Epic prelude to the classic spy trilogy Game, Set and Match that follows the fortunes of a German dynasty during two world wars.
Winter takes us into a large and complex family drama, into the lives of two German brothers - both born close upon the turn of the century, both so caught up in the currents of history that their story is one with the story of their country, from the Kaiser's heyday through Hitler's rise and fall.
A novel that rings powerfully true, a rich and remarkable portrait of Germany in the first half of the 20th century.
In his portrait of a Berlin family during the turbulent years of the first half of the century, Len Deighton has created a compelling study of the rise of Nazi Germany. With its meticulous research, rich detail and brilliantly drawn cast of characters, Winter is a superbly realized achievement.
"Deighton's research and plotting are as surefooted as ever, while the pace and tension leave one almost breathless. A frightening yet compelling novel." (Sunday Telegraph)
"A monumental work...brilliantly executed." (Daily Telegraph)
"Deighton's most ambitious and subtle book to date, an epic fiction." (Evening Standard)
"Deighton brilliantly depicts the evolution of Hitler's regime through telling detail." (Today)
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Enjoyable, but unnecessarily long
A good listen, but not as gripping as I had hoped, not quite the epic I was expecting. It was really interesting and I was listening to it during the build up to the EU referendum and beyond. Some rather salient comparisons at times.....
James Lailey was a good narrator, but (and it's quite a big but) I really did not like his use of British accent variation - west country and west midlands to try and depict different parts of Germany/Austria. Really?!
I will try other Len Deighton for sure. A good story-teller.