Attending the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, British journalist Richard Denham joins forces with Eleanor Emerson, bounced from the U.S. swimming team for her brashness and now covering the event for a newspaper back home. Together they hunt for a missing dossier that could destroy the Third Reich's leadership. A first novel billed as a blend of Alan Furst and Daniel Silva; with a 40,000-copy first printing. [Page 76]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.Review by Library Journal Reviews
It's 1936, the summer of Hitler's Olympic Games, and the world, undecided about the Führer's ultimate goals, is looking to Berlin to see what transpires. That summer, reporter Richard Denham accepts an invitation to fly on the zeppelin Hindenburg from its home base to Berlin. Also on her way to the Games is socialite and U.S. Olympian Eleanor Emerson, a high-spirited woman of her own mind. They meet and together soon realize the power of Hitler's propaganda machine and his ultimate desire to destroy not only Jews but other "undesirables" as well. They encounter the only Jewish member of the German Olympic team—who has been coerced to compete but told to lose—and mount a heroic campaign to rescue her and her family from certain death. VERDICT This first novel by British journalist John is a stunning example of its genre. The characters are fully realized, the plots twist and turn, the pages flip at lightning speed. Lovers of historical thrillers, World War II stories, athletic history, and espionage novels will be mesmerized by this offering. [See Prepub Alert, 1/16/12.]—David Clendinning, West Virginia State Univ. Lib., Institute [Page 74]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
As Berlin welcomes the world to the Summer Olympic Games in 1936, British journalist Richard Denham and American reporter Eleanor Emerson are drawn into a deadly game involving the Gestapo and the British Secret Intelligence Service.Review by Publisher Summary 2
As Berlin welcomes the world to the Summer Olympic Games in 1936, British journalist Richard Denham and American reporter Eleanor Emerson, after meeting at a reception thrown by propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, are drawn into a deadly game involving the Gestapo and the British Secret Intelligence Service. 40,000 first printing.Review by Publisher Summary 3
A world-weary English reporter and a maverick American female Olympian find themselves caught in a lethal game between the Gestapo and British Secret Intelligence Service in David John’s spellbinding thriller Flight from Berlin. While traveling to Berlin on the Hindenburg to cover the 1936 Berlin Olympics, journalist Richard Denham meets socialite Eleanor Emerson, recently expelled from the U.S. swim team. Richard and Eleanor quickly discover the dark power of Hitler’s propaganda machine. Drawn together by danger and passion, Richard and Eleanor become involved in the high-stakes world of international intrigue must pull off a daring plan to survive the treachery of the Third Reich. But one wrong move could be their last. Flight from Berlin is a riveting story of love, courage, and betrayal that culminates in a breathtaking race against the forces of evil.