- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Press (19 Jun. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0593073533
- ISBN-13: 978-0593073537
- Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.9 x 23.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,409,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Kill in the Morning Paperback – 19 Jun 2014
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"Superbly researched, scarily plausible, and with a great narrative drive – A Kill in the Morning is a cracking counterfactual, and a terrific debut." (STEPHEN BAXTER)
"I loved A Kill in the Morning. It’s easily up there with Fatherland . . . It’s clever, intelligent, literate, action-filled and utterly compelling. What more could we ask for in any book?" (MANDA SCOTT)
"A real page turner, and an insane read to boot – I mean that in the best possible way. Imagine a Fleming-esque assassin, only on steroids, and pitch him against the Nazis in a Cold War/Star Wars era where WWII ended in 1941, and this is what you get . . . a wonderful combination . . . a rollercoaster ride from beginning to end" (KNIGHT OF THE PEN blog)
"Part Day of the Jackal, part James Bond . . . a wonderful page-turner with a plot that would make a great action movie . . . an action-packed romp that Ian Fleming would be proud of." (SFFWORLD)
"RECIPE for a great debut book: 1) Mix two parts of Brit 1950s war thriller; 2) add a chunk of Indiana Jones and a dollop of Dr Who; 3) thicken the plot with a devil-may-care killer and a demon Nazi and; 4) cook it on a steady-paced heat. A Kill in the Morning should be a bonkers read, but it's served up so well it delivers even more than its cover blurb promises - and that's plenty. Bloody good work, Mr Shimmin." (WEEKEND SPORT)
Take the meticulous research of Robert Harris, the spy thrills of Ian Fleming, the classic action of Alistair MacLean and the wild ride of a Tarantino film and you're coming close to A Kill in the Morning . . .See all Product description
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Then there is a book like A Kill in the Morning, which pisses merrily all over these over books from a great height, yet remains scandalously unread by many a year after its release.
This is possibly the best alternative history book I've read. Not just because of the thrilling story line, great writing, excellent pacing and so on, but because of the smart twist at the end. Yes, I saw it coming, but it was still a very clever way to play with the whole alternative history genre.
If you enjoy thrillers, war tales and/or alternative history, go and buy this book right now. No details, because it will spoil your enjoyment.
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!
One of the best alternative Second World War histories I have read for some time
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