Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
The Arms Maker of Berlin Paperback – June 1, 2010
|New from||Used from|
This month's Book With Buzz: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture - perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. See more
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
From Publishers Weekly
Four missing documents from WWII provide the fuel for Fesperman's fine stand-alone thriller. The FBI hires Nat Turnbull, a Nazi expert at a second-tier New England university, to find the documents, but Nat soon discovers that the agency has reasons other than historical integrity for wanting them found: to keep a lid on certain war-era sins committed by a German industrialist whose enormous company has been a major weapons supplier to the West. As Turnbull shuttles between Europe and the U.S., he manages to stay a step ahead of a mysterious killer who's knocking off anyone who may know something about the missing files. Fesperman (The Prisoner of Guantánamo) convincingly evokes the fraying Reich in 1944, a time of shifting allegiances when many Germans focused on positioning themselves for a Hitler-less future, though the who and why of all the recent killings remain somewhat murky. Still, readers who like a bit of history with their thrills will be thoroughly satisfied. (Aug.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Compelling . . . nonstop action.”—The Baltimore Sun
"'Intelligent thriller' is almost an oxymoron . . . Which may be why novels like Dan Fesperman's are so rare . . . Fesperman just can't help drawing on his experience as a journalist covering foreign conflicts. And that experience puts the meat on the intricate bone structure of his thriller plots. You come away from a Fesperman novel not only abuzz with the exhilaration of the chase, but also aware that you've absorbed something of the complexity of the world's conflicts . . . Fesperman's characters in The Arms Maker of Berlin, particularly Bauer, are smartly imagined and subtly drawn."—San Francisco Chronicle
"A smoothly accelerating thriller . . . Fesperman is a skillful, unpretentious writer who deftly incorporates his extensive knowledge of the period." —Boston Globe
"Well-crafted entertainment that also delivers complex truths about warfare and survival." —Kirkus Reviews
"Fesperman convincingly evokes the fraying Reich in 1944 . . . Readers who like a bit of history with their thrills will be thoroughly satisfied." —Publishers Weekly
"Fesperman writes well. His characters are believable, and the strong and credible plot will specially appeal to fans of World War II espionage fiction." —Library Journal
"This one is definitely not your out-of-the-box spy caper, thus highly recommended . . . In the jaded world of the post-modern spy novel, there are no good guys or bad guys, no black or white—just a thousand shades of gray. This combination of anomie and espionage can get tiresome after awhile, but in Fesperman's newest novel, he spices things up."—Booklist (starred)
Top customer reviews
The author expertly wove together two stories--one from the past and one in the present. This is not easily done, but he did it well.
I recommend it both to WWII buffs and to readers who just plain want to be entertained.
A previous reviewer had some issues with Dan Fersperman's 'toggeling' between the present and WW11...as a reader, this device worked for me. Frankly, it kept me interested and 'on my toes'. I felt that this made the story so much more interesting than a simple linear approach to story telling. William Brodrick used this same device in his extraordinary novel "A Whispered Name" (although in this case he 'flashed' back and forth between the present and WW1).
I also appreciate when an author gives me 'bonus gifts' !!! The main character and his daughter play this game whereby they offer each other 'situation-appropriate' quotations from the poetry of Emily Dickinson. I plan on exploring her poetry further, inspired by their 'parlour game'. Also on my list of "to be read soon" books is the recent (2010) biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Another result of reading "The Arms Maker of Berlin".
i have high praise for Fesperman's choice of location for his books. The first two (Lie In the Dark and Small Boat of Great Sorrows) center on Sarajevo during and after the Serbian siege of this Bosnian city, giving this reader a much better insight to that sorrowful part of the world. The Warlord's Son was centered in Pakistan and added to my understanding of the role of the tribal areas and shifting alliances among tribal leaders. The Prisoner of Guantanamo was, of course, centered on that small patch of American territory on the Cuban island, site of the prison facility housing suspected terrorists, and was a welcome glimpse of day-to-day life in that unique setting.
I think that Fesperman is a gifted writer - I have read several of his books - and look forward with much anticipation to my next read.