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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (27 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061989193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061989193
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,075,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On the eve of World War II, under orders from SS Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler, explorer Kurt Raeder sets out for the Tibetan mountains in search of a legendary energy source that could ensure the ultimate Nazi victory. Only American zoologist Benjamin Hood, together with aviatrix Beth Calloway, can stop Raeder and his team before the tides of history run red with blood.

Decades later, in present-day Seattle, software publicist Rominy Pickett is saved from certain death. Her rescuer, a mysterious journalist, claims to know the truth about Rominy s family warning her of evil forces again on the rise . . . and the coming apocalypse that she must somehow prevent.

Spanning continents and more than seventy years, Blood of the Reich is William Dietrich at his very best a white-knuckle thrill ride filled with adventure, authentic historical detail, and unforgettable characters."

Review

"Dietrich's background as a naturalist and historian allow him to successfully create outlandish plots against authentic, real world settings...[Blood of the Reich] sets its sights high and never fails to deliver."--New York Journal of Books

"True to form, many of the facts Dietrich peppers in this gripping read relate to real-life events. This attention to detail [is] part of what makes what the writer has to say all the more compelling."--Cascadia Weekly

"Blood of the Reich showcases [Dietrich's] best skills, marrying riveting historical set pieces to a modern, taut thriller. Evocative and deadly, bloody and harrowing, this book left me breathless and churning through the last pages until its jaw-dropping climax. Not to be missed."--James Rollins, author of The Devil Colony

"Blood of the Reich is something new for William Dietrich. A foray into the modern world of the international thriller--loaded with secrets, conspiracies, action, adventure--but with all of the rich scope and history we've come to expect from a Dietrich book. Top-notch entertainment."--Steve Berry, author of The Jefferson Key

"William Dietrich has a knack for working interesting historic episodes into a thrilling story...The action is nonstop, and the locations are fascinating...an absorbing read."--Skagit Daily Herald

"[Dietrich's] compulsively readable Blood of the Reich takes off from a real (and really bizarre) event--a Nazi expedition to Tibet that hoped to discover the Aryan race's origins."--Seattle Times

"Dietrich's superior stylistics keep the reader on track with the back-and-forth plots in this engrossing action/adventure novel that crosses the decades and circles the globe. If you're partial to the novels of James Rollins and/or Boyd Morrison, then you'll love this one."--Yahoo! Shine

"Dietrich takes the reader on a roller coaster ride. The history and plotting are excellent and all the elements of a fine thriller are present. Fans of this genre of novel will love this fast paced book."--Mystery One

"Told in alternating chapters-past and present-the story is at once a fast-paced historical adventure and a gripping modern-day thriller. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a ripping yarn."--Booklist

"[A] diverting thriller from Dietrich. Plenty of chases, deadly confrontations, and startling revelations keep the pages turning."--Publishers Weekly

"In BLOOD OF THE REICH, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist William Dietrich has created a fascinating, fast-paced thriller rich in historic detail and modern technology, with heavy doses of suspense, a dash of romance and a cast of memorable characters worth rooting for."--Bookreporter.com

"It's quite a ride, filled with surprises, and not to be missed. As long as you can suspend a little disbelief, you'll revel in Blood of the Reich."--Bookloons.com

"Dietrich has created a wonderful web of intrigue, using history, vibrantly depicted settings, and great character development that leaves the reader unsure of whom to trust until the very end. Fans of Raiders of the Lost Ark will definitely add this to their holds list."--Romantic Times Book Review

Dietrich s background as a naturalist and historian allow him to successfully create outlandish plots against authentic, real world settings...[Blood of the Reich] sets its sights high and never fails to deliver. --New York Journal of Books"

[A] diverting thriller from Dietrich. Plenty of chases, deadly confrontations, and startling revelations keep the pages turning. --Publishers Weekly"

Dietrich s superior stylistics keep the reader on track with the back-and-forth plots in this engrossing action/adventure novel that crosses the decades and circles the globe. If you re partial to the novels of James Rollins and/or Boyd Morrison, then you ll love this one. --Yahoo! Shine"

