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Midnight in Berlin by James Macmanus

Sunday, April 24, 2016

In 1939, British Colonel Noel Macrae, stationed in Berlin and witness to the rise of the Reich, decides that he might be the only Englishman with the opportunity to avert war. As he attempts to convince the British government of his mission, the colonel becomes torn between his government's orders and his own personal beliefs, especially as he falls in love with a German-Jewish woman. Blackmailed by the Nazis, the woman and her family have faced unspeakable horrors, and the colonel must do whatever it takes to help her escape.

But the colonel doesn't know that the Gestapo have formed a plan of their own. Aware of the colonel's intense hatred of the Nazi regime, the Gestapo work to draw him into a fabricated plot against Hitler. As the colonel finds himself caught up in a tangled web of shifting loyalties, corruption, and shocking indifference, he soon realizes he must find a way to hold on to his sense of humanity to save not only the woman he loves but also himself.

Inspired by true events and characters, James MacManus's Midnight in Berlin is a love story set against a world on the brink of war that will leave you in awe of the human capacity for self-sacrifice and resilience.

Goodreads Summary

This book explores a revolutionary "what if" in the times of world war two. What if the conspirators against Hitler and the Reich had set their plans into motion sooner? Would less people have died? Would the war have lasted a shorter period of time? In this story, our main character Macre is on a mission to avert war and save a woman he met in the most unlikely place, a brothel.

Macre holds the world on his shoulders in a time when the world itself was on the brink of collapse. I can only imagine what the man must have been thinking when he had to constantly sort out who was on his side and who was just trying to distract him from his ultimate mission. I love and hate that the author gave him so many things to consider as time goes on in the story. I love it because you truly get a grip of the struggle and stress that the man is under from his own government and who he thinks are his allies in his plot against Hitler. I hate it because when I try to put myself in this man's shoes, I can never imagine doing it myself. The chemistry between Macre and Sara is insatiable and you will fall in love with their budding relationship and find yourself rooting for things to work out between them. People who find themselves also in love with historical possibilities will feel right at home in the pages of this book. I would definitely recommend it.

4.5 Stars

Reviewed by Chris

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