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Pub Date 19 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 07 Jul 2022
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The new blockbuster thriller from Graham Hurley set against the final stages of the Second World War.

Confidant of Goebbels. Instrument of Stalin. What's the worst that could happen?

January 1945. Wherever you look on the map, the Thousand Year Reich is shrinking. Even Goebbels has run out of lies to sweeten the reckoning to come. An Allied victory is inevitable, but who will reap the spoils of war?

Two years ago, Werner Nehmann's war came to an abrupt end in Stalingrad. With the city in ruins, the remains of General Paulus' Sixth Army surrendered to the Soviets, and Nehmann was taken captive. But now he's riding on the back of one of Marshal Zhukov's T-34 tanks, heading home with a message for the man who consigned him to the Stalingrad Cauldron.

With the Red Army about to fall on Berlin, Stalin fears his sometime allies are conspiring to deny him his prize. He needs to speak to Goebbels – and who better to broker the contact than Nehmann, Goebbels' one-time confidant?

Having swapped the ruins of Stalingrad for the wreckage of Berlin, the influence of Goebbels for the machinations of Stalin, and Gulag rags for a Red Army uniform, Nehmann's war has taken a turn for the worse. The Germans have a word for it:


Katastrophe is part of the SPOILS OF WAR Collection, a thrilling, beguiling blend of fact and fiction born of some of the most tragic, suspenseful, and action-packed events of World War II. From the mind of highly acclaimed thriller author GRAHAM HURLEY, this blockbuster non-chronological collection allows the reader to explore Hurley's masterful storytelling in any order, with compelling recurring characters whose fragmented lives mirror the war that shattered the globe.

Reviewers on Katastrophe:

'A taut, detailed and compelling read' The Sun
'A penetrating, compelling, and skilfully vivid slice of historical fiction' LoveReading Expert Review
'An immaculately researched historical thriller... This series cannot be recommended too highly' Mike Ripley
'Inventive and thought provoking' Crime Time

Reviewers on Graham Hurley:

'Historical fiction of a high order' The Times
'Tense, absorbing and faultlessly plotted' Sunday Times
'Beautifully constructed... This is one of Hurley's finest' Daily Mail
'Hurley's capable and understated characterization makes his lead's story plausible and engaging' Publishers Weekly

The new blockbuster thriller from Graham Hurley set against the final stages of the Second World War.

Confidant of Goebbels. Instrument of Stalin. What's the worst that could happen?

January 1945...

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These opening three chapters indicate a great read to follow. Look forward to the whole book. Thanks NetGalley.

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Although this is merely a short sampler, it’s clear that Graham Hurley’s “Katastrophe” will be a brutal, hard-hitting thriller set during the last years of WWII.
Opening with a visceral depiction of life in a Russian POW labour camp, we are introduced to the main character Werner Nehmann, Goebbels former confidant, who is tasked with broker a deal between Stalin and the Nazis, and other characters, including Winston Churchill himself.
The concept is original and Hurley’s writing is earthy and lucid; I will definitely look out for the full book when it’s published.

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I have read all the others in this captivating series and look forward to reading the entire book rather than just the opening three chapters which were well up to standard and a good teaser.

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Katastrophe will no doubt be quite a thrilling book when complete. The opening chapter introduces Werner Neumann a former propagandist for Joseph Goebbels who’s barely surviving life in a Russian Gulag having been captured in the battle for Stalingrad. His fortunes change when the Russians decide he could be of use to them negotiating with the Nazis in Berlin. Meanwhile in London we meet a Major Moncrief who was a member of the US delegation at the Yalta summit and someone who has a close relationship with Winston Churchill. Moncrief and Neumann have previous history and Churchill appears to suspect Russia are using Neumann to open communication channels with Goebbles possibly with the purpose of driving a wedge between the Americans and the British. Churchill wants Moncrief to reconnect with his old friend and find out what’s going on.
I can’t wait to read the rest of the book!
Many thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for access to this sampler.

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I enjoyed this three-chapter sampler immensely—gripping stuff. I have already requested the full version. Fingers crossed!
My thanks to NetGalley and, as ever, Head of Zeus.

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At first, I did not realize that this was only three chapters of the novel and I was sorely disappointed to discover this! The writing is beautiful and the storyline is so interesting; not simply a basic retelling of the final segment of WWII. Not only will I surely read this in the final, finished form, but I will pick up more of Hurley's work.

Looks like a winner!

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