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60 years ago, the greatest crime against humanity was committed. Today it's only a heartbeat away from happening again.In the pulse-pounding tradition of Robert Ludlum, John Le Carre, and Frederick Forsyth, Glenn Meade, the acclaimed, bestselling author of the blockbuster thriller Snow Wolf, delivers unrivaled suspense, unforgettable characters, and a brilliantly absorbing60 years ago, the greatest crime against humanity was committed. Today it's only a heartbeat away from happening again.In the pulse-pounding tradition of Robert Ludlum, John Le Carre, and Frederick Forsyth, Glenn Meade, the acclaimed, bestselling author of the blockbuster thriller Snow Wolf, delivers unrivaled suspense, unforgettable characters, and a brilliantly absorbing story with a mind-blowing surprise ending.In Paraguay, a young reporter is found brutally murdered. In Berlin, a political activist is gunned down in the street. In Strasbourg, an international policeman is given the name of a beautiful young German woman-- and the first key to an extraordinary plot... Joseph Volkmann knows that a string of killings around the world are linked by a single purpose. And he knows that Erica Kranz, whose journalist cousin had stumbled on the story, is linked to the plot. Haunted by the ghosts of the past, driven by the specter of the future, Volkmann and Kranz are about to plunge through a realm of terrorism, fanaticism, and deception-- as they stare at the true face of evil......

Title : Brandenburg
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ISBN : 9780312965259
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Number of Pages : 514 Pages
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Brandenburg Reviews

  • Nancy
    2019-03-22 14:15

    This is my second Glenn Meade book and I enjoyed it very much. I really enjoyed The Romanov Conspiracy. This one takes place in present day but draws from the events of German WWII. The evidence is sparse in the beginning and early leads seem to dry out. The protagonist is not a Jason Bourne type but a son of immigrants who lived through the Holocaust. He learned little from his father who was a young Jewish teen at the beginning of the war. What he did learn was mistrust of Germans but particularly children of former SS officers. Which is where Erica enters.Erica is a beautiful German woman whose first cousin was recently murdered in Paraguay. He had hinted before her departure that he was working on a big story. What she nor Joseph Volkman know is that eventually Erica would have become part of the mystery whether she had contacted the international police or not. The players in the mystery are children of those who had made a pact years before. There is a shocker in the story that the reader might see coming. I did. What I did not know until the end was if Erica was part of the plan or not. It is a carefully laid out spy thriller. Enjoyable read.

  • Iola
    2019-03-18 19:11

    Brandenburg was first published in1994, and it shows. There is a 1998 edition also for sale on Amazon, and the reviews are extremely mixed, with the same number of 1-star reviews as 5-star. It’s now been republished by Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster that publishes Christian crossover fiction. The cool 2013 cover disguises the fact that the book is set in 1994 and hasn’t been updated either in content or in writing style. In a way that’s good—the story just wouldn’t add up if it was set in 2013—but in some ways it’s bad. It would have been easier to get into the plot if it was made clear the book was set in 1994, rather than leaving the reader to work it out through clues like references to CD’s, tape recorders, phones with cords and the Times Atlas (no Google Earth or Wikipedia in this universe). And how do I know the book was definitely set in 1994? It opens on Wednesday, November 23, and it only took a couple of minutes on my phone’s calendar app to work out that November 23 was a Wednesday in 1994, 2005 or 2011. And 2005 and 2011 are too late for the technology described in the book.And what’s Brandenburg about? The blurb describes it as “a British agent and a German woman find themselves unraveling a plot to bring about the Fourth Reich”. Maybe so, but Joseph Volkmann and Erika Kranz don’t discover what the plot is until past the halfway point—until then they are merely trying to discover who killed Erica’s cousin, a South American journalist who was chasing a story that had German connections. My main problem with the plot is that it just wasn’t thrilling. I finished reading at the 80% mark when I realised I really didn’t care enough about any of the characters to want to find out what happened at the end (at a guess, given that this was set in 1994 and Berlin is still standing, the good guys won). A reviewer on Amazon said “Meade doesn’t give anything away until the last quarter of the book and this is what makes it intriguing”. Each to their own, but I kept waiting for something to happen, and I kept being disappointed. On the plus side, my housework got done.Meade’s writing is compared to Dan Brown, which should have warned me off. I don’t like Dan Brown’s writing, and I don’t like Meade’s. It goes against all the guidelines of modern fiction (possibly because it was written before the guidelines were). It’s full of uninteresting narrative and long dumps of information that don’t really seem in character (the first conversation between Volkmann and Kranz was a case in point). There is a lot of violence, some of which is gore for the sake of it as it serves little or no purpose in forwarding the plot. The third-person point of view flips between characters so much as to be confusing. And not making the time period clear didn’t help. It has no Christian content at all, despite being published by Simon & Schuster’s Christian imprint.On a more positive note, Brandenburg is tightly-plotted, although the profusion of cardboard characters that only manages to avoid complete confusion by focusing mostly on Volkmann. If you’re looking for a good modern Christian thriller I’d sooner recommend Noel Hynd, Don Brown (who writes US Navy legal thrillers, and shouldn’t be confused with Dan Brown) or Richard L Mabry.Thanks to Howard Books and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.

