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An Invitation to Hitler

An Invitation to Hitler [Kindle Edition]

Bernard Neeson
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Quarter-finalist Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014

"Beautifully written, almost lyrical prose" ABNA Expert Reviewer (Excerpt)
'A thrilling read' Historical Novel Society

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Summer 1940:

Britain stands alone; its army smashed by the German blitzkrieg in France; the survivors barely rescued from the beaches of Dunkirk. In London, Winston Churchill is defiant, trying desperately to rally the nation, in the face of a threatened Nazi invasion of England.

But not all in the cabinet share his view. Some of them believe there is no option but to seek a deal with Hitler.

The all-conquering Nazi armies stand ready, 20 miles across the English Channel. But Hitler is hesitant. He would prefer the British to sue for peace. There are conflicting signals in Britain. The RAF appears to be weakening; there are reports of mutinies in the Royal Navy, peace marches, even hints of disloyalty involving the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Britain seems on the point of collapse.

Then an unknown group emerges and makes contact with the Nazis, seeking talks.

Who are these 'Realists'? Is there even a traitor inside the cabinet?

Who has sent an An Invitation to Hitler?

About the Author

Bernard Neeson lives in Dublin, near the bay, where he spends his leisure hours writing and sailing. Born in Belfast, he is a science graduate of Queen's University and holds a Diploma in Corporate Governance from University College Dublin. He spent a long career in the technology industry with IBM in Ireland, and remains a pension trustee.
Writing fiction developed from a long-standing interests in political and military history.
An Invitation to Hitler was inspired by a throwaway statement in Winston Churchill's History of the Second World War.
As Neeson researched the story, reading the histories, biographies and Cabinet papers from the period, it became clear that there might be more to Churchill's words than meets the eye. What began as a short story began to gather legs as he discovered many half-hidden facts and even more innuendo.
Visiting the sites and sailing the waters helped add context, and even more so, atmosphere.
Neeson remains fascinated by the period and its intrigues. With the final British files on the Second World War not due for release until 2017, he is convinced that there is more to be told.
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bigpa Publications; 2 edition (29 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,204 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT!! 15 Dec 2013
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An exciting, superbly researched and very feasible story obviously well researched and the author knows his history and the people in the story ie Churchill , Hitler and other lesser known characters. Only disappointment was that it finished too quick at the climatic part and was left in the air, literally!!

Cant wait for the next part which i understand will be in the first quarter of 2014. Highly recommended especially to buffs of WW2 History !!

Always interesting to read "What could have happened"?

Good luck to Bernard on his next books!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read - and totally plausible 5 Dec 2013
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Bought this on my kindle from a recommendation on another purchase. Read in 1 sitting coming back on the train from Glasgow and what a fascinating & cracking storyline. Historically accurate & factually correct this is nevertheless a novel - or is it?? I found it very well structured, well written & totally engrossing. Thoroughly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting alternative.... 29 Sep 2013
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.....history of a dark time for Great Britain. Given Churchill' s well recorded recklessness at the Dardanelles it's even more chilling to think that this might have crossed his mind. A good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing fiction - or is it fact? 18 Aug 2013
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This debut novel is so well crafted that I began to doubt that it is fiction. It is clear that a great deal of research was undertaken to create this work and the authors grasp of that part of history, and the main players involved, is highly informative, regardless of what really happened. If this is a debut novel I look forward to the follow up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting first novel! 11 Aug 2013
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This first novel by Bernard Neeson is a real page turner! An intriguing plot, and strong characterisation, not only into the familiar and complex personality of Churchill, but of others close to him in the early stages of World War II. The relationship between Churchill and Brendan Bracken is particularly interesting as the plot develops.

The writer develops the fascination idea that Hitler is tricked into invading England with false information about our strength and resources. This would have been a daring plan indeed, but Neeson presents it as scarily possible. Neeson brings to life this very challenging period in our history, with well researched detail and a fast moving story. The descriptions of the dog fights in the skies above the south of England are particularly evocative.

This is a well crafted first novel. It ends with invasion about to commence, and the reader wanting more. Will Neeson give us the next stage in this alternative history of the war?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Concept 22 July 2013
By Gobberz
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It's an interesting idea to think about, could Churchill and the War Cabinet have actually considered this. May definitely have ended the war prematurely. Shame the book didn't go on to see whether Britain won.

Try it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great first novel 6 Dec 2013
By Bryan
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If your a fan of alternative history in particular the Second World War than you will enjoy this book it sets out a scenario which encompasses a different outcome to Hitler's invasion of Great Britain.
Its well written and detailed in terms of the characterisation of key individuals.
Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars War Games 15 July 2013
By Poppy
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An intriguing story which hovers between fact and fiction showing us the Churchill we know from the history books but also the Churchill who may have dabbled in a dangerous world of military intrigue and conspiracy. The book records real events of World War 11, just after Dunkirk when Britain was on the brink of defeat. It shows Churchill in desperate closed meetings with his confidants, especially Bracken, searching for a way out of the crisis. At this stage the author presents us with an imagined scenario of 'what if' What if Hitler was actually invited to invade? The reasons for such an unbelievable scenario are explored by the author in many hours of tense dialogue, behind closed doors, throughout the night, as the British war cabinet and its advisers explore every avenue. So the controversial suggestion of the book's title begins to emerge. We also get to hear Hitler's view of events as he meets with his generals to prepare for invasion. These intense extracts of top level discussion are balanced by imagined street scenes in Berlin, where families enjoy summer promenades, unaware of impending events. Other treats for the reader are description of spitfires soaring high against distance horizons. Overall this is a well researched book, written in clear prose - well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an interesting idea
Mixing what actually happened in the Summer of 1940 with a what if? If you enjoy history in general, alternative histories, 2nd World War stories and complex plotting then this is... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Michael Foster
4.0 out of 5 stars A good alternative history
Lovers of alternative history should enjoy this romp through wartime Britain. It has a good plot, good characters. An entertaining read.
Published 14 days ago by Helen Hollick
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating Alternate History
In this fascinating Alternate History novel Prime Minister Winston Churchill devises a cunning and dangerous plan to deceive the Nazis into invading Britain. Read more
Published 1 month ago by martin putt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read !!!
I really enjoyed this book, very thought provoking. The writer has had an excellent idea and turned it into a fascinating read, full of action. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bob Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! Great historical fiction!
An Invitation to Hitler is an excellent read and very hard to put down. The historical fiction has been skilfully interwoven with the actual events of the day; so much so, that it... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Fearghal Hannaway
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise
...and on the whole well delivered by the author, as a plausible 'what if' scenario. My main complaint is that the narrative is laid out almost exclusively through dialogue between... Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. R. Clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful and well researched might-have-been
Neeson provides a superb recreation of the dark days of 1940 when Britain stood alone following her defeat at Dunkirk. Read more
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