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The Boys From Brazil: Introduction by Chelsea Cain by [Levin, Ira]
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Ira Levin's most inventive plot since Rosemary's Baby. Extremely clever, consisting of familiar Levin themes-biological engineering, the rebirth of the devil, human automation. (New York Times.)

Ira Levin's oeuvre includes more bestselling novels than is decent. (Observer)

Unputdownable novel about a plan to create the Fourth Reich. A clever and chilling vision of biological engineering. (Woman & Home)

Levin was a master of the high-concept thriller. Here, he fuses together two of the major concerns of his era - Nazi war criminals at large in Latin America, and the emerging science of cloning - to concoct a ripping yarn. (Best books... Jonathan Freedland, The Week)

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The classic thriller of Dr. Josef Mengele's nightmarish plot to restore the Third Reich, with an introduction by Chelsea Cain.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1432 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Corsair (21 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057GIR8O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,627 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was a thoroughly enjoyable thriller. Despite knowing the plot I still really liked this.

It is very fast paced, well written and even amusing at times.
It does require a certain amount of suspension of disbelief but it is so well done that I didn't really notice any of the possible lack of realism.
The central character, Leibermann is really well portrayed and makes a welcome change from the usual hero of thrillers.

****SLIGHT SPOILER*****
With the benefit of hindsight it probably gives too much credit in portraying some of the Nazis who fled to South America as evil geniuses. Josef Mengele seems to have been a psychotic killer rather than a serious scientist and his time in South America was somewhat seedy.
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I stumbled accross this in a charity shop for 50p and as I had vague recollections of seeing the film a good few years ago I thought I'd give it a go.

And? well I'm glad I did. I agree with the other review in so much as this novel does not seem to receive much (if any) acclaim, however, I loved it.

The premise is intriguing and the book grips from the very first page to the (thought provoking and scary) last page, it's well written and tightly plotted.

It kept me away from some (much needed) sleep was finished in 1 sitting, which is really the highest praise I can give it. Recommended, highly.

I'm off to search out some more from this author.......
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I bought this for the Kindle on a daily deal for 99p. Having seen the film 30 years ago and consigned it to back of my memory banks, I felt the time was right to revisit. And oh boy was it a good decision.

Ira Levin created some of the most iconic novels of the 70s - this one, The Stepford Wives, Rosemary's Baby, Sliver. The man was a creative genius, turning his hand to genuinely tense thrillers with widely different subject matter.

Anyway, back to 'Boys'. Levin taps into the 'Nazi-hunting' phenomenon of the late 60s/early 70s to bring a terrifying glimpse of what could happen if the Nazis found themselves reborn. A young Jew wanting to join the hunters finds himself witness to the plans of a Nazi cell down in the Amazon. Before he is dispatched by burly Nazis, he manages to place a call to renowned Nazi Hunter Yakov Liebermann, who is at a loss to explain what he heard.

Much of the novel is devoted to the declining fortunes of the hunters. What was previously a well-funded organisation is now losing it's backers. After all, there are only so many Nazis to catch. Liebermann believes he is on the trail of Josef Mengele, Angel of Death in Hitler's most trusted circle. An intelligent, yet wholly evil individual devoted to experimentation on children to prolong the Aryan genes. As Liebermann tries to unravel the mystery, 65 year old men suddenly start dropping dead in apparently unconnected circumstances.

Levin brings his characters to life brilliantly. I loved the way he describes Mengele's thoughts - you can feel the hate for the Jews coming off the page/screen, and also his intense dislike for anyone or anything which does not fit the Aryan ideal.
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By A Customer on 23 Dec. 2005
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The Boys From Brazil by Ira Levin, not to be mistaken for the chronicles of Brazilian football’s greatest players.
I am amazed there hasn’t been much fanfare or reverence awarded to this novel. The book never seems to feature on any best novel shortlist, well it definitely makes my shortlist.
The story revolves around Yakov Lieberman an aging Nazi Hunter, a sort of pertinent and righteous James Bond. After years of bringing to justice numerous Nazi luminaries and faced with a general public apathy for his work, one final chance of stardom beckons. The long awaited capture of the cruel Dr Mengele of Auschwitz infamy that in the name of science committed heinous crimes. The plot seems very fantastic and the only way to keep secrets of this magnitude is to have one secret keeper. However, it is still a terrific thriller that delves into the nature-nurture debate and different motives behind justice.
If this book does nothing else, it will encourage you to find out the real people and facts behind the holocaust.
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Superb 1976 thriller that became famous for the idea behind it, the creation (or not) of a Fourth Reich by cloning and distributing 94 identical children stemming from one historical source. And at the age of fourteen and at predetermined dates, the clones must suffer the same kind of trauma as the original source at age 14. The scheme is the brainchild of the perfidious, never apprehended Auschwitz camp doctor Josef Mengele and supported by a worldwide network of ‘Alte Kameraden’ based in South America.
Yakov Liebermann, a Jewish Nazi hunter in Vienna--much like Simon Wiesenthal-- is phoned from Brazil by a young American who unsuccessfully applied for a job at his center a year ago (for lack of funds). The call is broken off suddenly. What he managed to say sounded crazy, frightening and improbable. However, Yakov follows up the few leads provided, at first tentatively, then with increasing determination and creativity.
This thriller takes a little time to gather momentum, but once Levin gets into his stride he is unstoppable and relentless. Stephen King commented, “Levin is the Swiss watchmaker of the thriller genre”, meaning combining impeccable research with total precision in production. Sudden fright moments and plot surprises increase in number, leaving readers (m/f) with no respite except reading on until the end. This thriller was, most importantly, also written from the heart. Reading it 40 years after it was first published, Levin’s brief final chapter, a warning really, cannot be entirely dismissed with today’s populist politicians gaining ground on both sides of the Atlantic.
[Found the 1978 film version on YouTube. Ira Levin also wrote the book inspiring the movie “Rosemary’s Baby”. Finally, another seminal thriller from this vintage year is William Goldman’s “Marathon Man”, which was made into an even more successful film. YouTube shows a few trailers].
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