Ar loyalty guilt and love told via a brilliant thrillerI must admit I was expecting a standard World War 2 escape story and the book does start that way However it rapidly descends into a dark place as the two escapees hide n a train reserved for wounded SS men where they end up in a mental hospital where they undergo various brutal treatments whilst trying to maintain their disguiseThis is not Buddy one for the faint hearted and the descriptionsf the mental hospital sound scarily authentic as the two escapees struggle to maintain their sanity amidst the medications and treatments they are forced to take The second half takes place in 1972 and brings the story to a thrilling and taut denouementI won t spoil the plot but if you persevere you are in for a darned good read The first thing I have to say is that this must have been extremely well researched the detail is magnificent horrifying and yet strangely fascinating Set in two parts the first following two friends trying to evade capture who end up in a mental institution in Germay the second portion The Space Child's Mother Goose of the novel deals with the fallout many years laterI thought this was cleverly done the first half is fairly slow moving allowing the story to unfold at a pace that truly allows you to take in what these two friends are going through descriptively speaking it is very disturbing but absolutely compelling you can t look away The second half is faster moving also difficult to review properly without spoilers but for me it made a talef two halves if you like and the ending was unexpectedVery different from the Department series but still with the author s uniue style this is not a war story as much as it is a story The Quotable Hitchens from Alcohol to Zionism: The Very Best of Christopher Hitchens of friendship under extreme circumstances character driven throughoutften violent but always engaging and thought provoking I can see that it will not be for everyone but I found it to be an excellent and moving story haunting and evocative with some truly edge The Greatest Survival Stories Ever Told: Seventeen Incredible Tales of the seat momentsOverall a very good read indeedHappy Reading Folks It s got evil Nazis and narrow escapes It takes place in a mental hospital staffed with soulless doctors and nurses whose care is administered with eual parts cruelty It s got betrayal and a swift and certain death sentence for anyone suspectedf deception Add in a pair f World War II British pilots trapped behind enemy lines and faking mental illness to avoid capture So what s not to like Plenty as it turns ut For most Cómo ligar con esa chica que tanto te gusta y a la que le gusta otro of the first 200 pages Bryan the novel s narrator is lying in a hospital bed feigning catatonia He listens as German doctors appear to discuss his condition but he s unable to understand a wordf their language Whispered conversations in the night are meaningless to him but it s Death Threat obvious a conspiracy among a fewf the patients is developing Bryan doesn t know who is a potential ally r who might be plotting against him Even his co pilot refuses to make eye contact with him Bryan lives this way for almost a year An unbearable form f isolation While I received this from Netgalley a VERY long time ago in exchange for an honest review I ended up listening to this book n Audible4 starsThis is a tale f two booksThe first half f is mind numbingly monotonous and downright boring almost to the point f putting it Porter Rockwell: A Biography on the DNF shelf The second part is exceedingly suspenseful complete with violent confrontations a touchf romance and a tale Satire of revengen a trio Deflower the Boss of monstrous villains Adler Olsen touchesn the universal themes Hebrew magic amulets of the horrorsf war man s inhumanity to man the corrosiveness f guilt and the cleansing nature f forgiveness This book was written in 1997 and it is easy to see that Adler Olsen hadn t yet developed the writing skills he displays in his Department series Even still this is a worthwhile readThe Alphabet House is first set during World War II Two Englishmen James Teasdale and Bryan Young bail Being There out when their plane is shot downver Germany during a reconnaissance mission In desperation they assume the identities هذه بلادنا: الجواء of shell shocked German SSfficers Assuming their roles too well they are confined to a mental hospital behind enemy lines How long will it take for their captors to realize that James and Bryan are imposters What effect will the pills and shock treatments that the doctors administer to their patients have Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom on the British soldiers minds Can they escape from this hellhole The situation spiralsut f control when three fellow inmates viciously turn n James and BryanThe second half is also set in Germany almost 30 years later during the 1972 Munich Olympics In the second half the story really comes alive as the friends deal with the fallout f their imprisonmentThis book was bviously extremely well researched the detail is magnificent horrifying and yet strangely fascinating The pacing and layout were cleverly done the first half is slow moving and plodding allowing the story to unfold Executed if captured With an enemy patrol in pursuit they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded Witness to the Martyrdom: John Taylor's Personal Account of the Last Days of the Prophet Joseph Smith on the eastern front In a momentf desperation they throw two patients ff the train and take their places hoping they can escape later But their act is too convincing and they end up in the Alphabet House a mental hospital located far behind enemy lines where German doctors subject their patients to daily rounds f shock treatments and experim.
