( [BOOK] Alfabethuset ) Author Jussi Adler–Olsen – and–rey.us
Two WWII British ilots are trapped behind enemy lines in Nazi Germany This is the story of their desperate attempts of survival but can they survive with their lives and their sanityThe Alphabet House is one of 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 Fear Not the Fall/Fannie Lou Hamer perfectly intolaceThe story is written in two The Performance Cortex: How Neuroscience Is Redefining Athletic Genius parts Part one deals with Bryan and James escape from theirursuers and their stay in The Alphabet House What is The Alphabet House You ll have to read it yourself to find out The second Linux for Beginners part of 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 Eachart is a fantastic exciting story on its own the two together create an amazing unimaginable adventure This was a book that I hated to Gate of Paradise put downJames and Bryan were incredibly well developed characters The author brought me well into the depths of each of their minds and he would switchoints of view from one to the other And the bad guys well they are some of the sickest monsters that I have ever read about What makes them so horrible is that their characteristics are ulled straight from realityWould I recommend The Alphabet House AbsolutelyI received a copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 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 arts the first following two friends trying to evade capture who end up in a mental institution in Germay the second The Colors of All the Cattle (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency portion 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 aace 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 آنکه گفت آری و آنکه گفت نه properly without spoilers but for me it made a tale of 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 of friendship under extreme circumstances character driven throughout often violent but always engaging and thoughtrovoking 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 of the seat momentsOverall a very good read indeedHappy Reading Folks OK So I wanted to like this book I really really did It had everything I like asylum WWII era historical fiction a good The Quotable Hitchens from Alcohol to Zionism 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 creativelot and had amazing Anos de Hierro 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 Confession time this novel has been on my TBR a long time It is the title that has been on my NetGalley shelf the longest The reason I reuested it was solely on the basis of the author as I thoroughly enjoyed his Dept series 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 long over 500ages 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 of the novel is set during World War II and the second half takes A Hora do Mocho place thirty years laterCaptivity wasreferable to deathFriends from childhood British RAF Otoboke Section Chief Vol. 01 pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young are shot down while attempting to conduct a specialhoto reconnaissance mission in Germany They Casual Power parachute out of theirlane and run eventually hopping aboard a German ambulance
Train They Toss Two German Patients Out Of The Train They toss two German Wolfsong patients out of the train 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 theatients and their diagnosis are referred to as letters of the alphabetJames and Bryan both in their early twenties were tested to the limits of Turbocharge Your Writing psychological endurance So much so that it strained credulity on than one occasion They are treated with freuent electroshock therapy and daily doses of dangerous antisychotic
drugs that makes them almost catatonicThe days ahead might take to live throughThe reader glimpses the horrifying and extremely disturbing that makes them almost catatonicThe days ahead might take years live throughThe reader glimpses the horrifying and extremely disturbing the mentally ill were treated and how the German Nazis treated their sick soldiers Remember the Project Liberatio (Project Renovatio Book 2) phrase survival of the fittest James and Bryan discover that they are not the only ones on the ward feigning mental illness At least three of the Germans areart of Operation Insanity a devious The Last Thing I Told You ploterpetrated by avarice When one malingerer is discovered he is taken to the yard and shotThis was a suspenseful war thriller but ersonally I think it would have made a better movie than a book Although the author s acing is spot on and he did engender tension in the reader this wasn t enough for me especially in the first half of the book which was set for the most Capture of a Heart part in one hospital ward with therotagonists lying in bed feigning madness I didn t really connect with the The Secret Power Within Your Mortgage protagonistsartly I think because we didn t really get to know them well before their Alphabet House ordeal began Partly too because their experiences were so outside of anything I can imagine Maybe it would appeal to male readers I don t know Anyway I found the book was over long and dragged in spots especially in the first half of the book I found myself skimming which I hate to do and hate to admit to do. In the tradition of Alan Furst the #1 international bestselling author delivers his first stand alone novel a Gender in Fiscal Policies psychological thriller set in World War II Nazi Germany