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A Kill in the Morning [Paperback]

Graeme Shimmin
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19 Jun 2014

'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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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (19 Jun 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0593073533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593073537
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 http://graemeshimmin.com.

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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)

"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)

"Genius . . . an exciting rollercoaster of a novel . . . successfully weaves classic spy adventure fiction with superbly researched main characters and wonderful attention to historical detail . . . my favourite book of the year" (NE LIFESTYLE magazine)

"The book is tremendous . . . a fascinating concept and Shimmin makes the most of it . . . A Kill in the Morning is a thriller and thrills is what you get . . . the action is crisp, well-written, and intense" (TERRY IRVING, author of Courier)

"Crisp and enjoyable" (SFX magazine)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read 19 Jun 2014
By Aracnid
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Pre-ordered this and read it on night it came out and well worth the bother. The hero is more obviously James Bond than I expected and is barely disguised at all apart from remaining nameless. On one hand James Bond is one of the greatest literary creations of the 20th century, on the other hand he someone else's creation, and "borrowing" him is not exactly cricket. Still as a what if of James Bond vs the Nazi's it certainly gets some cool points.
Beyond that the writing is good, the story well paced and action packed, even the secondary heroes are engaging though as with anything Bond related the women fall in love instantly, that could have been a good opportunity to move away from Bond.
But the real star of the show is the villain who is the most engaging character in the book by long way and a truly evil genius, and naturally completely insane. He certainly gives Blofeld a run for his money in the villain stakes, his rants are fantastic.
All in all a good read and well worth £6
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinarily exciting and clever new debut 16 Aug 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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 so much more.As another reviewer has said this is a genre buster.It not only delivered what it intially seemed to offer but also an audacious science fiction/fantasy element.I think had I read a synopsis of the entire narrative I would not have bothered because I would have thought it was farcically over the top.What else could he put intot this story?But it absolutely carried me along as one extraordinary plot line after another was revealed. (Spoiler alert ). I partilcularly like the nazi scientist journal quotes spouting ludicrous theories which astonishly enough seem to be leading to an unbelievable plot twist in the final epilogue page.Great characters and villains ,great and exciting action sequences. The counter faction time lines notes were good and necessary additions. I am a total convert I hope we here some more from Mr Shimmin soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James Bond with a twist! 16 Sep 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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 between Britain and Germany!

The main plot is a revenge thriller, where the nameless narrator - a ruthless British assassin - travels to Germany to avenge the murder of his beloved mentor by taking out a prominent Nazi. On the way he has various Bond-esque adventures involving two attractive women and plenty of bad guys. But the real treat is the audacious Science Fiction twist in the book's third act! To say any more would spoil the surprise!

"A Kill in the Morning" is a great read, very fast-paced and thrilling, full of extraordinary research about World War II and beyond, some of which is quite shocking. This is James Bond for the modern generation. Smart, action-packed, and full of surprises! If you like your Ian Fleming with a dash of Phillip K Dick, this book is for you!
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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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