Best novels about WW2
Feature story , World War II / October 9, 2017

Here are some of the best novels about World War II. A few are classics that you may have overlooked. A few WWII favorites for your bookshelf, just in case you missed them! EYE OF THE NEEDLE by Ken Follett *Spoiler alert. This novel features a German agent who just so happens to be a diabolical and ruthless killer, pursued by an interesting British sleuth, and ultimately brought to ground by the wife of a sheep farmer. Although this novel is set in WWII, the espionage factor here is really secondary to the fact that this is a ripping good pyschological thriller. I keep a battered copy on my desk and dip into it from time to time when I need a good shudder. THE EAGLE HAS LANDED by Jack Higgins This is a novel that I read way back in high school, and wrote a book report for in Mrs. Hawk’s English class. A WWII action thriller not apparently not the sort of novel she had in mind for a book report, and I think I got a B-, but the novel itself deserves an A. The plot centers around a crack team of German commandos who parachute into…

Tragic flight of the Hindenburg
World War II / May 24, 2016

Flight of Dreams tells the story of the tragic 1937 voyage of the Hindenburg, the German zeppelin that crashed in Lakehurt, N.J. There was so much symbolism wrapped up in the Hindenburg, which was also a symbol of the growing power of Nazi Germany. Needless to say, on the pages of Flight of Dreams, there is more than a little intrigue regarding Germany’s militaristic tendencies. What’s also interesting is the concept of luxury travel through the skies in an era before jet travel existed. That dream literally came crashing down, but for a time, the Hindenburg was almost like a cruise ship among the clouds. This is a literary thriller that brings life to the tragedy and imagines the many lives that were lost, or deeply affected, by those those events in the New Jersey skies. Title: Flight of Dreams Author: Ariel Lawhon Genre: Aircraft accidents Publisher: Doubleday Books Release Date: February 23, 2016 Pages: 336 With everyone onboard harboring dark secrets and at least one person determined to make sure the airship doesn’t make the return trip, Flight of Dreams gives an utterly suspenseful, heart-wrenching explanation for one of the most enduring mysteries of the twentieth century. On the…

World War II in the Pacific
World War II / May 10, 2016

Title: Sentinels of Fire Author: P. T. Deutermann Genre: Fiction Publisher: Macmillan Release Date: July 15, 2014 Pages: 288 Serving aboard the Allied destroyer USS Malloy, Executive Officer Connie Miles discovers that her much-admired captain is losing his mind under the pressure of unrelenting Japanese suicide bomber attacks. By the award-winning author of Pacific Glory.

The Girl from Krakow
World War II / March 13, 2016

Title: The Girl from Krakow Author: Alex Rosenberg Genre: Fiction Publisher: Lake Union Publishing Release Date: September 1, 2015 It’s 1935. Rita Feuerstahl comes to the university in Krakow intent on enjoying her freedom. But life has other things in store–marriage, a love affair, a child, all in the shadows of the oncoming war. When the war arrives, Rita is armed with a secret so enormous that it could cost the Allies everything, even as it gives her the will to live. She must find a way both to keep her secret and to survive amid the chaos of Europe at war. Living by her wits among the Germans as their conquests turn to defeat, she seeks a way to prevent the inevitable doom of Nazism from making her one of its last victims. Can her passion and resolve outlast the most powerful evil that Europe has ever seen? In an epic saga that spans from Paris in the ’30s and Spain’s Civil War to Moscow, Warsaw, and the heart of Nazi Germany, The Girl from Krakow follows one woman’s battle for survival as entire nations are torn apart, never to be the same.

