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Alive and hiding in South America, the fiendish Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele gathers a group of former colleagues for a horrifying project—the creation of the Fourth Reich. Barry Kohler, a young investigative journalist, gets wind of the project and informs famed Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman, but before he can relay the evidence, Kohler is killed. Thus Ira Levin opens one of the sAlive and hiding in South America, the fiendish Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele gathers a group of former colleagues for a horrifying project—the creation of the Fourth Reich. Barry Kohler, a young investigative journalist, gets wind of the project and informs famed Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman, but before he can relay the evidence, Kohler is killed. Thus Ira Levin opens one of the strangest and most masterful novels of his career. Why has Mengele marked a number of harmless aging men for murder? What is the hidden link that binds them? What interest can they possibly hold for their killers: six former SS men dispatched from South America by the most wanted Nazi still alive, the notorious "Angel of Death"? One man alone must answer these questions and stop the killings—Lieberman, himself aging and thought by some to be losing his grip on reality. At the heart of The Boys from Brazil lies a frightening contemporary nightmare, chilling and all too possible....

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The Boys from Brazil Reviews

  • Jean
    2019-05-26 08:18

    Who are The Boys From Brazil? And can there really be a Nazi plot to implement the "Fourth Reich"?"Two factors are necessary for a resurgence of Nazism ... a worsening of social conditions till they approximate those of the early thirties and the emergence of a Hitler-like leader." - Yakov Liebermann, "The Boys From Brazil."Ira Levin was a great writer of "What if?" novels and plays, ten of which have been turned into the sort of films which have the audience gripping the sides of their seats. Before his play, "Deathtrap" became a film, it held the award for being the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway, and the horror film of "Rosemary's Baby", based on his novel, was hugely popular, spawning many imitations. Stephen King called Ira Levin, "The Swiss watchmaker of suspense novels", adding, "he makes what the rest of us do look like cheap watchmakers in drugstores." Just as with Stephen King's novels, the boundaries of the suspense novel are pushed by Levin's tales. Yes, he writes page-turners, novels of nail-biting suspense, but there is often something speculative or even other-worldly there too. He studied Philosophy as well as English, and perhaps this is responsible for his ability to "think outside the box." He uses favourite themes - human automation, the rebirth of the devil, biological engineering. In this one, his basis is on solid facts. It is about everybody's favourite baddies, the Nazis, and even has one of the most evil real life war criminals as one of the main characters. In The Boys From Brazil, the central theme is breathtakingly audacious. If you have seen the famous film from 1978, starring Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier, you will know what the plot hinges on, although the main character, Yakov Liebermann, does not fully comprehend it himself until half way through. Familiarity with the story does not spoil the reading of this novel, although if you do not know, then it may well be an even better read. If you don't know it, please do not read the blurb on the book!In 1976, when The Boys From Brazil was published, the world was still very concerned with tracking down notorious Nazi criminals, many of whom had fled to South America. Adolph Eichmann had been captured in Buenos Aires and brought to trial. He was hanged in 1962. One of the worst, nicknamed "The Angel of Death", was Joseph Mengele, a concentration camp medical doctor. In 1976 he was still at large. During the second World War, Mengele had performed many experiments on twins, people with heterochromia (each eye a different colour), dwarfism and many others with a physical abnormality. The experiments were ostensibly to gain information about genetics and heredity, and intended to "prove" the theory of Aryan supremacy. Mengele had his pick of the prisoners before they were sent to the gas chambers, and treated the whole concentration camp as a potential pool to provide fodder for his experiments. The horrific experiments were mostly on especially selected children younger than six. They were deadly, conducted without anaesthetic, and were deemed inhuman by any standards. In 1976, Mengele was still at large in Paraguay, near the border to Argentina. He died while swimming in 1979, but this was not finally confirmed until forensic examination in 1985.The timing of this novel was therefore particularly critical, and feelings worldwide were running high that this man should be brought to justice; he had escaped the War Trials in Nuremberg partly because people had believed he was already dead. It was an inspired idea to make the real life Josef Mengele a main character in Ira Levin's fictitious book. Twins were Mengele's main interest. Because of his obsession with genetics, it was very likely that Mengele would have continued his experiments deep in the South American jungle. Indeed, even as recently as 2009, evidence came to light that he may well have pursued his fanatical experiments undercover.A small town in Brazil, Candido Godoi, has a record number of twins on record; one in 5 births instead of the average one in 80. Additionally, most of these twins are blond haired and blue eyed. Residents say that Mengele made repeated visits there in the early 1960s, posing at first as a vet, but then offering medical treatment to the women of the town. The first twins were born in 1963, the year in which Mengele arrived in the town. It look very much as if Mengele was putting his theories of Eugenics into practice, and trying to "improve" the genetic quality of the human population.The viewpoint character in The Boys From Brazil is Yakov Liebermann, who is heavily based on the real life Nazi hunter, Simon Wiesenthal. In the novel, Liebermann runs the "War Crimes Information Office" in Vienna, collecting information on Nazi war criminals, helping to find them and helping with their prosecution. However, Liebermann is elderly, and suffering from lack of funds for his work. Western nations are becoming less inclined to spend more money and effort on tracking down the remaining criminals. He is dispirited and disinclined to listen to any more "rumours". Liebermann receives a phone call from a young Jewish man, Barry Koehler, from Illinois, who claims to have eavesdropped on a meeting of former Nazi SS officers in São Paulo, Brazil. It had been chaired by the "Angel of Death", Mengele, himself. They were part of the notorious "Comrades Organization in South America". The young man said he had overheard details of a Nazi plot, which planned the deaths of 94 men world-wide, all of whom had similar jobs, and all of about the same age. It sounded bizarre, as one of the committee of Nazis reportedly said, incredulously,"All of them elderly civil servants, and by killing them we fulfil the destiny of the Aryan race?" It is a crazy idea. Yet it is up to Liebermann to make sense of it, and painstakingly track down the culprits, without any backing from official bodies, either financial or in terms of manpower. Liebermann has old friends whom he calls on for various favours. One of these is Sydney Beynon, Reuters's senior Vienna correspondent, who has useful access to newspaper records and current reports. Liebermann also enlists the help of the "Young Jewish Defenders", but they are just as likely to get in trouble with the police themselves.The puzzling premise makes use of many of Levin's favourite devices, and with skilful writing, the reason stays a secret until roughly halfway through the book. We feel sympathy for the protagonist, an ailing elderly man, no longer with the resources he once had, but with the same dedication and determined commitment to the cause."In his Jewish heart of hearts, he didn't trust German authorities as much as Americans where Nazi matters were concerned."Ira Levin keeps his clues close to his chest, carefully controlling the release of each nugget of information until both Liebermann and the reader gain a sudden insight. From then on the action increases in tempo, and the book itself becomes a compelling thriller. There is even a nice little twist at the end, hinting that perhaps not all the ends are quite so satisfactorily tied up."The Fourth Reich is coming - not just a German Reich but a pan-Aryan one."Or is this mere "meshugganah"? Is it just crazy?

