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The End of War: A Novel of the Race for Berlin

by David L. Robbins

Bantam Books | August 1, 2000 | Hardcover

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Berlin, January  1945
The war draws to a close, but the fight for a vanquished city--and for history--is just beginning.

On the heels of the critically  acclaimed War of the Rats , the new master of historical suspense, David L. Robbins, turns his compelling vision on the waning months of World War II, when world leaders  engage in a dicey  game of cat  and mouse  to ultimately determine the fate of the second half of the twentieth century.

The End of War
In the final months of the war in Europe, the last act of a five-year conflagration is  about to be played out.  Allied generals  move their war-hardened  armies  around the mortally wounded Nazi military machine.  But strategies  are being  formed on a greater scale  than even generals  can  imagine. While Churchill  fumes helplessly, Roosevelt  makes  crucial decisions  that will cede  Berlin to Stalin and the Russians.

The stakes are no less critical for ordinary men and women, fighting to live another  day. On the ground  are young  Russian soldiers driven by vengeance  into the teeth of the still-deadly Nazi army;  American  forces push forward under  the  political  motives of a canny commander- in- chief; and the British, aloof, at odds with their Yankee  counterparts, see in these last fateful moves  a devastating  betrayal by Washington and Moscow.

The End of War vividly animates the giants who shaped history and breathes life into the heartbreaking struggles of those who merely lived it. From the chaos of the trenches  on the eastern front, to the desperation   of a single  Jewish man  hidden in a Berlin basement by a terrified mother and daughter,  to the burning  ambition of an American photojournalist  determined  to  capture  on film the defining moment  of the war, Robbins ushers us into the sweep of history  and  the  drama  of the  human  face of war.

An epic  novel exploding  with the urgency  of battle  and  history in the  making,  here  is The End of War.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages

Published: August 1, 2000

Publisher: Bantam Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553108301

ISBN - 13: 9780553108309

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The End of War: A Novel of the Race for Berlin

by David L. Robbins

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages

Published: August 1, 2000

Publisher: Bantam Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553108301

ISBN - 13: 9780553108309

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December 31, 1944, 11:50 p.m.  Bandy farm Big Laurel, Tennessee Above his head, in the cold, dark, wind-creaked rafters of the tobacco barn, Charley Bandy sees withered souls.         Clustered five stalks to a stick, stepped several rows deep, they are hung upside down as though in punishment. The ten thousand leaves fill this lower reach of heaven. The air reeks of tar, thick, like the times Bandy has smelled blood. Brown and drying, crowded and alike, these are not the souls of soldiers, Bandy thinks. No. The spirits of the battle-torn shine and are upright in a much higher neighborhood. There''s room among war heroes where they are; what they earned for eternity with their courage and their deaths is space, distinction. Bandy is having a melancholy moment, he knows; he''s being drawn back. He shakes his noggin to rattle the pull away. But the tobacco leaves drip their sticky scent and the odor is so much like gun smoke and gauze and the morning mists of Europe. He lowers his gaze to the dirt floor of the barn. Several empty tobacco baskets lie about, waiting for another moist day to put the tobacco in case, that condition where the humidity is high to make the leaves supple enough to be handled. But this has been a dry winter, and the burley tobacco leaves, though sufficiently air-cured now dangling on their sticks overhead, can''t be touched without breaking like ancient parchment. This Christmas came and went with little
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Berlin, January  1945
The war draws to a close, but the fight for a vanquished city--and for history--is just beginning.

On the heels of the critically  acclaimed War of the Rats , the new master of historical suspense, David L. Robbins, turns his compelling vision on the waning months of World War II, when world leaders  engage in a dicey  game of cat  and mouse  to ultimately determine the fate of the second half of the twentieth century.

The End of War
In the final months of the war in Europe, the last act of a five-year conflagration is  about to be played out.  Allied generals  move their war-hardened  armies  around the mortally wounded Nazi military machine.  But strategies  are being  formed on a greater scale  than even generals  can  imagine. While Churchill  fumes helplessly, Roosevelt  makes  crucial decisions  that will cede  Berlin to Stalin and the Russians.

The stakes are no less critical for ordinary men and women, fighting to live another  day. On the ground  are young  Russian soldiers driven by vengeance  into the teeth of the still-deadly Nazi army;  American  forces push forward under  the  political  motives of a canny commander- in- chief; and the British, aloof, at odds with their Yankee  counterparts, see in these last fateful moves  a devastating  betrayal by Washington and Moscow.

The End of War vividly animates the giants who shaped history and breathes life into the heartbreaking struggles of those who merely lived it. From the chaos of the trenches  on the eastern front, to the desperation   of a single  Jewish man  hidden in a Berlin basement by a terrified mother and daughter,  to the burning  ambition of an American photojournalist  determined  to  capture  on film the defining moment  of the war, Robbins ushers us into the sweep of history  and  the  drama  of the  human  face of war.

An epic  novel exploding  with the urgency  of battle  and  history in the  making,  here  is The End of War.

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Berlin, January 1945
The war draws to a close, but the fight for a vanquished city--and for history--is just beginning.
On the heels of the critically acclaimed War of the Rats, the new master of historical suspense, David L. Robbins, turns his compelling vision on the waning months of World War II, when world leaders engage in a dicey game of cat and mouse to ultimately determine the fate of the second half of the twentieth century.
The End of War
In the final months of the war in Europe, the last act of a five-year conflagration is about to be played out. Allied generals move their war-hardened armies around the mortally wounded Nazi military machine. But strategies are being formed on a greater scale than even generals can imagine. While Churchill fumes helplessly, Roosevelt makes crucial decisions that will cede Berlin to Stalin and the Russians.
The stakes are no less critical for ordinary men and women, fighting to live another day. On the ground are young Russian soldiers driven by vengeance into the teeth of the still-deadly Nazi army; American forces push forward under the political motives of a canny commander- in- chief; and the British, aloof, at odds with their Yankee counterparts, see in these last fateful moves a devastating betrayal by Washington and Moscow.
The End of War vividly animates the giants who shaped history and breathes life into the heartbreaking struggles of those who merely lived it. From the chaos of the trenches on the eastern front, to the desperation of a single Jewish man hidden in a Berlin basement by a terrified mother and daughter, to the burning ambition of an American photojournalist determined to capture on film thedefining moment of the war, Robbins ushers us into the sweep of history and the drama of the human face of war.
An epic novel exploding with the urgency of battle and history in the making, here is The End of War.

From Our Editors

 

Vividly animating the cataclysmic events that affected the Second World War, David L. Robbins weaves a gripping epic narrative that breathes life and historical suspense into the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. The End of War chronicles the war’s final months, providing an illuminating account that stretches from political negotiations to the depths of the trenches, the lives of civilians and even the burning ambitions of those determined to capture on film the defining moments of the war. Wrought with compelling insight, this fascinating novel uncovers the individual stories, triumphs and tragedies behind one of the most devastating wars in the history of mankind.

Editorial Reviews

"Gripping ... breathtaking."
-- New York Post

"Robbins renders his real people superbly ... a notable accomplishment. ... Brilliant storytelling by an author ... in absolute control of his material."
-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


Don''t miss David L. Robbins''s first stunning novel of WWII:

War of the Rats

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