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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read, 19 Jun 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge and resistance meet in this page-turningly good novel, 23 Jun 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Genre-bustingly brilliant, 23 Jun 2014
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Fantastic stuff! Great story ... and pacey, too. Read over a couple of days on holiday. I was completely absorbed in the alternate world and couldn't put the thing down by the second half (thankfully, it bucketed down that day so we stayed in and I didn't have to!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Debut Unputdownable Read, 23 Jun 2014
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I’m always sceptical when a novelist’s work is compared to favourite authors of mine (in this case Ian Fleming and Robert Harris), because they rarely live up to the hype. But let me start my review by saying A Kill in the Morning delivers, and for once the comparisons are genuine.

The story will appeal to any fans of Bond or Fatherland - high octane action scenes, the slimiest villains (well you can’t get worse than the Nazis), fast-paced and page turning. Not to sound clichéd, but I couldn’t put it down. I haven’t been so addicted since reading Bourne and Jack Reacher, and the hero should be very appealing to fans of both of those. The hero has a very accessible voice, and I was immediately thinking and feeling like him. He really is what a genuine star of thriller novels should be, and I was on his side pretty much from the start.

The ‘what if…’ scenario is an interesting take on the Nazis and very plausible. I also found myself using Google and Wikipedia after I had finished to get more information on the shocking truths that are in this novel.

The main characters are all well drawn, especially the women, who aren’t mere ciphers as they can be in thriller novels. Kitty and Molly are brave and interesting themselves, and I won’t spoil the big surprise for me in terms of female characterisation, but I’m sure readers will know when they come across it.

A Kill in the Morning feels like the fifth or sixth offering from an established thriller master like Nesbo or Deighton, not a début. The writing is on point, and the author has mastered the x factor that makes an unputdownable thriller.

I really can’t recommend this enough! Buy it, you won’t regret it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A killer read at any time, 3 July 2014
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If you like books that throw the odd unexpected turn, then you will like this one. And, the great thing about it is, even with all of the turns, details and subplots, it has a pleasant economy of narrative style that makes it an easy book to get into.

I'm a real fan of the alternative reality/infinite parallel universes idea and I liked the way this was used to create the Hitler controlled, post WWII world setting. Although the story is pure escapism, it is, for the first three quarters, at least, realistic escapism (notwithstanding the whole rewriting of history thing). Also, I liked the way that this was contrasted by the occasional observations of an anonymous scientist, via his obscure journal entries. I had absolutely no idea what they meant at first but they are an intriguing signpost for what was going to happen later.

As for the characters, they are a captivating bunch. Heydrich is as good a baddie as I have come across. He didn't lapse in caricature or cliche and he is clever, persistent and ruthless. Kaltenbrunner is the perfect, almost as evil, sidekick. The protagonist narrator is a nice twist on the usual maverick hero, with all of his history, knowledge, contacts and cool, dynamic attitude.

To sum up, A Kill in the Morning is great fun and enjoyable to read as escapism, but also clever and interesting, with some surprising twists and turns. It's hard to do all of those things in one story!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 July 2014
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Brilliant!
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