  • Carol
    2019-06-25 10:17

    Another fine read from Ira Levin...........After reading and loving A Kiss Before Dying, I've decided to read all of this author's novels, and my second one, The Boys From Brazil did not disappoint. Not having seen the film adaptation, the unusual plot was a complete surprise for me.The intrigue begins with a top secret meeting in a Japanese restaurant to initiate a killer of a mysterious project by 'the comrade organization'. The important operation assigns six hitmen to dispose of 94 elderly civil servants (along with their secrets) scattered throughout the world, and they must die on the designated dates set forth by the still hunted Angel of Death. (no spoiler here)The secret turns out to be a pretty darn scary scenario, one that could perhaps really happen in our day and age, but not so back in 1976 (I don't think) when TBFB was first published and Dr. Josef Mengele was still alive.Despite a couple of confusing character narration switches, another great Levin read for me that I could not put down!

  • Mara
    2019-05-27 05:18

    "Holy sh*tsnacks! Krieger's one of the boys from Brazil!" Yes, once again I find myself reading a book as a result of an Archer reference (see also Bartleby The Scrivener). The premise (of the book, not of Archer) is that down in South America, the fugitive Dr. Mengele is sending out six men to kill 94 civil servants on precise dates in nine countries. Renowned Nazi-hunter, Yakov Liebermann receives a mysterious phone call from a twenty-something American boy who went down Brazil to investigate and (no big spoiler here) is killed. As Krieger would say, schiesse!Despite knowing one of the big twists, courtesy of Malory Archer ((view spoiler)[If there's one thing I've learned in all my years as a spy master, it's that you keep your friends close, andpossible genetic clones of Adolf Hitler - closer (hide spoiler)]), it was still a fun read with plenty of twists to keep me interested. I can see why Ira Levin's books are perfect for film- the writing is incredibly cinematic; shot for shot sequences of driving, blocking for each dramatic death. The last chapter (which I won't spoil), reads like a screenplay (or how I imagine one would read).It certainly makes you think- what would a world be like with 94 of these mysterious boys out there...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Laura
    2019-06-03 04:57

    When I was in Hebrew school, the teacher had us listen to the first chapter on audiobook, and promised to let us hear the rest. When he realized that the book had dialog such as "Fucking bitch, I'd like to cut her tits off," he reconsidered his plans.