  • Jim McCulloch
    2019-03-06 18:14

    I thought the plot was clever and story line quite entertaining. I liked the character who turned out to be the protagonist, although it took a while to establish his role in the story. However, the book could have been so much more.The book was too long. There were to many inconsequential characters which made keeping people straight difficult. The author employed considerable violence and gun play in the story. Unfortunately, he knows nothing about either subject which causes his violence scenes to fall flat. . . and that is being kind. The firearm related passages are so unrealistic that they border on the juvenile. His dialog is reminiscent of Joe Friday speaking to people in the original Dragnet series. It becomes so stilted in places that it's humorous. Still, the story was entertaining and worth the read if you can get passed the shortcomings.

  • Niccy
    2019-03-11 21:16

    Ein Stern für die Story - die Idee war echt nicht schlecht, wenn auch ein bisschen weit hergeholt. Aber mit so einen grottenschlechten Schreibstil war ich schon lange nicht mehr konfrontiert. 700 Seiten (wär mit 300 besser geworden) lang werden Stereotypen (deutsche Frauen sind blond und blauäugig, hässliche Männer sind intelligent) und Sexismen (alle Frauen sind auf Aussehen reduziert) ausgebreitet, dass einem schlecht wird. Alle Charaktere sind flach Ende nie, und werden nur übers Aussehen definiert. Und dann kommt noch hinzu, dass die Übersetzung mies ist - so wird zB aus Kirschlikör zehn Sätze später zum Kirschschnaps. Wer kein sprachlicher Masochist ist, sollte von diesem Geschreibsel Abstand halten!

  • Beril
    2019-03-02 15:16

    2,5'tan 3. Nazi Almanya'sı, sonrasında Avrupa'da yaşanan paranoya, Güney Amerika'ya saklanmış eski naziler, Hitler'in klonları olduğu gibi bir çok varsayımı defalarca filmlerde, kitaplarda görmüş biri olarak bu kitabı yaratıcı bulamadım her şeyden önce. konu sevdiğim bir konu olmasına rağmen, sarmadı beni. Ana karakterin kadınları tasviri, uzun bir çift bacak ve meme olarak tanımlaması kitaba sevgimi daha da azalttı. kısacası sevmedim sevemedim ama yazarın bendeki kredisinden dolayı 3 yıldız verdim.

  • Joe
    2019-02-24 16:02

    Very good read, fans of Allan Folsom would like this author - international thrillers.

  • Mustafa Şahin
    2019-03-07 17:16

    Daha önce Glenn Meade'in Kar Kurdu'nu okumuş ve çok beğenmiştim. İlk kitabı olan Brandenburg ise açıkçası pek sarmadı. Çok fazla isim var, kurgu birbirine giriyor, bazen takibi zorlaşıyor. Karakter tanıtımı diye bir şey de yok gibi.Ancak gazeteci geçmişinden dolayı yine çokça araştırma yapmış. Hatta gerçek olmadığı ispatlanamayan kısımları da gerçekmiş gibi kurgusuna yedirmeyi bilmiş. O yüzden özellikle Nazi Almanya'sı ve Hitler'e ilgisi olanların hoşlarına gidebilir diye düşünüyorum.

