Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Spotlight: Midnight in Berlin by James MacManus

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.


  1. Thanks for this wonderful feature and giveaway which interests me greatly. The era, locale and the profound meaning of the period is captivating. World War 11 novels are my favorite of all. The novel would be memorable and unforgettable. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. It sounds like a very interesting read. I really like the time period it is set in. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  3. I always find books written during this time frame so readable and each story unveils some new fact that I'd never known. Great review! Adding to TBR. Thanks!

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    1. I am on a WW2 fiction kick lately. This novel reminds me of the start o of the "The Winds of War" re the insanity Germany, etc, please enter me in the giveaway.

  6. I love historical fiction.This book sounds interesting


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