“Horrifying...An insight into the atrocities at Auschwitz Dachau and a score of other Hells on Earth..where the devil more often than not had a blond haired blue-eyed face....”Eric D'Costa wrote this review Saturday, November 15, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is well-researched, and relates to real-life facts. Still one can read it as an "ordinary" suspense fiction. Very exciting and intriguing.”Marcel Dekker wrote this review Sunday, October 19, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I liked this book a lot .... though it is not as great as The Day of the Jackal but still the plot of the book is quite good and thrilling ... best part about Forsyth is that his villains are as smart as the heros ... which sounds quite realistic ... this book is a page turner .. worth reading for certain”Pradeep K wrote this review Tuesday, September 23, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was my first books about Nazi and secret society. Books is one of the best I have read till date and will shake you up with the horror of reflection of Nazi's even in post 2nd world war era.”Raghu Thakur wrote this review Thursday, September 18, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of the most difficult books to write about even with superlatives.
Forsyth delves into the wwII and Germany as it then was, diving in straight from the time he wrote it, with a witness who lived only for the sake of testifying at the trial of a criminal only to find out that the criminals, the nazis and the ss, are in fact not only living and doing fine but will never be tried much less punished.
His - the surviving witness's - suicide, and the discovery of his diary that is then handed over to a reporter, starts the story and brings us to the organisation that was formed to protect precisely those criminals, ODESSA.
Forsyth does not go into why they were successful in surviving and doing well, and perhaps he did not then know, perhaps it was not then known to too many, but which now is known well enough to be aired on information channels.
Complicity and convenience of US authorities who needed to spy on the newly ex-allies, the Russians, and therefore allowed the Germans to do what suited them in exchange for the spying. Germans in turn made up vastly exaggerated reports that were largely responsible for US obsession with arms race escalation and impovrishment of not only much of the world but also of people of US.”
“How many works of fiction had such an effect on real events as The ODESSA File? In preperation for his novel, Forsyth received information from Simon Wiesenthal on Eduard Roschmann, an infamous Nazi war criminal still on the run, and he suggested Forsyth incorporate Roschmann into his work. He did, and the resulting publicity flushed Roschmann out of hiding in Argentina. Unfortunately, Roschmann evaded capture and died several years later, but as an illustration of the power of art--even in its pulpiest form--this story is hard to beat.
And make no mistake--The ODESSA File is pulp. It may be dressed up with discussions of the meaning of justice and what is acceptable when attempting to achieve it, but at heart it is a sturdy story of investigation and conflict. Peter Miller, a journalist, reads a diary left by a suicide in Hamburg, a survivor of the concentration camps, and decides to uncover the whereabouts of Roschmann, the "Butcher of Riga" and sadistic warden of Riga's ghetto. The most fascinationg sections of the book concern his investigation, tracking down leads and interviewing sources, but even the weaker second half, which follows Miller's infiltration of ODESSA, a group of former SS men, maintains a decent level of excitement.”
“One man can go to such a length to track down a former SS officer because he has killed his father. We are talking about peter miller the journalist.
Edward Roschmann the guilty who killed 80000 jews in Riga concentration camp from 1941 to 1944. ”
“God start og legger opp til en god historie, hadde bare ikke hovedpersonen gått hen og ødelagt alle planene... spennende, dog!”To-read wrote this review Thursday, May 15, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of the first novels I read when I was just beginning to appreciate "thick" books with small fonts and no illustrations at all. Got hooked and couldn't put it down until I've read the last page. Quite taken aback with the ending and really made me think ... This is a great book indeed!”Azl wrote this review Tuesday, March 18, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No