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The Hunt (aka 27) [Kindle Edition]

William Diehl
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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As the world trembles with the approach of World War II, a woman dies at the hands of Hitler's henchmen. Her murder forever changes her lover, Francis Scott Keegan, a relentless anti-Nazi mercenary, who becomes locked in a desperate cat-and-mouse game with the Third Reich's perfect spy, a man of a thousand faces. In an arena that encompasses presidents and gangsters, spies and sirens, the deadly present and the dark past, Keegan pursues his elusive quarry into the cutting edge of world events—and into the secret inner workings of a terrifying mission known only as "27."

"The best book of its kind since THE DAY OF THE JACKAL...Edge-of-the-seat stuff."--PEOPLE

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"A rip-roaring rollercoaster of suspense, riveting from beginning to end."

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Publishers Weekly
Diehl integrates historical events such as Hitler's rise to power and Dillinger's bank robberies into this thriller about a heroic ex-bootlegger and his nemesis, agent 27, a Nazi planning to kidnap some of America's most powerful men. ``Despite some improbable coincidences, his solidly researched tale is suspenseful, ingenious and, in places, deeply moving,'' said PW.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1516 KB
  • Print Length: 514 pages
  • Publisher: AEI/Story Merchant Books (21 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008NXV0R8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #202,456 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you wondering 'Did it happen?' 27 Oct. 2003
William Diehl has done it again, 27 is one of the greatest works of historical fiction I have read. The book is certainly able to rival works by Frederic Forsythe, but what really gets me is that you are left wondering 'Did this actually happen?'
The book is set in Germany on the brink of the Second World War. Hitler and his associates have hatched a plan that could change the course of history, they could stop America entering the war, dooming the allies to be overrun by the iron fist of Nazi Germany. Only one man could stop this plan coming through, an American named Francis Keegan.
The research that has gone into this book is breath taking, Diehl literally transports you into Nazi controlled Germany leaving you believing you are with Hitler in Eagles Nest or with Keegan in Berlin. Diehl takes you through many famous and beautifully described areas of Germany and America during many historically significant moments. The plot is a roller coaster ride with many twists and turns full of thrills and chills that will leave you reading long into the night.
William Diehl has created a wild ride of action and suspense that is written with such clear detail it will leave you tearing through the pages as though your life depended upon it. In my own opinion this is one of the unsung heroes in Diehl's repertoire of books.
Basically this is one of the best fiction books I have read in a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great WW2 spy novel 8 Aug. 2012
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This is another great book by William Diehl.Classic WW2 fiction from the 1980's.The villan is very scary-a master of disguise and utterly merciless.The hero starts off as a playboy figure but personal tragedy turns him into a highly motivated man of vengence while still retaining his humanity.Fantastic climax.I read this book ages ago but still enjoyed reading it again.I enjoy Ken Follet's books of this genre but this is even better.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly rotten book 15 Dec. 2010
By Simon
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is awful. It is awful in heroic proportions: the plot is ridiculous, the characters are unconvincing, the writing is turgid and childlike. The whole event is riddled with histoical howlers, which suggest that Diehl's research on pre-war Germany was probably limited to watching a few bad movies.
It is rare that I come across a book that I hate so much and which I actually finish; in normal circumstances I would have flung it to the floor in disgust. In this instance however, I was trapped without anything else to read and so I ploughed through the whole ghastly nonsense. It was torture.
Weak, badly written, infantile, clogged with steroetype, uncompelling in every way. The characterisation of the bad guys, Hitler included, is a hoot; they are all just too beastly, whereas the characterisation of the good guys is equally preposterous.
This is a book so bad it should never have been published.
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