Wow! It's difficult to tell if truth or fiction, probably a little of booth.
Greg Iles has the ability to weave a tale that you can't stop writing. This story went from West and East Germany to England to South Africa all the time gathering your interest so you can't stop until the final page. The story centers around the possibility that Rudolph Hess of Hitler fame is still living...50 years after the war.
This was the first book I read from Greg Iles and one of the most enjoyable. It kept me interested through the whole book, it made me go and look for other books written by Mr. Iles. Exciting to the end, and hard to put down.
Although this one was very good.It was tougher to follow.There was alot going on with the spy organizations of the different countries involved.I likes The Black Cross better.Still, he's a Iles is my favorite fiction writer.
This is one of, if not the best stories of mystery, intrigue and suspense that I have ever read. I could hardly put it down. Nelson Demille summed it up well when he said "It's a remarkable, impressive novel.
This book is fast paced, and offers a look at what "could have" happened if a high powered Nazi official actually escaped death AND punishment...
"The Spandau Diary-what was in it? Why did the secret intelligence agencies of every major power want it? Why was a brave and beautiful woman kidnapped and sexually tormented to get it? Why did a chain of deception and violent death lash out across the globe, from survivors of the Nazi past to warriors in the new conflict about to explode? Why did the world's entire history of World War II have to be rewritten as the future hung over a nightmare abyss?"
This First novel by Greg Iles took a while to take off for me. I'm glad I hung in there, as it became a hard to put down read. The number of groups of characters in the beginning was confusing. Later, the main characters really stand out and it turns into a good read. Some good history, lots of action and with time...well rounded characters.
Heloise reviewed Spandau Phoenix (World War II, Bk 1) on
Greg Iles is one of the best thriller writers I have encountered.
In 1987, Rudolph Hess, the last inmate of the infamous Spandau Prison in Berlin, is dead. While the prison is being destroyed with the wrecking ball, the Spandau Diary is found. Why do the secret intelligence agencies of the major world powers want it?
The Spandau Diary - What was in it? Why did the secret intelligence agencies of every major power want it? Why was a brave beautiful woman kidnapped and sexually tormented to get it? Why did a chain of deception and violent death lash out across the globe, from survivors of the Nazi past to warriors in the new conflict now about to explode? Why did the world's entire history of World War II have to be rewritten as the future hung over a nightmare abyss?
Spandau Phoenix is definitely action-packed and suspenseful with so many twists to an interesting plot. It held my attention in spite of the length: 700 pages. There should have been some serious editing because it is much too long! Can't believe I stuck with it but the story is intriguing. Iles needs to learn how to put a limit on the words/pages in a good story. His writing loses some of its power when the book is 700 - 800 pages reducing the reader to considerable skimming. Too bad when he is such a creative and imaginative writer.
One of the greatest unsolved mysteries of WWII, Nazi collaboration with England? Irresistible plot that draws you in, is still scary enough with threats of death and deception. Set in the late 1980's before the wall came down and all the machinations that goes on in behind governments that hold the power. Who really is in charge. I wish he had finished the book in a different way for closure of all the story lines unless there are more books to this story. Lots of history in this book, well researched and the story is probable. Worth the time to read it.