Article published on May 4, 2017.
In 1942 two men, trained by the British SOE, parachuted back into their native Czechoslovakia with one sole objective: to kill the man ruling their homeland. Jan Kubis and Josef Gabcik risked everything for their country. Their attempt on Reinhard Heydrich’s life was one of the single most dramatic events of the Second World War, and had horrific consequences for thousands of innocent people.
2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Heydrich, a man so evil even fellow SS officers referred to him as the ‘Blond Beast’. In Prague, he was known as the Hangman. Hitler, who dubbed him ‘The Man with the Iron Heart’, considered Heydrich his heir, and entrusted him with the implementation of the ‘Final Solution’ to the Jewish ‘problem’: the systematic murder of eleven million people.
‘For me, this book is a resounding success. It tells an important story and gives you all the facts of what happened, while also delivering an emotional impact that a non-fiction book may not be able to.’
‘This is one of the most courageous and conspicuous events of the second world war, ideal fodder for a novelist but also a daunting task to do it justice. Linskey manages to do this.’
‘I would not normally read more about WWII, but this is still one of those episodes that can simultaneously enlighten and destroy your belief in humanity. An excellent personal read.’
‘The book is written in a date ordered diary style and goes from Great Britain to Czechoslovakia comfortably without you losing your thread…Thoroughly a really good book to read from start to finish.’
‘I like the quotations from various contemporaries of the time, at the beginning of each chapter, mainly from the German side, but also some from the British too.’
‘This is well researched and written thriller which brings a little-known story to a wider audience.’
‘This is a terrific read – instantly readable which grabs and keeps you engaged from first to last page, intelligent [and] well written with excellent characterisations throughout, and a real sense of what life would be like in war torn Prague.’
‘I never cease to be amazed by some of the bravery displayed by people and the story is a thrilling tale of courage, resilience and betrayal.’
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Hunting the Hangman by Howard Linskey, published on 25 May, 2017 by No Exit Press in paperback