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- File size : 3720 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 300 pages
- Publication date : May 15, 2020
- ASIN : B085F2QLJ5
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Page numbers source ISBN : B087R9NHQC
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #288,359 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I was aware of this book, & took a few days to decide whether to purchase. I am extremely glad I did.
Starting with the Weimar/Fritz Lang/Enjoyable book aspect; I couldn't put this down. I stayed up until 3:15 AM last night to finish it! As far as entertainment, it couldn't have been better. (Odd that Murnau & Pabst weren't mentioned; as in addition to Fritz Lang, Leni Riefenstahl, Max Reinhardt & Franck play fairly major roles).
What also hit me (& I have no idea if this was intentional on the author's part): She apparently has specialized in WW2 Nazi historical fiction. While this is apparently a new time frame for the author, neither the German Communists nor the Nazi's were left out. And it felt like she was spelling out Trump's handlers blueprint for taking over America. Again whether that was intentional, or if it's just the way it is (Trump & Goebels using the same methods); it was incredibly eye opening & frightening. Like many on the left, I have personally made the comparisons between the Nazi's & the USA Republican party of Bush Jr. & Trump; but here she provides a level of detail (actual Goebels quotes) that make this much more than a cliche. Again, extremely frightening to see history repeating itself, & yes I will buy the next one. I have not been exposed to much of the Trump fan's pov. Ironically while reading this book; I was exposed to a barrage on the local (my city) social media board (I rarely do social media) . And again the combination of what actual Americans were saying was Parroting Goebels & Hitler to a degree that was terrifying.
The Kindle version of the previous book, Metropolis (like this named after a Lang film; this has little do do with actual Spies) stated there is also a Novella in the series & gave a link. The link did not work on my Kindle, I was planning to try it on my pc. Unfortunately,after doing so, there doesn't seem to be a way to get the Novella as a stand alone. The other 4 stories by other authors in the anthology "The Road to Liberation" don't interest me a whole lot.
Very impressive. I will purchase more of this series from this author as they come out. Unfortunately, I've always been more interested in what led up to WW2 & German Weimar culture than I am with the actual WW2 itself; so it's unlikely I'll be reading her WW2 historical fiction.
Margot is a brilliant, relatable, unique character and I loved the setting - it’s my favorite setting of all Midwood’s books - the creatives paint such an atmospheric, realistic portrait of the awe-inspiring, prosperous city that is getting back on its feet...But of course, the tension builds, as we know what’s coming and the realization blooms in our lovely MC and it’s both fascinating and painful to experience along with her. Margot, torn between two sides and determined to stay neutral, is forced to take a stand. I enjoyed experiencing this through Margot’s perspective. I found her so to be genuine and remarkable. The story itself was captivating, romantic, inspiring but also rich in themes that apply today, and with such dark undertones, you can’t help reading on the edge of your seat. I wanted to stay there in prosperity and beauty forever ... but as we know, there’s a dark reality in all of Midwood’s stories.
Midwood is a FORCE - her ability to build a world and make us fall in love with, and deeply understand, her characters regardless of their background or perspective, is what keeps me coming back for more! I absolutely can’t wait to see how this evolves in book 3 ...
Spies is a must read, and a great book to lose yourself in during quarantine!
- Carissa Ann Lynch
In this book, the Nazis--at first thought of as only bothersome, but overall inconsequential and brainless--are gaining momentum. The first mention of certain names, such as “Goebbels," will send shivers down your spine, knowing what a tremendous role he had in the Nazi rise to power.
So many wonderful descriptions of the characters and surrounding, a contrast between the rich and poor, makes the story come alive. As with the first book, when I finished this one, I was eager to watch the Spies film that Fritz produced.
Well done. I'm looking forward to more books in the series. It's refreshing to see all the events that led to the Nazi rise to power.
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Spies picks up where Metropolis ended. The author has created a fantastic and believable central character, Margot. Her 'true' husband is a skilled photographer and she works as an assistant to the renowned film director, Lang. I was fully engaged in her personal story on the set of Spies and her desire to direct a film of her own, Dracula as the first German full-length film with sound. The attention to detail, whether it's action on the film sets, the fashion and cars or the events carrying on in the background is incredible.
As well as Margot's personal journey the atmosphere in Germany in the late 1920s is depicted perfectly. The influence of the Nazi party is growing in official circles as is that of the brown shirts on the streets. Jewish property is attacked and prominent people are desperately hiding their Jewish ancestry. The increasing sense of menace and forthcoming dramatic change is palpable throughout the book.
Highly recommend to historical fiction fans.
The other books I have read by this author have centred around world war 2 and its effects on various people. I never thought I would enjoy books on this topic, but these stories are written in a way that makes me want to read more. Unlike the other books, this series is set before the war. It’s centred around the film industry, which I am not interested in at all, but somehow the characters are brought to life in a way that made me want to not put the book down. The things which happen which ultimately lead up to and cause the war are mentioned so subtly in the background that it is easy to believe that’s what really happened. I often wondered why how the Nazis came to power without anyone stopping them and this series sheds some light on it.
At the end of the book, the author states her research resources. Even if she hadn’t done that, I could easily believe that some of the characters and events were real. It’s impossible not to as the author makes you feel you are living the characters’ lives with them and makes you care about what happens to them
I can’t wait for book 3.