Firstly I wish to thank Lauren Tavella of Head of Zeus for inviting me on the blog tour for Last Flight to Stalingrad by Graham Hurley
ABOUT THE BOOK
‘A searing portrait of the Nazi elite as the war turns against them. Raw, shocking and meticulously researched’ TIM SEBASTIAN
For four years, the men in field grey have helped themselves to country after country across Western Europe.
For Werner Nehmann, a journalist at the Promi – the Ministry of Propaganda – this dizzying series of victories has felt like a party without end. But now the Reich’s attention has turned towards the East, and as winter sets in, the mood is turning.
Werner’s boss, Joseph Goebbels, can sense it. A small man with a powerful voice and coal-black eyes, Goebbels has a deep understanding the dark arts of manipulation. His words, his newsreels, have shaken Germany awake, propelling it towards its greater destiny and he won’t let – he can’t let – morale falter now. But the Minister of Propaganda is uneasy and in his discomfort has pulled Werner into his close confidence.
And here, amid the power struggle between the Nazi Chieftains, Werner will make his mistake and begin his descent into the hell of Stalingrad…
Although this is part of this author’s ‘Spoils of War’ series this book is not affected at all, it reads great as a stand-alone. It is the first book that I have read by him.
It is perfect how the author has blended fact and fiction together in this step back in time, to 1942 Europe, following the war’s progression from the German side. The story mainly centre’s around what was happening in the war, in contrast to what the German people were been told through Propaganda. Everything had gone Germany’s way until the army was sent East and to Russia.
Some of the characters in this book are instantly recognisable, but, the way that the author has written this story the fictional characters feel solid. When Werner Nehmann a Propaganda reporter, makes an error of judgement, it has repercussions for him.
There are no holds barred as the story progresses through Russia and Stalingrad with accounts of the horrors the SS left behind them. It is truly a story that you should read. Stunning research and perfect delivery.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Graham Hurley is the author of the acclaimed Faraday and Winter
crime novels and an award-winning TV documentary maker. Two of
the critically lauded series have been shortlisted for the Theakston’s
Old Peculier Award for Best Crime Novel. The first Wars Within
novel, Finisterre, was shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure
Writing Prize. grahamhurley.co.uk