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A Kill in the Morning [Kindle Edition]

Graeme Shimmin
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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‘I don’t like killing, but I’m good at it. Murder isn’t so bad from a distance, just shapes popping up in my scope. Close-up work though – a garrotte around a target’s neck or a knife in their heart – it’s not for me. Too much empathy, that’s my problem. Usually. But not today. Today is different . . . ‘

The year is 1955 and something is very wrong with the world. It is fourteen years since Churchill died and the Second World War ended. In occupied Europe, Britain fights a cold war against a nuclear-armed Nazi Germany.

In Berlin the Gestapo is on the trail of a beautiful young resistance fighter, and the head of the SS is plotting to dispose of an ailing Adolf Hitler and restart the war against Britain and her empire. Meanwhile, in a secret bunker hidden deep beneath the German countryside, scientists are experimenting with a force far beyond their understanding.

Into this arena steps a nameless British assassin, on the run from a sinister cabal within his own government, and planning a private war against the Nazis. And now the fate of the world rests on a single kill in the morning . . .

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"Superbly researched, scarily plausible, and with a great narrative drive – A Kill in the Morning is a cracking counterfactual, and a terrific debut." (STEPHEN BAXTER)

"I loved A Kill in the Morning. It’s easily up there with Fatherland . . . It’s clever, intelligent, literate, action-filled and utterly compelling. What more could we ask for in any book?" (MANDA SCOTT)

"A real page turner, and an insane read to boot – I mean that in the best possible way. Imagine a Fleming-esque assassin, only on steroids, and pitch him against the Nazis in a Cold War/Star Wars era where WWII ended in 1941, and this is what you get . . . a wonderful combination . . . a rollercoaster ride from beginning to end" (KNIGHT OF THE PEN blog)

"Part Day of the Jackal, part James Bond . . . a wonderful page-turner with a plot that would make a great action movie . . . an action-packed romp that Ian Fleming would be proud of." (SFFWORLD)

"RECIPE for a great debut book: 1) Mix two parts of Brit 1950s war thriller; 2) add a chunk of Indiana Jones and a dollop of Dr Who; 3) thicken the plot with a devil-may-care killer and a demon Nazi and; 4) cook it on a steady-paced heat. A Kill in the Morning should be a bonkers read, but it's served up so well it delivers even more than its cover blurb promises - and that's plenty. Bloody good work, Mr Shimmin." (WEEKEND SPORT)

Book Description

Take the meticulous research of Robert Harris, the spy thrills of Ian Fleming, the classic action of Alistair MacLean and the wild ride of a Tarantino film and you're coming close to A Kill in the Morning . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2989 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0593073533
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (19 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IG3Z1SY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Graeme Shimmin was born in Manchester, and studied Physics at Durham University.

His successful consultancy career enabled him to retire at 35 to an island off Donegal and start writing. He has since returned to Manchester and completed an MA in Creative Writing.

The inspiration for A Kill in the Morning - his prizewinning first novel - came from Robert Harris' alternate history novel, Fatherland, and a passion for classic spy fiction.

To find out more, and read his spy-themed short stories and book and movie reviews, visit

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The story is set in an alternative 1950s world, where WW2 ended in 1942 and Britain is engaged in a Cold War against a Germany still ruled by Hitler.

A nameless British assassin (think James Bond) goes AWOL to wreak a personal revenge on the Nazis. He uncovers troubling secrets within the British government, and ends up on a collision course with SS leader Reinhard Heydrich.. Together with Molly, an S.O.E heroine, and Kitty, a young resistance fighter with the White Rose, he ends up at the secret SS headquarters, the castle of Wewelsburg. He is about to uncover Heydrich's secret plan, a plan that will shake the world order to its foundation.

This book has it all: thrills, intrigue, and some unexpectedly moving moments. With a firm grounding in history, you'll be ready to follow the twists and swallow them whole. 100% enjoyable :-)
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A Kill in the Morning is not a "page-turner" - that worn out phrase does this alternative-history novel by Graeme Shimmin no justice at all. It is a tiger of a book whose power and dexterity whips you along behind it as you try to hold on frantically to the tale (sorry). It is a white-knuckle page-gripper of a book.

Set in an alternate history 1955, where Britain spearheads the effort to contain an undefeated and ascendant German Reich, the novel takes place against a backdrop of nuclear cold war and a superbly realised "what if" timeline where the Nazis are capable of landing on the moon and the remnants of the wartime security services play cat and mouse with a fanatical regime still led by the monsters of WWII.

This is the stage for the nameless narrator, an elite field operative in "The [post-war British Intelligence] Service", who has personal reasons to hate the Nazis above and beyond his current role, to prosecute his own private war of revenge, thereby setting into motion a fantastic and escalating series of events culminating in - well, that would be telling.

Worse, it would be depriving you of the pleasure of reading a wonderful, smart and deftly written book for yourself.

