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Ental drugs The pilots’ only hope of 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 only ones in the Alphabet House feigning madness Millions of 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. Brian and James are two 20 year old Englishmen that are shot down over Germany in WWII With a dog patrol on their heals they frantically hop on a German train which contains SS officers that are ill They take the place of two of them yes they throw two men off the train to do it but at least one of them was dead and frantically try to do everything they can to fit in and gather information At the end of their trip they're taken off the train on stretchers and find themselves in an insane asylum They're forced to take the medications of 1942 and endure daily shock treatments After a bit James realizes that there are three SS officers that are malingering and posing as patients These three men are brutal murderers and James has no way of telling Brian to be carefulThe whole time in the asylum is actually pretty difficult to take because these men are sadists They're suspicious of both James and Brian and eventually begin to torture James in small ways James has somewhat of a guardian angel in the form of a nurse named Petra but although she takes extra care of him she's not aware of what these men are doing When I first started this book I was trying to figure out how a nearly 500 page story was going to take place entirely in this asylum It turns out that it doesn't all take place there and the story that falls out afterwards 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 of this one as particularly disturbing or brutal but apparently it's not an easy one 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 of 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 of 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

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In the tradition of 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 of the war When their plane is shot down James and Bryan know they will be. Disclaimer ARC via Netgalley Sometimes plots and ideas don’t just work for some readers This is one 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 series of events that do and don’t work find themselves in the Alphabet House a hospital for Nazi officers 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 off and the character of Lauren just doesn’t work on 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 of characterization

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Executed if captured With an enemy patrol in pursuit they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front In a moment of desperation they throw two patients off 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 of shock treatments and experim. 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 of deception Add in a pair of 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 out For most of 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 of their language Whispered conversations in the night are meaningless to him but it’s obvious a conspiracy among a few of the patients is developing Bryan doesn’t know who is a potential ally or 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 of isolation for certain but I experienced very little of the main character’s frustration or terror Instead I often 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 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 part of the one 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 out” 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 of the hospital after 25 years to confront his tormenters and find out what happened to his former friend and co pilot Unfortunately this is also where suspension of disbelief becomes difficult to maintain At 461 pages this was a long read with lots of “tell” and too little “show” Thank you to Dutton and Goodreads for providing an ARC of this book for review

  • Hardcover
  • 480
  • Alfabethuset
  • Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • English
  • 09 February 2019
  • 9780525954897

About the Author: Jussi Adler-Olsen

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”

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