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on 27 October 2003
William Diehl has done it again, 27 is one of the greatest works of historical fiction I have read. The book is certainly able to rival works by Frederic Forsythe, but what really gets me is that you are left wondering 'Did this actually happen?'
The book is set in Germany on the brink of the Second World War. Hitler and his associates have hatched a plan that could change the course of history, they could stop America entering the war, dooming the allies to be overrun by the iron fist of Nazi Germany. Only one man could stop this plan coming through, an American named Francis Keegan.
The research that has gone into this book is breath taking, Diehl literally transports you into Nazi controlled Germany leaving you believing you are with Hitler in Eagles Nest or with Keegan in Berlin. Diehl takes you through many famous and beautifully described areas of Germany and America during many historically significant moments. The plot is a roller coaster ride with many twists and turns full of thrills and chills that will leave you reading long into the night.
William Diehl has created a wild ride of action and suspense that is written with such clear detail it will leave you tearing through the pages as though your life depended upon it. In my own opinion this is one of the unsung heroes in Diehl's repertoire of books.
Basically this is one of the best fiction books I have read in a long time.
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on 8 August 2012
This is another great book by William Diehl.Classic WW2 fiction from the 1980's.The villan is very scary-a master of disguise and utterly merciless.The hero starts off as a playboy figure but personal tragedy turns him into a highly motivated man of vengence while still retaining his humanity.Fantastic climax.I read this book ages ago but still enjoyed reading it again.I enjoy Ken Follet's books of this genre but this is even better.
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on 6 September 2015
Another terrific story by Mr Deihl. Loved the characters, the energy of the story and the clever way he would translate the German phrases
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on 15 December 2010
This book is awful. It is awful in heroic proportions: the plot is ridiculous, the characters are unconvincing, the writing is turgid and childlike. The whole event is riddled with histoical howlers, which suggest that Diehl's research on pre-war Germany was probably limited to watching a few bad movies.
It is rare that I come across a book that I hate so much and which I actually finish; in normal circumstances I would have flung it to the floor in disgust. In this instance however, I was trapped without anything else to read and so I ploughed through the whole ghastly nonsense. It was torture.
Weak, badly written, infantile, clogged with steroetype, uncompelling in every way. The characterisation of the bad guys, Hitler included, is a hoot; they are all just too beastly, whereas the characterisation of the good guys is equally preposterous.
This is a book so bad it should never have been published.
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on 29 September 2015
I ordered "The hunt" and recievec "27"...
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on 25 April 2016
Another William Diehl book. Great. Great just great
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on 23 July 2015
great book and plot. well written.
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