Rds 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 f this Soeur Angèle ou le feu sacré de la joie one as particularly disturbingr brutal but apparently it s not an easy ne to stomachApparently the author s inspiration for this book came because his father was a psychiatrist and Adler Olsen followed his father around in the insane asylums This is actually kind f an interesting way to come up with an idea It also makes me wonder if that s partially why he s so good at coming up with believable characters with tightly created psychological makeupI ve become a huge fan f 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 The nature f 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 place as the two escapees hide Dirty Dozen 2 (12 Taboo XXX Tales) 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 notne for the faint hearted and the descriptions f 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 takes place in 1972 and brings the story to a thrilling and taut denouementI won t spoil the plot but if you persevere you are in for a darned good read 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 parts the first following two friends trying to evade capture who end up in a mental institution in Germay the second portion f 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 a pace 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 properly without spoilers but for me it made a tale f 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 f friendship under extreme circumstances character driven throughout ften violent but always engaging and thought provoking 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 f the seat momentsOverall a very good read indeedHappy Reading Folks It s got evil Nazis and narrow escapes It takes place in a mental hospital staffed with soulless doctors and nurses whose care is administered with eual parts cruelty It s got betrayal and a swift and certain death sentence for anyone suspected f deception Add in a pair f World War II British pilots trapped behind enemy lines and faking mental illness to avoid capture So what s not to like Plenty as it turns ut For most f the first 200 pages 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 Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy of their language Whispered conversations in the night are meaningless to him but it sbvious a conspiracy among a few Greetings! of the patients is developing Bryan doesn t know who is a potential allyr who might be plotting against him Even his co pilot refuses to make eye contact with him Bryan lives this way for almost a year An unbearable form f isolation for certain but I experienced very little f the main character s frustration Tribeca or terror Instead Iften felt removed from events as though they were being described by someone who was forced to testify but who was intentionally withholding the most horrendous particulars For example shock treatments are administered to patients Grey's Lady 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 and probably erase a partf the ne 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 perform a expulsion ceremony known as drumming ut Bryan however seems barely concerned that the Nazi docs could be coming to perform their atrocities at any time The novel s pace actually improves in part two when Bryan returns to the site The Asketikon of St Basil the Great of the hospital after 25 years to confront his tormenters and findut what happened to his former friend and co pilot Unfortunately this is also where suspension f disbelief becomes difficult to maintain At 461 pages this was a long read with lots f tell and too little show Thank you to Dutton and Goodreads for providing an ARC f this book for review While I received this from Netgalley a VERY long time ago in exchange for an honest review I ended up listening to this book n Audible4 starsThis is a tale Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time of two booksThe first halff is mind numbingly monotonous and downright boring almost to the point Thoroughly Disarmed of putting itn the DNF shelf The second part is exceedingly suspenseful complete with violent confrontations a touch f romance and a tale f revenge After the Ashes on a triof monstrous villains Adler Olsen touches The Angry Planet on the universal themesf the horrors Melody's Key of war man s inhumanity to man the corrosivenessf guilt and the cleansing nature f 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 readT. Executed if captured With an enemy patrol in pursuit they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded n the eastern front In a moment A Chance Acquaintance of desperation they throw two patientsff the train and take their places 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 patients to daily rounds f shock treatments and experim.
