Ostland Paperback – 18 Jul 2013
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'A riveting read' Sport (Sport)
'A thought provoking account of an ordinary person's capacity to do evil ... a fascinating important book' Literary Review. (Literary Review)
'An ambitious and very powerful novel that reflects the ultimate incomprehensibility of the Holocaust' Crimetime. (Crimetime)
'An intriguing mix of detection, thriller, courtroom drama, fact and fiction' The Times. (The Times)
'Very rarely do books reach into your psyche and take root. Ostland came along and kicked my door down. A wonderfully thought-provoking novel. Educational, entertaining and emotive throughout ... a first class read by an author at the top of their game' Crimesquad. (Crimesquad)
'To simply label Ostland as a crime thriller would not only do a great disservice to the sheer power and scope of this novel, but would in turn devalue a book that truly encompasses the very best elements of both the crime and historical fiction genres. This is without doubt one of the most affecting novels that I have read ... not just a book that deserves to be read, but a book that also needs to be read' Ravencrimereads. (Ravencrimereads)
'This nightmare-inducing new novel stretches crime fiction to its limits ... a compelling read' Mail on Sunday. (Mail on Sunday)
'With subtlety and intelligence, Thomas joins the historical dots to produce a novel with plenty to say - eloquently - about the brutalising effects of the Holocaust' Guardian. (Guardian)
About the Author
David Thomas is a journalist and writer, who already has an ongoing thriller franchise under the name of Tom Cain, published in the UK by Transworld. Blood Relative will be the first book under his real name incarnation.
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From its deceptive beginning as a seemingly straightforward and compelling crime read, Thomas not only manipulates our emotions to the central protagonist, Georg Heuser, but then allows us to bear witness to the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime during the latter stages of World War II. Opening with the real-life investigation of a brutal serial killer, stalking the S-Bahn network, Heuser makes his entrance as a young idealistic detective, driven by an innate sense of morality in the hunt for a killer. At the close of the S-Bahn killer case with the apprehension of the murderer Heuser tries to come to terms with his encounter with "a genuinely evil human being" and that to enter the killer's mind was to "enter a world of violence, degradation and filth, a world without pity, morality, or any feeling whatsoever for his fellow human beings- a world with which I had nothing in common at all" and a sentiment of the young Heuser that remained in my mind throughout the book.Read more ›
Though the words of Hauser, we hear how he "grew up under the shadow of defeat" after the first world war. How, although never a party member, he thought the National Socialists represented a promise of pride and strength. Looking up to men, such as Heydrich, he longed not only to advance his career, but take a violent killer off the streets. However, the war meant that Hauser would not spend his time in Berlin and, although he arrived in the Reich Commissariat of Ostland as a decent young man, he "had left it a monster..." This novel asks what happened in Riga and Minsk during the years Hauser was there and what turned idealistic, normal young men into the killers of women and children - precisely the people he had sworn as a policeman to protect. At times, this is an unsettling read, but brilliantly done and wonderfully written. It would make a fantastic novel for book groups, with so much to discuss, and you will be unable to read it and remain unmoved.
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A gripping account of one man's descent into a horror that changed him forever. The victims of whom are too numerous to even comprehend. Read morePublished 21 days ago by BRIAN ROBINSON
I loved this book, I could not put it down!! Extremely well written and horrifyingly realistic in the descriptions of what went on at Minsk. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ladyg
Not an easy read this book. The story of a dedicated policeman turned Nazi mass murderer with the justification that he was just doing his job. Read morePublished 2 months ago by lizc
Makes you think. What would you have done if you were there?
Research has shown that we would all have done just what we were told. Read more
How does a thoroughly professional, moral and talented policeman become the perpetrator of atrocities on the Eastern Front? Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Decided to read this whilst waiting for another ordered book to arrive, thinking it word be relatively easy. How wrong was I? Read morePublished 4 months ago by DSCH
As long as it's read with an open mind this is a very thought provoking tale.Published 5 months ago by David Berridge
An excellent read , the author has an interesting style but it works very well for me . Its often harrowing and at times you dont always see that coming but i thoroughly recommend... Read morePublished 5 months ago by musical gogs