Spandau Phoenix

Spandau Phoenix

by Greg Iles

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Penn Cage series comes a heartstopping thriller about one of the great unsolved mysteries of World War II.
The Spandau Diary—what was in it? Why did the secret intelligence agencies of every major power want it? Why was a brave and beautiful woman kidnapped and sexually tormented to get it? Why did a chain of deception and violent death lash out across the globe, from survivors of the Nazi past to warriors in the new conflict now about to explode? Why did the world’s entire history of World War II have to be rewritten as the future hung over a nightmare abyss?

“Entirely plausible, totally engrossing…a remarkable, impressive novel.”—Nelson DeMille 

“An incredible web of intrigue and suspense, an avalanche of action from first page to last.”—Clive Cussler 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451179807
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/1994
Series: A World War II Thriller Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 103,251
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.94(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Greg Iles is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Penn Cage series. His novels have been made into films, translated into more than twenty languages, and published in more than thirty-five countries worldwide.


Natchez, Mississippi

Date of Birth:


Place of Birth:

Stuttgart, Germany


B.A., University of Mississippi, 1983

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Spandau Phoenix 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My friend turned me on to Greg Iles so I picked up 'Black Cross' which is good but this book blows BC out of the water. This book is right up there with Da Vinci Code and the Bourne series as far as i'm concerned. A real page turner indeed. I bet Dan Brown learned a trick or two from this book and Robert Ludlum may have read it as well. If you like to read about spy vs spy vs spy vs spy type novels, this is as good as it gets. I recommend you read 'Black Cross' first though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Any book on WWII interests me and this ranks among the best WWII stories that I have read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Different, informative, interesting, and one of the best books I've read. Greg Iles never lets me down.
dspoon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A long buried Nazi secret erupts into a nerve shattering nightmare, as fact meets fiction. in this explosive international thriller. In 1941, Rudolf Hess, Hitler's fanatical Deputy Fuhrer, shocked the world by flying on a seemingly mad peace mission to Britain. He was captured there, and after the war, spent the rest of his life behind the forbidding walls of Berlin's Spandau prison. In 1987, with that sole remaining prisoner's death, S;andau is razed, and the strangest, most mysterious chapter of World War II i closed forever, or is it? The answer to this question is a decisive and deadly no for Berlin police sergeant Hans Apfel. In the rubble of Spandau, Hans discovers a sheaf of tattered papers in a holowed brick. It is the half-mad diary of Prisoner #7, known to the world as Rudolf Hess. And it holds the first shocking revelation of why Hess flew to Britain, and the terrifying dimensions of Hitler's boldest, most brilliant move at the height of his evil genius. Thus the most vicious and momentous competition in the annuals of international espionage is set in motion. In a Germany moving toward unity, in a Soviet Union falling apart, and an Israel facing destruction, the most skilled players of the post-glasnost era will stop at nothing to seize the Spandau papers. Brutal violence, global intrigue, treason, and terror turn innocent bystanders into desperate combatants, in a world where nations battle for supremacy and trust is another word for suicide. With unforgettable characters, including Sgt. Hans Apfel and his estranged father, forced to ally themselves against impossible odds; Hans' kidnapped wife, fighting to save her unborn child; and a driven Israeli agent whose country's survival depends on the contents of the Spandau diary. This riveting thriller moves relentlessly across time and around the globe. Its pulse-pounding action ranges from Germany to South Africa, from England to Israel, from a World War II conspiracy to its long-delayed but inescapable endgame, a Nazi dream that will not die. This is an epic novel that rips open the last great secret of World War II.
TheCriticalTimes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Using the enigmatic mystery of Hitler's second in command's reasons for flying solo to the UK in the early days of WWII, this novel expands on the mystery by asking who it really was who took the solitary dare towards Britain. Rudolf Hess, Hitler's right hand man for most of his pre-war political career did indeed land in England on May 10th, 1941. Or did he? When the Rudolf Hess who had been incarcerated in Spandau Prison since the conclusion of the Nuremberg Trials suddenly comes to die under suspect circumstances, a set of events reaching back to Hess's escape from Nazi Germany escalate rapidly taking over most of the novel in a James Bond fashion. Was the man imprisoned in Spandau really Rudolf Hess or as long suspected a carefully planted double?And that's where this book falls apart. The author takes great pain to paint a picture of the chaotic days of internal politics of Germany between 1941 and the end of the war. But at the same time the incredibly out of proportion events, that take the main characters from West to East Berlin and back again all the way to South Africa, reduce the carefully crafted intrigue to a pile of Reichstag rubble. What could have been a subtle and suspenseful political thriller, turns quickly into a dime novel that would make even the most die hard Bond fan shudder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I made it to page 431 of TFM. I'm already a history nut, but the way the meandering character dialog is used to essentially narrate a catalog of who did what and for what purpose is truly tiresome. I can usually pound through an interesting piece of history with a wee bit of action over the course of a week. I've been picking this up and dropping off for over a month. I'm half way through. The sparks off interest or few and far between. I'm abandoning the effort on this book. Moving on. A waste of my time and money.
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ebooks18 More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favourite books. I've read it several times over the years and now finally I can add it to my Nook. Thank you for making this novel available for ereaders.
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wordsilove More than 1 year ago
I read this book several years ago and it was one I couldn't put down. I love intrigue and the WW2 era. Greg Iles kept me on the edge of my seat and blew me back in my easy chair with the ending. I didn't see it coming! This book is worthy of a second reading. Loved it.
melicole More than 1 year ago
I loved the book, but then I love WWII history. The story moves back and forth between the 1980's and the 1940's. At times it was a bit confusing trying to keep up with all the unfamiliar foreign agencies from the Nazi era, but that didn't detract from the story. I couldn't put it down. It's fact & fiction woven together to tell a thrilling story of what was and what might be. Greg Isles knows how to keep readers interested!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was good, as are all of Ile's books. However, the same story could of been just as well told in 200 less pages. It was to long. I actually had to take a break from it and read something else before going back to finish it. Rather than being disappointed when it was over, I was relieved.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. Perfect for a film o a 2-season series TV show. I learned a lot of Nazi leaders and 2 World War. The only thing I dislike a little is that there are TOO MANY characters, but perhaps, thas was unavoidable. The plot is FULL of action and breath-taking scenes. I fully recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would reccomend this book to anyone who has an intrest to World War 2 history. You WONT want to put this book down! So believable, its like stepping back into the past and reliving a secret. A must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One thing that I dislike about any book is when the author creates a storyline that makes your head spin and causes you to try to figure out how everything in the story ties together rather than concentrating on the current page. I have to admit that Iles through some of that into the story, however, the plot was original and there were plenty of times when he took the liberty to explain the relationship of the different elements of the story through the characters. Neeless to say, though complicated in some parts, the book had a very intriguing plot which peaked my interest and in the end everything fell nicely together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a really great book.....The ending is obvious,but the rest of the book keeps you guessing right up till the end....Highly recomend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was truly gripping. This was Iles' first book, and after reading this one, I have made it a point to read everything he writes. The book was the perfect blend of history and fiction with plenty of plot twists and suspense. It definitely goes on my top 10 list!
BookNutDJ More than 1 year ago
I have always thought it funny that my favorite WWII novel was written by an author who does not specialize in this genre. Greg Iles is a great writer and he prooves it here. I have all his books and this is easily my favorite. In my opinion you don't even have to be a history buff or a fan of WWII novels to enjoy this book.