This is a thriller, and broadly follows the conventions of that genre: a gritty protagonist, a maniacal antagonist, femmes both fatale and... well actually they are all pretty fatale, and so on but it is never content just to conform to the genre. The book constantly disrupts the reader's complacency - a scene where the hero is taunted, pre-torture contains one of the funniest lines in a witty book, and the writing style overall is fresh and infused with a very modern energy that can be lacking in some more conventional actioners.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic alternate history spy thriller 26 Oct. 2014
Here is a spectacular, speculative thriller worth every page. It’s is a wild ride of alternate history, hard edged British spy homage, and Nazi super villainy. Throughout, Shimmin's tight prose delivers and plot twists abound. The author's love of thriller fiction from the post-war period soak into each chapter. Here are fond echoes of Flemming, MacLean, Higgins, and more.

But, the novel is no mere homage. Shimmin constructs an alternate history of 1955 that if not exactly plausible, pulses with excitement and rich detail. The book's unnamed protagonist is a veteran special agent with a knack for killing, and a license to go with it. The man does all for queen and country without feeling like a robotic superman. Along side him are two women that shape and soften his determined suicide missions. Both are likable and headstrong, if perhaps a little too defined by their sexual charms and suffering.  

The book is filled historical figures, especially Nazi leaders. Heydrich is the aggravating villain of the book, and the target of the protagonist's main mission. He's a little unrealistically thought, but a wonderfully aggravating character.

Shimmin makes no bones about his speculative thrill ride that boils ever higher into crazed Nazi super-science fiction. There are parts and pieces of the book that feel obligatory for sub-genre fans. And, there is some wry humor and cheek, but it remains a serious and violently real book, to its credit. Readers keep both feet on the ground through the grit of the British agent and his compatriots. They meet Nazi absurdity and cruelty to the end with fortitude and blood-and-guts action.

In short, I highly recommend this entertaining read. A gorgeous cover certain doesn't hurt its appeal!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A killer read 5 Aug. 2014
By J. Wise
RECIPE for a great debut book: 1) Mix two parts of Brit 1950s war thriller; 2) add a chunk of Indiana Jones and a dollop of Dr Who; 3) thicken the plot with a devil-may-care killer and a demon Nazi and; 4) cook it on a steady-paced heat.

A Kill in the Morning should be a bonkers read, but it’s served up so well it delivers even more than its cover blurb promises – and that’s plenty. It kicks off in a post-war Europe in which Winston Churchill died in 1941, an ailing Hitler is still the top banana and the nuclear Cold War is between Britain and Germany.

Enter a rogue Brit assassin with scores to settle over the death of his wartime pals. After a spot of wet work, he realises his chance meeting with a pretty young resistance fighter in Berlin could change the balance of power. Our hero is a sort of James Bond crossed with a Bulldog Drummond type who has no real qualms about slaughtering the baddies but a tender spot for the ladies. He has no time for toffs but his loyalty is fierce.

Building in the background is a secret weapon from antiquity the Germans have thrown a fortune at which could not only win the Cold War but potentially all wars, past, present and future. Delivering on this threat is a Nazi so nasty he makes Bond’s Blofeld seem like Alan Titchmarsh. And he’s in at an ending you’ll cheer…after gasping with disbelief.

Deceptively simple and straightforward, A Kill in the Morning becomes cunning, mind-boggling even, yet never loses its pace and purpose…to keep the reader onside. All that and a brilliant cover, too.

Good work, Mr Shimmin. Let’s see what you can come up with for your next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A kaleidoscope of genres
Comparisons are obviously going to be made between ‘A Kill in the Morning’ and ‘Fatherland’. They may not be helpful. Read more
Published 4 days ago by S'lander1
5.0 out of 5 stars A review for A Kill in the Morning
This was a really entertaining book with a surprising twist that you most likely wont see coming. Highly recommended reading!
Published 25 days ago by Michael Andrew Wall
4.0 out of 5 stars A nail-biting and highly entertaining page turner
I very much enjoyed this book. A Kill in the Morning is a witty, intelligent, off the wall, cross-genre caper with a labyrinthine plot involving spectacularly evil Nazis,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by ReadingWriter
5.0 out of 5 stars James Bond with a twist!
This is a spy thriller with a difference. The difference being that it's set in an alternate 1950s, where the Nazis weren't defeated in 1944, and there is a cold war in Europe... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Eric Ian Steele
5.0 out of 5 stars A new James Bond?
Escapism at its best. You'll love the James Bond style plot with the familiar tropes and you'll overlook the glaring dei es machina for the sheer verve of the writing, the tautness... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Malcolm Rutherford
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinarily exciting and clever new debut
I picked up on this via a review in Science Fiction magazine and thought it sounded entertaining.I was expecting an alternate history James Bond type story but this managed to be... Read more
Published 8 months ago by The humble reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 months ago by Ashley Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars A killer read at any time
If you like books that throw the odd unexpected turn, then you will like this one. And, the great thing about it is, even with all of the turns, details and subplots, it has a... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mister Ree
5.0 out of 5 stars Genre-bustingly brilliant
Fantastic stuff! Great story ... and pacey, too. Read over a couple of days on holiday. I was completely absorbed in the alternate world and couldn't put the thing down by the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Stephen J Galbraith
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