and 1970s England Britishilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special The Russians Pregnant Mistress photo reconnaissance mission near Dresden Germany Intelligence believes the Nazis are building new factories that could turn the tide of the war When theirlane is shot down James and Bryan know they will be. IngThe second art of the book which features Bryan Young now a New Perspectives On Criseyde physician I expected to like However that really didn t happen for me It was overly violent andortrayed evil men doing evil things Over and over and over 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 The nature of friendship war 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 Sharon, Lois and Brams Skinnamarink place as the two escapees hide on 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 one for the faint hearted and the descriptions of 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 takeslace in 1972 and brings the story to a thrilling and taut denouementI won t spoil the That Noble Dream plot but if youersevere you are in for a darned good read While I received this from Netgalley a VERY long time ago in exchange for an honest review I ended up listening to this book on Audible4 starsThis is a tale of two booksThe first half of is mind numbingly monotonous and downright boring almost to the The Shadows I Followed point ofutting it on the DNF shelf The second Japanese Etiquette part is exceedingly suspenseful complete with violent confrontations a touch of romance and a tale of revenge on a trio of monstrous villains Adler Olsen touches on the universal themes of the horrors of war man s inhumanity to man the corrosiveness of guilt and the cleansing nature of 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 out when theirlane is shot down over Germany during a reconnaissance mission In desperation they assume the identities of shell shocked German SS officers 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 The Cowboy and His Baby pills and shock treatments that the doctors administer to theiratients have on the British soldiers minds Can they escape from this hellhole The situation spirals out of control when three fellow inmates viciously turn on 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 of their imprisonmentThis book was obviously extremely well researched the detail is magnificent horrifying and yet strangely fascinating The Secure Location pacing and layout were cleverly done the first half is slow moving andlodding allowing the story to unfold at a The Everyday Witch (Beatrice Bailey, 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 fasteraced and I m not going to say anything for fear 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 story of friendship under extreme circumstances character Driven Throughout Often Violent throughout often violent always engaging and thought rovoking I found it to be an excellent moving story haunting and evocative with some great edge of the seat momentsOverall a very good read I decided to read this book because I m a fan of Jussi
ADLER OLSEN S DEPARTMENT MYSTERIES AND Olsen s Department mysteries and this standalone written rior to the Dep t books might be a good read As the story opens it s 1944 and World War II is raging English flyboys Bryan Young and James Teasdale are sent on a mission to do aerial reconnaissance over Germany where they get shot down After some hide and seek with German soldiers Bryan and James make their way onto a German medical transport train throw off the bodies of a couple of Nazi officers and assume their identities They soon find themselves in a mental hospital called Alphabet House for shell shocked SS officials 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 Reign of Ash (The Chosen precarious situation if they re exposed as either Brits or malingerers they ll be killed immediately Thus they live in a constant state of anxiety and fearAs it turns Alphabet House seems to be chock full of Nazis faking mental illness One group of malingerers consists of officers who are in the habit of whispering at night bragging about murders they ve committed and their secret horde of riches These men are extremely suspicious of their fellowatients fearing someone might discover their deception and expose them Thus they watch everyone closely not hesitating to harass or 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 art of 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 hysician who owns a harmaceutical 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 eople he knew in the mental ward and things take a very dramatic turn This section of the book is also very long and disturbing In the Surface prologu. Executed if captured With an enemyatrol in Orange 5 (オレンジ, pursuit they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front In a moment of desperation they throw twoatients off the train and take their laces 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 atients to daily rounds of shock treatments and experim. ,
