The Odessa File

The Odessa File The suicide of an elderly German Jew explodes into revelation after revelation a Mafia like organization called Odessa a real life fugitive known at the Butcher of Riga a young German journalist tu

The suicide of an elderly German Jew explodes into revelation after revelation a Mafia like organization called Odessa, a real life fugitive known at the Butcher of Riga , a young German journalist turned obsessed avengerd ultimately, of a brilliant, ruthless plot to reestablish the worldwide power of SS mass murders and to carry out Hitler s chilling Final SolutioThe suicide of an elderly German Jew explodes into revelation after revelation a Mafia like organization called Odessa, a real life fugitive known at the Butcher of Riga , a young German journalist turned obsessed avengerd ultimately, of a brilliant, ruthless plot to reestablish the worldwide power of SS mass murders and to carry out Hitler s chilling Final Solution.

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  1. Frederick Forsyth, CBE is an English author and occasional political commentator He is best known for thrillers such as The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Fourth Protocol, The Dogs of War, The Devil s Alternative, The Fist of God, Icon, The Veteran, Avenger, The Afghan, and recently The Cobra and The Kill List.The son of a furrier, he was born in Ashford, Kent, educated at Tonbridge School and later attended the University of Granada He became one of the youngest pilots in the Royal Air Force at 19, where he served on National Service from 1956 to 1958 Becoming a journalist, he joined Reuters in 1961 and later the BBC in 1965, where he served as an assistant diplomatic correspondent From July to September 1967, he served as a correspondent covering the Nigerian Civil War between the region of Biafra and Nigeria He left the BBC in 1968 after controversy arose over his alleged bias towards the Biafran cause and accusations that he falsified segments of his reports Returning to Biafra as a freelance reporter, Forsyth wrote his first book, The Biafra Story in 1969.Forsyth decided to write a novel using similar research techniques to those used in journalism His first full length novel, The Day of the Jackal, was published in 1971 and became an international bestseller and gained its author the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel It was later made into a film of the same name.

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  1. Had he asked, he would have learned that of the crimes against humanity committed on the German side between 1933 and 1945, probably 95 percent can accurately be laid at the door of the SS Of these, probably 80 to 90 percent can be attributed to two departments within the SS These were the Reich Security Main Office and the Reich Economic Administration Main Office Waffen SS hat insignia.President John F Kennedy has just been assassinated, and Peter Miller, ace reporter, finds himself following [...]

  2. The Odessa File from Frederick Forsyth is one of the most successful and engaging thrillers written with the hunt for Nazi s after the World War II as the central theme The novel is a clever blend of historical facts and real life personnel s with a fictitious story line and is written with the high level of detailing and decent pace that is usually associated with the works of Forsyth.Forsyth as an author of realistic thrillers Frederick Forsyth, CBE Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the [...]

  3. 5 STAR STORY ELEMENT ROLL CALL Nazis Here International Intrigue Present.Secret Societies Here.Nazi Hunters Israeli Mossad Here, Sir Interesting Plot Present.Compelling Main CharacterUh, Compelling Main CharacterAnyone.Main Character we care aboutSHITExcitement and Suspensehello.Excitement, SuspenseAnyonehas anyone seen any hint of excitement or suspense in this bookywhere at all.e on peopleOh dammit, crap, hellsville n t do this to me On paper this book had 4 or 5 stars written all over it and [...]

  4. The infamous Nazi organization ODESSA, internationally famous for its war aids after the Second World War, is discovered in its own labyrinths by a journalist researcher.The German journalist finds a common thread when investigating the reasons for the suicide of an old Jew, finding some accusing documents of the deceased against a head of a Nazi extermination camp.All this immerses him in a vortex where, surprisingly, he must face facts of his own family past.Forsyth s novel is compelling, forc [...]

  5. ODESSA File shows us a very dark and brutal side of humanity Although I do not know a single Jew, I have wept over and prayed for the millions of Jews killed during the Second World War I have heard arguments that the Holocaust is just another casualty of War It is amazing that despite a full fledged war raging all around the world, the Germans had the time, patience, resources and the desire to annihilate millions of men, women and children What is chilling about the Holocaust is the cold preci [...]

