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The Second Midnight [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Taylor
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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As war looms in Europe, Hugh Kendall is a troubled young boy. When his hated father offers him the chance to visit Prague, however, Hugh feels that this may be a turning point in their relationship. Hugh could hardly have been more mistaken. His father had taken him as cover for his minor mission on behalf of the Intelligence Services, and has no second thoughts when he has to leave Hugh in the hands of the growing Czech Communist Resistance to allow him to return to England. Hugh is left without a family, without a home, and has to remake his life in a country which has just been over-run by the Nazis and where he does not even speak the language.

But Hugh begins to find himself, especially when he is taken under the wing of a Wehrmacht colonel, Helmut Scholl - a 'good' Nazi - and discovers the joys of friendship with Scholl's daughter Magda. Hugh's alien status as foreigner and potential enemy, however, is never forgotten by Scholl's son Heinz, who mistrusts and dislikes Hugh, feelings which are intensified to hatred when Colonel Scholl is killed shortly before the end of the war. As a shattered Europe edges towards an uneasy peace and an intensifying Cold War, Hugh and Magda are separated without any obvious hope of ever finding each other, and Hugh and Heinz are set on a course that will bring them into ultimate confrontation.

"Taylor is a highly entertaining, crisp and clean writer..." Publisher's Weekly
"First-class adventure" Irish Times

Andrew Taylor’s 30-plus novels include the bestseller, The American Boy, chosen by The Times as one of the top ten crime novels of the decade; the Roth Trilogy (filmed for TV as Fallen Angel); the Lydmouth Series; The Anatomy of Ghosts, shortlisted for Theakston’s best crime novel of the year; the Scent of Death (Historical Dagger); and The Silent Boy.

His most recent awards are the CWA Diamond Dagger and Sweden’s Martin Beck Award. He is The Spectator’s crime fiction reviewer. Further information: and on twitter @andrewjrtaylor.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 906 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Lydmouth Limited (12 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008L1ALRW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,092 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Second Midnight 20 Mar. 2013
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Andrew Taylor is always guaranteed to give a good read and 'The Second Midnight' is no exception. He manages to combine a very serious story with a lot of humour as he traces the progress of a young English boy left abandoned in Czechoslovakia at the start of WW2. The lad,, whose name is Hugh, shows amazing initiative and courage which,, coupled with a lot of sheer good luck, enables him to survive despite all odds. He learns to speak Czech and German with remarkable speed, and is able to pass himself off as a Czech boy. There is also a touching love story as Hugh begins to grow up and falls in love with the daughter of the German officer who takes him into work as a gardener's boy. I would thoroughly recommend this book..
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4.0 out of 5 stars The march of time. 13 Mar. 2014
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Interesting premise of somebody abandoned in the midst of war. Some of the actors in the drama are unloveable but that makes it more believable. The range of events also gives the story depth. Altogether an enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable 5 Mar. 2014
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Liked this book-quite interesting and well plotted with a sympathetic main character. Couldn't quite work out if it was aimed at a young adult or adult audience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spy Saga 12 Jan. 2014
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Set in London and Europe, two men who featured in broken Voices now adults in a quite involved story, found it quite long and very involved
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