The Arms Maker of Berlin by Dan Fesperman

 The Arms Maker of Berlin cover

The Arms Maker of Berlin by Dan Fesperman was published in 2009. It’s the first book that I’ve read by the author and I was encouraged to do so after reading TracyK’s review at Bitter Tea and Mystery.

The action in this book begins in the US where Professor Nat Turnbull lectures on World War 2 history, specialising in the German Resistance. His one time mentor Gordon Wolfe is arrested for possessing stolen files from WW 2 archives and this sets Nat off on a dangerous investigation which takes him to Germany.

The action slips between contemporary America and Germany and 1942 Germany where some of the Nazis are beginning to realise that things aren’t going their way. Some young students have set up a resistance group called the White Rose and they’re involved with Dietrich Bonhoeffer who is under surveillance by the Nazis. Kurt Bauer, the young son of an important industrialist becomes embroiled with the young activists, not for political reasons but because he’s in love with Liesl. His father has warned him to have nothing to do with Liesl as she’s trouble, she is not careful about what she says which is a dangerous thing when there are people queuing up to denounce friends and even family to the Nazis.

I enjoyed this although I did find it quite frustrating when the action changed from one time span to the other, always at a sort of cliffhanger when I just wanted to get on with that aspect of the tale.

4 thoughts on “The Arms Maker of Berlin by Dan Fesperman

  1. I am glad you liked this, Katrina. I do remember being frustrated by the cliffhanger endings of chapters myself. Especially in the wartime sections. Overall I liked it a lot though. And I had not heard of the White Rose resistance group so I learned about a new aspect of the war.

    • tracybham,
      It’s the first book that I’ve read by the author but I would definitely read more. There has been a film about the young White Rose students, but I can’t remember what it was called.

    • Iza,
      You should see if your local library has a copy of it, I managed to get a copy from Fife libraries, of course they are shut down now due to the lockdown here. I hope you enjoy it if you do get around to reading it.

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