  • Laszlo
    2019-03-03 21:17

    Wow...Ohh....So....Jesus had children. ...., Female Pope ...... Colombus was a Jew .... Hitler son and grandson !Was a well written, enjoyable work of fiction. ..??.....OHhh..Don know. ...Thanks Laszlo

  • Gülay Cansever
    2019-03-16 16:53

    İlk Meade kitabım. Aslında kurgusu çok iyi. Ama karakter sayısının çok olması, sanki biraz fazla uzatılmış olması ve kadınlar için kullanılan ifadeler çok hoş olmamakla birlikte kurulan komplo başarılıydı. İnsanın acaba? mı diyesi bile gelebiliyor :) Başka Meade kitaplarında buluşmak dileği ile...

  • Tammy
    2019-03-26 13:04

    2.5. A long build to what felt like a fizzle at the end. None of the characters really stood out to me and the randomly added sex scenes made the book feel trashy. Was not impressed with this one.

  • Joe Hunter
    2019-03-20 21:14

    AwesomeThis book was great. It's twists and turns made me reluctant to set it down. I highly recommend it. This story was well researched and written.

  • Lisa Johnson
    2019-03-05 17:13

    Title: Brandenburg: A ThrillerAuthor: Glenn MeadePages: 512Year: 2013Publisher: Howard A year or so ago I read my first novel by this author titled, The Romanov Conspiracy, which had heart pounding suspense from start to finish. Thus began the journey. What journey am I speaking of? The journey to learn more about this author as well as to read his other published works. I am constantly reminded of how good works of fiction are really never outdated as new generations of readers come across these stories that intrigued others. So, when I was granted an opportunity to read this updated work, originally published in the mid-1990s, how could I say no? I wanted to curl up with the book and see if this was as thrilling as the one I mentioned above, and I was not disappointed. The plot has many characters crisscrossing the continents of Europe and South America in an attempt to fully uncover a mystery. It comes when the nations are in turmoil in many ways. A plan laid many decades previously is about to come to fruition. A British intelligence officer, a journalist, and a terrorist are three main characters that start the adventure in Brandenburg. Then, as each page is turned, more characters are introduced or eliminated from the story as the plot deepens. The depth is such that the reader is enmeshed in darkness seeing no light, so the ending is a riveting action-filled thriller. When I finished the novel, I was awed with the gift of telling such a tale at the length, breadth and depth that Glenn Meade wrote years back. At the end of the novel, there is A Reading Group Guide, A Conversation with Glenn Meade and a taste of his thriller The Second Messiah. This novel is already published and I look forward to continue reading it soon, so stand by for the review in the near future. Brandenburg has more going on than the subtitle, “The Fourth Reich”, lets on. In fact, the storyline at the end leaves room to hope for a sequel as far as I am concerned. One thing the novel reminded me of was that we should never think the unthinkable of the past will never occur again. I also thought of the many people each nation entrusts to keep their citizens safe; the many brave people on the front lines we may never know, who pay the ultimate sacrifice so that we will never know the horror we have escaped. Lastly, I thought too that just because a prior generation had an aversion to a specific people or nation doesn’t mean the following generations must. We all have choices as to whether we are going to stay alert, stand firm and stand guard each and every day against the evil that seeks to undermine the very fabric of a nation. May God help us to pray fervently as well as daily for our leaders at every level and those who place their lives on the line everywhere to know how to thwart the plans of the enemy. My rating is 5+ stars.Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo.... Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at