  6. After the formidable tour de force of The day of the Jackal Forsyth returns with his The ODESSA file Organisation Der Ehemaligen SS Angehorigen And it is a brilliant thriller about a post WWII German journalist his gets his hands on a diary of a Jewish man that survived the horrors of Riga And if you knew never anything about some of the horrible crimes committed during the last great war you find out galore of the crimes committed by the Nazis especially by those of the SS.The book sets Peter M [...]

  7. Hunting Nazis, particularly SS Nazis, still had some cachet when The Odessa File was written in 1972 and the deeds of famous Nazi hunter, Simon Wiesenthal, who had aided the Mossad division of the Israeli Secret Service in identifying and capturing Adolph Eichmann only twelve years earlier, were in the news quite regularly.I read The Odessa File years ago, in the seventies, after reading Day of the Jackal Remembering recently that I had enjoyed The Odessa File , I decided to read it again It was [...]

  8. This book struck me as rather similar to The Day of the Jackal They were international thrillers that made a few tweaks to history to serve an exciting new history and encompassed a wide range of characters However, where The Day of the Jackal failed because I had already seen the movie, my ignorance of this movie helped keep the book s tension ratcheted up And really, that is the most appealing part of this book the tension What plans will go awry, how will small, seemingly insignificant, event [...]

  9. Well, I m glad I stuck with this book through the first 100 pages or so I usually set my limit at 100 pages If a book shows little or no promise, or if it simply drags to an extreme degree, or if it s just a jumbled mess, it has 100 pages to turn the ship around This is a rule I set for myself a few years ago after realizing that I had slogged my way through too many worthless books while books I actually wanted to read gathered dust on my shelf.I mention all of this because roughly 100 pages in [...]

  10. I ve been crawing a good espionage novel, and after a quick glance at my shelf decided that Frederick Forsyth was my man Chosing between The Day of The Jackal and The Odessa File i chose the latter, because it had all the ingredients of a good yarn World War 2 and its aftermath, spies, intrigue, the SSFirst published in 1972, The Odessa File is about, well, the Odessa, a secret organization that unites the ex SS men After reading a journal left by a Jew who comitted suicide, young journalist Pet [...]

  11. When a young German journalist comes across a diary written by a deceased elderly Jewish man, he is overwhelmed by the brutality described inside it He determines to track down the butcher of Riga a notorious Nazi responsible for thousands of deaths during World War II His quest leads him to a sinister organization named Odessa Taut, well written and suspenseful, this book is hard to put down.

  12. Fast paced thriller about a reporter finding evidence of SS officers hiding in post war Germany The author did alot of research into that time period, and reading about it was very interesting The sections about the reporter and his stripper girlfriend weren t that well written, but were thankfully brief A quick and thrilling read.

  13. A paperback copy of The Odessa File has been sitting on my bookshelf for probably fifteen years I can t even remember any how I originally obtained it probably at a used book sale I always jump at the chance of picking up spy novels from some of the masters of the genre There was a hesitance to read it for a long time obviously , and I m not really sure why I think it must have been because for some reason I kept confusing it with the movie version of Ira Levin s The Boys from Brazil that I saw [...]

  14. Don t you just hate it when you finally get to the good part of a book and then life gets really busy so you have to put it aside for a few days Sadly, such a thing is what happened with this one Then, when I managed to get back to it I d lost the small amount of love which had come about.I should probably start by saying this is not a bad read In so many ways it is really good yet it did not push the right buttons for me In my eyes too much of the story was lost to information being passed on t [...]

  15. I enjoyed that much of this thriller is spent on the German autobahns following the hero driving his 1960 Jaguar XK150 S at speeds over 100 mph That car had about 250 HP, stiff peformance suspension, and a timeless design He drove everywhere with it, through dark forests, blizzards, and to most of the major German cities What fun it must be to do this I have been encouraged finally to take a trip there and do the samebut without the snow.On the negative side, Forsyth s second best known novel is [...]

  16. Not your typical guilt trip about that horrendous chapter in historyand the amazing twist at the end, proved that Superb and refreshing An ending that Fatherland by Robert Harris lacked, thus made that book s plot a little simplistic But this Still amazed by it.Bravo.

  17. Wow someone just recommended this to me and it reminded me that I read it during High School for one of my classes Good book if I remember correctly Few Nazis, some conspiracies etc Not Forsyth s best but a good one.

