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Orders from Berlin (Inspector Trave) Hardcover – December 11, 2012
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“Jack Higgins fans will enjoy Tolkien's exciting third suspense novel featuring Det. Insp. William Trave… Heartfelt evocations of the horrors of war, in particular the effects of the bombing raids on Londoners, show Tolkien has upped his game.” ―Publishers Weekly
“In the early years of World War II, a plot as ingenious as it is outrageous unfolds in London and Berlin… Satisfying twists and authentic WWII elements should keep readers engaged.” ―Kirkus
“Tolkien effectively layers into the tale a wealth of fascinating historical detail, including meaty appearances by Churchill, Hitler, and Gestapo head Reinhard Heydrich…the richness of the characters and the vivid sense of daily life in the midst of history carry the day in high style.” ―Booklist
“Orders From Berlin is a novel that is as historically rich and evocative as it is suspenseful and riveting…[Mr. Tolkien] transports the reader flawlessly across the line from history to fiction…compelling.” ―Santa Barbara News Press
“Tolkien, a former barrister, writes with the keen and penetrating eye of a man well used to seeing beneath surfaces and with the imagination of someone who's at home with both history and literature.” ―Santa Barbara Independent
“Historical thriller fans will enjoy the sleuthing into the potential assassin's motivations, the conflicts between characters, and the well-researched portrayal of war-torn London.” ―Library Journal
“Filled with action and taut suspense, readers will believe they are in London during the Nazi air blitz as the raids impact the case. Orders From Berlin is a strong whodunit wrapped inside a powerful espionage thriller.” ―The Mystery Gazette blog
“Crafted with cunning and imbued with menace, The King of Diamonds adds luster to Tolkien's growing reputation as a brilliant star in the thriller firmament.” ―Richmond Times Dispatch on The King of Diamonds
“A thick web of family tensions and psychological dysfunction with a whodunit chaser, Tolkien's third novel (The Inheritance, 2010, etc.) is elegantly written, with Masterpiece Theatre pacing and embellishments.” ―Kirkus, starred review on The King of Diamonds
“Another literary success for [Simon Tolkien]...The claim comparing Simon Tolkien to Agatha Christie and John Grisham is not to be taken lightly ... a great read and a thoroughly engaging thriller.” ―Bookreporter.com on The King of Diamonds
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“A fine novel. A thinking person's Da Vinci Code.” ―Chicago Tribune on The Inheritance
“Simon Tolkien's grandfather is J. R. R., but his new novel owes more to Agatha Christie--and Dan Brown.” ―New York Times on The Inheritance
“A deft combination of Agatha Christie manor-house whodunit, Erle Stanley Gardner courtroom drama and Dan Brown thriller, The Inheritance is nonetheless unique to its creator. And Tolkien, with this compelling read, proves himself worthy--and then some--of his literary pedigree.” ―Richmond Times Dispatch on The Inheritance
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Top Customer Reviews
Gestapo agent Reinhard Heydrich assures Hilter that he has a mole hidden deep in MI6 and an assassination plot is hatched to take out Churchill. With the suspicious death of a former MI6 ex-chief, Deputy-chief Alec Thorn is on the case. He begins to piece together clues from a coded message found in the dead man's pocket and finds himself being pulled into a conspiracy of the unthinkable.
The story is fast-paced and kept me glued to the pages. Would Thorn find the mole in time? The author takes you on a thrilling ride of unexpected twists and turns in the story that were surprising and engrossing. Even though history has proven that Churchill wasn't assassinated, I was still reading with bated breath at the end of the book. Fans of spy stories and thrillers will thoroughly enjoy this book. Highly recommended.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This was my first Simon Tolkien book, and I absolutely LOVED it! From start to finish I was pulled into this gloomy war era of the 1940s, and was completely lost in it. There was never a dull moment.
It's the 1940s. London. And there is a war raging on. Bombs are dropped, people are dying, and in the mist of it all-the ex-chief of MI6-Albert Morrison has been murdered. Young policeman, Trave, along with his chief inspector Quaid is on the case, and finds out that Alec Thorn-the deputy head of MI6 has visited Morrison on the day of his death. Thorn, who's also a close friend of the Morrison family, is being suspected. With a secret note that has been found in Morrison's coat pocket-a clue that may suggest the plan to assassinate Churchill-Britain's leader, Trave goes against all orders that may cause him-not only his job but his life ...to solve this mystery and make things right.
What I loved:
Throughout this book, I had a series of mixed emotions. I smiled, I felt panicked, and I ... did not cry ... okay ... I had teary moments. But what I especially loved about this book is that each character held on their own; and I was able to hate, yet, pity and sympathize with the villains, at every turn of page.
With an amazing storyline, powerful-entrancing characters, and the perfect pace of happenings, Orders from Berlin has to be the best Mystery/Detective/Thriller book of 2012 ... at least in my case!
Definitely a recommend for Mystery/Detective lovers!
First and foremost, any intrigue is taken out by mid-book. Early on, we know conclusively who the spy is, and we have a good idea as to why he is committed to killing Churchill. The particulars aren't explained, but they have little relevance as the plot unfolds. Given that, our interest moves to discovering how our hero will capture the cur.
What really makes you want to read the book, though, is the author's clear and distinct images of war-torn England during the early years of the war. Tolkien does a nice job of transporting you you to the subways, the neighborhoods, the countryside, and even the bombed streets as you live with the British as they manage events.
I liked the inclusion of the "plans" of the German hierarchy as they organized their war efforts, and could easily understand why our villain turned. However, the lack of intrigue and somewhat straight-forward ness of the tale made it a ho-hum read to me. I would read his other books of this author's genre (I didn't realize there were others) simply for the detail and the imagery of the war.
Scotland Yard Detective Chief Inspector John Quaid almost immediately decides Ava's husband Bertie killed his father-in-law. Quaid's employee Detective William Trave believes the case is much more than a family matter as he believes the deceased's previous occupation is involved with his death; especially after he found a strange note in Albert's pocket and that the MI6 Deputy Chief Alec Thorn visited him earlier on that fatal day. Trave theorizes that the county's ex spymaster was silenced before he could expose a traitor.
The third terrific Trave historical police procedural actually occurs almost two decades before the previous two investigations (see The Inheritance and The King of Diamonds). Filled with action and taut suspense, readers will believe they are in London during the Nazi air blitz as the raids impact the case. Orders From Berlin is a strong whodunit wrapped inside a powerful espionage thriller.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In order to keep the plot of this World War Two detective/espionage novel tight, characters have to be twisted and denied believable motives. Read morePublished 3 months ago by DT
I have now read all the Inspector Trave books and really enjoyed them. I love a book about England right before or during World War II - this one has everything - the Blitz, Nazi... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Deborah wiethop
One of the best WW2 spy novels I have ever read !! Mr Tolkien captures the essence of WW2 London and I felt as if I was there !! I highly recommend this book !Published 17 months ago by Franky
Not well written. Ok in the genre of Clancy and Ludlum, but not remarkable. I will avoid this author in the futurePublished 23 months ago by john K
Enjoyable story. Trave is the mild determined police man who always get his man Interesting link with Berlin and Churchill.Published on November 22, 2013 by timothymonger
Very predictable course after the story was introduced. And a easily predictable end. Probably will read another of Simon s book sometime however.Published on September 15, 2013 by big bad john
Hitler often said that Germany and England were natural allies, being fellow "Aryans" and all. He was peeved, to say the least, when England finally declared war after Germany... Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by Maine Colonial