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The Boys from Brazil

The Boys from Brazil Alive and hiding in South America the fiendish Nazi Dr Josef Mengele gathers a group of former colleagues for a horrifying project the creation of the Fourth Reich Barry Kohler a young investigative

  • Title: The Boys from Brazil
  • Author: Ira Levin
  • ISBN: 9781605981307
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alive and hiding in South America, the fiendish Nazi Dr Josef Mengele gathers a group of former colleagues for a horrifying project the creation of the Fourth Reich Barry Kohler, a young investigative journalist, gets wind of the project and informs famed Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman, but before he can relay the evidence, Kohler is killed.Thus Ira Levin opens one of the stAlive and hiding in South America, the fiendish Nazi Dr Josef Mengele gathers a group of former colleagues for a horrifying project the creation of the Fourth Reich Barry Kohler, a young investigative journalist, gets wind of the project and informs famed Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman, but before he can relay the evidence, Kohler is killed.Thus Ira Levin opens one of the strangest and most masterful novels of his career Why has Mengele marked a number of harmless aging men for murder What is the hidden link that binds them What interest can they possibly hold for their killers six former SS men dispatched from South America by the most wanted Nazi still alive, the notorious Angel of Death One man alone must answer these questions and stop the killings Lieberman, himself aging and thought by some to be losing his grip on reality.At the heart of The Boys from Brazil lies a frightening contemporary nightmare, chilling and all too possible.

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    1. Jean on said:

      Who are The Boys From Brazil? And can there really be a Nazi plot to implement the "Fourth Reich"?"Two factors are necessary for a resurgence of Nazism a worsening of social conditions till they approximate those of the early thirties and the emergence of a Hitler-like leader." - Yakov Liebermann, "The Boys From Brazil."Ira Levin was a great writer of "What if?" novels and plays, ten of which have been turned into the sort of films which have the audience gripping the sides of their seats. Befo [...]

    2. Carol on said:

      Another fine read from Ira LevinAfter reading and loving A Kiss Before Dying, I've decided to read all of this author's novels, and my second one, The Boys From Brazil did not disappoint. Not having seen the film adaptation, the unusual plot was a complete surprise for me.The intrigue begins with a top secret meeting in a Japanese restaurant to initiate a killer of a mysterious project by 'the comrade organization'. The important operation assigns six hitmen to dispose of 94 elderly civil servan [...]

    3. Mara on said:

      "Holy sh*tsnacks! Krieger's one of the boys from Brazil!" Yes, once again I find myself reading a book as a result of an Archer reference (see also Bartleby The Scrivener). The premise (of the book, not of Archer) is that down in South America, the fugitive Dr. Mengele is sending out six men to kill 94 civil servants on precise dates in nine countries. Renowned Nazi-hunter, Yakov Liebermann receives a mysterious phone call from a twenty-something American boy who went down Brazil to investigate [...]

    4. Laura on said:

      When I was in Hebrew school, the teacher had us listen to the first chapter on audiobook, and promised to let us hear the rest. When he realized that the book had dialog such as "Fucking bitch, I'd like to cut her tits off," he reconsidered his plans.

    5. Eliasdgian on said:

      Σχεδόν δέκα χρόνια μετά τον εκδοτικό και κινηματογραφικό θρίαμβο του Μωρού της Ρόζμαρι, ο Ira Levin έγραψε ένα ακόμη συγκλονιστικό θρίλερ, χωρίς μεταφυσικές προεκτάσεις αυτή τη φορά, αλλά το ίδιο τρομακτικό, όσο και η ιδέα ότι το γενετικό υλικό του Αδόφλου Χίτλερ δεν θάφτηκε μα [...]

    6. Nickolas the Kid on said:

      Αυτό το βιβλίο ηταν ένα πραγματικό ξεπετοσέλιδο/γρηγοροδιάβαστο/page-turner!Η δράση ήταν σχεδόν κινηματογραφική σε σημείο που έβλεπα εικόνες να περνάν μπροστά από τα ματια μουΈνα μείγμα τρόμου, αγωνίας και ΕΦ από έναν συγγραφέα που ξέρει την συνταγή.Η υπερβολή ειναι διάχυτη μέ [...]

    7. David on said:

      Despite the age of this novel (40 years), it is still a great thriller. It is a masterful mystery, where bit by bit, Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman unlocks a set of clues. He gradually pieces together the details of a terrible conspiracy to kill 94 men, all about 65 years old, around the world. The conspiracy involves Nazis from World War II, who have escaped to South America. There they are led by the incredibly evil Josef Mengele, who seeks to bring back a fourth Reich.This novel held me in its gr [...]

