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The Second Son: A Berlin Trilogy [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Rabb
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The Second Son is an unusual blend of hard-boiled detective novel and love story . . . the narrative never flags. It proves that first-rate detectives are like good lovers and good novelists: keenly observant, intuitive and tough as nails.” —Tara McKelvey, The New York Times Book Review

“Rabb works wonders, juggling Nazi sympathizers and anarchists and guilty bystanders and innocent warriors with an alacrity few in his generation can maintain . . . Inspector Hoffner flies off into the oncoming darkness, having accomplished Rabb’s mission, of carrying to completion this engrossing trilogy on his strong shoulders.” —Alan Cheuse, The Dallas Morning News

“A powerful, shocking and moving novel . . . Rabb is an accomplished storyteller as well as a superb stylist, and the conclusion of his trilogy is at once affecting and effective in its portrayal of the run-up to a global nightmare.” —Jay Strafford, The Richmond Times-Dispatch

"In this stunning conclusion to his Berlin trilogy, Jonathan Rabb delivers a resounding historical tour de force—a brilliant depiction of a society at war with itself in which even the good guys commit brutal acts and no one will walk away unscathed."—The Washington Post Book World

"Remarkable…A gripping book."—The Seattle Times

"Rabb’s characters are compelling and his prose is hard-boiled and vivid, providing a visceral portrait of the chaos, passion, and futility of Spain’s Civil War….Newcomers will want to go back and spend time with Hoffner in his youth and native land."—Portsmouth Herald (New Hampshire)

“The chaos of the war provides an evocative backdrop for this unlikely, noir-tinged story of a cynical father chasing after his idealistic son . . . This is Alan Furst territory, but it will also resonate for readers of European antiwar fiction, from All Quiet on the Western Front to The Good Soldier Schweik.” —Bill Ott, Booklist (starred review)

“Gripping . . . Fans of Alan Furst and Philip Kerr will be rewarded.” —Publishers Weekly

“An exhilarating bittersweet thriller that brings to life Spain during the violent civil war.” —Harriet Klausner, Genre Go Round

“Questions of political intrigue are all handled with expertise. The story’s tempo builds and crescendos with a surprising denouement that will leave readers satisfied. Fans of Alan Furst, Philip Kerr, and Olen Steinhauer will feel very much at home with Rabb’s The Second Son, and readers of the Spanish Civil War will nod their heads in approval of how well Rabb researched this very important time in history when the world was at the cusp of a long and tragic war.” —Rebeca Schiller, “Alvah’s Books”

“Rabb writes with the authority that comes from sure-handed research . . . [his] focus on history allows him to explore the tension between personal lives and the sweep of public events, arguably the novel’s greatest strength.” —Tom Glenn, The Washington Independent Review of Books

“This intense tale of a father seeking his two lost sons but finding an uncommonly resilient woman takes place in the mounting violence of Europe in July–August 1936. Just offstage are events we thought we knew well: the Berlin Olympics and the revolt of the generals that is plunging Spain into civil war. With Jonathan Rabb’s characters, we relive these events at street level, in gritty and authentic detail.” —Robert O. Paxton, author of The Anatomy of Fascism and Vichy France

Kurzbeschreibung

On the Eve of Hitler’s Olympics, Chief Inspector Nikolai Hoffner is forced out of the Kriminalpolizei because he is a half Jew. Hoffner is not surprised given the rise of Nazism, and anyway his focus is elsewhere. His son Georg is missing in Spain, swept up in the sudden outbreak of the civil war. He has already lost Sascha, his elder son, to the Nazi regime. But Georg is not what he appears to be, and when Hoffner discovers this, he is determined to save the one son he can. Now, nearly ten years after the events of Shadow and Light, Hoffner finds himself tossed into the chaos that is Spain – where he quickly meets anarchists, Soviet and British secret agents, and a female doctor called Mila Pera – as he follows a trail of clues left by Georg. Rabb delivers another brilliant atmospheric work.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 705 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 304 Seiten
  • Verlag: Halban (29. September 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B006WV3FRG
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Teil 3 der Berlin-Trilogie 20. Januar 2012
Von Spieler7 VINE-PRODUKTTESTER
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Berlin 1936: Die Stadt wird herausgeputzt für die Nazi-Olympiade und Kommissar Hoffner muss den Dienst quittieren, seine Mutter war Jüdin. Er hat auch sogleich Verwendung für die neu gewonnene Zeit, denn er reist nach Barcelona, wo sein Sohn Georg vom Ausbruch des spanischen Bürgerkriegs überrascht wurde und seitdem als vermisst gilt. Dort angekommen gerät er schnell in einen Strudel aus Misstrauen und Verrat, finstere Machenschaften ausländischer Geheimdienste und natürlich zwischen die Fronten der verschiedenen einheimischen Kämpfer. Tatsächlich findet er Spuren seines Sohnes und er nimmt unter meist chaotischen Umständen die Verfolgung auf. Doch Eile ist geboten, denn die Zeit ist knapp und die faschistischen Franco-Rebellen rücken immer näher...

