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The Hindenburg Murders [Abridged] [Audio Cassette]

Max Allan Collins , Charlie O'Dowd
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October 2000
Leslie Charteris had no way of knowing that the Hindenburg was hurtling toward catastrophe. But like his crime-fighting character, the Saint, Charteris has an eye for trouble. First the famous mystery writer suspects the German airship has received a bomb threat. Then he discovers a passenger has mysteriously disappeared. Convinced the man was pushed overboard, Charteris conducts a covert investigation. But the vanished man turns out to be an undercover Nazi agent, and all of the passengers who fell under his surveillance have a motive for murder. Fearing a grander plot to destroy the airship, Charteris scrambles to find the killer — before it all goes up in flames. Reconstructing the zeppelin’s fatal flight on the eve of World War II, The Hindenburg Murders proves that Max Allan Collins is the master of hard-boiled historical fiction.
--This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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About the Author

Max Allan Collins is the New York Times bestselling author of Road to Perdition and multiple award-winning novels, screenplays, comic books, comic strips, trading cards, short stories, movie novelizations, and historical fiction. He has scripted the Dick Tracy comic strip, Batman comic books, and written tie-in novels based on the CSI, Bones, and Dark Angel TV series; collaborated with legendary mystery author Mickey Spillane; and authored numerous mystery novels including the Quarry, Nolan, Mallory, and the bestselling Nathan Heller historical thrillers. His additional Disaster series mystery novels include The Titanic Murders, The Hindenburg Murders, The Pearl Harbor Murders, The London Blitz Murders, and The War of the Worlds Murder. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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In 1937, the zeppelin Hindenburg leaves Germany on its fateful flight, with numerous passengers, includ-ing Leslie Charteris, creator of The Saint mysteries, SS officers, and many others. Charteris becomes embroiled in an investigation to discover who has planted a bomb on the zeppelin and when it will go off. Charlie O'Dowd's enthusiastic performance is reflected in the pace of his words as he delivers the exciting action scenes. Collins has created a fast-talking 1930s mystery replete with interesting characters and plot twists. The production is marred only by decreased volume when the dialogue is delivered, but O'Dowd's emotional involvement in the story moves it along. M.B.K. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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3.0 out of 5 stars 3 Stars - Middle of the road book Dec 26 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I debated whether or not to give this book an extra half star for the research that went it to it, but decided not to. Sure it's impressive to know that the characters in the story are based on the name of passengers in real life and that some of the tale is based on facts, however I couldn't come away with a ringing endorsement of this book but can say that it is an average book. I didn't find the story that riveting overall and I thought the depictions of the characters themselves were fairly simplistic. Now this may due to either the author's style or constraints that Collins placed on himself not to get too involved with creating insight into real life individuals. What does this mean? This book is not grueling or horrible by any means, it can be read without agony, but if you are looking for a great book you should take a pass on it unless the Hindenburg itself is what draws you to the book. Otherwise, I think there are better books that center around some historical basis or what if scenarios. (i.e. Follett's "Eye of the Needle" or Higgins "The Eagle has Landed".)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exhilarhating but scary take on history June 14 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
He is the famous author of the Saint mysteries, novels read by millions of loyal fans throughout the world. He was also on the maiden voyage of the Hindenburg dirigible and the finally voyage as well. On May 3, 1937, after the passengers boarded under the uncomfortable scrutiny of the Nazis, the ship leaves for the one-week trip from Frankfurt to America. On the trek over the ocean, Charteris notices that the officials have confiscated all lighters and matches, leaving the author to wonder if someone reported a bomb threat.

An SS informer mysterious vanishes, and the writer thinks an unknown assailant(s) tossed the missing person off the ship during the night. The officers fear bad publicity and the reaction of their own government. They ask Charteris to discretely investigate what happened to the SS informer. During his inquiries, he learns more than he wants to know about the passengers, the reaction to world events, and the military gamesmanship going on board the ship. Charteris is the only person left living who knows what really happened over the ocean and over New Jersey.

Using an actual catastrophe within the framework of a mystery entertains readers while educating the audience as to a world's reaction to Hitler just before the war. The protagonist, the renowned author of the Saint novels, symbolizes the upcoming battle with the Nazis even as he appears too self-indulgent, making for an interesting dichotomy. Max Allan Collins has become one of the masters of the twentieth century historical mystery and THE HINDENBURG MURDERS will only augment his growing reputation.

Harriet Klausner
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Usually I am leery of writers who use real life historical characters as sleuths, they tend to just rely on the gimmick with the mystery angle being rather blah, however that's not the case with this book.
Collins choice of Leslie Charteris as his protagonist is ideal. Charteris was a colorful character in his own right and he *was* a passenger on the Hindenburgh (on it's maiden voyage though not on the final trip). Collin's also uses the real names of the passengers and crew for his fictitious characters, creates a credible mystery around the events in pre-war Nazi Germany and builds to a spectacular climax. All makes for very satisfying reading.
Not only will I be looking for more Max Allan Collins this book has made me want to find out more about the Hinderburgh and to re-read the Saint stories.
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