  • Eliasdgian
    2019-06-14 05:05

    Σχεδόν δέκα χρόνια μετά τον εκδοτικό και κινηματογραφικό θρίαμβο του Μωρού της Ρόζμαρι, ο Ira Levin έγραψε ένα ακόμη συγκλονιστικό θρίλερ, χωρίς μεταφυσικές προεκτάσεις αυτή τη φορά, αλλά το ίδιο τρομακτικό, όσο και η ιδέα ότι το γενετικό υλικό του Αδόφλου Χίτλερ δεν θάφτηκε μαζί του στο υπόγειο καταφύγιο της Καγκελαρίας του Βερολίνου τον Απρίλιο του 1945, αλλά χρησιμοποιήθηκε αργότερα, μέσα από τη διαδικασία της μονοπυρηνικής αναπαραγωγής, για να δημιουργηθούν μερικές δεκάδες κλώνοι του και να αντικρύσουν το φως της ημέρας περισσότερα Αυγά του Φιδιού. Γεννήτορας της αποκρουστικής ιδέας της κλωνοποίησης του τέρατος (ποιος άλλος;) ο Γιόζεφ Μένγκελε, ο επικεφαλής ιατρός/δολοφόνος του Άουσβιτς Μπιρκενάου, ο διαβόητος Άγγελος του Θανάτου∙ που, ως γνωστόν, διέφυγε τη σύλληψη και με πλαστά χαρτιά κατέφυγε στη Νότια Αμερική (Αργεντινή, Παραγουάη, Βραζιλία), όπου επί έτη πολλά (μέχρι τον θάνατό του στο Σάο Πάολο, το 1979) συνέχισε να οραματίζεται και να εργάζεται για την επικράτηση της Άριας φυλής και τη δημιουργία του Τέταρτου Ράιχ. Τη γέννηση των ενενήντα τεσσάρων (!) παιδιών (από τη Βραζιλία) με την ίδια γενετική κληρονομιά με τον Χίτλερ, ακολούθησε, βάσει του σχεδίου του Μένγκελε, η υιοθεσία τους από ζευγάρια που είχαν την ίδια διαφορά ηλικίας με τους γονείς του Χίτλερ και, κατά το δυνατό, αντίστοιχη κοινωνική θέση. Παρά τις αδιαμφισβήτητες, όμως, γενετικές ομοιότητες των παιδιών αυτών με τον δότη τους, για να εξελιχθούν όπως ο Χίτλερ (και να ηγεμονεύσουν, ενδεχομένως, στον αγώνα για την εγκαθίδρυση και την επικράτηση ενός Τέταρτου Ράιχ) απαραίτητο ήταν να βιώσουν αντίστοιχες επιρροές κι επιδράσεις: κι ο Άγγελος του Θανάτου είναι εκεί για να αναλάβει δράση και να διαφυλάξει τη μοίρα του λαού των Αρίων. Όπως κι ο Γιάκοβ Λίμπερμαν, όμως, ο διάσημος κυνηγός των ναζί (πρόσωπο αποκλειστικά μυθιστορηματικό), που θα πληροφορηθεί το σχέδιο του Μένγκελε, θα τον αναζητήσει και θα αναμετρηθεί μαζί του σε έναν αγώνα θανάτου. Ο Levin επιφύλαξε για τον Μένγκελε ένα τέλος φρικτό και βασανιστικό. Ένα τέλος που, αν μη τι άλλο, άρμοζε πολύ περισσότερο στον διαβόητο εγκληματία από τον θάνατο που τελικά είχε (τρία χρόνια μετά την έκδοση των Παιδιών από τη Βραζιλία, ο Μένγκελε πέθανε κολυμπώντας, από εγκεφαλικό επεισόδιο, κατά τη διάρκεια των διακοπών του). Συναρπαστικό, ευφυές, διαβάζεται λαίμαργα. Ενημερωτικά, τον δρ. Γιόζεφ Μένγκελε στην κινηματογραφική διασκευή του βιβλίου του Levin [‘The Boys from Brazil’ (1978), ελληνικός τίτλος: ‘Ανθρωποκυνηγητό σε δύο ηπείρους’] ενσάρκωσε ο Gregory Peck και η ταινία ήταν υποψήφια για τρία όσκαρ.

