READER REVIEWS/ INTO DARKNESS
A very well written and cleverly constructed novel. After the 20th July assassination attempt on Hitler, Max Hoffman, Chief of Criminal Investigations in Nazi Germany, is exposed as one of the plotters and has to go on the run. But before he can escape from Germany, he must first ensure the safety of his children, and then settle an account with an enemy. Interspersed with the story of Hoffman’s mission is a series of flashbacks, showing how he became disillusioned with the Nazis early on and rose into a position of trust with them at the same time as plotting against them.
This novel grips from the beginning and is excellently paced throughout, but perhaps the best thing about it is the study of Hoffman’s complex character, how he has to balance the acceptance of evil in the short term in order to try and destroy the Nazis from within.
This is a brilliant novel that I would warmly recommend to everyone. It’s the first book I’ve read by this author, but I shall certainly be looking for more.
This is a gripping, fast moving chase story – Hoffmann, a senior police officer, early Nazi party member and conspirator in the failed von Stauffenberg assassination plot against Hitler, goes on the run, pursued by two of his protégés, to save his family from danger and for revenge before seeking safety for himself.
Interwoven with this, by flashbacks, is a convincing picture of the precarious and difficult nature of life in Nazi Germany during the 1930s, even for a party member and close acolyte of Hitler.
There is also an interesting moral theme – in order to get himself into and maintain himself in a position where he could do some good and protect some people from the evils of the Nazi regime, Hoffman had to commit and participate in many evil acts himself; he wrestles with the questions of whether this is justification in principle and whether the good he has achieved outweighs the evil he has committed and participated in.
Great writing, great characters and an excellent read.
I really enjoyed this. Gripping narrative, swiftly driven from the familiar original premise of the failed plot to kill Hitler. The author writes in a fluid but sparing style which allows a cracking pace, and strips out any temptation to show off at length the knowledge he clearly has, both of Germany’s geography and landscape and of the Nazi late war era, especially the minds and motivations of police, Army and SS. This is an achievement in itself and allows good well-drawn characters to lead the reader onwards.
It is a pleasant surprise to find so many likeable characters, rather than stereotypes – even the deceiver is attractive in his false persona. There is much tenderness and little sentimentality in the ending.
Absolutely brilliant and loosely fact-based Second World War novel from the point of view of the German Resistance. Strong plotline, well-realised characters, and an exploration of human nature under extreme pressure in a part of the war that is little-known about in the anglophone world. I’d recommend this to anybody, as well as other works by this writer – a man of great perception and humanity.
Amazingly crafted by a truly gifted writer. An insightful synopsis of the pathogen of human psychology gone awry: a questioning modern hybrid of reflection without judgement. An accentuated look at Europe with the understanding of how it affected the German people who were caught in a the most dreadful period of our history. Fantastic, a storm of the most human of stories in Nazi Germany.
STUNNING NOVEL! I bought it to pass away the time as I was travelling a lot and thought it would fill in the time gaps waiting around. I found that (a cliche I know) I couldn’t put it down and was totally gripped from start to finish. I’ll read more of Mr Gill’s work and hope there’s a sequel to this one. One of the best books I’ve ever read.
Absolutely loved this book. Had me gripped from the beginning. Believable characters that I empathised with against a fascinating backdrop of a time in our history that interests me greatly, being half German. Well researched exciting story!