The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. Informative, original and thought provoking with lots of twists in a high chase detective story. Thus dramatisation is top notch and the perfect accompaniment to a long flight. But Harris relies less on high drama then Dick, preferring to feast on the meat rather than the skin. The only exception is , which retains its neutral status.
Historical fact is blended skillfully with fiction. After March's apprehension by the Gestapo, Globus takes over March's interrogation, administering several brutal beatings. Over the course of the next six days, everything he believes—about himself, his faith, and the history of his world—will be tested to destruction. Instead, it is a tale of an alternative history- where Hitler still lives and the U. Robert Harris is a name to watch for. Harris recently returned to Nazi Germany with his latest novel, Munich, set firmly in the real world, but just as taut and disturbing. March learns that Jost has been sent to a in occupied Russia, likely resulting in his death.
Like Hemingway's Robert Jordan, Xavier March is facing this last moment with an exhilaration born of having no further doubts and dilemmas, no more crucial decisions which need to be made, nothing but going through on his chosen course and dying in a just cause. And, with the Gestapo just one step behind, March, together with the American journalist Charlotte Maguire, is caught up in a race to discover and reveal the truth—a truth that has already killed, a truth that could topple governments, a truth that will change history. Whoever did this should have listened to some old radio shows to see how it should be done. Nazi propaganda has previously depicted America as a land of corruption, degeneracy and poverty. A good audio book for the commute, though. What does it take to make a world and to make a hero? He has developed a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that predicts movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. Basically, this story could have been set in Germany during the war, or in any despotic surveillance society in the present think N Korea, China, Thailand and remained essentially unchanged.
Like the greatest novels of John le Carré, it brings listeners deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man's hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations. The timeline of the story is 1964. Does not really capture what a Germany in 1960 still under the third Reich and after holding territory won early in the war might have looked like which comes over so clearly in book. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. Tessa's much older husband, Justin, a career diplomat at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive.
But when Xavier March discovers the identity of the body, he also uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich. As Gestapo agents close in on him in a helicopter, March uncovers bricks in the undergrowth. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced. Right mix of action and mystery. Fled to exile in Canada and lived there until his death in 1952.
But when Xavier March discovers the identity of the body, he also uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich. Moreover, the Nazis failed to instill their ideology in the younger generation, and many young Germans turn away from it — though active opposition to the regime is limited. Together with his partner, an investment banker, Hoffmann has developed a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that tracks human emotions, enabling it to predict movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. A Radio 4 Book Club Selection. When the trail leads him to the German resistance, he faces the most difficult choices of his life. Like High Castle this is set in the 1960s - two years later, actually, in 1964 - presumably in order to have Hitler still alive. Hugh Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving at 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain.
The year is 1964, and it's a week before Hitler's 75th birthday. The chief of the Kripo, Nebe by 1964 is an old man with a sumptuous office in Berlin. The Greater German Reich stretches from the Rhine to the Urals, and keeps an uneasy peace with its nuclear rival, the United States. This is officially alternative history but there is nothing sci fi or unbelievable about it. It also reminds us that great and horrid ideas are not dead, you can feel them lurking around.
From the opening scenes when the phone call which starts the whole story off chimes in with the music, there is such attention to detail. His enquiries lead him to inadvertently uncover a terrifying secret that has so far been hidden from the world, a secret so shocking that it must never be revealed. Harris's story of one honest man in a regime built on widespread corruption and dishonesty is a compelling read. Historical fact is blended skillfully with fiction. There are a couple of amazing similarities to other historical fiction. If you're not mobile, and you have a good at-home system in a quiet room, this recording might work.
New German buildings are constructed with mandatory ; the Reichsarchiv German National Archive claims to have been built to withstand a direct missile hit. And once again, Robert Harris gives us actual events of historical importancehere are Hitler, Chamberlain, Mussolini, Daladierat the heart of an electrifying, unputdownable novel. A passing remark hints at being ruled by a harsh government, but its precise nature is not mentioned. A massive campaign against Britain thereafter succeeded in starving the British into surrender by 1944. Now, when Hugh flies with Chamberlain from London to Munich, and Rikard travels on Hitler's train overnight from Berlin, their paths are set on a disastrous collision course.