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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 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #680,514 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 Four hours later, that surrender was withdrawn.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 an alternate Paperback edition.

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Excellent Vendor, would happily purchase from again! I Lost interest in the story within the first 100 pages, somewhat similar to another story published by someone else years ago....
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HASH(0xb3743a38) out of 5 stars A gripping thriller! June 12 2007
By John Prigent - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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
HASH(0xb3743a8c) out of 5 stars A Thousand Suns Sept. 26 2006
By Dave Dempsey - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
HASH(0xb3743ec4) out of 5 stars This book is a fantastic debut Novel Sept. 3 2010
By Historical Fiction Fan - Published on
Format: Paperback
A Thousand Suns: Alex Scarrow
This book is a fantastic debut Novel for Alex, I myself am a fan of many genre, and in the world of War time exploits one of My favourite authors is Jack Higgins, some one I consider the master of this genre. I would put this book up there with his best, against the likes of Cold Harbour and The Eagle Has landed.
The Story Is a great testament to the courage or the men who fought in those times, alot of people forget or don't know that the Germans had many Brave men who were not Nazis and hated the Nazi ideal, but at the same time were committed to Germany and her people. They fought under the same appalling conditions with a great deal of courage and conviction...there are 2 side to every tale and this Story Shows the courage of the men from both sides and the hard decisions they might have had to make.
The story has a nice pace to the action, flitting between past and present without confusing the reader, and embroils you in web of secrecy that might have surrounded such an event if it had truly happened with its excellent easy to like characters.

Its a shame that this book is clearly a 1 off as I would really have like to meet some of these characters again.

Keep up the good work Alex, and I hope you write another wartime novel soon as you have a great flair for it.
HASH(0xb37472a0) out of 5 stars Great debut effort; heckuva plot concept June 23 2013
By Jeff - Published on
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed A Thousand Suns. It's hard to believe it's a debut novel as the plotting is very assured and mature.

This is the parallel story of a last ditch effort by Germany to win the war in its last weeks interspersed with the contemporary story of the discover of a B-17 bomber sunk in shallow water off the coast of Rhode Island. Except the pilot of the bomber is clearly wearing Luftwaffe clothing!

I found the past story utterly compelling and entertaining. Initially in the background, it comes to the forefront as the book progresses. I found the contemporary story to be interesting, although a skeptical reader may have one or two quibbles about the coverup's credibility.

The characters, particularly the WWII ones, are very well drawn. The plot is a clever idea at its worst point and brilliant at its best. For someone who had mostly written video games before, the author can write with authority and commanding detail about the past. I'm amazed this is a first book for the author. He has immense confidence during most of it.

If you like historical fiction, particularly speculative fiction, this is a great read. I haven't read anything this imaginative about WWII since Philip Kerr's Hitler's Peace. And this is a better book than that in many respects.
HASH(0xb3747384) out of 5 stars Technical Advisor? July 22 2013
By Michael Werner - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.

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