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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; 1st edition (January 15, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525243828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525243823
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,502,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Though the prose is flat and the dialogue often tedious, Wallace (The Chapman Report, The Man) transforms a bizarre and incredible situation into the linchpins for a convoluted "spi-fi" thriller. Eminent Oxford don Sir Harrison Ashcroft, on the verge of proving that Hitler did not die in the bunker, is murdered in Berlin. His daughter, Emily, continues this quest. Her life is endangered but she has new and unexpected protectors: Rex Foster, researching the vainglory of Nazi architecture; Nicholas Kirvov, curator of a Soviet art museum; and Tovah Levine, Mossad agent. The four prove a tough match for a coterie of neo-Nazis conspiring to perpetuate Hitler's image and obscure the details of his death. The true story of Hitler's last hours is revealed in counterpoint by Eva Braun, who has indeed survived. Now known as Evelyn Hoffmann, she has another secret: she and der Fuhrer had a child. Having created this situation, however, Wallace fails to exploit its explosive consequences, and the narrative sputters out without making much of an impact. January 13
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

The possibility that Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun did not commit suicide in 1945, but rather survived to perpetuate the Third Reich into modern times, has long intrigued historians and novelists alike. In this taut, fast-paced novel, the evidence rests on a Hitler-style painting of a building not constructed until 1952, a blueprint of an enormous underground bunker supposedly built by slave laborers in the final days of the war, and the activities of an elderly German woman called "The Merry Widow," reputed to be Braun herself. The plot is Wallace at his best, as the line between fact and fiction blurs, and the reader begins to believe. Marcia R. Hoffman, M.L.S., American Hoechst Corp., Somerville, N.J.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A very, very intriguing plot and a well written story too!
michael
The story keeps you reading and waiting for "what happens next".
Martie McCord
Too many undeveloped side stories, too many undeveloped plot twists.
Amanda D Robison

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S.K. Verma on December 22, 2013
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I had read most of the books of this author in 1980 - 1990s, but somehow failed at that time to lay my hands on this one. Now having started it, I could not put it down till it was finished. Reading it, I felt I was in and around the bunkers in Berlin chasing Hitler and Eva Braun
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 1999
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I've searched all over for this book because it's out of print. Read it, when you go to bed at night, you'll expect to read about it in the morning newspaper. It's soooooo realistic you will be back in time and experiencing Hitler and the war. It's not a historical novel but fiction written so well you will definitely think you are there! It's addictive and one of the reasons readers love to read! Enjoy!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rural Grandmother on November 20, 2013
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The "secret" in the title took me by surprise. The book's written in the old Wallace style, the thoughts of the characters and the action moving rapidly and welcoming the reader into the plot. Do yourself a favor and get this book--mine was on my Kindle, so I had it with me every moment of every day. When you're not reading it, you'll find yourself thinking about this exciting story. Did Hitler die when history tells us he and Eva Braun committed suicide together?
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kathie Louise Bursaw on November 29, 2011
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NO one wrote like Irving Wallace. This story is just excellent! The concept of: what if Hitler survived has always intrigued me. PLEASE READ THIS!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Mathieu on February 12, 2009
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Emily Ashcroft goes to Berlin where her father died under mysterious circumstances while finishing his biography on Hitler.
She uncovers a horrible secret...

Although this is just a novel, it's extremely compelling and unpredictable. Wallace obviously did quite some research for this book which makes it even more fascinating to read.

This is a lot better than "Fatherland" by Robert Harris which I read also. I always wondered over the past 23 years since "The 7th Secret" has been published, why it never has been filmed. After all, "Fatherland" has been filmed and is not nearly as interesting.

10 stars!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By worsdell@hlc.edu.au on October 11, 1997
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This is an excellent read and a damn scary proposition. Hitler and the Third Reich alive and plotting world domination? Taut, exciting and compelling. Thank god it could not be true.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn E. Shaff on May 12, 2014
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If you like mystery and suspense, this novel by Irving Wallace who spices up the action with hot love scenes, is a semi-historical novel that is a good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. K. ONeil on June 23, 2014
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The plot is certainly interesting and takrs one back, somewhat, the the Cold War days when there was a USSR, a Berlin Wall, and Germany was split into East and West. The take on Hitler's fate is interesting and got me delving into the past of Hitler's demise, the SS, etc. Where the story fell flat is in the character's relationships. C'mon! The protagonist barely meets this guysnd he's almost immediately proclaiming his love, then it's on to detailed sex. I can buy the sex but proclamations of mutual love on virtual first sight (and this after it is made clear that each has had crappy romantic entanglements in the past? No wonder their love lives suck, they literally fall head over heels on first sight again and again). This silliness in the romance department soured me on the ook as a whole. The author may as well have suddenly turned the story into a zombie romp or had flying saucers come into the story. Hard to takr the characters seriously after that jarring note.
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