This sounded so amazing from the reviews that i bought it outright instead of just downloading the normal sample. I f I hadn't done that, I probably wouldn't have bothered to finish it. The ideas are really interesting and it should work but for me the present day narrator is just far too annoying. I found it hard to believe he was some woman magnet as the book kind of implies as, from the way he behaves, in my head he was an infuriating loser!. I found myself either struggling to find him believable or else finding him incredibly annoying.
Having said that, there were elements of the story that were unbelievably moving and it was fascinating to get an insight into a resistance to the Germany being created by Hitler. It was also heartbreaking to know that the resistance was doomed to failure and, as the pace of events progressed, I found myself willing the plot to assassinate Hitler to succeed and for Von Staffen to survive, even though I knew that was not going to happen. Both tragic and moving, ultimately I was glad I persisted but wished I could have had more respect for Conrad. It was hard to see why he would have been entrusted with the task of collating the memoirs.