V2 a novel of World War II

by Harris, Robert, 1957-

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A World War II German rocket engineer under orders to launch V2 rockets at London from Occupied Holland and an actress-turned-English intelligence officer with a mission to neutralize the bombings land on opposite sides in a desperate hunt for a saboteur.
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Booklist Review: "After a side trip to the fifteenth century (The Second Sleep, 2019), historical-fiction master Harris returns to one of his favorite eras: WWII. In November 1944, with the German army in retreat, Londoners are beginning to relax. Until the German V2s, the world's first long-range guided ballistic missiles, start soundlessly raining down on the city. Harris tells the story of the V2 in alternating narratives starring a German engineer, Willi Graf, who assisted his friend, Wernher von Braun, in designing the rocket, and Kay Caton-Walsh, an officer in Britain's Women's Auxiliary Air Force, who is part of a team attempting to track the movable launch sites used to deploy the V2s. Crosscutting between those launching the rockets and those on the receiving end proves to be a superb narrative device, as Harris juxtaposes the engineers at work (scientists more than warriors) against their targets on the ground, "entirely unaware that the mathematics of the parabolic curve have already condemned them." Meanwhile, Caton-Walsh wields her slide rule to calculate in a matter of minutes the location from which a rocket was launched based on its flight pattern: "bearing, height, speed, and position--the integers of death." Reminiscent of the multiple stories about the Bletchley Park code breakers, Harris' novel combines fascinating technical detail with a wartime drama that finds human ambiguity on both sides of the battlefield."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This engrossing novel set in late 1944 from Thriller Award winner Harris (Munich) finds Section Officer Kay Caton-Walsh, of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, getting ready for the day after spending the night with her married lover and boss, Air Commodore Mike Templeton, in his London flat. Then a German V2 rocket damages Templeton's apartment building, leaving Kay with minor injuries. After the emergency responders mistake Kay for Templeton's wife, and the real Mrs. Templeton learns that she was erroneously reported hurt in the attack, Templeton begins to distance himself from Kay. That personal loss, coupled with Kay's direct experience of the V2's power, leads her to volunteer for a mission to Belgium, where she and several other women are to use their mathematical skills to trace the origin of a missile's flight by working backward from its trajectory and impact point. Once on the continent, Kay gets on the trail of a saboteur. As usual, Harris brings the past to life through vivid characterizations and clever plotting. Fans of superior historical fiction will be rewarded. 75,000-copy announced first printing. Agent: Michael Carlisle, Inkwell Management. (Sept.)"
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Subjects Graf, Willi, 1918-1943 Fiction
World War, 1939-1945 Fiction
Military engineers Germany Fiction
Nazis Netherlands Fiction
Intelligence officers Great Britain Fiction
Guided missile bases, German Fiction
Ballistic missiles Fiction
Historical Fiction
Electronic books.
Historical fiction.
War stories.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group2020
Edition First United States edition
Other Titles V two :
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Language English
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ISBN 9780525656722
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