Confession time this novel has been n my TBR a long time It is the title that has been n my NetGalley shelf the longest The reason I reuested it was solely n the basis The Wallflower's Revenge of the author as I thoroughly enjoyed his Dept seriesf 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 ver 500 pages 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 f the novel is set during World War II and the second half takes place thirty years laterCaptivity was preferable to deathFriends from childhood British RAF pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young are shot down while attempting to conduct a special photo reconnaissance mission in Germany They parachute ut f their plane and run eventually hopping aboard a German ambulance train They toss two German patients ut f the train car 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 the patients and their diagnosis are referred to as letters f the alphabetJames and Bryan both in their early twenties were tested to the limits f psychological endurance So much so that it strained credulity n than ne Introductory Algebra: Models Concepts Skills occasion They are treated with freuent electroshock therapy and daily dosesf dangerous anti psychotic drugs that makes them almost catatonicThe days ahead might take years to live throughThe reader glimpses the horrifying and extremely disturbing way the mentally ill were treated and how the German Nazis treated their sick soldiers Remember the phrase survival Marriage After God: Chasing Boldly After God’s Purpose for Your Life Together of the fittest James and Bryan discover that they are not thenly nes n the ward feigning mental illness At least three Blue Blood of the Germans are partf Operation Insanity a devious plot perpetrated by avarice When ne malingerer is discovered he is taken to the yard and shotThis was a suspenseful war thriller but personally I think it would have made a better movie than a book Although the author s pacing is spot n and he did engender tension in the reader this wasn t enough for me especially in the first half Parafilias (Spanish Edition) of the book which was set for the most part inne hospital ward with the protagonists lying in bed feigning madness I didn t really connect with the protagonists partly I think because we didn t really get to know them well before their Alphabet House It's Like This ordeal began Partly too because their experiences were soutside The Mirage of anything I can imagine Maybe it would appeal to male readers I don t know Anyway I found the book wasver long and dragged in spots especially in the first half f the book I found myself skimming which I hate to do and hate to admit to doingThe second part f the book which features Bryan Young now a physician I expected to like However that really didn t happen for me It was Rituels secrets des Templiers overly violent and portrayed evil men doing evil things Over andver and ver 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 Two WWII British pilots are trapped behind enemy lines in Nazi Germany This is the story f their desperate attempts A Mild Suicide of survival but can they survive with their lives and their sanityThe Alphabet House isne Beethoven for a Later Age: The Journey of a String Quartet 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 perfectly into placeThe story is written in two parts Partne deals with Bryan and James escape from their pursuers and their stay in The Alphabet House What is The Alphabet House You ll have to read it yourself to find Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face out The second partf 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 Each part is a fantastic exciting story Origen: Scholarship in the Service of the Church on itswn the two together create an amazing unimaginable adventure This was a book that I hated to put downJames and Bryan were incredibly well developed characters The author brought me well into the depths f each f their minds and he would switch points f view from ne to the Porter Earns a Quarter (Four Basic Skills Series, Volume 2) other And the bad guys well they are somef the sickest monsters that I have ever read about What makes them so horrible is that their characteristics are pulled straight from realityWould I recommend The Alphabet House AbsolutelyI received a copy Mayan, Incan, and Aztec Civilizations, Grades 5-8 of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Brian and James are two 20 yearld Englishmen that are shot down Tablettes Albertini Actes privés de l'époque vandale over Germany in WWII With a dog patroln their heals they frantically hop n a German train which contains SS fficers that are ill They take the place Sexual Soulmates: The Six Essentials for Connected Sex (English Edition) of twof them yes they throw two men ff the train to do it but at least ne Piazza, Student Edition: Introductory Italian of them was dead and frantically try to do everything they can to fit in and gather information At the endf their trip they re taken Unbroken Circle: How to Take Your Family Through the End Time off the trainn stretchers and find themselves in an insane asylum They re forced to take the medications f 1942 and endure daily shock treatments After a bit James realizes that there are three SS fficers that are malingering and posing as patients These three men are brutal murderers and James has no way f telling Brian to be carefulThe whole time in the asylum is actually pretty difficult to take because these men are sadists They re suspicious f both James and Brian and eventually begin to torture James in small ways James has somewhat f a guardian angel in the form f a nurse named Petra but although she takes extra care Tajweed Rules for Qur'anic Recitation: A Beginner's Guide (Tajweed Rules, of him she s not awaref what these men are doing When I first started this book I was trying to figure Selling to VITO the Very Important Top Officer: Get to the Top. Get to the Point. Get to the Sale. out how a nearly 500 page story was going to take place entirely in this asylum It turnsut that it doesn t all take place there and the story that falls The Reformation (World History Series) out afterwa. In the traditionf Alan Furst the #1 international bestselling author delivers his first stand alone novel a psychological thriller set in World War II Nazi Germany and 1970s England British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo reconnaissance mission near Dresden Germany Intelligence believes the Nazis are building new factories that could turn the tide f the war When their plane is shot down James and Bryan know they will be.