Jonathan Raabs Romantrilogie wäre mit der Bezeichnung Kriminalliteratur nur äußerst unzureichend etikettiert, bietet sie doch sehr viel mehr. Personen der Zeitgeschichte wie Albert Einstein oder Fritz Lang werden in einer Mischung aus Fakt und Fiktion in den historisch politischen Hintergrund eingebunden und verleihen dem Werk dadurch eine faszinierend dichte Atmosphäre. Kommissar Hoffner ist der tragische Anti-Held, ein einsamer Wolf, stets zum Scheitern verurteilt, vom Leben bestraft durch zahlreiche Nackenschläge, die im letzten Buch allerdings für meinen Geschmack ein wenig zu heftig ausfallen.

Aber zumindest die ersten beiden Romane haben noch eine zweite Hauptfigur und die heißt Berlin.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen toll 10. Oktober 2014
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So wie der erste Roman -fesselnd ,spannend ,einfach gut .Wer das alte mag ,es entdecken will ,wer in der Geschichte stöbern will ,wer Krimis mag -und das alles gut erzählt ,mit einer guten Dramaturgie.Toll
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Greek tragedy acted out in Civil War era Spain 31. Dezember 2010
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"The Second Son" completes Jonathon Raab's Berlin trilogy, taking protagonist Police Inspector Nikolai Hoffner, to 1936 Spain in search of his missing younger son, Georg. Hoffner has been forced out of the Berlin Police because of his partially Jewish parentage. Using his connections with the German criminal underground, he goes to Barcelona, stronghold of the Spanish Republican Government (but in the hands of the Anarchists and Communists) to track down his newsreel photographer son who vanished while on a film assignment. What follows is a dangerous road trip across Spain, crisscrossing belligerent lines, toward a destination that is as dark and tragic as can be found in the literature of any time period.

Author Raab has a special skill for evoking a sense of place, creating credible, tension-filled atmosphere and peopling his stories with very original characters. This was true with his earlier book, "Shadow and Light" and is even more the case with "The Second Son". Nikolai Hoffner's portable hell in this latter novel is palpable and inescapable. The sang froid disposition that has been his armor for years as Chief Inspector of the Berlin Criminal Police, isn't of much use to him as he progressively becomes aware of what danger his son faces in a civil war that has made cold-blooded killers out average men and women. The cynicism and bloody complicity of the European governments of the period are well described here. Ironically, it is the professional criminals who maintain a semblance of honor and humanity in the midst of the conflict, and are Hoffner's only hope of salvation.

While I admired this book very much in its plot and seriousness of theme, I have to say that I had some difficulty at times with the dialogues that were constructed between Hoffner and various Spanish characters--especially the give and take between Hoffner and Mila Piera, a woman who accompanies him on his journey. There were frequently conversations that verged on the opaque; questions answered by questions. For me, this tended to slow the story down unnecessarily.

In any event, this is a compelling mystery novel that captures pre-WWII Nazi Berlin and Civil War period Spain as well as anyone in print.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Nikolai Hoffner in Spain 29. Dezember 2010
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This is the third book in what is called "The Berlin Trilogy" and in my opinion it is the best. That doesn't take anything away from the excellence of the two earlier works, but this one just stands head and shoulders above them.

The book begins in 1936, when Berlin is celebrating the Olympics, and Nikolai Hoffner has been summarily dismissed from the police because his grandmother was Jewish. On top of that, Georg, Nikolai's younger son, has disappeared while filming in a Spain on the brink of civil war. Naturally, Nikolai goes to Spain to find his son, and thereby hangs the tale.

There is movement across the Spanish landscape, and the war finally comes to a country torn apart by warring factions, with Nikolai and a female doctor caught up in everything. I don't want to tell any more of the plot, for that would be unfair to future readers of this fine book. Suffice it to say that the book shows love, longing, loneliness, heroism, and loss among other emotions. Read it for yourself and see what I mean; you won't be sorry.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Somewhat of a Departure 19. Februar 2011
Von Ronald H. Clark - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is the concluding volume of the author's trilogy of mysterious doings in Berlin between the wars; "Rosa" set in 1919 and "Shadow and Light" set in 1927 are the previous volumes. The "Second Son" takes place in 1937, during the Spanish Civil War. The central character in all three is the remarkable Chief Inspector Nikolai Hoffner of the Kriminalpolizei, who rivals in fascination even the characters in the "Millenium" trilogy. Almost as interesting is Radek, the Berlin crime overlord who strangely has become a "friend" of Hoffner. In my previous reviews, I have noted with what authenticity the author writes of Berlin during the interwar period--he obviously has spent considerable time in the city and knows it well.