  • Nickolas the Kid
    2019-06-07 08:55

    Αυτό το βιβλίο ηταν ένα πραγματικό ξεπετοσέλιδο/γρηγοροδιάβαστο/page-turner!Η δράση ήταν σχεδόν κινηματογραφική σε σημείο που έβλεπα εικόνες να περνάν μπροστά από τα ματια μου...Ένα μείγμα τρόμου, αγωνίας και ΕΦ από έναν συγγραφέα που ξέρει την συνταγή.Η υπερβολή ειναι διάχυτη μέσα σε όλο το βιβλίο (και κάπου αναμενόμενη) όμως δεν ενοχλεί, μιας και ο λόγος του Λέβιν είναι στρωτός και καθημερινός χωρις να στερείται την λογοτεχνικότητα που χρειάζεται...Ο Δρ. Μένγκελε λοιπόν, ετοιμάζει ένα σκοτεινό σχέδιο για την δημιουργία του 4ου Ράιχ μαζί με κάποια μέλη των Ες-Ες που έχουν γλυτώσει από την δίκη της Νυρεμβέργης και την καταδίκη. Ο μοναδικός άνθρωπος που μπορέι να τον σταματήσει, και ο αδιαφιλονίκητος πρωταγωνιστής του βιβλίου είναι ο Γιάκομπ Λίμπερμαν. Βιβλίο που διαβάζεται μονορούφι...4/5ΥΓ1: Υπάρχει και κινηματογραφική μεταφορά του βιβλίου, με τον ευφάνταστο τίτλο "Ανθρωποκυνηγητό σε 2 ηπείρους" με ένα σχεδόν μυθικό καστ πρωταγωνιστών όπως ο Λόρενς Ολιβιέ, ο Γκρέκορι Πεκ και ο Τζέιμς Μέισον...

  • David
    2019-05-29 02:23

    Despite the age of this novel (40 years), it is still a great thriller. It is a masterful mystery, where bit by bit, Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman unlocks a set of clues. He gradually pieces together the details of a terrible conspiracy to kill 94 men, all about 65 years old, around the world. The conspiracy involves Nazis from World War II, who have escaped to South America. There they are led by the incredibly evil Josef Mengele, who seeks to bring back a fourth Reich.This novel held me in its grip from the beginning to the very end. Something about Ira Levin's writing style just caught me and didn't let me go until I finished the book. While some people claim that the plot is a bit far-fetched, it did not strike me that way. It does not seem like science fiction at all, simply a slight extrapolation. I never watched the movie that goes by the same title, so I cannot comment on how it follows or does not follow the book.I did not read this book; I listened to the audiobook, as read by Simon Vance. He does a wonderful job bringing the book to life. I especially appreciated his reading of the dialog where the speakers tried, unsuccessfully, to modify their foreign accents.

  • Carac Allison
    2019-05-27 09:03

    "The Boys from Brazil" was one of those paperbacks that found its way into the ever growing collection of book boxes I moved from residence to my parent's home back to residence back to my parent's and then to my first bachelor apartment. But I didn't read it until I was married and living in my first real adult domicile. I woke up sick on a weekeday and called into work. I went back to bed but after my wife left I felt like I could sit up and read. I opened "The Boys from Brazil" and read it from beginning to end. When my wife came home I'd had this magical daylong escape that was entirely private.Amazing as it sounds I had not seen the movie and did not know what the book was about when I started with the first page. Levin is a master of high-concept horror. I was gripped as the genetic secret was slowly revealed. I won't add more spoiler than that. But I loved the book and have reread it since. It's a taut thriller that scares intellectually and emotionally.Carac

  • Angus McKeogh
    2019-06-21 09:55

    So definitely better than just okay, but not so riveting that it was exceptional. The storyline was really rather engaging and prescient. But at times the plotting just involved two characters talking about unveiling the mystery of the storyline and was therefore kind of stale on the action end of things. Overall a solid read and I'd recommend it.

