Midnight in Berlin
by James MacManus
On Sale April 19, 2016
Thomas Dunne Books
Hardcover, eBook; 414 pages
In 1939, British Colonel Noel Macrae, stationed in Berlin and witness to the rise of the Reich, decides that he might be the only Englishman with the opportunity to avert war. As he attempts to convince the British government of his mission, the colonel becomes torn between his government's orders and his own personal beliefs, especially as he falls in love with a German-Jewish woman. Blackmailed by the Nazis, the woman and her family have faced unspeakable horrors, and the colonel must do whatever it takes to help her escape.
But the colonel doesn't know that the Gestapo have formed a plan of their own. Aware of the colonel's intense hatred of the Nazi regime, the Gestapo work to draw him into a fabricated plot against Hitler. As the colonel finds himself caught up in a tangled web of shifting loyalties, corruption, and shocking indifference, he soon realizes he must find a way to hold on to his sense of humanity to save not only the woman he loves but also himself.
Inspired by true events and characters, James MacManus's Midnight in Berlin is a love story set against a world on the brink of war that will leave you in awe of the human capacity for self-sacrifice and resilience.
Praise for Midnight in Berlin:
“As pacey as any modern thriller but with a touch of the Edwardian adventure yarn. … Midnight in Berlin is a vivid portrait of an entire city in turmoil, seething with intrigue and danger.”―The Times
“A fascinating novel. … An intriguing and highly recommended book.” ―Country Life
About the Author:
James MacManus has worked in the newspaper business for 46 years. He is currently the Managing Director of the Times Literary Supplement. He is the author of Ocean Devil, which was made into a film starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, The Language of the Sea, Black Venus, and Sleep in Peace Tonight. He lives in London.