Flight From Berlin

Flight From Berlin

A Novel

Book - 2012
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"August 1936: The eyes of the world are on Berlin, where Adolf Hitler is using the Olympic Games to showcase his powerful new regime. Cynical British journalist Richard Denham knows that the carefully staged spectacle masks the Nazis' ruthless brutality, and he's determined to report the truth. Sparks fly when the seasoned newspaperman meets the beautiful and rebellious American socialite Eleanor Emerson. A superb athlete whose brash behavior got her expelled from the U.S. Olympic swim team, Eleanor is now covering the games as a celebrity columnist for newspapers in the States. While Berlin welcomes the world, the Nazi capital becomes a terrifying place for Richard and Eleanor. Their chance encounter at a reception thrown by propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels leads them into the center of a treacherous game involving the Gestapo and the British Secret Intelligence Service. At stake: a mysterious dossier that threatens to destroy the leadership of the Third Reich. Drawn together by danger and passion, surrounded by enemies, Richard and Eleanor must pull off a daring plan to survive. But one wrong move could be their last."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2012.
ISBN: 9780062091567
0062091565
Characteristics: 372 p. ;,24 cm.

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Sep 17, 2016

If you're into historical-fiction , this is for you.

Book includes facts about the 1936 Berlin Olympics/Olympiads; Hitler's hysterical amblyopia and the "private life" of Hitler.

Diell Oct 16, 2014

But could've been even better.

wendybird Sep 07, 2012

The first 2/3rds of "Flight..." I found compelling, exciting, interesting. The final portion did bog down a bit, and there were just a few too many coincidences (perhaps that is what drives the WWII thriller genre, though) for easy acceptance. However, a good solid novel that would make a fabulous film in the right hands.
Johns does pin small plot pieces to actual factoids, and describes these in 2 Notes sections. For example, i had no idea that the airship Zepplin's creator was a vocal Nazi critic, and yet - was left alone due to his fame & social status,or that questions about Hitler's sexualtiy have often been raised. I found intriguing enough to do further research.

sprichisky Aug 20, 2012

I really enjoyed this book...it was extremely well written and the mix of fiction and historical events was riveting. Highly recommend it.

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