  • Nu-Jahat-Jabin
    2019-06-11 10:02

    মোটামুটি ভালই টানটান রুদ্ধশ্বাস থ্রিলার। বইটা হাতে নিয়েছিলাম মূলত এঞ্জেল অফ ডেথ এর কথা পড়ে। নাৎসি বিভৎসতা ঠিক কতটা ভয়াবহ ছিল তার খুব ভাল উদাহরন এঞ্জেল অফ ডেথ ডক্টর ম্যাঙ্গলে। মানুষের উপরে বিশেষত শিশুদের উপরে করা তার এক্সপেরিমেন্ট এর দুই একটা উদাহরন শুনলে অনেকেই রাতে ঠিক মত ঘুমাতে পারবেন না।নাৎসিরা হেরে যাবার পর অনেকের বিচার হয়েছে আবার অনেকেই পালিয়ে গিয়ে নতুন পরিচয়ে মানুষের মাঝে মিশে গিয়েছে। এঞ্জেল অফ ডেথ তাদেরই একজন। এইটুকু ঐতিহাসিক সত্য।এই সত্যটুকু দিয়ে লেখক বেশ উত্তেজনাপূর্ণ থ্রিলার লিখেছেন। যেখানে আছে এঞ্জেল অফ ডেথের ভয়াবহ এক পরিকল্পনা। সত্যি বলতে কি আইডিয়াটা আমার বেশ পছন্দ হয়েছে।২য় বিশ্বযুদ্ধ নিয়ে যত থ্রিলার , নাৎসি বিচারের দলিল পড়েছি সব গুলা শেষ করে একটা আক্ষেপ এসেছে মনে। ২য় বিশ্বযুদ্ধ এর অনেক পরেও ঈহুদিরা ঠিকই পালিয়ে থাকা নাৎসিদের খুজে বের করে বিচারের আওতায় আনার চেষ্টা করেছে, জার্মানিরাও যতটুকু পেরেছে বিচার করেছে। আইন করে দিয়েছে এই সত্যটুকু কেউ অস্বীকার করতে পারবে না অথচ আমাদের দেশে যুদ্ধাপরাধীদের বিচার করতে গেলে নিজেদের দেশের মানুষই স্বর্থের কারনে বিরোধিতা করে। অবলীলায় অস্বীকার করে সত্যটুকু। আফসোস।

  • Gary
    2019-05-31 08:11

    An excellent reasonably quick read by author Ira Levin. I had previously watched the film many years ago and couldn't quite remember in detail but it did not stop my enjoyment at all. Ira Levin has written so many classic novels that have been turned into film blockbusters 'Stepford Wives' 'Rosemary's baby' and this is one more. An interesting plot and great descriptive writing that brings the book to life.

  • Troy
    2019-06-19 06:09

    My one-phrase rundown: a dated but well-penned and addictive tale of suspenseI read this book for two reasons: one, it was escapism conveniently located in the ‘free paperback’ bin at the library, and secondly as a minor nod to my father. My dad had a bookshelf brimming with cold-war and spy novels, and I vaguely remember him telling me about the plot of the book when I was a kid.Associating it with my father probably places me in the last generation which can connect with the book, involving as it does a Jewish Nazi-hunter discovering diabolical Nazis plotting a 4th Reich from their South American strongholds in the late 1970s. To many young people, WWII is ancient history rendered irrelevant by 9/11 and the newest version of the iPhone. I was stunned when recent interviews with Japanese teens revealed that virtually none recognized the date when the A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima; I should grudgingly admit that a similar survey in a US shopping mall would likely show the same response to December 7th, 1941.Well, call me old and Twitter–illiterate, but I found surviving Nazis officers appealing as bad guys. Face it, Aryans in SS uniforms are pretty easy to vilify, and by extension, easy for readers of all cultures to virtuously despise, while our current social apprehensions revolve around ambiguity. It’s further chilling to think that the reprehensible Dr. Mengele was still alive in the jungles of Brazil and Paraguay when this book was written.The slight jump in medical and biotechnology needed to create the premise was undoubtedly much more sci-fi in 1976 than it is today. While the debate still swings back and forth between ‘nature’ and ‘nurture’, it was not very long ago that the White House banned some biotech research based on fear and misunderstanding. From that standpoint, I can forgive some of the fears expressed by characters in the book, which sounded a lot like arguments made in 2003 by people who should have known better. Even though the book involved detailing places, characters and organizations with which I was unfamiliar, the story progressed smoothly and quickly; Levin’s writing style is comprehensive without impeding flow. Stephen King compared Levin to a Swiss watchmaker. And despite the fact that I was only mildly sentient when the book was written, I’ll be damned if Levin didn’t write a fun, engaging, and slightly creepy, page-turner.

