers? And what if his secret offer threatened to do what his armies could not, destroy the alliance against him? Hitler's Peace delves into just such murky waters. The Germans send a team to kill the Big Three with special emphasis on Stalin. As the players and their surrogates deal and double-deal, Kerr ratchets up the tension even as his ticking time bomb of a plot challenges our deepest notions of good and evil.
BrianHostad on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Not as good as I hoped let down by the hero. The premise is interesting of the allies separately still contemplating a peace with Germany in late 1943, but having an American Philosopher who always has the most glamourous girl as the main narrator doesn't work and his "adventures" feel too contrived. You also can't help thinking of Bernie Gunther when reading him and this also detracts.
BruderBane on LibraryThing 8 months ago
In Hitler¿s Peace, Kerr takes 20th century history and creates historical fiction worth reading. To exclaim that Mr. Kerr has an incredible grasp of the written word and is able to bring alight the happenings of World War Two, as he did in A German Requiem, with such verve that they spring forth from the page is almost as understatement. The dynamic roles of the two primary characters Willard Mayer and Walter Schellenberg and his ability to weave them into their respective zeitgeists¿ makes this novel one that is hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kerr writes excellent noir--this one a spy novel without Bernie Gunther. The same theme appears, however. The question is how to survive in Nazi Germany while being true to one's moral core. Is it even possible? How many compromises can a man make before betraying his sense of essential right? There is true angst in this book. I highly recommend any Kerr novel, especially the Bernie Gunther series.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
. This is my first book by Phillip Kerr that does not feature Bernie Gunther, and, well, I missed him. Kerr's strength is bringing us back to Nazi Germany and creating a credible field for his characters to act upon. He does that well here, too, but I think just a bit much is going on. The whole plot involving General Schellenberg could have been eliminated and none for the worse. That the book gets a bit preposterous in Teheran (author's spelling) is probably where many readers were disappointed. I know that I was. But, I am not deterred. Bernie is welcome back, and lucky for me, I have not yet gotten to the Berlin Trilogy.
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Writing credible alternative history scenarios is tough. Longtime Kerr fans may find Hilter's Peace not quite up to the high standard set by his previous books. It's difficult to explain why without giving away the twists and turns of the plot, and there are plenty of those to keep the pages turning quickly. The central character, OSS functionary Willard Mayer, strains credibilty. The political and ethnic skeletons in his closet are too perfect, he has known too many key figures, he is too often in just the right place at the right time. This Hitler and this Stalin are too subtle and pragmatic. All the right ingredents are here: lavish historical detail, spies, political treachery, famous people, beautiful and randy women, and mysterious murders -- they just don't coalesce into prime Kerr.
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