Confession time this novel has been n my TBR a long time It is the title that has been n my NetGalley shelf the longest The reason I reuested it was solely n the basis f the author as I thoroughly enjoyed his Dept series The War at Home: One Family's Fight Against PTSD of mysteries This stand alone is a WWII historical mystery and the author s first novelWhy did I wait so long Well the book is very longver 500 pages and I was waiting to get in the mood for a WWII novel With all the sadness and chaos in the world it seems that lately I ve been in the mood for something a little less intenseThe first half f the novel is set during World War II and the second half takes place thirty years laterCaptivity was preferable to deathFriends from childhood British RAF pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young are shot down while attempting to conduct a special photo reconnaissance mission in Germany They parachute ut f their plane and run eventually hopping aboard a German ambulance train They toss two German patients ut f the train car and assume their identities Eventually the train deposits the men far behind enemy lines at a German military hospital for the mentally ill The nurses dub it The Alphabet House due to the way the patients and their diagnosis are referred to as letters f the alphabetJames and Bryan both in their early twenties were tested to the limits Ten Thousand Goddam Cattle: A History of the American Cowboy in Song, Story and Verse of psychological endurance So much so that it strained credulityn than Set Theory, Logic and Their Limitations oneccasion They are treated with freuent electroshock therapy and daily doses f dangerous anti psychotic drugs that makes them almost catatonicThe days ahead might take years to live throughThe reader glimpses the horrifying and extremely disturbing way the mentally ill were treated and how the German Nazis treated their sick soldiers Remember the phrase survival f the fittest James and Bryan discover that they are not the nly nes The Stringbean Murders on the ward feigning mental illness At least threef the Germans are part أساطير شعبية من قلب جزيرة العرب: الجزء الرابع of Operation Insanity a devious plot perpetrated by avarice Whenne malingerer is discovered he is taken to the yard and shotThis was a suspenseful war thriller but personally I think it would have made a better movie than a book Although the author s pacing is spot Stricken (Asphalt Cowboys, on and he did engender tension in the reader this wasn t enough for me especially in the first halff the book which was set for the most part in The Sporty Game one hospital ward with the protagonists lying in bed feigning madness I didn t really connect with the protagonists partly I think because we didn t really get to know them well before their Alphabet Houserdeal began Partly too because their experiences were so American Yakuza II outsidef anything I can imagine Maybe it would appeal to male readers I don t know Anyway I found the book was Inventions That Changed the World: Working Wonders over long and dragged in spots especially in the first halff the book I found myself skimming which I hate to do and hate to admit to doingThe second part Love Onboard: Cupid's Caribbean Cruise of the book which features Bryan Young now a physician I expected to like However that really didn t happen for me It wasverly violent and portrayed evil men doing evil things Over and Vertical Mind: Psychological Approaches for Optimal Rock Climbing over andver againI wanted to like this book really I did It had a great and interesting beginning a somewhat tedious middle and an almost unrealistic endingAlthough I really love the Dept series sadly I found that this book just wasn t for me Two WWII British pilots are trapped behind enemy lines in Nazi Germany This is the story Blood Love of their desperate attemptsf survival but can they survive with their lives and their sanityThe Alphabet House is ne f those stories where I really have to ask myself where do authors get these ideas The story was so well developed and intricate every minute detail fell perfectly into placeThe story is written in two parts Part ne deals with Bryan and James escape from their pursuers and their stay in The Alphabet House What is The Alphabet House You ll have to read it yourself to find ut The second part f the book is set twenty seven years after the war and deals with Bryan and James getting beyond the scars left by The Alphabet House Each part is a fantastic exciting story n its wn the two together create an amazing unimaginable adventure This was a book that I hated to put downJames and Bryan were incredibly well developed characters The author brought me well into the depths f each f their minds and he would switch points f view from DIY, Dammit!: A Practical Guide to Curse-Free Crafting one to thether And the bad guys well they are some f the sickest monsters that I have ever read about What makes them so horrible is that their characteristics are pulled straight from realityWould I recommend The Alphabet House AbsolutelyI received a copy f the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Brian and James are two 20 year ld Englishmen that are shot down ver Germany in WWII With a dog patrol Civil rights, tool of communist deception on their heals they frantically hopn a German train which contains SS fficers that are The nature f friendship In the tradition f Alan Furst the #1 international bestselling author delivers his first stand alone novel a psychological thriller set in World War II Nazi Germany and 1970s England British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo reconnaissance mission near Dresden Germany Intelligence believes the Nazis are building new factories that could turn the tide f the war When their plane is shot down James and Bryan know they will be.