  • Staring·Girl
    2019-06-04 08:11

    “Do you kill the Nazis when you catch them?” the boy asked.“No,” Liebermann said.“Why not?”“It’s against the law. Besides, it’s better to put them on trial. That way more people learn about them.”“Learn what?” The boy looked skeptical.“Who they were, what they did.”Εδώ ο Nickolas the Kid τα λέει καλύτερα.

  • Simon
    2019-06-11 06:57

    People say "don't judge a book by it's cover" but when a cover has a swastika on it, I'm like a moth to a flame. Short version: It's the 1970s and a bunch of Nazis who have been in hiding in Brazil decide the time has come to initiate a plan to start up the Fourth Reich and finally achieve Aryan supremacy. So to Europe they head. Meanwhile, a Nazi Hunter is still looking for them. Now.... honestly.... how can you say 'no' to that?The Boys From Brazil is a brilliant yarn and has nice twists and turns. Is it believable? Not really. But nor is Lord of the Rings but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. Perhaps it was more chilling when it was first published but I think most people know the theories behind the plot are very much fiction.If you're in the mood for a good ol' romp with some naughty Nazis then The Boys From Brazil is for you!As a side note, I've only just discovered that the novel's "baddie", Dr Josef Mengele was actually the real physician in Auschwitz-Birkenau who earned himself the title "Angel of Death" due to his experiments on children and at the time of the novel's release was still in hiding. That's a fact you can have to keep.

  • Caro M.
    2019-06-07 09:06

    This book was about this:Just kidding, not really... But it had swastikas involved, I swear, and their asses got kicked. And it was well written and kind of scary, an improvisation on subject "What if?...". If you want to know what if what - go read it for yourself. Ira Levin is never disappointing when it comes to speculative fiction.

  • Austin Reams
    2019-06-12 03:18

    Holy smoke! This book was awesome!

  • Checkman
    2019-06-21 03:18

    One of the books from my childhood. I first saw the movie in 1979 and loved it. I was just a kid and failed to realize that the movie was totally over the top. I realize it now and I still like to watch it now and again. Excuse the digression. After seeing the movie I read the book. My parents belonged to The Book of the Month Club and the Mystery Guild book club back then and our library was full of the cheap hardbacks madeexclusively for book club members. But ,regardless of the low quality book binding, my parent's memberships gave me access to a vast number of mainstream novels from the seventies.The Boys from Brazilis one of the books that I devoured. At the time I found it a fascinating and horrifying prospect. Cloning was getting lots of attention in the seventies and a (seemingly) resurgent Nazi movement was causing some real concern. The concept of cloning Hitler just blew my mind as a kid. It was a fascinating concept. Many were convinced that there was a Fourth Reich in South America and it was just a matter of time before the world's nations would find themselves dealing with another Nazi menace. No doubt this fear added kick to Levin's novel. As it did for William Goldman's classic novel Marathon Man. It is now known that the so-called Fourth Reich in South America was just a scattered and weak "community" of war criminals hiding in fear (see the story of the real Joseph Mengele) and German ex-patriats singing Horst Wessel & Duetschland Uber Allesover their beer and bratwurst while swapping war stories. Hardly the omnipotent, highly-organized, and well funded Teutonic war machine that was the stuff of thrillers in the sixties and seventies. With this additional knowledge the book has some of it's punch dissipated. But ,regardless of the fact that Levin wrote what was a popular/mainstream potboiler approximately thirty-five years ago, it still holds one's attention. LikeMarathon Manthe novel has held up well. That both books are set in the mid-seventies actually helps. They are period stories now and ,if one requires it, can be considered "secret histories" of the attempt to build the Fourth Reich by the fugitive Nazis in South America. It's a good read. Very easy and can be completed in a day. Classify it as a classic "beach read".

  • Perry
    2019-06-17 05:25

    Nazi Hunter Hounds Angel of Death"Four hundred thousand more to dieAngel of Death,Monarch to the kingdom of the dead,Sadistic surgeon of demise..."Slayer, Angel of Death, 1986.This thriller is set in 1974 as the fictional Ezra Lieberman, a Nazi hunter based loosely on Simon Wiesenthal, is contacted by a U.S. reporter on the beat in Brazil who just heard of a plan by Josef Mengele, the infamous "Angel of Death," to activate ODESSA (former SS members on the loose in South America) in order to kill 94 men. The only link among the men thus far killed is they were murdered just after reaching age 65; otherwise, they seem to share no common traits. The chilling novel tracks Lieberman as he desperately tries to determine the link among the targeted men before more are killed (why does Mengele want these seemingly harmless men dead?) and attempts to track down Mengele. While some parts of the novel are dated (mainly because most any SS officer in the Third Reich, if alive, would be near 100 or older), the genetic engineering premise is much more likely than upon the novel's 1976 publication.A hearty recommendation for a change from the glutted market and often overlapping scenery of recently-published mystery/suspense novels.

