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Island Reich

Jack Grimwood



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03 February 2022
The fate of Britain rests on one unlikely spy in this rich, atmospheric WWII thriller, from the award-winning author of Moskva and Nightfall Berlin July, 1940. The Nazis launch their invasion of Britain - starting with the Channel Islands...

And soldier turned safecracker Bill O'Hagan gets an offer- hang for his crimes, or serve his country.

The mission- impersonate a local on occupied Alderney, steal the invasion plans, escape. He almost believes they're not lying.

In Portugal, former King, Edward, Duke of Windsor, receives an altogether different proposal from Germany- ease the invasion and he'll get his throne back. But Edward will not readily betray his country...

An embittered former king. An unreformed thief. And a secret upon which the fates of nations lie...
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   359g
ISBN:   9781405936705
ISBN 10:   1405936703
Pages:   544
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jack Grimwood, a.k.a Jon Courtenay Grimwood, was born in Malta and christened in the upturned bell of a ship. He grew up in the Far East, Britain and Scandinavia. Apart from novels, he writes for national newspapers including The Times, Telegraph, Independent and Guardian. Jon is two-time winner of the BSFA Award for Best Novel, first with Felaheen, and then End of the World Blues. His literary novel, The Last Banquet, published under the name Jonathan Grimwood, was shortlisted for Le Prix Montesquieu 2015. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. He is married to the journalist and novelist Sam Baker. Island Reich is his third thriller. @joncg

Reviews for Island Reich

Intricately plotted, rip-roaring World War Two adventure - proper heroes, proper villains, royal intrigue and grounded in real history -- Ian Rankin * - * Matches Robert Harris, Joseph Kanon, Ken Follett and John le Carre thrill for thrill in this breath-taking WWII story of atmospheric suspense, daring espionage and political intrigue, set in the tense depths of Britain's Darkest Hour * What's On Glasgow * Triumphant... The synthesis of real and fictitious characters is handled with panache by the talented Grimwood * Financial Times * Top-notch . . . the suspense never wavers * Crimetime * Highly entertaining . . . The plot is splendidly complicated. Like most good adventure novels set in recognizable history, Grimwood offers readers an enticing what if? * Scotsman * Fact and fiction merge in a rip-roaring yarn. Excellent * Sun * Praise for Jack Grimwood * - * A fine book . . . for those who enjoy vintage le Carre -- Ian Rankin * - * Grimwood is a damned fine writer * Independent * The new le Carre . . . an absolutely brilliant page turner . . . if you love thrillers, Jack Grimwood is a name you need to remember * BBC Radio 2 The Sara Cox Show * Spring's best thriller * Observer * A powerful, addictive, twisty tale where no-one can be trusted -- David Young, author of Stasi Child * - * 'Note-perfect, multi-layered, rugged as a T-34 tank. Grimwood is about to become your new favourite thriller writer * Independent * The writing is elegant, the dialogue razor sharp, the characters drawn economically but effectively, and the action is unrelenting * SciFi Now * The superior spy thriller of the year. Le Carre fans will be delighted * - * A compulsive and supremely intelligent thriller from a master stylist * - * An intriguing thriller * Literary Review * Mesmerising, surefooted, vividly realised . . . something special in the arena of international thrillers * Financial Times * Even better than Child 44 . . . A blizzard of exciting set pieces, superbly realized * Daily Telegraph * An extraordinarily atmospheric and immersive read ... escapism at its best * Good Housekeeping * So atmospheric, so elegantly written . . . like Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, or like early le Carre. I really recommend it. I just disappeared into it totally -- Marian Keyes * - * The thriller of the summer ... Grimwood raises the stakes in this dark, twisty tale * iPaper * Fact and fiction merge in what they used to call a rip-roaring yarn that is totally credible. Excellent. * The Sun *

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