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The Darkest Hour: A Novel
The Darkest Hour: A Novel
by Tony Schumacher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Is this the worst researched book ever written?, 10 Feb. 2015
This is a majestically poorly written and researched book, and if it was intended as a successor to Robert Harris's 'SS-GB', the author has failed in spades. Clearly Schumacher's research did not extend beyond a five minute Google search of notable locations in London and his knowledge of Nazi Germany is embarrassingly limited. For example, Wapping Police Station was and is the headquarters of the River Police, it has never been an operational Metropolitan Police Station with cells and CID as the author claims. Charing Cross Police Station, the supposed headquarters of the Gestapo in London, was only built in 1992, (formerly it had been Charing Cross Hospital), so quite why the principal character had served there in the 1930's as a beat PC is a complete mystery. The Munich Putsch of 1923 was never 'celebrated' by the Nazis, so why there would have been a parade to mark the anniversary in London in 1946 is, yet again, a unexplained mystery. It is claimed that the London Detective Sergeant at the core of the action is a member of an 'Einsatzgruppen', which even cursory research would have shown never happened in occupied territories, as such units were staffed exclusively by German police officers and German SS, never local police or militias. Finally, in a plot twist which is almost laughable, an escape from the the Gestapo in London is apparently undertaken on small boat, skippered by an IRA man, from the London docks to neutral Ireland and freedom. The mind boggles at the route the boat would have taken - out into the North Sea and around Scotland? or past Dover and along the South Coast to the Irish Sea? By reading this appalling book I have wasted at least three hours of my life that I will never get back, do not make the same mistake.
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By Tony Schumacher The Darkest Hour: A Novel [Paperback]
By Tony Schumacher The Darkest Hour: A Novel [Paperback]
by Tony Schumacher
Edition: Paperback

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Is this the worst researched book ever written?, 31 Jan. 2015
This is a majestically poorly written and researched book, and if it was intended as a successor to Robert Harris's 'SS-GB', the author has failed in spades. Clearly Schumacher's research did not extend beyond a five minute Google search of notable locations in London and his knowledge of Nazi Germany is embarrassingly limited. For example, Wapping Police Station was and is the headquarters of the River Police, it has never been an operational Metropolitan Police Station with cells and CID as the author claims. Charing Cross Police Station, the supposed headquarters of the Gestapo in London, was only built in 1992, (formerly it had been Charing Cross Hospital), so quite why the principal character had served there in the 1930's as a beat PC is a complete mystery. The Munich Putsch of 1923 was never 'celebrated' by the Nazis, so why there would have been a parade to mark the anniversary in London in 1946 is, yet again, a unexplained mystery. It is claimed that the London Detective Sergeant at the core of the action is a member of an 'Einsatzgruppen', which even cursory research would have shown never happened in occupied territories, as such units were staffed exclusively by German police officers and German SS, never local police or militias. Finally, in a plot twist which is almost laughable, an escape from the the Gestapo in London is apparently undertaken on small boat, skippered by an IRA man, from the London docks to neutral Ireland and freedom. The mind boggles at the route the boat would have taken - out into the North Sea and around Scotland? or past Dover and along the South Coast to the Irish Sea? By reading this appalling book I have wasted at least three hours of my life that I will never get back, do not make the same mistake.


Les Miserables (Classics)
Les Miserables (Classics)
by Victor Hugo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.09

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only read one classic in your life - it must be Les Miserables, 27 Oct. 2008
Persevere with this wonderful book. It is written in the style of all 19th century fiction and can seem wordy and even verbose to 21st century readers, but it is a treasure that will amply repay your efforts. The narrative and plot construction is faultless and there are hidden treasures in the narrative and the text that will astound. The fifty page description of the battle of Waterloo is probably the best ever written in the almost two centuries since 1815. I defy anyone who does not have a heart of stone not to be left with tears rolling down their cheeks as Jean Valjean breathes his last with his beloved Cossette and Marius at his deathbed. If you read no other book than this in your life, please, please, ignore the musical and the various films (all good) and read Les Miserables as Victor Hugo intended - savouring every word.
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