  • Elliott
    2019-06-23 08:02

    I've never read of a more ludicrous plot than that of The Boys from Brazil: the heinous Dr. Mengele (director of the human experiments at Auschwitz) who at the time this novel was published was still alive and well somewhere in South America, devises a scheme to clone Hitler 94 times depositing the young Hitler's in various locations throughout the world in families that were similar to Hitler's own with the intention that at least one of the boys will subsequently grow up to become a new Hitler so to speak. Meanwhile the aging Nazi hunter Franz Lieberman uncovers the plot and works against both time, Nazi hitmen, and the doctor himself to stop the scheme (almost literally) in its infancy. Besides being such a farfetched plot, the novel itself is an absolute privilege to read. Levin carries the plot along at such a fast pace that one never considers the inconsistencies, only waits in dread for what's next. As a piece of writing it's superb, as far as plot lines go, it is second to none.

  • Jill Hutchinson
    2019-06-12 10:16

    I read the book, saw the movie, and then re-read the book again lately. In my mind's eye I kept seeing Olivier as the Nazi hunter and Peck as Mengele and they hammed it up pretty badly in the film. That aside, the story although pretty far-fetched (well, maybe not so far fetched in the modern world of cloning) still intrigues. At the time it was written, many of the Nazis responsible for the atrocities were still living......hiding out or hiding in plain sight. It made the story a part of living history at that time. In the 21st century, the younger reader may not appreciate the intensity of the search for these criminals and will see the book as just a good thriller. Regardless as to how you approach it, "The Boys From Brazil" is a good read.

  • Chris
    2019-06-14 08:57

    Very enjoyable fast-paced classic 1970s thriller. No objections to this one, at all. When looking through my collection for something in this genre, I first chose Marathon Man. That was a bad choice! This one is great, there are no offending stereotypes, just really, really bad Nazis.

  • Eric
    2019-06-10 07:04

    I might have read this book or seen the movie. If so, it was a long, long, long time ago. Simon Vance is one of my all time favorite narrators. In this book though, his voice is mostly monotone and was hard to keep my interest. Vance's depiction of the characters is his usual great job.This is an interesting although slow moving plot about some former Nazi's plot to organize a new Fourth Reich. To do this however 93 men in their 60's must be assassinated on specific dates. A young journalist finds out about the plot and tries to contact a famous Jewish man, Yakov Liebermann. The journalist calls Liebermann late one night from Brazil and the call is mysteriously is disconnected. Yakov doesn't know what to think at first but then starts to follow up on what seems to be unrelated clues. Yakov Liebermann is famous for being a Nazi hunter and having written a book about key Nazi individuals responsible war atrocities and the Holocaust. There are two major aspects about the book that make it interesting. There is Yakov's quest in solving the senseless murders occurring in different countries and continents. And there is a some history about the Holocaust and the what became of certain figures after WWII. A third aspect is also interesting but that would be a major spoiler and is embedded in the motive behind the assassinations.Although the book is well written, this not what you would call a fast action or suspenseful story. Okay, there is a bit ofsuspense. The story is meticulously is developed and revealed. For me at times, it was hard to keep focus and made for some slow sections. This is not necessarily a bad thing although I sort of "tuned out" and had to reconnect myself back into the story in places.The Boys From Brazil is a good solid read.

  • the gift
    2019-06-12 08:18

    much later later addition: i have now read this twice- over a gap of decades, so who knows how many books. i seem to recall something about usual american bestsellers having the average vocabulary of an 8th grade reader, and this is certainly the case here (i might have been in 7th grade). for poetics i might give this lower marks, but language is not important only to be simple, ordinary, accessible, to give the reader into the plot with minimal distraction...the other reason i would give it lower is not the fault of the text: somehow i remember too clearly the movie, the scenes, the actors chosen. so i am comparing the written to the visuals. this is another mid 70s paranoid conspiracy thriller, which is my momentary project, to immerse, experience, remember the era much as crime pulps remind me of the thirties, forties and fifties, as fantastic pulps like burroughs of tens to twenties. and this is very much of its time. in language, cliche, stereotypes, attitudes, technology, and of course paranoia. i have only ever read rosemary's baby by levin, but this is better for me than that... so i reaffirm my young rating with only some reservations...this is a much later addition: so i am reading it again- decades later...first review, by memory: i was not yet 17 (usual cutoff date) for years, so i do not know if i should count it on here... but then i remember reading this at night under the covers, so it was effective, to me as a kid anyway... thought i had already put this on here. cool idea, favourite conspiracy book up there with day of the jackal, another i was too young for... wait a sec: i think i will read it again just to check...

