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Safe House [Hardcover]

Jon Cleary

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping tale of escape and persuit from postwar Austria Aug. 2 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book is so well written that it should not be out of print. I was so captivated by it that I simply could not put it down. When I could tear myself away, the characters stayed with me and haunted me untill I could return to the book again.
The book begins in postwar Austria, in a Displaced Persons camp. The occupants have just recently been released from such places as Auschwitz and Dachau. Mainly comprised of Jews, they dream of leaving the camp and travelling to Palestine. Aided by the underground movement, Bricha, a small group leaves in secret. When the leader of the group kills two American soldiers to prevent them from stopping their escape, they are persued by the brother of one of the Americans, Major Dunleavy, who himself, is in love with one of the D.P.s.
At the same time, a Nazi doctor, who was responsible for the execution of thousands of jews is attempting to leave for South America with his family to start a new life, by aid of the underground Nazi relocation movement, Spinne.
Both parties, being pursued by various people that don't want them to escape Europe, continually bump into the other, and the Jews wish justice to be served to the man that was responsible for the death of their loved ones.
The novel comes to a dramatic climax when it is discovered that both Bricha and Spinne are using the same safehouse in Italy, owned by a Countess who is only interested in money.
This book will grip you from the first chapter to the terribly satisfying conclusion.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Average June 29 2003
By Trevor Kettlewell - Published on Amazon.com
Average. Workmanlike, I suppose, but the people never become more than characters. Some are also laughable, such as the gratuitously voracious SS guy's wife (she's with a Nazi: there must be something perverse about her). The plot runs on not one (which would be OK), but several pretty absurd co-incidences - the central one being a perfectly timed road accident. The hero falls for the heroine because she's a babe, but this is, of course, classed as a deep and abiding love. Maybe I'm a bit jaded after years of TV, but the action sequences aren't that gripping, and without humour, insight or personality to make up for it, well, it's average.
Oh, by the way, it follows a group of ex-Concentration Camp Jews escaping post war immigration restrictions to get to Israel.

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