  18. I love holocaust novels partly because they are so emotional to me and also because the stories are so heroic.

  19. I have seen the film a few times and feel that the film is better than the book which is strange as its usually the other way round It didn t hold the suspense that the film had.

  20. This novel has all the key elements of heart stopping drama at its most intense that has made a name for Frederick Forsyth the world over.The story begins in Hamburg in the early evening hours of November 22nd, 1963 President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, TX, a few hours earlier, and the news of that foul act has just reached the eyes and ears of every German One of them is a freelance journalist nearing thirty Peter Miller Seated placidly in the comfort of his beloved Jaguar XK 150 S spor [...]

  21. Berawal dari sebuah buku harian seorang tua keturunan Yahudi yang bunuh diri, hidup Peter Miller seorang wartawan, tiba tiba saja berubah Ia jadi terobsesi untuk menemukan Eduard Roschmann, seorang mantan SS yang dulu jadi komandan kamp konsentrasi Nazi di Riga Si pemilik diary adalah korban holocaust yang berhasil keluar dengan selamat, lalu menulis semua tentang Si Jagal dari Riga, agar suatu hari bisa menyeretnya ke pengadilan.Dalam penyelidikannya, Miller mengetahui bahwa para mantan SS dili [...]

  22. I read first time in January 1987 it was a very good read I like this author I will be reading a few books of this author that I have not read I re read this book now It is a very well researched book facts with little fiction The book is about holocaust when thousands of Jews were killed and some Germans too The author narrative is great and keeps the suspense to the end This book is worth giving the readers time and I personally assure anyone who wants to read it you will not be bored Give i [...]

  23. Fredrick Forsyth sets out a wonderful human story with wonderful drawn characters This has some great twists and turns and the writing is top quality Once you start reading this great book you get hooked straight away, needing to find out answers like the main character does This is a great thriller from a top writer.

  24. A German reporter in the 60 s gets a lead on German concentration camp officers who have escaped detection, many of whom hold prominent industrial and political positions For personal reasons, he tracks them down It is a thriller.

  25. A great investigative romp through the German countryside in a very compelling and charming era As always with Forsyth the depth of research and attention to detail is key.Some dark moments without being self indulgent The gradual rise in tension from start to finish is managed so carefully that you don t realise you re on the edge of your seat until almost toppling off.

  26. I love reading Frederick Forsyth books For some reason or other, the fine quality of his writing has been obscured by the topics which often wander off into the realm of remote possibility Nevertheless, this book is a fine example of how good an adventure book can be.The characters are well constructed and even have the conflictions that one would expect of someone in extraordinary circumstances We forget how easily generations of Germans were seduced into believing in the man who raised their h [...]

  27. A secret organization comprised of former Nazi SS officers, plotting to deploy WMDs against Israel That s heady stuff, especially 45 years ago when it was first published Reporter Peter Miller is tracking a member of the shadowy Odessa organization but his motives remain unclear Author Forsyth is known for meticulous plots that slowly build suspense, and this novel is no exception Forsyth s characters don t normally make much of an impression but there s a riveting section late in the story in w [...]

  28. To be honest it s a bit dated now The action scenes aren t exactly state of the art and there s a scant desire to be PC did that term exist when it was written But let s face it, Forsyth is a master thriller writer The scenes involving the protagonist s reading of the old Jewish man s diary when he was a victim of the Nazis are haunting, informative and sympathetically written But what a twist at the end One of the best conceived This isn t The Day of the Jackal, but it s well plotted and enjoya [...]

  29. Been watching this movie since I was a kid In fact, it was on cable this morning when I woke up Finally got around to reading it a few years ago Perfect thing for a cross country flight, total page turner Even knowing how it ended it was still fantastic Or maybe I m just a sucker for any story where a nazi gets his due.

  30. This book is a classic political thriller written in 70 s , The novel is set in post nazi germany , where a Jewish man , soloman tauber commits suicide and leaves his memoirs , written in detail about horrors of concentration camp in riga d how they were tortured by the camp incharge,eduard roschmann he is horrified frustrated to see that man alive , roaming free and prosperous this diary gets in hand of peter miller a free lance journalist.Thus peter sets out in search of eduard brochhmann in h [...]

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