William Dietrich has a knack for working interesting historic episodes into a thrilling story The action is nonstop, and the locations are fascinating an absorbing read. --Skagit Daily Herald"

Told in alternating chapters-past and present-the story is at once a fast-paced historical adventure and a gripping modern-day thriller. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a ripping yarn. --Booklist"

Blood of the Reich showcases [Dietrich s] best skills, marrying riveting historical set pieces to a modern, taut thriller. Evocative and deadly, bloody and harrowing, this book left me breathless and churning through the last pages until its jaw-dropping climax. Not to be missed. --James Rollins, author of The Devil Colony"

In BLOOD OF THE REICH, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist William Dietrich has created a fascinating, fast-paced thriller rich in historic detail and modern technology, with heavy doses of suspense, a dash of romance and a cast of memorable characters worth rooting for. --Bookreporter.com"

True to form, many of the facts Dietrich peppers in this gripping read relate to real-life events. This attention to detail [is] part of what makes what the writer has to say all the more compelling. --Cascadia Weekly"

Dietrich takes the reader on a roller coaster ride. The history and plotting are excellent and all the elements of a fine thriller are present. Fans of this genre of novel will love this fast paced book. --Mystery One"

It s quite a ride, filled with surprises, and not to be missed. As long as you can suspend a little disbelief, you ll revel in Blood of the Reich. --Bookloons.com"

Dietrich has created a wonderful web of intrigue, using history, vibrantly depicted settings, and great character development that leaves the reader unsure of whom to trust until the very end. Fans of Raiders of the Lost Ark will definitely add this to their holds list. --Romantic Times Book Review"

[Dietrich s] compulsively readable Blood of the Reich takes off from a real (and really bizarre) event a Nazi expedition to Tibet that hoped to discover the Aryan race s origins. --Seattle Times"

Blood of the Reich is something new for William Dietrich. A foray into the modern world of the international thriller loaded with secrets, conspiracies, action, adventure but with all of the rich scope and history we ve come to expect from a Dietrich book. Top-notch entertainment. --Steve Berry, author of The Jefferson Key"


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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Despite being rather an obvious plot line, which I'd worked out very early on, this was quite an enjoyable book. Very clearly defined good guys and bad guys, and an engaging premise for a story. This would make a brilliant made for TV movie with actors who never quite made the top strata of their profession. I could see this quite happily on the Sci-Fi channel on a long dark night and happily watch it to the end. That's the sort of book it is, it's not going to change the world, it's not a classic, but it's alright, it's not the worst book I've read, far from it (see my other reviews for that particular gem), this was an OK read. I'd read others of Mr Dietrich's books on the back of this one, and i hope someone does make a movie of it.
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By C. Green TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Mar. 2012
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I really wanted to like Blood of the Reich. With the exception of Getting Back I have enjoyed all of William Dietrich's previous novels, especially his Ethan Gage series. With Blood of the Reich mining a similar seam to the one that produced the excellent Ice Reich (Nazis, loosely based on real events, wilderness adventures) I had high hopes.

Its therefore all the more disappointing to report that Blood Reich is a total misfire from an otherwise reliable author. A disjointed narrative, preposterous plotting and poorly paced, without a single engaging character, real sense of wonder or genuine thrills, it was a real slog to get through. By the time I reached the big 'twist' two thirds of the way through, which had been signposted so heavily as to be entirely unsurprising, I was totally disengaged. When the action shifted to the large hadron collider at CERN and became even more outlandishly implausible I finally threw in the towel.