He Alphabet House is first set during World War II Two Englishmen James Teasdale and Bryan Young bail ut when their plane is shot down Ask Me Nicely: Dark Urges Book One over Germany during a reconnaissance mission In desperation they assume the identitiesf shell shocked German SS Date With A Dead Doctor 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 pills and shock treatments that the doctors administer to their patients haven the British soldiers minds Can they escape from this hellhole The situation spirals ut f control when three fellow inmates viciously turn Daddy Lost Me At Poker (Eroticulture) (English Edition) 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 falloutf their imprisonmentThis book was Orb: A Tale of Alien Pregnancy obviously extremely well researched the detail is magnificent horrifying and yet strangely fascinating The pacing and layout were cleverly done the first half is slow moving and plodding allowing the story to unfold at a 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 faster paced and I m not going to say anything for fearf 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 Witchopoly of friendship under extreme circumstances character driven throughoutften violent but always engaging and thought provoking I found it to be an excellent moving story haunting and evocative with some great edge Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather's Thoughts on Faith, Family, and the Things That Matter Most of the seat momentsOverall a very good read OK So I wanted to like this book I really really did It had everything I like asylum WWII era historical fiction a good 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 creative plot and had amazing 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 Disclaimer ARC via Netgalley Sometimes plots and ideas don t just work for some readers This isne Asesinato en una Lavandería China (Fondo Editorial Tierra Adentro 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 seriesf events that do and don t work find themselves in the Alphabet House a hospital for Nazi fficers The two Brits Bryant and James never really seem to come alive as individuals They almost become interchangeable and it is difficult to pin 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 pacing at points seems ff and the character f Lauren just doesn t work n many levels It s not a bad book and in many ways it is a good adventure story It would make a good screenplay because a film version would hide the lack Beyond Time Travel - Exploring Our Parallel Worlds: Amazing Real Life Stories in the News (Time Travel Books Book 1) of characterization I decided to read this book because I m a fanf Jussi Adler Olsen s Department mysteries and thought this standalone written prior to the Dep t books might be a good read As the story Boarding House of Hunks opens it s 1944 and World War II is raging English flyboys Bryan Young and James Teasdale are sentn a mission to do aerial reconnaissance ver Germany where they get shot down After some hide and seek with German soldiers Bryan and James make their way nto a German medical transport train throw Bec (The Demonata, off the bodiesf a couple The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins of Nazifficers and assume their identities They soon find themselves in a mental hospital called Alphabet House for shell shocked SS fficials 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 precarious situation if they re exposed as either Brits r malingerers they ll be killed immediately Thus they live in a constant state f anxiety and fearAs it turns Alphabet House seems to be chock full f Nazis faking mental illness One group f malingerers consists f Our Planet: Our Home officers who are in the habitf whispering at night bragging about murders they ve committed and their secret horde Kakoong, Pahlawan Pulau Awan Vol. 8 of riches These men are extremely suspiciousf their fellow patients fearing someone might discover their deception and expose them Thus they watch everyone closely not hesitating to harass r 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 part f 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 physician who wns a pharmaceutical 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 people he knew in the mental ward and things take a very dramatic turn This section f the book is also very long and disturbing In the prologue f 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 f the characters are sadistic and disgusting Thus I settled n 3 stars this just wasn t the book for me I ll probably stick to Jussi Adler Olsen s mysteries from now nYou can follow my reviews Ental drugs The pilots’ nly hope f survival is to fake insanity until the war ends but their friendship and courage are put to the ultimate test when James and Bryan realize they aren’t the nly nes in the Alphabet House feigning madness Millions f 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 perfect introduction for those who have yet to discover his riveting wor.
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Jussi Adler Olsen is a Danish author who began to write novels in the 1990s after a comprehensive career as publisher editor film composer for the Valhalla cartoon and as a booksellerHe made his debut with the thriller “Alfabethuset” 1997 which reached bestseller status both in Denmark and internationally just like his subseuent novels “And She Thanked the Gods” prev “The Company Basher”