  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    2019-03-09 20:05

    If you're looking for a great book that is almost guaranteed to keep you quite literally on the edge of your seat until you turn the final pages, then this is the perfect book for you. Inspired by a story the author learned about while researching a newspaper article for the Times,, he stumbled across a story told to him by an elderly former SS man who shared a wartime story. Using the historical timeline in dealing with Nazi Germany under Hitler's command, the storyline tells what might have happened if Hitler has a secret that he would stop at nothing to protect. What if he had his own niece killed in order to hide the fact that she had fathered a child by him, a child who survived and might still be living today. This is just the premise behind author Glenn Meade's second novel, Brandenburg. This novel will take you all over the world as the story continues to unravel and the secrets are being exposed to the light. This novel will take you into the neo-Nazis in Berlin today that continue to boast about their violence, their hatred of immigrants and their denial of the Holocaust as well as looking back into history seventy years ago to see how far some went to try to cover up what they didn't want others to know and why. Joseph Volkman and his journalist cousin, Erica Kranz are about to plunge into a world of terrorism, fanaticism, and deception as they stare at the true face of evil while unraveling the political plots happening in Paraquay and Berlin. It's hard for them to realize the Nazi's biding time in South America to hatch a viable plot to take over contemporary Germany and just what the link to the past has to do with their investigation now. This one will leave you in anticipation to see just how far this will go and have you rethinking current world events today. By the end, you are hoping for a sequel some time in the very near future by author Glenn Meade. I received Brandenburg by Glenn Meade compliments of Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster Publishers for my honest review and received no monetary compensation for a favorable one. This is my second novel by Glenn Meade and being a huge lover of history, I couldn't wait to see how he would unravel this one. I was not disappointed. Part action adventure, part historical fiction laced through and through with pure adrenaline and suspense, I had to keep going until I was done. I loved the blending of timelines from World War II to present day, it gives the reader time to pause and consider the implications of such a thing happening again. There is a discussion guide in the back that makes this one a perfect novel for book clubs as well as the authors insights into writing this novel. You can even get a sneak peek at Second Messiah, his previous novel if you haven't read that one yet. I rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars and will be looking forward to more by Glenn Meade in the very near future.

  • Victor Gentile
    2019-03-06 13:02

    Glenn Meade in his new book, “Brandenburg” published by Howard Books gives us a global conspiracy thriller.From the back cover: A secret that must never be revealed. . . .An evil never meant to be repeated. . . .Seventy years ago, the greatest crime against humanity was committed.Today it’s only a heartbeat away from happening again.In Paraguay, an elderly businessman kills himself. In Berlin, a neo-Nazi is gunned down in the street.Trying to connect the murders, intelligence agent Joe Volkmann, aided by a beautiful young German journalist, travels to Paraguay and discovers a clue—the charred remains of an old black-and-white photograph in a remote jungle house. A photograph that holds the first key to an extraordinary secret—and a plot to create the Fourth Reich.Volkmann soon uncovers that a string of bizarre killings around the world are all linked by a single purpose. And he also discovers that the journalist he trusted, Erica Kranz, is somehow linked to the plan.Haunted by the ghosts of the past, and desperate to unearth an extraordinary secret, Volkmann and Kranz are plunged into a dangerous world of terrorism, fanaticism, and deception as they stare true evil in the face.I love history and Glenn Meade knows how to blend history and fiction together to the point where you don’t know where one ends and the other begins. Mr. Meade tells us that this story was actually told him by an elderly SS man about an order he carried out in 1941. That event led to the writing of “Brandenburg”. We switch back and forth between the present and WWII as Joe and Erica run around the world trying to solve the mystery and stop the body count from rising. Glenn Meade has given us a thriller as he practically puts the lives of Joe and Erica in danger from page one. Questions upon questions, deceit and betrayal will keep you guessing and flipping pages as fast as you can read. Adventure, action, and a tinge of romance all packed inside a high octane, roller coaster ride of excitement. So buckle yourself in and enjoy it. I recommend this book highly.If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to where they are available On Demand.To listen to 24 hours non-stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.orgDisclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Natalie Keating
    2019-03-21 21:06

