Voices of the Dead

Voices of the Dead

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ISBN-13: 9781611880328
Publisher: Story Plant
Publication date: 02/07/2012
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 934,504
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Peter Leonard is the son of Elmore Leonard, the grand master of crime fiction. He lives in Birmingham, Michigan with his wife, Julie, and his four children, Tim, Alex, Max, and Kate. Quiveris his first novel. Visit him at www.peterleonardbooks.com

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Voices of the Dead 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
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.
DarkAngelCT More than 1 year ago
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!
Donna_M_Brown More than 1 year ago
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.**
Tontowilliams More than 1 year ago
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.
Shannonsbookbag More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mystery, history, personal honor, and a heavy dose of anti- bigotry. I am almost done with this book, and am in need of more!
BardBH More than 1 year ago
Good read, the storyline and characters are interesting and beliveable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Became hard to put down; definitely worth reading.
Chey3CE More than 1 year ago
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.
fromkin on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Peter Leonard, son of author Elmore Leonard, has written a good - not great - novel of history and revenge. Harry Levin, a Detroit scrap metal dealer's life is turned upside down when his only daughter is killed in an auto accident in Washington, D.C. The man who killed his daughter is a German diplomat, and in accordance with political etiquette, he walks. Coming east to deal with his daughter's death, Levin finds that the accident coincides with the murder of a wealthy Jewish couple. The deaths spur Levin, who escaped from a concentration camp as a boy, to travel to Germany to seek revenge for his daughter's death. Partnering with a black recently-discharged American soldier - coincidentally also from Detroit - Levin discovers a trail of murders leading back to World War II and the SS officer who murdered Levin's parents and a trench-full of other Jews.There's a lot to like in this book, particularly the distinctive characters Leonard has created. But I was thrown by the coincidence of Harry's meeting and partnering with Cordell, the discharged black G.I.; jumping into a sexual relationship with a beautiful German free-lance journalist; and finding himself searching for the same man who killed his daughter and murdered his parents. I also was surprised by some glaring grammatical errors such as the use of "anxious" instead of "eager"; "further" instead of "farther." I was also thrown by the use of exposition about the division of the two Germanies when Harry says he can't remember why the Berlin wall was built.I liked "Voices of the Dead" and recommend it, but with reservations.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing 21 days ago
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.
CMash on LibraryThing 21 days ago
VOICES OF THE DEAD by Peter LeonardPublished by The Story PlantISBN-10: 1611880327ISBN-13: 978-1611880328At the request of The Story Plant, an EBook Edition was sent at no cost to me, for my honest opinion. Synopsis (from publisher): The year is 1971. The place is Detroit. Harry Levin, a scrap metal dealer and Holocaust survivor, has just learned that his daughter was killed in a car accident. Traveling to Washington, DC to claim the body, he learns that the accident was caused by a German diplomat who was driving drunk. This is only the beginning of the horror for Harry, though, as he discovers that the diplomat will never face charges ¿ he has already been released and granted immunity. Enraged and aggrieved, Harry discovers the identity of his daughter¿s killer, follows him to Munich, and hunts him down. What Harry finds out about the diplomat and his plans will explode his life and the lives of everyone around him.Brimming with action and dark humor, Voices of the Dead, firmly positions Peter Leonard as a writer ever suspense fan needs to read. My Thoughts and Opinion: I feel I need to start this review with a caveat because even I was surprised by my thoughts and opinion of this book. If I was to solely choose this book based on the synopsis for my personal library, without the request for review, I would most likely not pick this one up as I tend not to enjoy espionage thrillers. However, with this book, I would have missed out on a great read. The book pulled me in quickly with the car accident and death of Harry Levin's daughter. From that moment on, the action begins, the suspense ramps up, and the books holds you in to the very last page. It takes you from Detroit to Germany to Miami during the years of 1971 and shares the memories of Harry when he was a 14 year old boy, who watches his parents executed by the Nazi regime but was one that escapes the atrocities of that time. The characters come to life. The settings ae conveyed so that detailed imagery can be formed in one's mind, especially of the years of 1940s. Mr. Leonard's writing style is flawless, and the type of read that I call, a "one more chapter" and before you know it, you have read 5 more chapters. What I found amazing, was that a book with a premise of a horrific time in our history, Mr. Leonard could interweave some humor without being disrespectful. As the synopsis states, who is this diplomat Hess, that has been given immunity, for an accident that was his fault and that resulted in the death of a young and vibrant daughter of Harry Levin? Why does this man Hess look familiar to Harry? Harry is so distraught over his daughter's passing, he travels to Germany, where Hess resides, and what he finds out is bigger than he imagined. More deaths? But why? The hunt begins.Highly recommend!!!!! My Rating: 5
dollycas on LibraryThing 21 days ago
The year is 1971. The place is Detroit. Harry Levin, a scrap metal dealer and Holocaust survivor, has just learned that his daughter was killed in a car accident. Traveling to Washington, DC to claim the body, he learns that the accident was caused by a German diplomat who was driving drunk. This is only the beginning of the horror for Harry, though, as he discovers that the diplomat will never face charges ¿ he has already been released and granted immunity. Enraged and aggrieved, Harry discovers the identity of his daughter¿s killer, follows him to Munich, and hunts him down. What Harry finds out about the diplomat and his plans will explode his life and the lives of everyone around him. Dollycas ThoughtsThis is quite a suspenseful piece of fiction. We travel back and forth from 1971 to one of the most horrific times in history, Detroit to Germany to Florida. The author takes us on a odyssey with personal accounts so real it is almost like watching a movie. I actually jumped when the guns were fired. I really enjoy Leonard¿s writing style, the main characters were vivid and well developed. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat and the pages rapidly turning.This book would appeal to anyone who likes a good suspense read but also history buffs as well. It has a ripped from the headlines feel like this story from 2011.My only problem with this book was the coincidence that put this whole story in motion. Situations just fell together just a little too easily for me. For that reason I give the story 4.5 Stars. Not quite a perfect escape! But well worth your reading time.
celticlady53 on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Voices of the Dead is a story of Harry Levin, a Jew who is also a holocaust survivor. He and his parents were put in Dachau in 1942 and one day a group of prisoners were told that they were going to be sent to Palenstine. Instead they were taken to a field and lined up alongside a trench, 50 at a time, and shot until 600 people were dead or dying. Harry had been able to escape at his father's insistence but was captured and left for dead in the trench. Except he didn't die and eventually ended up in Detroit after the war. 1971 he becomes a successful business man but when his daughter, who is in Washington DC in school, is killed by a drunk driver, his life as he knows it is no longer. Meanwhile the man who killed Sara is a respected and rich German who manages to use his diplomatic immunity to be able to escape being charged. This man is pure evil and continues his vendetta against Jews. He leaves bodies in his wake in Germany and the US because he finds that some people did not die but are able to recognize him, including Harry. This novel takes many twists and turns as Harry seeks justice, not only for the death of his daughter, but for his parents and all the other people that were killed at Hess's orders.I enjoyed Peter Leonard's writing style and this book had me eagerly turning pages until the end. A very suspenseful story that comes right out of history. I highly recommend this book and I hope to read more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down. An excellent reminder of a horrific part of jidtoey.
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otterly More than 1 year ago
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.
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Peter certainly inherited his fathers ability to write. Even though their styles are different, they both keep you glued to the the book.
alfrn More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good storyline-liked the characters
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