I very rarely fail to finish a book once I've started. It says something about how poor Blood of the Reich was that I chucked it in. Were it not for the good will Dietrich has earned with his other books this would have been a one star review.
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Like all of his Books Mr Dietrich makes a very good read.Simply could not put it down and cant wait fore more.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x921ca984) out of 5 stars 72 reviews
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x928c5480) out of 5 stars Nazis screwing up Shangri-La 7 July 2011
By Cheryl Stout - Published on Amazon.com
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What a great adventure read! We have Nazis (past and present), a search for a lost city, a rich explorer, a lady pilot, a lost heir, Buddhist monks and nuns, the wonderful land of Tibet, the Pacific Northwest, a hidden cabin, the CERN supercollider, ancient technology. What is not to like? And Dietrich does it so well.

The action is fast, the science is credible, the descriptions of countrysides are dazzling. Character development was good - I felt like I could pick most of his characters out of a crowd. I especially ended up liking Sam Mackenzie. I ended up disliking LOTS of characters as the story progressed.

My two other favorite books of Dietrich's are Dark Winter (great Antartic adventure) and Getting Back (a futuristic Australian survival saga).
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Julie Merilatt - Published on Amazon.com
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Based on the intriguing premise of a Nazi expedition to Tibet, this book had many elements that could have made it great, but as a whole, it didn't deliver. Kurt Raeder is sent to Tibet by Himmler to uncover a long lost power, and in America, Benjamin Hood is recruited to stop Raeder and his team from success. Intertwined in this decent historical drama is the current day plot of Rominy Pickett, who is conveniently rescued from a car bomb by a mysterious stranger who explains her ties to the quest that occurred generations before. This "hero" Jake is too well informed and prepared to not be suspicious and Rominy is too trusting and complacent for her to be a strong protagonist. Their dialogue is corny and the author uses their witty banter to explain sub-atomic physics, spirituality and other complex issues. This modern-day adventure seemed too contrived in relation to the captivating historical component. The one-dimensional characters of both plots tended to make poor decisions that were frustrating. The conclusion could be open for a sequel, but if not, it ended too abruptly. I commend the fast pace and the pre-WWII Nazi aspect, but when the past and present plots come together at the end, it did not feel cohesive. If one can look past the flaws, this book will appeal to fans of the genre, but I wish it had been better developed to offer a more profound experience.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9299f8ac) out of 5 stars Far from being the book it could have been, and should have been 7 Nov. 2012
By The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When Rominy Picket meets and interesting stranger at the local grocery store, she little realizes that this man is going to take her on the biggest adventure of her life. It seems that she stands to inherit a very dangerous legacy, and a group of Neo-Nazis are willing to kill her to get it themselves.

This is also the story of Benjamin Hood, a rich American, living in the Great Depression, who is tasked by the government with finding out what a Nazi expedition to Tibet is really up to. The leader of the Nazi expedition, an SS man and a true believer in the superiority of the Aryan race, will stop at nothing to achieve his ends. Can Hood stop him in time?

OK, yeah, this is one of those, "I wanted to like this book" type book. It's got some really good ideas, not least of which is the whole "secret of Tibet" angle. However, I did find that the author dropped the ball. First of all, I really could not get into the Neo-Nazi angle - why not radical Bonapartists or French Revolutionaries who want to reestablish the Reign of Terror? It's old hat: been there done that, tired of the same old same old.

Also, I think that the author did go too far with some of the action, making the reader suspend disbelief a little too far. It just kept me from really embracing the story. No, this is an OK book, but it's far from being the book it could have been, and should have been. No recommendation here.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92cd81e0) out of 5 stars Kept Me Reading - Not Sure Why 8 Feb. 2012
By Norbert Haupt - Published on Amazon.com
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I picked up this book when I saw it in the rack at an airport bookstore. A Nazi intrigue and action adventure story. Oh goody.

Blood of the Reich plays partly during the Hitler years, starting in 1938 through 1945, and partly in the present time, 2010 plus - since there are iPhones, Kindles and other modern devices mentioned. The two story-lines are told mostly in alternating chapters, one in 1938, the other in the present time, switching back and forth. The plot comes together in the last third of the book, where I was suddenly able to connect the dots.