    I can't say I really enjoyed this book, to be honest. First off, the writing style and use of language drove me insane. One thing I kept encountering were sentences like, "Tell me what you intend doing." (That's one's from page 360 of the edition I read.) While this may be correct in British English, it sounds so jarringly wrong to my ear that I kept getting annoyed by it.The next issue was with the dialogue. It was so stilted and characters kept addressing each other by name. In general, people don't actually use each other's names a lot when they speak, which is why beginner writers are usually cautioned against this. Apparently whoever edited this book hasn't heard of that rule before.Warning: some spoilers ahead!Now, for the plot-related issues. The plot started off really interesting. I liked the first bit that took place in Paraguay. But then it just got boring, mainly because I didn't really like or care about the main character, Joseph Volkmann. I get the idea he was supposed to be this somewhat troubled intelligence agent, but the author didn't fully pull that off.(view spoiler)[And don't get me started on the utterly STUPID plot point involving Hitler's son. First of all, there's no real proof that Hitler and his niece, Geli Raubal, were actually romantically involved. Don't get me wrong, I really hate Hitler and think he was evil, but I've never seen definitive proof of this. Eminent historian Ian Kershaw says there's no proof one way or the other, and I agree with him on this. But I digress.Anyway, there's an entire plot point involving Hitler's son, who was spirited out of Germany as a small child. He later returns and leads a neo-Nazi movement that—surprise, surprise—tries to take power in a (failed) putsch, just like his daddy did. At the end of the book, we have a lot of characters dead (including Hitler's son and a Paraguayan journalist) and a lot of pointless screeds about how the left-wingers are going to save Germany from going Nazi again. (hide spoiler)]Seriously, this book is a bit long. Save your time and read something else. Trust me, you'll be glad you did. I was so disappointed in this one that I don't know if I'm going to read the other Glenn Meade book I got from the library, The Romanov Conspiracy. (And anyone who knows me will know I'm a sucker for anything Russia- and Romanov-related. Something has to be pretty bad to make me contemplate passing up a book involving Russia and the Romanovs.)

  • Jeremy Owen
    2019-03-18 17:10

    Recommended on the good reads site ! I'd never heard of the book or author but was grabbed by it's apparent similarity to 'odessa file' of which I've been a fan - of the movie - for forty years since I saw it on tv one xmas in my young teens and read the book a couple of years ago .I was intrigued by the main character from the start because of his mix of cultures across family generations which had lead him to his choice of career and place in the storyline .The storyline is a clever one and plays on the British appetite for 'what if...' scenarios from the mysterious end to Hitler , the Nazi party and his cronies at the end of the second world war .Aside from the lead - Joe - the characters leave you guessing at their part in the eventual conclusion .There are plenty of heroes and several villains who are revealed towards the end while you are on the edge of your seat hoping the third world war isn't about to start !I am now a fan of this book and intend to read at least one more by tghis author . Do yourself a big favour and read this when you are on a long journey or on holiday - you will enjoy it .

  • Chaplain2
    2019-03-09 16:03

    I received this book as a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I am very glad to have a chance to read Brandenburg, and I hope to donate this copy to the public library in Kingsland, TX, after my husband has read it.I found the book to be intriguing and engrossing -- a real page turner from the first page of the prologue to the last page of the epilogue. Although it was a bit more graphic than I prefer, the story was well told and drew me right in. Brandenburg was suspenseful and all too realistic and chilling, with plot twists and touches of humor. The author did a very fine job of describing his characters' personalities, as well as the landscapes of the various settings.I recommend this book to readers who enjoy historical fiction and political intrigue, particularly "what ifs" and the aftermath of WWII.Many thanks to Goodreads, the author, and the publisher for this First Reads gift and for the opportunity to enjoy Brandenburg.

  • David Lucero
    2019-03-01 14:53

    This book re-opened a lot of doors about Hitler's indiscretion and love interest. It's an adventure that kept me turning page after page. I'm a history buff and make a point of studying WWII because I believe that period in human history was the most significant in all our time. The characters in Glenn's book are realistic and his writing style keeps getting better. The subtle hints about who is in the torn picture have stayed with me all these years since I read this book, and I've kept it in my collection to read again as I do all my favorites. I highly recommend this book. It'll be time well-spent.

