If you – like me – enjoyed John F Hanley’s Against The Tide and The Last Boat you might be interested to know that the third book in the series, Diamonds For The Wolf, has just been published. I can’t wait to get the time to read it. The first book grabbed my attention because it was set during WW2 on Jersey – a promising premise that fortunately delivered a great story.
This book now picks up the story from the end of The Last Boat as Jack and Saul are travelling across London in the blackout for a meeting at the Soviet Embassy.
The opening chapters can be read here: http://bookShow.me/B014T1KEX8
The first in this series, “Against The Tide”, is an amazing piece of literature that was my reading highlight of some time. I happened across it on twitter and was hooked on the series right away. Here is how it all starts:
Set on the small island of Jersey between France and Britain in 1939 it paints an authentic and amazing picture of Europe and the World before the outbreak of the war.
Jewish refugees from Romania, a Dutch businessman, people with communist leanings, British fascists and a lot more characters crowd this story and make it a colourful and engaging read.
Jack, our protagonist, is part of a water polo team where he clashes with Dutchman Rudi Kohler, who seems to catch the eye of Jack’s girlfriend Caroline. Jack toys with the idea of going with Rachel instead. Besides this personal rivalry there are political and economical uncertainties that create further tension in the powder box that is Jersey. Torn between the horrors of Franco and Stalin all of the characters have their own ideas and agendas: communists, Jews, Fascists, businessmen and bankers.
The balance between historical facts and personal tragedy is well kept and ensures we never lose interest, the times bring out the best or the worst in everyone while the world seems to hang in balance waiting to spin of its axis.
I have read my share of books set in the times and I found “Against The Tide” particularly well crafted in its portrayal of the times and its characterisation.
This is as close to six stars as you can get. Very well done and highly recommended.
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