  • J. Rosemary Moss
    2019-06-13 04:22

    This book had me on the edge of my seat; it's worth suspending disbelief for. The cat-and-mouse game between Josef Mengele and a Nazi hunter, mixed with a sci-fi plot about nature versus nurture, makes for a fast, absorbing read.If you're not familiar with Josef Mengele, read up on him before you begin. The book only hints at what a butcher this "Angel of Death" was. (Knowing he was still alive and at large in South America when this book came out gave me pause while reading it.)My one complaint about this story is that the characters seem like rough sketches. I wanted to grow attached to Liebermann, the Nazi hunter (based loosely on Simon Wiesenthal) and Klaus, a young German who helps him. But they seemed more servants to the plot than characters in their own right. Still, I'll probably revisit this book--if only to study the art of creating suspense.

  • Gordon Houghton
    2019-06-11 06:22

    It's a mark of Levin's skill as a writer that he can make (with hindsight) one of the most ludicrous plots I've ever come across into a convincing, gripping narrative. Every character is beautifully drawn, with scarcely a hint of caricature; even the Nazis rise above the pulp fiction status they're normally afforded in literature. I won't give the story away, because it does have some neat twists; but it's basically entertaining nonsense, outstripped both by events (what actually happened to Mengele), and by the science underpinning it. The dialogue is superb, the structure is precise and economical, the story is unwrapped slowly and carefully - it's just a pity it all seems a little silly now. Buy it anyway. :)

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-06-11 07:09

    Surreal and disturbing, The Boys from Brazil, written by the author of Rosemary's Baby, is an unforgettable book with an original storyline.

  • Thom
    2019-05-29 10:06

    Fast read, close to a screen play. This is one of many books I have read recently that have also been made into movies or miniseries. Many I haven't seen.This is also the first book by Ira Levin that I have read, and look forward to reading more. I went into it with just the short blurb, though I wasn't surprised by the bombshell roughly halfway through. With that mystery solved, action wound down towards the conclusion. I liked the details, the characters, and the pace. There was a little too much discussion between characters to bring plot elements forward. Finally, this dates to a land before cell phones, and what a place that was.I especially liked this quote, towards the end of the novel. These days television seems to have the opposite effect :( Overall rating - 3.5 stars."I say in my talks it takes two things to make it happen again, a new Hitler and social conditions like in the thirties. But that's not true. It takes three things: the Hitler, the conditions, and the people to follow the Hitler.""And don't you think he'd find them?""No, not enough of them. I really think people are better and smarter now, not so much thinking their leaders are God. The television makes a big difference."

  • Javier Núñez
    2019-06-21 04:10

    Para entender lo sobrecogedor que resulta el argumento de esta novela es necesario fijarse en la fecha en que se publicó. En 1975, la idea que plantea Ira debió convertir esta historia en una novela de terror. Y no es para menos. Intensa y bien escrita, ha merecido mucho la pena leerla.

  • Emily (BellaGrace)
    2019-06-19 10:11


  • Rhonda
    2019-06-24 02:17

    ☆☆☆☆This review contains spoilers☆☆☆☆The Boys From Brazil is a phenomenal film from the early eighties, and now to find the movie is based on a book by the notable author Ira Levin surprised me immensely.Before launching myself into the horror I knew would be ahead of me, I contemplated on the quality of the storyteller, would I feel saddened by the inferiority of the book compared to the film or would I believe the book was at least equal or superior to the adaptation?The film, starring Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier, brought the story of future Hitlers to the screen that is spellbinding. Except for a few editing problems and the obligatory sex scene, the story works in a way that is driven by dread in a delightful way.The flow of the book is effortless, and I'm sure every writer would wish to possess the talent of Levin, who weaves a story that guides us where he wishes the reader to blindly follow, and we follow willingly. Cloning is a chilling prospect to think of, and consistent in books and movies, it's shown as someone's despair--frequently the cloned being whose body parts may be desired.Levin chooses to make the cloned beings as living Gods to nazis and living......The remainder of this review is on my blog: http://somanybooksssolittletime.blogs...