  • James
    2019-03-10 21:11

    A well written thriller which adroitly takes all the old bogeymen and hurls them into a satisfying mix of conspiracies, sinister nazis, trembling heroines and persistent heroes with enormous pain thresholds and the ability to take several bullets pick themselves up and shoot some more. Thoroughly enjoyed the book.In terms of the story a journalist in Paraguay stumbles upon a covert meeting of nefarious German businessmen which sets off a scramble involving German Neo Nazis chasing him, his cousin and finally a British police operative. Can they save the world before it is too late?

  • Tammie
    2019-03-23 20:05

    Very much enjoyed this new-to-me author though he has been around for a number of years. It held my interest and kept me turning the pages. It is quite bloody, but when you are dealing with Nazi espionage, I'm not sure you can expect anything else. I really liked the main characters and was quite sad when a couple of them met their demise. I look forward to reading other books by this fine author.

  • Annamaria
    2019-03-05 14:02

    An enjoyable romp; yes, it is dated, but hey, it was written in 1994. Lots of predictability and the protagonist is a total Gary Stu, but the investigation/procedural part is well done. The pacing is very uneven, there is a lot of infodump, but the premise is executed solidly enough as a cutionary tale and conspiracy theory and as a first novel, this is respectable. Will be checking out more from this author.

  • Joey Jaczkowski
    2019-02-26 18:21

    This is one of my favorite books of all time, right up there with LOTR and other great works. Brandenburg take you where no other books do, into a make believe but what could actually be real at the same time. Amazingly written by Mead, I give it a five star rating and highflying suggest everyone read it at some point in their life.

  • R.L. Anderson
    2019-03-03 20:56

    A great spy/mystery thriller that spans a good part of the globe from Germany to South America. Filled with action and suspense, graphic descriptions at times, it was a really entertaining story, which I enjoyed very much. Great character development and international setting that kept me on the edge of me seat till the end.

  • Deb Novack
    2019-03-24 15:10

    This is a story that could mimic the events of today. It is a very fast and enjoyable read, the book was a good historical conspiracy thriller. It had a good storyline and I loved the characters. This is my second Glenn Meade book and there will be many more.Thanks to Net Galley and Howard Books.

  • Jennifer Eckel
    2019-03-05 16:53

    Neo-Nazis trying to take power again with the other refugees, and the small valiant combined European police force trying to counter them makes for a good thriller. Though this novel was written in 1997 it actually seemed quite realistic for today, with a sub-title of It's Happening Again. Still it was a bit dated with no mention of the Internet, and frequent references "to the fax"

  • Joan
    2019-03-04 14:19

    This is one of those novels that is based on what might have been. The theme of the Nazi elite restoring a national power is dated, i think. This was Meade's first novel, originally printed in England in 1994. The plot and writing are well done but there is nothing "Christian" about it, even though it is printed under a Christian imprint. See my full review at

  • Kenneth
    2019-03-25 14:02

    The expression "raced to a climax" certainly applies here. While the meat of the piece tended to feel somewhat plodding, the conclusion was quite satisfying, and kept one suitably on the edge of one's seat. Through no fault of the author, this work--first released in the mid-1990's--tended to have, as one might expect, a somewhat 'dated' quality to it.

  • Jason M Waltz
    2019-03-17 13:05

    meh. fine, not memorable or above average. some distracting writing idiosyncrasies but an ok intrigue. picked up after slow, ultimately not too important beginning chapters. stronger second half fleshing out of the main plot. no spectacular characters. decent shot at international thriller, but no rush to read the author again.

  • René Henry
    2019-03-14 14:01

    I did not enjoy this book at all. The plot was boring and the characters not interesting. I tried to like it. I really did. this is a book that i bougth at 7-11 for 2$. i now understand why it was so cheap.

  • Rebecca Lam
    2019-03-19 17:15

    well, i have to say glenn meade's quality is crashing according to my reading order. there are too many characters in this one that i cannot possibly remember. after about half, i couldn't even care about the main two characters, or the plot. and i am not going to finish it.