Orders from Berlin by Simon Tolkien

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“Tolkien’s writing has a timeless quality [and] the haunting undertones of other great masters.” –USA Today

Orders from Berlin is a compelling thriller laced with Simon Tolkien's signature writing style, praised by the LA Times as “half Christie and half Grisham”

With the publication of The Inheritance, Simon Tolkien was lauded as a naturally gifted storyteller who possesses a terrific command of language and a unique perception into the darker sides of human nature. Now, Simon takes readers back to the case that started it all for Trave, the hero of his last two critically acclaimed novels. 

It’s September of 1940. France has fallen and London is being bombed day and night. Almost single-handedly Winston Churchill maintains the country’s morale. Britain’s fate hangs in the balance and the intelligence agencies on both sides of the Channel are desperate for anything that could give them the edge. 

Albert Morrison, ex-chief of MI6, is pushed over the banister outside his London apartment. He falls to his death at the feet of his daughter, Ava, but it is too dark for her to see the attacker before he escapes. Two Scotland Yard detectives attend the crime scene: Inspector Quaid and his junior assistant, Detective Trave. Quaid is convinced that this is a simple open-and-shut case involving a family dispute.  But Trave is not so sure. Following a mysterious note in the dead man’s pocket, Trave discovers that Morrison was visited by Alec Thorn, deputy head of MI6, on the day of his death. Could Thorn—who is clearly carrying a flame for Morrison's daughter—be involved in a plot to betray his country that Morrison tried to halt, and if so, can Trave stop it in time in this gripping and intelligent thriller?


About Simon Tolkien

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Simon Tolkien was a successful barrister in London, specializing in criminal justice, before moving to California with his wife and two children.  His first novel, Final Witness, was published in 2002 to widespread acclaim and his second, The Inheritance, received equally positive reviews when it came out in 2009. He is the grandson of J.R.R.Tolkien. Visit him online at www.SimonTolkien.com.
Published December 11, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 318 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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When family and the British Secret Service attempt to stonewall Trave, his boss, DCI John Quaid, must intercede, injecting new tension into the relationship between the two men.

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As Adolf Hitler and Reinhard Heydrich, the head of the Gestapo, plot to use a mole in British intelligence to further the Reich’s ambitions, Trave lands a murder case.

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In a plot to assassinate Winston Churchill, the stakes are high. Only one man has the knowledge to save him.

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“That fool Churchill will not give in … he wants this war … you can’t reason with a man like that.” I would highly recommend this unique spy story to readers seeking fast paced intrigue, with which you will experience the helplessness about whom to trust or who is your enemy.

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The author's ability to put you in the mind of the politics of the day is a direct reflection of his ability to engross you in the conversations and action.

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He does an amazing job of taking you into the streets, with the continued air raid sirens trying to outpace the sirens of ambulances and fire trucks.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Descriptions of nighttime bombing raids, thick blackout curtains, cramped and unsanitary conditions in the underground shelters, people being buried alive when buildings collapsed or slowly drowned when water pipes ruptured, all add verisimilitude to the book.

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Historical Novel Society

But when Quaid discovers the victim was a retired intelligence officer, his persistence unravels a much deeper plot—a scheme to assassinate Winston Churchill in his own bunker.

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Seattle PI

The horror that rages inside anyone who survived Hitler's declaration against humanity, particularly those of Jewish descent, erupts with three small words-the title of Simon Tolkien's latest book-Orders from Berlin.

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Huntington News

In "Orders from Berlin" (Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press, 309 pages, $25.99) Simon Tolkien takes us back to September 1940 to a London that is being terror bombed day and night by the Luftwaffe in what is a softening up of a country about to suffer the fate of Poland, France, Bel...

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: A plot to assassinate Winston Churchill is somehow prevented — and the murder of an ex-chief of British intelligence is somehow involved — in Orders from Berlin, the third mystery in this series featuring Scotland Yard inspector William Trave by Simon Tolkien.

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Alec Thorn does not trust Seaforth but in turn is at odds with his own boss, C, the head of MI6, who believes that Thorn is bitter because he had not been promoted to C.

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