Book Recommendation: Diary of a Dead Man on Leave by David Downing

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Book Recommendation: Diary of a Dead Man on Leave by David Downing

 

Diary of a Dead Man on Leave (2019) reveals the contents of the hidden diary of a communist spy in the setting of 1938 in Hamm, Germany by award winning British author David Downing. Dolores and I enjoyed this book and recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and his books.

 

David Downing

David Downing grew up in suburban London. He is the author of six books in the John Russell espionage series, set in WWII Berlin: Zoo Station, Silesian Station, Stettin Station, Potsdam Station, Lehrter Station, and Masaryk Station and the nonfiction work, Sealing Their Fate: The Twenty-Two Days That Decided World War II. He lives with his wife in Guildford, England.

 

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Goodreads Review of Diary of a Dead Man on Leave

From bestselling author David Downing, master of historical espionage, comes a heart-wrenching depiction of Germany in the days leading up to World War II and the difficult choices of one man of conviction.

In April 1938, a man calling himself Josef Hofmann arrives at a boarding house in Hamm, Germany, and lets a room from the widow who owns it. Fifty years later, Walter Gersdorff, the widow’s son, who was eleven years old in the spring of 1938, discovers the carefully hidden diary the boarder had kept during his stay, even though he should never have written any of its contents down.

What Walter finds is a scathing chronicle of one the most tumultuous years in German history, narrated by a secret agent on a deadly mission. Josef Hofmann was not the returned Argentinian immigrant he’d said he was—he was a communist spy under Moscow’s command to try to reconnect with any remnants of Germany’s suppressed communist party. Hofmann’s bosses believe the common workers are the only way to stop the German war machine from within. Posing as a railroad man, Hofmann sets out on his game of “Russian roulette,” approaching Hamm’s ex-party members one at a time and delicately feeling out their allegiances. He always knew his mission would most likely end in his death, and he was satisfied to make that sacrifice for the revolution if it could help stop Hitler and his abominable ideology. But as he grows close to the Gersdorffs, accidentally stepping into the role of the father Walter never had, Hofmann begins to wish for another kind of hope in his life.

 

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Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good morning Roy Kelley ,

This author is new to me but the book sounds intriguing. Thank you for letting me know both you and Dolores liked the book.

Aug 08, 2019 04:06 AM #1
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Roy. You read more books in a week than most read in a year! Enjoy your reading.

Aug 08, 2019 06:12 AM #4
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Nina Hollander
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This sounds like a fascinating book, Roy. And your orchids today are simply amazing!

Aug 08, 2019 07:06 AM #7
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Joan Cox
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Roy, thanks for the book recommendation, and again too busy to sit and read right now.

Aug 08, 2019 08:16 AM #8
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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That sounds like such an interesting book, Roy!  I am fascinated by such topics.

Aug 08, 2019 09:43 AM #9
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Roy,

What an intriguing plot and story line.  So much has been written about this time in our history.  Thank you,  A

Aug 08, 2019 01:04 PM #13
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Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

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