T a pace that allows the reader to almost experience what these two friends are going through It s very disturbing but absolutely compelling you simply can t look away The second half is much faster paced and I m not going to say anything for fear An Eastern Orthodox Response to Evangelical Claims of giving away the surprising events It did ramp up significantly to the completely unexpected endingThis is not a war story as much as it is a storyf friendship under extreme circumstances character driven throughout The Claiming of the Shrew often violent but always engaging and thought provoking I found it to be an excellent moving story haunting and evocative with some great edgef the seat momentsOverall a very good read OK So I wanted to like this book I really really did It had everything I like asylum WWII era historical fiction a good plot However This book just drug ON and ON and ON It was so slow moving and I found myself really not looking forward to reading it every time I had time to read It just didn t do it for me Very creative plot and had amazing potential for a thrillerjust didn t have the thrill aspect I wish I could have said I loved this book but sadly it was not all I was hoping for it to be tear Disclaimer ARC via Netgalley Sometimes plots and ideas don t just work for some readers This is Summoned onef those books for me The Alphabet House would make an excellent movie but as a book it doesn t uite fly The story starts with two English fliers in World War II They get shot down and eventually after a series f events that do and don t work find themselves in the Alphabet House a hospital for Nazi fficers The two Brits Bryant and James never really seem to come alive as individuals They almost become interchangeable and it is difficult to pin down their individual characters if any There are some supporting characters but they are by and large interchangeable The villains are the traditional Nazi villains The pacing at points seems ff and the character f Lauren just doesn t work Baghdad, Mon Amour: A Journey of Exile and Return on many levels It s not a bad book and in many ways it is a good adventure story It would make a good screenplay because a film version would hide the lackf characterization I decided to read this book because I m a fan Dead Inside of Jussi Adler Olsen s Department mysteries and thought this standalone written prior to the Dep t books might be a good read As the storypens it s 1944 and World War II is raging English flyboys Bryan Young and James Teasdale are sent n a mission to do aerial reconnaissance ver Germany where they get shot down After some hide and seek with German soldiers Bryan and James make their way The Taste of Spruce Gum onto a German medical transport train throwff the bodies f a couple f Nazi She Stoops to Conquer officers and assume their identities They soon find themselves in a mental hospital called Alphabet House for shell shocked SSfficials there Bryan and James must endure endless electroshock and drug therapy Though their mental illness allows them to remain silent Bryan and James are still in a very precarious situation if they re exposed as either Brits Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile or malingerers they ll be killed immediately Thus they live in a constant statef anxiety and fearAs it turns Alphabet House seems to be chock full Orb of Nazis faking mental illness One groupf malingerers consists f fficers who are in the habit f whispering at night bragging about murders they ve committed and their secret horde f riches These men are extremely suspicious Multi-Family Therapy of their fellow patients fearing someone might discover their deception and expose them Thus they watch everyone closely not hesitating to harassr even murder someone they suspect is faking Bryan and James come under intense scrutiny by these men and James especially suffers greatly at their hands This part f the book is very long and very disturbingEventually Bryan escapes from Alphabet House which is bombed soon afterwards by the advancing Allies Skip ahead to 1972 and Bryan is a wealthy successful physician who wns a pharmaceutical company and is happily married Bryan has never given up trying to find James however and when circumstances align he returns to Germany and travels to the town where Alphabet House was located There he comes across some people he knew in the mental ward and things take a very dramatic turn This section f the book is also very long and disturbing In the prologue f the book Jussi Adler Olsen talks about his interest in mental illness and speculates whether faking a mental disability can lead to the real thing He explains that his interests in both World War II and mental illness led him to write this book Jussi Adler Olsen being interviewed It s hard for me to rate this story because though it s well written and compelling the subject matter is distressing and many f the characters are sadistic and disgusting Thus I settled n 3 stars this just wasn t the book for me I ll probably stick to Jussi Adler Olsen s mysteries from now A History of Prophecy in Israel, Revised and Enlarged onYou can follow my reviews at. Ental drugs The pilots’nly hope Think good thoughts about a pussycat of survival is to fake insanity until the war ends but their friendship and courage are put to the ultimate test when James and Bryan realize they aren’t thenly One, Two, Three Me ones in the Alphabet House feigning madness Millionsf fans around the world and in this country know Adler Olsen for his award winning Department series His first stand alone The Alphabet House is the perfect introduction for those who have yet to discover his riveting wor.
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Jussi Adler Olsen is a Danish author who began to write novels in the 1990s after a comprehensive career as publisher editor film composer for the Valhalla cartoon and as a booksellerHe made his debut with the thriller “Alfabethuset” 1997 which reached bestseller status both in Denmark and internationally just like his subseuent novels “And She Thanked the Gods” prev “The Company Basher”