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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (3 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752881353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752881355
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 969,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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a rip-roaring adventure thriller (Peterborough Evening Telegraph)

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On 29 April 1945, the Allies secretly surrendered unconditionally to Nazi Germany. Four hours later, that surrender was withdrawn. The world never knew - until now...

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Format: Paperback
What a coup! Yes, I never recognised that this is Simon Scarrows brother until I delved into author notes. And Alex Scarrow can certainly be put on a par, if not surpass, his brothers style.
This novel really races along, and for anyone interested in WWII fiction, it's a cracking piece.
Great plot with a downed USA B-17 found off the coast of Rhode Island. And the crew and mission? Well, no spoilers here!
What I can say, is that Alex Scarrow goes straight into my top 5 authors - I'll certainly be looking for more from him.
Great novel, well written, good characterisation.
Worth £8 of anyones money. Buy it!
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I'm very picky with fiction novels and if the book isn't gving me the X factor to read it it goes on the shelf and sometimes I never get back to it. This one is so gooooood! Such a great plot with characters you immediately get familiar with. The story builds up as it goes and you keep getting anxious to find out what's really gonna happen and, again, some authors don't get that last part of the book right either. But Alex Scarrow really nails it in a brilliant, emotional and brave way.
It's gone right on my top ten fav's ever.
A MUST!
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Probably the most telling thing that I can say about A Thousand Suns is that for the last 300 pages I couldn't put it down and spent 6 hours reading into the early hours to finish it.

It's all the more remarkable since, as one reviewer notes below, the discoveries in the opening chapters mean that we already know the ending in its broadest sense. But through a mix of compelling action and the curiosity of seeing how the last pieces of the jigsaw will fall into place, I had to keep reading. I was still speculating on some of the details going into the last chapters.

A thoroughly recommended read from a skillful author.
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Format: Hardcover
Since this is the fourth review I don't need to go into too much detail about the plot! The story unfolds at a good cinematic pace, especially the sections set in the modern era. The detail in the WW2 sections is good without being overwhelming and definitely fits with other fictional portrayals of the final days of Nazi Germany. A Thousands Suns is very similar in format to Guy Walters - The Occupation, which is not a bad thing! Alex makes a lot of good use of the small details that many authors leave to the readers imagination and this helps to develop the characters and setting.

The middle section of the book would have benefited from more alternation between the two settings as during the air combat sections switching to the modern setting would have created small cliff hangers. The modern "half" of the book could have benefited from being expanded as there is plenty of scope for the Chris character to have done more, but then the book would have been heading towards epic lengths!

A Thousand Suns is an excellent debut novel that I devoured in two days and would recommend to any fans of thrillers or alternative history!
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A fantastic gripping novel!I am normally not atracted to war or history related stories so I was very surprised to find how hooked I got to this book from the first page! A great balance between history and excitement.. with a very likeable main character!! Read it or regret it!
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By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
A Thousand Suns: Alex Scarrow
This book is a fantastic debut Novel for Alex, I myself am a fan of many genre, and in the world of War time exploits one of My favourite authors is Jack Higgins, some one I consider the master of this genre. I would put this book up there with his best, against the likes of Cold Harbour and The Eagle Has landed.
The Story Is a great testament to the courage or the men who fought in those times, alot of people forget or don't know that the Germans had many Brave men who were not Nazis and hated the Nazi ideal, but at the same time were committed to Germany and her people. They fought under the same appalling conditions with a great deal of courage and conviction...there are 2 side to every tale and this Story Shows the courage of the men from both sides and the hard decisions they might have had to make.
The story has a nice pace to the action, flitting between past and present without confusing the reader, and embroils you in web of secrecy that might have surrounded such an event if it had truly happened with its excellent easy to like characters.
Its a shame that this book is clearly a 1 off as I would really have like to meet some of these characters again.
Keep up the good work Alex, and I hope you write another wartime novel soon as you have a great flair for it.
(Parm)
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Great interaction between the German characters. Always good to read books that fully acknowledge that there were good, honest, honourable people on both sides of any conflict. The action in Germany and in the air was well described. The action in the USA was not covered as well, with the photographer and his companions the least convincing characters. I have thoroughly enjoyed each of the books I have read by this author.
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I really liked this book, especially the parts that focused on the secound world war. I found myself rushing through the modern day narrative to get to these parts. However I would put in one note of caution. I believe the ending is pretty predictable. I knew how it would all pan out from about half way through. I appreciate the ultimate ending is obvious from the beginning, however I found there were a few too many clues in regards to how it would actually happen. I still enjoyed it though.
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