    8. Carac Allison on said:

      "The Boys from Brazil" was one of those paperbacks that found its way into the ever growing collection of book boxes I moved from residence to my parent's home back to residence back to my parent's and then to my first bachelor apartment. But I didn't read it until I was married and living in my first real adult domicile. I woke up sick on a weekeday and called into work. I went back to bed but after my wife left I felt like I could sit up and read. I opened "The Boys from Brazil" and read it fr [...]

    9. Angus McKeogh on said:

      So definitely better than just okay, but not so riveting that it was exceptional. The storyline was really rather engaging and prescient. But at times the plotting just involved two characters talking about unveiling the mystery of the storyline and was therefore kind of stale on the action end of things. Overall a solid read and I'd recommend it.

    10. Nu-Jahat-Jabin on said:

      মোটামুটি ভালই টানটান রুদ্ধশ্বাস থ্রিলার। বইটা হাতে নিয়েছিলাম মূলত এঞ্জেল অফ ডেথ এর কথা পড়ে। নাৎসি বিভৎসতা ঠিক কতটা ভয়াবহ ছিল তার খুব ভাল উদাহরন এঞ্জেল অফ ডেথ ডক্টর ম্যাঙ্গলে। মানুষের উপরে [...]

    11. Gary on said:

      An excellent reasonably quick read by author Ira Levin. I had previously watched the film many years ago and couldn't quite remember in detail but it did not stop my enjoyment at all. Ira Levin has written so many classic novels that have been turned into film blockbusters 'Stepford Wives' 'Rosemary's baby' and this is one more. An interesting plot and great descriptive writing that brings the book to life.

    12. Troy on said:

      My one-phrase rundown: a dated but well-penned and addictive tale of suspenseI read this book for two reasons: one, it was escapism conveniently located in the ‘free paperback’ bin at the library, and secondly as a minor nod to my father. My dad had a bookshelf brimming with cold-war and spy novels, and I vaguely remember him telling me about the plot of the book when I was a kid.Associating it with my father probably places me in the last generation which can connect with the book, involvin [...]

    13. Staring·Girl on said:

      “Do you kill the Nazis when you catch them?” the boy asked.“No,” Liebermann said.“Why not?”“It’s against the law. Besides, it’s better to put them on trial. That way more people learn about them.”“Learn what?” The boy looked skeptical.“Who they were, what they did.”Εδώ ο Nickolas the Kid τα λέει καλύτερα.

    14. Simon on said:

      People say "don't judge a book by it's cover" but when a cover has a swastika on it, I'm like a moth to a flame. Short version: It's the 1970s and a bunch of Nazis who have been in hiding in Brazil decide the time has come to initiate a plan to start up the Fourth Reich and finally achieve Aryan supremacy. So to Europe they head. Meanwhile, a Nazi Hunter is still looking for them. Now. honestly. how can you say 'no' to that?The Boys From Brazil is a brilliant yarn and has nice twists and turns. [...]

    15. Caro M. on said:

      This book was about this:Just kidding, not really But it had swastikas involved, I swear, and their asses got kicked. And it was well written and kind of scary, an improvisation on subject "What if?". If you want to know what if what - go read it for yourself. Ira Levin is never disappointing when it comes to speculative fiction.

    16. Austin Reams on said:

      Holy smoke! This book was awesome! mimbrez/boys-brazil-ira-le

    17. Checkman on said:

      One of the books from my childhood. I first saw the movie in 1979 and loved it. I was just a kid and failed to realize that the movie was totally over the top. I realize it now and I still like to watch it now and again. Excuse the digression. After seeing the movie I read the book. My parents belonged to The Book of the Month Club and the Mystery Guild book club back then and our library was full of the cheap hardbacks madeexclusively for book club members. But ,regardless of the low quality bo [...]

    18. Perry on said:

      Nazi Hunter Hounds Angel of Death"Four hundred thousand more to dieAngel of Death,Monarch to the kingdom of the dead,Sadistic surgeon of demise"Slayer, Angel of Death, 1986.This thriller is set in 1974 as the fictional Ezra Lieberman, a Nazi hunter based loosely on Simon Wiesenthal, is contacted by a U.S. reporter on the beat in Brazil who just heard of a plan by Josef Mengele, the infamous "Angel of Death," to activate ODESSA (former SS members on the loose in South America) in order to kill 94 [...]

