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Victory is close. Vengeance is closer.

On the brink of defeat, Hitler commissioned 10,000 V2s - ballistic rockets that carried a one-ton warhead at three times the speed of sound, which he believed would win the war.

Dr Rudi Graf who, along with his friend Werner von Braun, had once dreamt of sending a rocket to the moon, now finds himself in November 1944 in a bleak seaside town in Occupied Holland, launching V2s against London. No one understands the volatile, deadly machine better than Graf, but his disillusionment with the war leads to him being investigated for sabotage. 

Kay Caton-Walsh, an officer in the WAAF, has experienced first-hand the horror of a V2 strike. When 160 Londoners, mostly women and children, are killed by a single missile, the government decides to send a team of WAAFs to newly-liberated Belgium in the hope of discovering the location of the launch sites. But not all the Germans have left, and Kay finds herself in mortal danger. 

As the war reaches its desperate end, their twin stories play out, interlocked and separate, until their destinies are finally forced together.

©2020 Robert Harris (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Simon
  • 17/10/2020

Very disappointing. Disjointed and very "thin".

In the credits, Harris states it was written during the lockdown and maybe that is the explanation for this misfire. I am a big fan and pre-ordered this, and so am even more disappointed. The usual mix of interesting historically accurate (?) events and some character development - though a lot less than usual. It was all so disjointed. All of sudden I am fast-forwarded by a few months and no explanation of what had happened in-between times. It felt like the book had to be drastically edited or it was a short story that was bloated out to be a full novel? If you're a fan then you will buy it anyway, if your not I really wouldn't use any credits. I'll go and sit in the corner and be sad for a while now. :(

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  • Nils A.
  • 30/11/2020

really good!

While I really enjoyed the book and the narrator it would have been perfect if the narrator's german would have a been a bit better. Nonetheless really, really good!