A Gathering of Saints

Riveting in intensity, A Gathering of Saints defies belief yet the characters, the crimes, the lies, the treachery, and the terror portrayed here are based on true but secret episodes from the dark early hours of the Second World War At summer s end in 1940, London skies turn war black as Hitler s airborne hordes begin the Blitz From the bustling working class East EndRiveting in intensity, A Gathering of Saints defies belief yet the characters, the crimes, the lies, the treachery, and the terror portrayed here are based on true but secret episodes from the dark early hours of the Second World War At summer s end in 1940, London skies turn war black as Hitler s airborne hordes begin the Blitz From the bustling working class East End to the Underground Stations at Charing Cross and Leicester Square, lethal Nazi Flammenbomben transform the city into a cauldron of human suffering Against this terrifying scene, a lone psychopath plays his own ghastly game, stalking individual victims and killing them with methodical precision Probing the murders is Detective Inspector Morris Black of Scotland Yard, a middle aged Jewish widower gifted with an uncanny ability to divine the truth of a crime from the most meager evidence As Black tracks his man whom he dubs Queer Jack from corpse to corpse, he discovers that each victim was killed at the site of a devastating Luftwaffe raid, only hours before the raid occurred Black soon learns how explosive his discovery is when he is summoned into Churchill s Magic Circle the supersecret group of officers, politicians, and spies desperate to draw the United States into war despite rumors that American ambassador Joseph P Kennedy and his British allies want a separate peace with Hitler Churchill s men tell Black that British intelligence has cracked Ultra, the Nazi military code The secret must be kept from the Nazis even if it means allowing thousands to be killed in cities the Magic Circle knows are about to be bombed An even worse truth is revealed to Black a Nazi spy in Britain, known toIntelligence as The Doctor, is probably on the trail of Queer Jack too Somehow, the murderer knows the Ultra secret If The Doctor finds him first, the Nazis will know that their code has been broken, and Britain could lose the war.
A Gathering of Saints Riveting in intensity A Gathering of Saints defies belief yet the characters the crimes the lies the treachery and the terror portrayed here are based on true but secret episodes from the dark ea

  • Title: A Gathering of Saints
  • Author: Christopher Hyde
  • ISBN: 9780671875817
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “A Gathering of Saints”

    1. This is set in London during the German raids of Word War II.During each raid, a serial killer strikes. This is a fascinating story at a terrifying time in history.It has it all, suspense, intrigue, mystery. Very enjoyable.

    2. What starts as a very questionable beginning will captivate you towards the end. The plot gets darker and more convoluted the more pages you turn. There are definitely some fluff moments that could be exorcised from the book, but through and through the story in its entirety is worth a read for anybody that falls in the thriller, murder, crime solving, or spy genres.

    3. Lots of historical names - are their stories based on truth. Fast, suspenseful action until the last 20 pages were it bogged down in an overflow of details trying to wrap everything up.

    4. A terrific World War II thriller that features British, German and American spies, a crazed serial murderer with an ingenious killing device and treasonous British politicians, plotting to appease Hitler and allow the Nazis to turn Britain into a puppet state. Ranged against them is a Scotland Yard detective, Morris Black and counter-intelligence officer Guy Liddell, along with British spymaster, Maxwell Knight (both real life characters) and a female American journalist, who also works for the [...]

    5. A Gathering of Saints by Christopher Hyde was quite a rewarding read giving insight into new (to me) facets of the Second World War. Things such as the role of Americans in the early 40's, especially those in England, are exemplified through Katherine Copeland and remarks about Joseph Kennedy. And the Depth of spy rings offset against the apathy and self-serving actions of the Brits often amaze. A good read.

    6. Set in 1940 during the London blitz, this novel combines police procedural, serial killers, and spies. Hyde uses real life characters like Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt, and Joseph Kennedy. This may be distracting.

    7. This book didn't do it for me. I didn't feel the suspence/thriller eliment nor felt any affection for the characters.

    8. Christopher Hyde's thriller set in the Blitz during World War II as a hunt for a Jack The Ripper style killer is underway. Hyde knows how to construct thrillers. this is one of his better ones.

    9. This book was really enjoyable to read. It's one that I would read again.It's about an era that I am really interested in, WWII and has mystery, is a thriller and just pure enjoyable.I had actually never read anything by Christopher Hyde before and had just picked this book up in a second hand store on a whim.I am anxious to see and read what else he has written.

    10. An excellent mixture of fact with this novel. Dropped all my other reading material as I got into this. A great description of the conditions not often talked about in war torn London. The internal machinations of the organizations involved in fighting the war still amaze me and I have done a lot of historical reading in that regard. Still wonder how we won. Probably had to do with the grit of the fighting men and not necessarily their leaders.

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