The Pride and the Anguish
World War II / March 4, 2016

Singapore, November 1941: Lieutenant Ralph Trewin, a proud recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, arrives at Singapore as second-in-command of the shallow-draught gunboat, H.M.S. Porcupine. To Trewin, still shocked from wounds received during the evacuation of Crete, the gunboat and her five elderly consorts symbolise the ignorance and blind optimism he finds in Singapore. And the captain of the Porcupine is as unwilling as the rest to take heed of Trewin’s alarm, for to him the gunboat represents his last chance. One month later the Japanese invade Malaya and three months after that Singapore, the “Gibraltar of the Far East”–a British rock that could not be taken–knows the humiliation of surrender. Through the misery and despair of this bloody campaign Trewin and his captain are forced to draw on each other’s beliefs and weaknesses, and together they weld the little gunboat into a symbol of bravery and pride.   Title: The Pride and the Anguish Author: Douglas Reeman Genre: Fiction Publisher: McBooks Press Release Date: May 1, 2016 Pages: 344 Singapore, November, 1941 . . . They called it the “Gibraltar of the Far East” — a British rock that could not be taken. But suddenly, in a lightning blow,…

Ready for new Alan Furst? Not if you haven’t read this one
World War II / February 24, 2016

Alan Furst is the acknowledged Grand Master of World War II-era spy thrillers. He has a new book coming out this spring called A Hero of France. While you wait for that, be sure to put Midnight in Europe on your list. The story begins in 1938 Paris. Democratic forces are locked in struggle as the shadow of war edges over Europe. Cristian Ferrar, a handsome Spanish lawyer in Paris, is approached to help a clandestine agency supply weapons to beleaguered Republican forces. He agrees, putting his life on the line. Joining Ferrar in his mission is an unlikely group of allies: idealists and gangsters, arms dealers, aristocrats and spies. From libertine nightclubs in Paris to shady bars by the docks in Gdansk, Furst paints a spell-binding portrait of a continent marching into a nightmare – and the heroes and heroines who fought back. Title: Midnight in Europe Author: Alan Furst Genre: Fiction Publisher: Wheeler Publishing, Incorporated Release Date: June 4, 2014 Pages: 407 Failing to secure American support for the Republican side of the Spanish Civil War in 1938, a minor Spanish noble travels to Paris, where he promotes the Republic cause before undertaking a mission to infiltrate the…

The Runner is another WWII classic
World War II / February 18, 2016

It’s not just World War II, but also the tumultuous aftermath that creates ripe territory for great thrillers. In Christopher Reich’s classic The Runner, a former German track star is the central villain, and an American lawyer-turned-officer must track him across war-torn Germany to stop him from carrying out a politically charged assassination. From page one, the race in on. Title: The Runner Author: Christopher Reich Genre: Fiction Publisher: Island Books Release Date: 2001 Pages: 481 In the aftermath of World War II, an American lawyer sent to defend Nazi war criminals pursues his hidden agenda–to find the SS officer who is responsible for his brother’s death. Reprint.

Revisit The Key to Rebecca
World War II / February 16, 2016

  While Rommel’s German army bears down on Cairo, a Nazi agent known only as “The Sphinx” is prowling the city’s ancient streets in order to pave the way for an invasion, with no one to stand in his way but a luckless British officer and a Jewish girl, in the classic Ken Follett suspense thriller of World War II. Title: The Key to Rebecca Author: Ken Follett Genre: Fiction Publisher: Penguin Release Date: February 1, 2003 Pages: 337 While Rommel’s army bears down on Cairo, a ruthless Nazi agent called “The Sphinx” prowls the city’s ancient streets to pave the way for an invasion, with no one to stand in his way but a luckless British officer and a Jewish girl, in the classic suspense novel of World War II. Reprint.

Ken Follett’s classic WWII thriller
World War II / February 15, 2016

Ken Follett is one of those amazing writers who can craft a tense thriller or a sweeping medieval saga. Eye of the Needle is another WWII classic that keeps on thrilling readers today, and Faber is one of the Nazi regime’s more memorable villains. He finds an unlikely heroine to be more than he bargained for on a windswept island. Title: Eye of the Needle Author: Ken Follett Genre: Fiction Publisher: Signet Book Release Date: July 7, 2015 Pages: 416 The worldwide phenomenon from the author of Edge of Eternity. His code name was “The Needle.” He was a German aristocrat of extraordinary intelligence–a master spy with a legacy of violence in his blood, and the object of the most desperate manhunt in history…. But his fate lay in the hands of a young and vulnerable English woman, whose loyalty, if swayed, would assure his freedom–and win the war for the Nazis….