The author is also among the most gifted of dialogue writers one will encounter in a novel. It is a remarkable talent and keeps the reader focused on the story due to the unusual verbal exchanges between the characters. The author is somewhat unique in practicing this style of quick repartee, but it must be read to be truly understood and appreciated.

Both of these important talents are evident in this novel--at least for the first 72 pages. This is because the bulk of the 291 page novel is set in Civil War Spain, where Hoffner travels in search of his younger son, ostensibly a newsreel photographer covering the war. So, we are out of Berlin for most of the story, which I found disappointing, but that is my problem not the author's. Nonetheless, his gift for dialogue comes through loud and clear. Moreover, though I am a bit less familiar with Spain than Berlin, his skill in writing a story whose authenticity glimmers on nearly every page has also been transferred, albeit authenticity regarding Spain and not Germany. He has clearly personally visited every site where the story occurs.

Hoffner covers a lot of ground during his search. The poignancy, inhumanity and tragedy of the Civil War reverberate on nearly every page, and I imagine the author's description is probably very much like it was. Since probably few among our younger generations know anything about the war, this is an important contribution in itself. The author's skillful reliance upon accurate details enhances the story. But, alas, the story itself is gripping only in parts of the novel, and the concluding section--though it had its moments to be sure--I did not feel was fully successful.

The author is to be commended for leaving behind the comfortable topic of Weimar Berlin, where he so excels, and venturing into Civil War Spain. This is how artists grow, by challenging themselves and not repeating their previous contributions. Miles Davis comes to mind in that regard. To read this author is see some aspects of the novel displayed in their purest form.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Dress Rehearsal for World War II 15. Februar 2011
Von Patricia H. Parker - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I recommend this book for several reasons - it is an excellent story; it is a thrilling spy story and it covers history about which we don't usually read.

This is the third volume of Jonathan Rabb's Berlin Trilogy which includes "Rosa" and "Shadow and Light".

In this book, Chief Inspector Nikolai Hoffner has just been pensioned off early. Although he has 40 years experience and is an honored policeman, he is half Jewish. It is 1936, and the Nazis are converting the police force into a branch of the Army, and it wouldn't be right for a Jew to wear a high rank in such a notable group.

As luck would have it, Hoffner can use his newly acquired free time to go to Spain and search for his son, George. George is Nikolai's younger son. His older son, Sasha, has joined the Nazi cause and is a member of the party. George has been missing for several days when Nick gathers the necessary passes and safe conducts and goes to Spain.

As Nick travels, following one clue after another, he sees the Spanish Civil War building toward its final chapter. When he arrives, the Falange or Revoluntionists(Conservatives and Military) have attempted to take over the government. The Anarchists (Communists), as they are called, after raising a half hearted counter action, have realized that the Falange might actually win, and having gotten their act together, have pushed the Revolutionsts back. However, Nikolai, in searching for his son discovers that the oath from the other countries in Europe, to not iterfere, aren't being honored. There are espionage agents from several countries, and, at least two countries are sending men and supplies.

The reader is taken along, and I learned many things which I never knew about the Spanish Civil War and the roles which individual countries and people took in this war. It was a bloody war as we have seen in Hemingway, Orwell and in Picasso's painting, Guernica. This book will go a long way in explaining what really happened in Spain between 1936 and 1939 and jut how divisive it was.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good story, makes you want to learn more about the Spanish Civil War. 24. Januar 2011
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I enjoyed SECOND SON by Jonathan Rabb. I did NOT read either of the prior two books in this trilogy of novels, but that didn't cause me any problems. Rabb does a good job of introducing the characters as if it were a stand-alone book.

An interesting adventure story. Much more of a literary type novel than a general "mass-market" type of book--in my opinion. I'm not usually a fan of those types of books, but I did like this one. In fact, I found it to play out in my mind just like watching a movie. The characters seemed realistic and the story was engrossing. Interwove itself between the Republican and Nationalist sides of the early part of the war.

While the Spanish Civil War seemed more of a background setting for the main storyline of a father's search for his son, the background is what made the story great!

A very nicely done historical novel. It also made me VERY curious to actually do some more reading on the Spanish Civil War, a topic far off the radar screen in modern day America.

I give FOUR STARS to THE SECOND SON. Entertaining, well-written and with well-fleshed out characters. I felt as if I knew the characters and their thoughts and motivations, regardless if they were the good guys or bad guys. Which were which? I found that the politics of the war didn't matter much in terms of this book or its characters and that was a quality that made this book a great read. A bit "murky" at times in the beginning requiring some page flipping to clarify who some people were, but maybe that was my personal lack of concentration. I don't say this often, but I think this book would make a GREAT movie!
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