The protagonist is Rominy, a ditsy software publicist who works in a cubicle somewhere in Seattle, until she is essentially kidnapped and taken on a wild ride, from Washington state backwoods, to Tibet and to Germany. The villain is a Nazi officer in 1938, sent on a mission to Tibet by Himmler, who wants to get a hold of powerful technology. All the bad guys are Germans, in 1938 as well as in 2010. All the good guys are Americans. All the good and bad guys want to sleep with all the girls, whether the girls are a Tibetan nun they are all after, or an American female pilot in China, or - Rominy. The Nazi doctrine is regurgitated by the villain over and over again. And the entire story is contrived to a degree that it's hard to read. Rominy is not a credible heroine. She is ignorant of much of what is going on around her, but somehow she thinks she can take on a whole gang of neo-Nazi thugs. It just does not make much sense.

I was tempted to skip over boring scenes, but somehow the plot and its intricacies kept me reading and turning the pages. The ending was abrupt and not quite believable. I don't regret reading this book, but I would not recommend it to anyone else, nor would I read a sequel and it doesn't make me want to pick up another Dietrich novel.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92db03f0) out of 5 stars Nazis in Tibet--it should have been a winner 18 July 2011
By Susan Tunis - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a fan of William Dietrich since way back when he published Ice Reich. When I read the description of Blood of the Reich, I was hopeful that he was returning to some of his strongest subject matter. Alas, while there is some fun to be had with Blood of the Reich, I have to admit that in my optimism I was disappointed.

The story is told in two times through three narrative threads, two in the past and one in the present. The two narrators of the past are Nazi Kurt Raeder and American Benjamin Hood. The two had met on a joint scientific expedition to Tibet years earlier, but when Raeder's true colors were revealed, they became sworn enemies. What true colors, you ask? Well, there was a woman and "Raeder wanted one to dominate, to hear her cries..." The man's a Nazi; of course he's a sadistic murderous pig. `Nuff said. As for Benjamin Hood, he's struggled to overcome his privileged upbringing, and he can't refuse when his country comes to him for help. The Nazi's are returning to Tibet, and the U.S. wants to know what they're up to.

In present day Seattle, we are introduced to protagonist Rominy Pickett, who, as the novel opens, is trying to evade the good-looking but overly persistent creep stalking her through the frozen foods section. Rominy describes herself like this, "I'm a publicist. I spend my days promoting bug-laden software that will be obsolete six months after we sell it. I'm like Dilbert." She's an everywoman that gets sucked into the adventure of her life after her supermarket stalker saves her from being blown to bits and whisks her away from everything she has ever known.

Rather into go into a great deal more detail about the convoluted plot, I'll simply say that the Nazi's were searching for the mythological city of Shambala, and legends of a secret power source found there. All events from the novel spring from that basic premise, and it's not a bad jumping off place. Unfortunately, I found the execution to be significantly flawed. Where to start?

Let's start with the relationships. They were all extreme. It was all love or hate in this book, and characters tended to be cartoonishly black or white. There were several romantic relationships depicted, all fairly ridiculous, though none more so than the contemporary romance, which was laughable, with dialogue like, "Can't you tell? I've fallen in love with you?" spoken a day after meeting. Ugh. Major plot twists were broadly telegraphed, leading up to Scooby-Doo-ish revelations. And while Dietrich dressed his mystical MacGuffin up in a thin veneer of science, ("Some of the Nazis believed in an energy source called the Black Sun, buried at the center of the earth. Woo-woo, right? Except not entirely different from our ideas of dark energy, an energy so mysterious we can't even detect it.") he never sold me on the basic plot. It was just too far-fetched for me.

And I might have forgiven a lot of the above, had he pulled off a powerhouse ending, but the end of the novel was probably the most disappointing part of all. It all just sort of fizzled, with no firm resolution. God, I hope he's not setting up a sequel. William Dietrich is a fine writer. His prose is above average for a thriller. I know that he can create compelling characters and plots. But somehow he missed the boat this time out. Here's hoping the next novel will be more satisfying.
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