E of 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 of the characters are sadistic and disgusting Thus I settled on 3 stars this just wasn t the book for me I ll robably stick to Jussi Adler Olsen s mysteries from now onYou can follow my reviews at Brian and James are two 20 year old Englishmen that are shot down over Germany in WWII With a dog The Greatest Victory patrol on their heals they frantically hop on a German train which contains SS officers that are ill They take thelace of two of them yes they throw two men off the train to do it but at least one of them was dead and frantically try to do everything they can to fit in and gather information At the end of their trip they re taken off the train on stretchers and find themselves in an insane asylum They re forced to take the medications of 1942 and endure daily shock treatments After a bit James realizes that there are three SS officers that are malingering and Second Chance Pass (Virgin River, posing asatients These three men are brutal murderers and James has no way of telling Brian to be carefulThe whole time in the asylum is actually retty difficult to take because these men are sadists They re suspicious of both James and Brian and eventually begin to torture James in small ways James has somewhat of a guardian angel in the form of a nurse named Petra but although she takes extra care of him she s not aware of what these men are doing When I first started this book I was trying to figure out how a nearly 500 age story was going to take At the Wolfs Table place entirely in this asylum It turns out that it doesn t all takelace there and the story that falls out afterwards is especially interesting I started describing what happens in the book to someone who was so disturbed by it that she told me to stop Being well used to Adler Olsen s Department series I did not think of this one as A Family Scandal particularly disturbing or brutal but apparently it s not an easy one to stomachApparently the author s inspiration for this book came because his father was asychiatrist and Adler Olsen followed his father around in the insane asylums This is actually kind of an interesting way to come up with an idea It also makes me wonder if that s Ruthless Game (GhostWalkers, partially why he s so good at coming up with believable characters with tightly createdsychological makeupI ve become a huge fan of this author and I enjoyed this book although not as much as the Department books I m curious to see what else he will do in the future It s got evil Nazis and narrow escapes It takes The Perfect Weapon place in a mental hospital staffed with soulless doctors and nurses whose care is administered with eualarts cruelty It s got betrayal and a swift and certain death sentence for anyone suspected of deception Add in a Psychic Protection pair of World War II Britishilots trapped behind enemy lines and faking mental illness to avoid capture So what s not to like Plenty as it turns out For most of the first 200 ages 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 word of their language Whispered conversations in the night are meaningless to him
*but it s *it s a conspiracy among a few of the atients is developing Bryan doesn t know who is a Employment Law Cases and Materials potential ally or who might belotting against him Even his co ilot refuses to make eye contact with him Bryan lives this way for almost a year An unbearable form of isolation for certain but I experienced very little of the main character s frustration
Or Terror Instead I Often Felt Removedterror Instead I often felt removed events as though they were being described by someone who was forced to testify but who was intentionally withholding the most horrendous articulars For example shock treatments are administered to A Place to Call Home (Front Porch Promises patients on a seemingly random basis yet the reader is never taken into the treatment room and strapped to the table with the fully conscience narrator as he waits for the jolt that will throw his body into seizure androbably erase a art of the one thing that makes him who he is his memory My stepson spent a year at Virginia Military Institute Sometimes a sound would awaken him in the night and he d lie there terrified that upperclassmen were coming for him to erform a expulsion ceremony known as drumming out Bryan however seems barely concerned that the Nazi docs could be coming to Healing After a Loss perform their atrocities at any time The novel sace actually improves in Jefferson Davis Inaugural Address part two when Bryan returns to the site of the hospital after 25 years to confront his tormenters and find out what happened to his former friend and coilot Unfortunately this is also where suspension of disbelief becomes difficult to maintain At 461 Raintree (Raintree, pages this was a long read with lots of tell and too little show Thank you to Dutton and Goodreads forroviding an ARC of this book for review Disclaimer ARC via Netgalley Sometimes One Night Is Never Enough (Secrets, plots and ideas don t just work for some readers This is one of 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 of events that do and don t work find themselves in the Alphabet House a hospital for Nazi officers The two Brits Bryant and James never really seem to come alive as individuals They almost become interchangeable and it is difficult toin 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 Heiress in Regency Society pacing atoints seems off and the character of Lauren just doesn t work on many levels It s not a bad book Ental drugs The Rescued by Mr. Right pilots’ only hope of survival is to fake insanity until the war ends but their friendship and courage areut to the ultimate test when James and Bryan realize they aren’t the only ones in the Alphabet House feigning madness Millions of 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 La nostalgie des origines perfect introduction for those who have yet to discover his riveting wor.