Book review – Blood Of The Wolf by Graham Hurley

Berlin, 1942.

For four years, the men in field grey have helped themselves to country after country across Western Europe.

For Werner Nehmann, a journalist at the Promi – the Ministry of Propaganda – this dizzying series of victories has felt like a party without end. But now the Reich’s attention has turned towards the East, and as winter sets in, the mood is turning.

Werner’s boss, Joseph Goebbels, can sense it. A small man with a powerful voice and coal-black eyes, Goebbels has a deep understanding the dark arts of manipulation. His words, his newsreels, have shaken Germany awake, propelling it towards its greater destiny and he won’t let – he can’t let – morale falter now. But the Minister of Propaganda is uneasy and in his discomfort has pulled Werner into his close confidence.

And here, amid the power struggle between the Nazi Chieftains, Werner will make his mistake and begin his descent into the hell of Stalingrad…

I have read Graham Hurley’s DI Faraday and enjoyed them greatly. Since then I haven’t really taken much notice of his more recent work until requesting this one via NetGalley. I am glad I did as although it is not a crime novel he made his name with, he has written a very absorbing and vivide novel set in WW2.

Interesting main character Werner Nehmann as he is a journalist writing propaganda for his boss Joseph Goebells. So although he ends up in Stalingrad, he interacts there as a non-combatant. The description of characters, like Goebells and the power struggles within the Third Reich, form a backdrop to the plot and events within the book. The harsh reality of soldiering and the daily struggle to survive in Stalingrad are vividly described.

An impressive novel and recommended for those who enjoy the works of Rory Clements and Philip Kerr.

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