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A Thousand Suns [Paperback]

Alex Scarrow

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Oct. 1 2009
It is early April of 1945. The Nazi regime is being slowly throttled by the oncoming Russian and Allied armies and Hitler rages uselessly in his Berlin bunker. But the high command have one more throw of the dice to make...

An audacious plan is hatched to save the Fatherland and beat off the approaching apocalypse. All it will take is a hodge-podge squadron of escort fighters, a captured US bomber and one suicidally brave pilot to fly it over the Atlantic into the beating heart of America.

Half a century later, a rusting plane is discovered, sunk with its crew, off the coast of New York - a relic from a bygone age. Chris Roland, a brilliant young photographer, is sent to take photos of this time capsule. But it is only when he discovers the fragments of Nazi uniforms on the decaying corpses that he realises he has come across a secret so terrible that even fifty years later it could still kill him...

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (Oct. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409117308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409117308
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #444,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A rip-roaring thriller'—PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH on A Thousand Suns

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On 29 April 1945 the Allies secretly surrendered unconditionally to Nazi Germany. Four hours later, that surrender was withdrawn.

The world never knew - until now... --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping thriller! June 12 2007
By John Prigent - Published on Amazon.com
This is a cracking good read! What begins as a simple assignment for a magazine photographer soon becomes far more. Chris is asked to photograph an American bomber found underwater close inshore, but when he dives to it he finds evidence that it was flown by Germans. Who, and why? The story then goes back in time to the last days of the Third Reich, with defeated Germans trekking despondently away from the advancing Russians. One special bomber crew is sought among the refugees, found, and assigned for a very special mission. They are to fly a captured B-17 across the Atlantic to New York for a "demonstration". Exactly what they are to demonstrate becomes clear later, among some thrilling combat scenes both in the air and on the ground. Clashes of conscience show the best sides of some Germans as well as the total lack of conscience among others, who believe in revenge at all costs - foiled by a final act of self-sacrifice. Interspersed returns to the present show Chris hunted by mysterious figures who clearly do not wish him well and are desperate to conceal the truth about the bomber's cargo. Could all this really have happened? Yes, it could. German research very nearly reached the point shown here, and the Germans did capture flyable bombers and use them. Don't miss this book!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thousand Suns Sept. 26 2006
By Dave Dempsey - Published on Amazon.com
This book is an absolutely brilliant read. A really fantastic story brilliantly interwoven with truely exciting history. I could not put the book down, I read it cover to cover in one day which is a first for me. Definitly on the must read list for all, great present.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Oct. 6 2013
By Exar Kun - Published on Amazon.com
Englishman Alex Scarrow's debut novel starts slowly, hits the odd patch of uneven writing, and stumbles occasionally with factual details, especially Americana. (A character asks if another is "on or near Rhode Island".) But these are quibbles. If you enjoy action, history, military settings, and emotion-filled character development, read this book. Scarrow has crafted a rip-roaring tale that had me up till 2 am this morning.
2.0 out of 5 stars Technical Advisor? July 22 2013
By Michael Werner - Published on Amazon.com
Although I enjoy the premise of the book, the writing is filled with technical errors - layout of the B-17, operation of the flight controls, instruments used to make the bomb.
- P-51s don't have cannon
- Flaps, not ailerons are set for takeoff
- Navigator's position is forward the cockpit, not aft
- High altitude improves fuel management, not low altitude
- Even with extra fuel tanks, the B-17G could not fly the mission as described, especially against prevailing winds.
As well, it is not believable that such a mission would be genned up at the last minute with so little planning, even in desperation.
Scarrow's characters use anachronistic jargon in the two timelines, as well as his use of English (British) terminology by his American and German characters, can be distracting.
I would think that using someone with aviation and military experience to read over the manuscript would avoid some of these issues. Hopefully, his later works improve in these areas.
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read July 14 2013
By ronald koeck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Enjoyed reading it, nice plot. Read two books now of Alex Scarrow. As with the Candleman, Alex Scarrow knows how the bend historical facts to plausible fiction.

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