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  • ISBN: 0553093711
  • Author: Thomas Gifford
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (March 1, 1993)
  • Pages: 495 pages
  • ePUB size: 1481 kb
  • FB2 size 1751 kb
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Grandly melodramatic-if overlong-WW II intrigue from Gifford (Hollywood Gothic, 1979; The Glendower Legacy, 1978, et. centering on a top-secret raid to assassinate legendary Nazi General Erwin.

In this mesmerizing novel of intrigue the author of The Assassini and The Wind Chill Factor takes us into a chilling world of desire, betrayal, and obsession to weave the story of individual destinies drawn violently into the vortex of history. Grandly melodramatic-if overlong-WW II intrigue from Gifford (Hollywood Gothic, 1979; The Glendower Legacy, 1978, et.

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Thomas Gifford, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Assassini, creates a masterful suspense novel of obsession and betrayal, set in World War II Italy.

Thomas Gifford, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Assassini, creates a masterful suspense novel of obsession and betrayal, set in World War II Italy.

Gifford opens with a powerhouse scene: a Blitz-bombing of a London club that sees the three principals aiding the wounded- Max in the lead, as always, with Rodger and Cilla following and stealing glances even as they work; a dying mother's concern solely for her child sets the theme of stalwart.

Gifford opens with a powerhouse scene: a Blitz-bombing of a London club that sees the three principals aiding the wounded- Max in the lead, as always, with Rodger and Cilla following and stealing glances even as they work; a dying mother's concern solely for her child sets the theme of stalwart courage

Thomas Eugene Gifford (May 16, 1937 – October 31, 2000) was a best-selling American author of thriller novels. He was a graduate of Harvard University.

Thomas Eugene Gifford (May 16, 1937 – October 31, 2000) was a best-selling American author of thriller novels. He gained international fame with the crime novel The Glendower Legacy and later with the Vatican thriller The Assassini. The books posited George Washington as a British spy and the Roman Catholic Church as a criminal organization. The Glendower Legacy was made into a movie in 1981 under the name Dirty Tricks.

Thomas Gifford - the complete book list. Ben Driskill, hero of Thomas Gifford's acclaimed The Assassini, is back. this time in a riveting novel of political suspense that pits him against a conspiracy born deep in America's heartland.

Thomas Eugene Gifford (1937-2000) was a best-selling American author of thriller novels. He gained international fame with the suspense novel The Wind Chill Factor and later with the Vatican-based thriller The Assassini. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, he moved to Minnesota after graduating from Harvard.

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Assigned to wartime London, American correspondent Rodger Godwin learns, during an interview with Churchill, of a plot to assassinate Field Marshal Rommel. By the author of The Assassini. 50,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.
Comments: (6)
Zieryn
I know this book will never go down in history as a great novel. However, it is my personal favorite. I cannot really say why. I love WW2 fiction and I picked this book up on a whim many years ago when it first came out in paperback. I had never heard of Thomas Gifford. I began to read and it starts slow but really picks up towards the end. To the reviewer who never finished it, I encourage you to finish it, it really is a great read. Yes, some of it is a bit cliche of English mannerisms, but it really is a great story. I read other works by Gifford and have been disappointed by his other books. I don't really know what it is about the book, the story of naive youth, lost love reunited, a great war story and mystery combined, traitors and treachery, but it kept me riveted. I still read the book about once a year and I have had it for about 20 years. I know some may not like it as much and I can't really say exactly why I like it myself, I just do. Give it a try.
Longitude Temporary
I have read 4 or 5 previous novels of Thomas Gifford and greatly enjoyed all of them. Which is why it is such a shock for me to write this review: this novel is AWFUL. Not bad, AWFUL. My hardback edition was 495 pages and like another reviewer in this column I persevered and finally finished it after almost 2 full months. It reads as if it is 4950 pages..it is that boring. Gifford usually writes with a plot that has some aspect of espionage, politics, etc. (Although not for The Cavanagh Quest.) This book is his disastrous attempt to blend a love story into a spy story and it blends as well as ketchup on ice cream. Most of the book is the love story and as good deal of that is narrative instead of dialogue, all of which is, frankly, nauseatingly badly written with characters of no compelling interest. The spy store part is much better but it is so permeated with the nauseous love story that if utterly fails to sustain the entire novel as well as being a minority.
If all of this isn't bad enough, at p. 30, Gifford pivots into a 130 page flashback of 14 years to supposedly give us background. Well, there are authors who can pull this off but Gifford isn't one of them. And when finally the book returns to the war years of the early 40's, there are still mini flashbacks. Some of the dialogue is so cliched, so absurd...I don't think even in 194l any Englishmen address others as "old crumpet."!!!
This novel won't put me off more of Gifford; I can only ascribe this flop to his delusional idea that he can write a love story and on top of that merge it into a suspenseful spy story. He can't. I have now warned you. Read it at your own peril.
Terr
I wholeheartedly agree with the person who gave this book one star. Kudoes to you, old boy, you hit the proverbial nail on the proverbial head; this book was bloody awful. Are we really supposed to care and/or empathize with these bohemian pedophiles and tramps? Unfortunately, I am one of those readers that feel compelled to finish a book once I start it. I assure you, this was slow torture, the likes of which Hitler's henchmen could only dream about. Godwin and the Lolita-like Cilla are the most unsympathetic hero/heroine pair to ever appear in print. And it was, oh, so boring. I had intended to read The Wind Chill Factor next, as it is supposed to be good, but after reading this rubbish, I am going to have to think long and hard before delving into another Thomas Gifford novel.
Kabei
Gifford's books always sound so good based on their descriptions on the back cover, but I think his books have either been spectacularly average or a snore fest. Except for this one. This one is a guilty pleasure. Yeah, some of the characters are stereotypes (and some are so superfluous that they break up the narrative). Yeah, Cilla's mental state bouces back and forth and makes us wonder why every man falls for her. And yeah, it's a little long. And yet Gifford managed to make me care about the main characters by following their journey through the years. Gifford does a nice job of placing us in the time. You get a feeling for London in the 40's and Paris in the 20's. The mystery doesn't require a complete suspension of disbelief (like some of his other books do). Characters act because of real motivations, not because the story requires them to do so.

So yeah, if you're looking for a fun mystery/soap opera love story/war story with a historical flavor you can do a lot worse than this.
Aloo
Why write a 716 pages "thriller", which does not start "thrilling" until page 148 and even then is just one cliche after the other. The author being American the story is mainly about English people and the chararcters are all paper thin (Englishmen go to Eton and say "old chap", they dine in the Ritz, bla, bla). Who are reading these books? Housewives in Idaho who never had a chance to cross the state border? I gave up halfthrough and I will never know who the traitor was! Oh, gosh. Yawn, yawn. How about no stars at all..............
Cia
I enjoyed this novel because it took me to a time and era that I enjoy reading about. There is a good mix of mystery, intrigue, love, and adultry not to mention a war or two. This novel did exactly what I expected it to do. It transported me to a diferent time and place and that is why I like to curl up with a good book.
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