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The Nero Decree by [Lee, Gregory]
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"Lee’s novel offers a brilliant portrayal of the utter chaos of the final weeks of the Third Reich, the horrors of Nazism, the German people’s well-warranted fear of the brutality of the Russian onslaught, and the privations suffered by all Germans. The Nero Decree is stunningly bleak but difficult to put down." -Booklist

"Lee’s braiding of fact with authorial invention might recall Ian Fleming – and he does share that writer’s minimalism. But actually there’s shades of David Nicholls in there too: this is muscular prose, but marbled with empathy. And it is precisely because it has heart, that Lee’s depiction of historical repression is able to touch a nerve in the present." - GQ Magazine

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"Lee’s novel offers a brilliant portrayal of the utter chaos of the final weeks of the Third Reich, the horrors of Nazism, the German people’s well-warranted fear of the brutality of the Russian onslaught, and the privations suffered by all Germans. The Nero Decree is stunningly bleak but difficult to put down." -Booklist



"Lee’s braiding of fact with authorial invention might recall Ian Fleming....But actually there’s shades of David Nicholls in there too: this is muscular prose, but marbled with empathy. And it is precisely because it has heart, that Lee’s depiction of historical repression is able to touch a nerve in the present." -GQ Magazine

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2559 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (5 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C4ZW9NK
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
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This was a pretty good story, but I have only given it three stars because I felt there were just too many narrow escapes
Which may possibly be due to my cynical old age and having read too many similar type books in the past.
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This is a deeply compelling novel that successfully captures the loves, losses and degenerate behaviour of war. The pace of Lee's narrative is relentless as the drama unfolds and hurtles towards the dramatic finale. The characters are fully rendered - I found myself despising Dieter, rooting for Johann and feeling desperate empathy for other players in this greek tragedy.
The scale and ambition of the story is impressive, the attention to detail astonishing and the way Lee conjures an overall impression of urgency, oppression and impending doom makes this an extraordinarily accomplished debut. As Tom Clancy passes, are we witnessing the birth of a new blockbuster writer?
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Two half-brothers, one a committed Nazi, the other a man who has tried to keep his head down in the atrocity years, meet in the last days of the Reich as the Soviets close in on Berlin. State secrets and family secrets unravel. A gruelling but completely compelling novel of pursuit and murder set against the awful chaos of the collapse of Nazism.
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A good read, if you like wartime thrillers this is a work of fiction but has a believable plot and some good characters. it takes you on a journey of two brothers who are on opposite sides of the fence, one a Nazi with Nazi beliefs, the other a doctor who understands the value of life.Sometimes you can find yourself in situations where your beliefs are overridden by the desire to survive, when you've lived your life preserving the lives of others you may find you are given a choice......... Do you Kill the few to help preserve the lives of the many?
an entertaining read which is not far fetched and leaves you thinking "it could have happened"!
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It is 1934. Johann and Dieter are half-brothers. Their father, Nicholas, is an intellectual and the book opens with him giving a key to Nicholas warning that it must be kept from Dieter. Dieter arrives with Nazi thugs and Nicholas is carted off, never to be seen again.

Flash forward. It is the dog-end of the war in Berlin. The city is on its knees and fearful of the marauding Soviets who are almost at the gates. Johann is a surgeon in a field hospital. Dieter has risen in the Nazi ranks, but he is badly injured and finds himself under Johann’s care. Johann has spent the war trying to avoid his brother knowing he is after the key and believing he is responsible for Nicholas’s death. Now that he has the chance, he tries to kill Dieter. This is one of several failed attempts. He hears about the Nero Decree, under which Berlin and its people will be destroyed to stop anything of value falling into the hands of the Soviets. And the key? Can Johann outwit Dieter?

Johann’s wife and niece are still in the city and Johann must stop the Nero decree and get them to safety. From being a life-saving surgeon he turns murderer and SS impersonator as he desperately tries to get to his family before Dieter does. There are plenty of twists and turns, many of which are implausible, but it’s a good yarn and quite compelling. Good triumphs in the end, partly through Johann’s tenacity and partly through good fortune personified by Lukas the baker boy who seems to crop up where he is most needed with what is most needed – usually a gun.

Berlin falls, of course, and much of it is destroyed, but the people are indomitable and retain their dignity in the face of the awful catastrophe that has befallen them through British bombing, Soviet invasion, but above all because of the madman Hitler and his cronies. A good read as long as disbelief is properly suspended.
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You could be forgiven for the dismissing the title as a paperback cliché but 'The Nero Decree' order was for real. The historical fact now seems otherworldly, newsreel. This novel excels through the factual grounding in bringing the world into sharp focus. The sense of Berlin is outstanding. The stunning rendition of chaos oscillating with frenzied attempts at control as Nazi Germany collapses gives this Hollywood paced thriller a nightmarish edge. What, however, makes this odyssey compelling is the humanity and empathy given to the characters trying to survive and protect their loved ones.
Two brothers, one Wehrmacht Doctor, the other SS drive the narrative. The sense of ordinary lives being crushed by the enormity of events is powerful and suggests that we are still wise to reach for narratives to try and comprehend the events of the midcentury. A succession of impossible decisions and the divided loyalties makes the story live, pulling the reader along to see if there is anything left to save. Ultimately the characters facing the horror descending on Berlin have to ask themselves when do they stop following the orders?
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I've been reading historical novels for decades now but have to admit that I've never come across Gregory Lee before. I read The Nero Decree based purely on my interest in the fall of the Third Reich, but was not prepared for the power and emotion of the story telling. The Nero Decree carries the historical authority of a Robert Harris novel but the drive and energy of the best works of Jack Higgins and Robert Ludlum. I eagerly await the next book by this new, but brilliant, historical dramatist
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