    19. Elliott on said:

      I've never read of a more ludicrous plot than that of The Boys from Brazil: the heinous Dr. Mengele (director of the human experiments at Auschwitz) who at the time this novel was published was still alive and well somewhere in South America, devises a scheme to clone Hitler 94 times depositing the young Hitler's in various locations throughout the world in families that were similar to Hitler's own with the intention that at least one of the boys will subsequently grow up to become a new Hitler [...]

    20. Jill Hutchinson on said:

      I read the book, saw the movie, and then re-read the book again lately. In my mind's eye I kept seeing Olivier as the Nazi hunter and Peck as Mengele and they hammed it up pretty badly in the film. That aside, the story although pretty far-fetched (well, maybe not so far fetched in the modern world of cloning) still intrigues. At the time it was written, many of the Nazis responsible for the atrocities were still livinghiding out or hiding in plain sight. It made the story a part of living histo [...]

    21. Chris on said:

      Very enjoyable fast-paced classic 1970s thriller. No objections to this one, at all. When looking through my collection for something in this genre, I first chose Marathon Man. That was a bad choice! This one is great, there are no offending stereotypes, just really, really bad Nazis.

    22. Eric on said:

      I might have read this book or seen the movie. If so, it was a long, long, long time ago. Simon Vance is one of my all time favorite narrators. In this book though, his voice is mostly monotone and was hard to keep my interest. Vance's depiction of the characters is his usual great job.This is an interesting although slow moving plot about some former Nazi's plot to organize a new Fourth Reich. To do this however 93 men in their 60's must be assassinated on specific dates. A young journalist fin [...]

    23. the gift on said:

      much later later addition: i have now read this twice- over a gap of decades, so who knows how many books. i seem to recall something about usual american bestsellers having the average vocabulary of an 8th grade reader, and this is certainly the case here (i might have been in 7th grade). for poetics i might give this lower marks, but language is not important only to be simple, ordinary, accessible, to give the reader into the plot with minimal distractione other reason i would give it lower i [...]

    24. J. Rosemary Moss on said:

      This book had me on the edge of my seat; it's worth suspending disbelief for. The cat-and-mouse game between Josef Mengele and a Nazi hunter, mixed with a sci-fi plot about nature versus nurture, makes for a fast, absorbing read.If you're not familiar with Josef Mengele, read up on him before you begin. The book only hints at what a butcher this "Angel of Death" was. (Knowing he was still alive and at large in South America when this book came out gave me pause while reading it.)My one complaint [...]

    25. Gordon Houghton on said:

      It's a mark of Levin's skill as a writer that he can make (with hindsight) one of the most ludicrous plots I've ever come across into a convincing, gripping narrative. Every character is beautifully drawn, with scarcely a hint of caricature; even the Nazis rise above the pulp fiction status they're normally afforded in literature. I won't give the story away, because it does have some neat twists; but it's basically entertaining nonsense, outstripped both by events (what actually happened to Men [...]

    26. Rebecca McNutt on said:

      Surreal and disturbing, The Boys from Brazil, written by the author of Rosemary's Baby, is an unforgettable book with an original storyline.

    27. Thom on said:

      Fast read, close to a screen play. This is one of many books I have read recently that have also been made into movies or miniseries. Many I haven't seen.This is also the first book by Ira Levin that I have read, and look forward to reading more. I went into it with just the short blurb, though I wasn't surprised by the bombshell roughly halfway through. With that mystery solved, action wound down towards the conclusion. I liked the details, the characters, and the pace. There was a little too m [...]

    28. Javier Núñez on said:

      Para entender lo sobrecogedor que resulta el argumento de esta novela es necesario fijarse en la fecha en que se publicó. En 1975, la idea que plantea Ira debió convertir esta historia en una novela de terror. Y no es para menos. Intensa y bien escrita, ha merecido mucho la pena leerla.

    29. Rhonda on said:

      ☆☆☆☆This review contains spoilers☆☆☆☆The Boys From Brazil is a phenomenal film from the early eighties, and now to find the movie is based on a book by the notable author Ira Levin surprised me immensely.Before launching myself into the horror I knew would be ahead of me, I contemplated on the quality of the storyteller, would I feel saddened by the inferiority of the book compared to the film or would I believe the book was at least equal or superior to the adaptation?The film, [...]

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