Munich

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 03 Jan 2018

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Sadly this book just isn't for me. The plot sounded incredibly interesting and when I requested this book I was looking forward to it. However so much time has passed now that, sadly, it just isn't for me. I'm sure that other people will love it and I probably would have at that point. But it's not for me at this current moment in time.
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I found the subject matter of the book absolutely spell bounding and as a follower of WWII history, you are led into a believable world of what may have been. The characters came alive and the author has obviously been diligent in his research of those times. A most enjoyable read and one of those books that one cannot put down.
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Munich: The Man Who Said No! Is one of the most intriguing books I have read in a long time. It ticks all the boxes!

This fast paced Historical Fiction Thriller is absolutely captivating. I found it extremely hard to put this book down. It follows two different eras, the first being set in 1938 - written in first person, Bradley Wilkes, a foreign correspondent gatecrashes the pre-war Munich Conference to protest against the British Premier's surrender to Hitler. The second being set in 2015 - written in 3rd person, Emma Drake, a history researcher,  intrigued by the mysterious disappearance of her grandfather (Bradley Wilkes) is provided the opportunity to lead a conference to reassess the significance of the events in Munich. This conference allows Emma to delve further into her own investigation into her grandfathers disappearance. 

With unexpected twists and turns throughout the conference, there are many obstacles in the way. Extremely determined, Emma continues to find an answer to the troubling question. 

I recommend anyone who loves ww2 based historical fiction novel to read this gem.
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A decently done historical fiction novel set in the titular Munich. It does have some parts I found hard to get through but it was definitely worth sticking with.
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3.5 stars

This was a nicely done historical fiction novel which presented two stories. One of the stories dealt with a radio correspondent Bradley Wilkes, working before the start of World War 2, while the other covered his granddaughter's search for the how and why of Bradley's disappearance in the present day. 

Knowing what Bradley witnessed, he was opposed to the signing of the appeasement clause by Chamberlain, Mussolini, Hitler and Daladier. He decides to try to warn Chamberlain and accompanied by his friend who pulls a gun, Bradley is arrested and never heard from again.

His granddaughter, Emma, an historian, sets upon a mission to try and track down detail of her grandfathers disappearance. Years later, Emma arrives in Munich leading a conference about the appeasement clause and is immediately intertwined in the covering up of an arms deal using the conference as its cover. She incurs the anger of many powerful people and we follow her on her journey to both foil the arms deal and find out about her grandfather.

Mr Laws does a nice job of keeping the two story lines interesting as he jumps from the past to the present where we get to know Bradley and Emma. Emma is an academic, an intrepid modern woman who will let nothing stand in her way. Her mother's boyfriend is her protector and he too, is pretty much set in his ways. In the beginning both he and Emma clash.She is brazen, smart, and a woman on his mission. He is there to make sure she comes out of this alive. Eventually, they form a great team and as they find out more and more about the going ons in Munich and do eventually find out what happened to Bradley.

Thank you to David Laws, Troubador, and NetGalle for providing a copy of this book.
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Don't be put off by the cover

This tale of international intrigue is set both in the present day and the 1930 & 40s. David Laws has obviously done his research but I did find this book a little overlong.

However, this is an entertaining read and better than its cover implies with a excellent twist at the end.

Not my favourite read of 2017, but not a wasted one either.

I was given a copy of this book to review by the publisher and was not obligated to provide a positive review.
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Hitler's Germany is my period in History I love to study. This book started out very well, and the story line was engaging in the beginning. The main characters seemed to be pretty well developed, and seemed very lifelike. I enjoyed the first half of the book, then it seemed to take a nose-dive. I don't know exactly what happened, but it just seemed to lose some steam after about the half-way point. 
I don't know how you could fix this. It just seemed to become more unlikely as the story progressed. The main character just became more unreal, and it became more like a fairy tale, instead of a story that could have actually happened during the War. I did like the way the author tied in the Professor to the whole story. That was pretty good.
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I found this book confusing, no translation of German sentences used (luckily i speak German) also jumping from dates really did take away the enjoyment of this book for me.
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I was really looking forward to this book, being a bit of a history bore/buff and it did not disappoint at all.

Bradley C. Wilkes disappears in 1938 after attempting to stop Neville Chamberlain and his appeasement deal with Hitler, the story then moves to 2015 when his granddaughter Emma, who is a history researcher at Cambridge University is asked to arrange a conference in Munich on the subject of appeasement. Her father was the result of an affair Wilkes had, and further family relationships come forward to cause trouble at the conference.

Really liked the character of Roper, although I was a  little confused about relationships with both Emma and then her mother. I thought initially he would be  romantically interested in the mother, especially as they have a 'history' perhaps I am being ageist?

I did think the whole conference was too drawn out, seemed to go on for weeks, especially as there seemed to be so much happening outside the parameters of this.

Unfortunately I didn't like the character of Emma at all, couldn't empathise with her, some of how she spoke was very stilted 'you can stand me lunch'  for example, I am assuming Emma is in her twenties and don't know anyone of that age who would talk like that. Also going on about her inheritance, whilst £10,000 is a nice amount of money, wouldn't last too long doing the trips Emma is supposed to have done.

One the whole an enjoyable book and would recommend.
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I really enjoyed this book. Without giving away spoilers there is a subplot that runs along the main premise of the book and it is only at the end that everything makes sense! This would make a great film, if not a TV series and I really hope there will be more books featuring Emma Drake and/or Roper.
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