#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2017
My seventh bookvent pick is a slightly different one. Not quite fiction, not quite fact, it is the re-imagining of the true story of an assassination attempt on one of the most ruthless killers in World War 2. Following both the target and the men who were sent to kill him, the story is brutal, honest, chilling and often emotional. I was completely drawn into the narrative and the ruthless charm of the antagonist and the unquestioned bravery and patriotism of the soldiers. Book seven in my #bookvent countdown is …
Hunting The Hangman
by Howard Linskey
TWO MEN. . . ONE MISSION. . . TO KILL THE MAN WITH THE IRON HEART
Bestselling author Howard Linskey’s fifteen year fascination with the assassination attempt on Reinhard Heydrich, the architect of the holocaust, has produced a meticulously researched, historically accurate thriller with a plot that echoes The Day of the Jackal and The Eagle has Landed.
2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on a man so evil even fellow SS officers referred to him as the ‘Blond Beast’. In Prague he was known as the Hangman. Hitler, who called him ‘The Man with the Iron Heart’, considered Heydrich to be his heir, and entrusted him with the implementation of the ‘Final Solution’ to the Jewish question: the systematic murder of eleven million people.
In 1942 two men were trained by the British SOE to parachute back into their native Czech territory to kill the man ruling their homeland. Jan Kubis and Josef Gabcik risked everything for their country. Their attempt on Reinhard Heydrich’s life was one of the single most dramatic events of the Second World War, with horrific consequences for thousands of innocent people.
Hunting the Hangman is a tale of courage, resilience and betrayal with a devastating finale. Based on true events, the story reads like a classic World War Two thriller and is the subject of two big-budget Hollywood films that coincide with the anniversary of Operation Anthropoid.
I won’t lie – this was a completely different book for me. I don’t often read a lot of historical fiction, but the idea that this was based on an actual event from World War 2 intrigued me. When I agreed to read the book for the blog tour, I had no idea what an impact it would have on me. Heydrich was an evil, evil man. There is absolutely no question about that. His actions, the genocide that he authorised, was beyond belief. There was a very good reason he was called The Hangman, or even ‘The Man With The Iron Heart’ as he was named by Hitler, and it is painted in very clear and very stark colours throughout this book. But you also see an almost human side of him as we are given an image of him with his family. A snapshot in time that shows that in many respects, he was no different to any other man. As for the two men who were sent to kill him, Kubis and Gabcik, they are brave, resolute and determined. They will pay the ultimate price for their country without hesitation. Their plight, their story, is portrayed so beautifully, both with and without emotion, I couldn’t help but be moved. There are scenes which brought tears to my eyes and it is a stark reminder of the atrocities man is willing to inflict upon his neighbour. A totally brilliant book. I’m glad No Exit took a chance on it.
You can read my full review of Hunting The Hangman right here and purchase a copy of the book from the following retailers.
Amazon UK | Amazon US | Kobo | Waterstones
Happy #bookvent reading all