A story of intrigue - which bounces along nicely. I read it in one sitting! A German prisoner of war [WW2] escapes from prison camp in England and enormous resources are put in place to find and recapture him. To the Germans, this "hero" must be brought back to Germany - they feel his presence there would be a major coup and would seriously embarrass the Allies, particularly Churchill. The Germans use submarines to bring him home to Germany [via Ireland]. This is successful but at enormous cost. The escapee arrives in Germany and is brought to Hitler at the bunker in Berlin - just in time to experience the demise of the Nazis as Berlin falls to the Russians. I am a fan of Dobbs anyway, but I particularly enjoyed this book. It has great believability.
Michael Dobbs has the ability to write so that you feel you are actually there living the story. In fact it seems so real at times you begin to wonder if this is actually what happened and not as in the history books. Very fast moving and I love the twists that take the story in a different direction just when you think you know what is going to happen. Even the ending which if you have read the history books you know has a bizarre twist. Loved it.
... I have and read all of Michael Dobbs books --- "Last Man to Die" is so GREAT. Do not read the last chapter until you get to it. When you read this book carefully think about it -- this could have really happened. There is nothing in History that says it couldn't have. Enjoy the book.
I really enjoyed this book, I was enthralled by the theme of the book and did not guess the outcome although it was flagged up by the prologue. Enough of the plot was believable and was quite thought provoking having lived through this era. I shall certainly read more of Lord Dobbs' books
The combination of fiction with accurate historical data was excellent. However, the main character was forced to take unlikely risks, in the submarine for example, if his mission was orchestrated by the Allies.