The Alphabet House

The Alphabet House

Large Print - 2015
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Baker & Taylor
Conducting a special photo-reconnaissance mission in World War II Dresden, two British pilots are shot down and try to escape on an SS senior soldier train only to land in a mental hospital where patients are subjected to experimental therapies.

Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan : Thorndike Press, c2015
ISBN: 9781410478627
Branch Call Number: LP FIC ADL
Characteristics: 805 p. ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Schein, Steve


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Jan 28, 2018

An interesting read. While it did keep me hooked until the very end, I found the ending disappointing. The second half of the book also seemed longer than it needed to be. Nevertheless, a good read that I would recommend.

Sep 18, 2017

Some great reviews I think I'll try to read myself ^_^

Aug 31, 2015

fascinating setting; raised some very interesting issues.
The first half of the book was particularly gripping. Does make one wonder whether such situations did develop.
A very good read, I wanted to keep on going.

Jul 14, 2015

This book roped me in from the beginning, fast paced action of being shot down and their fantastic escape. The concept of inadvertently hiding out in an insane asylum until the war ends was brilliant. I couldn't put it down. This would make a great movie, I could see Colin Farell as one of the pilots.....

Jun 26, 2015

While I did read the book (and it was touch and go for a while), I was skimming at times from the tedium of some of the parts and the unrealistic aspects of other areas of the action. There were occasions when you had to suspend disbelief to allow the plot to continue. While parts of the book had some twists, in total, this was not a riveting read.

athompson10 May 28, 2015

Interesting idea, but it bogs down. Some of the book is overly descriptive, and the action can be very unrealistic.

May 07, 2015

The Alphabet House is a disturbing, intense novel that teaches us about the bonds of friendship and the atrocities of war.

James and Bryan are young Englishmen when they are shot down over Germany. Fate affords them the opportunity to hide in a train car reserved for mentally disturbed soldiers. To save themselves, they throw two patients out of the train car and assume their identities. They must feign madness or be killed as enemies; thus begins their long descent into the abyss of a psychiatric hospital.

This novel is fast paced and interesting from start to finish. It would make an excellent movie. Highly recommended!

Mar 22, 2015

Not a war story, not a love story, not a bildungsroman--but a bit of all of them plus more. Very hard to put it down once you start on it. Brilliantly told tale of two men shot down in enemy territory, how they hide in an insane asylum, and the consequences over the next 30 years. Even better than the Department Q series and clearly Literature (with a capital L).

Mar 21, 2015

this is different from his dept q books. it's the first one he wrote. I have to say my rating would be the same as the 'lower' starred ones found on

Sep 30, 2014

Terrific stuff. A plot that will drag you in and leave you gob smacked. One of the reads of the year.

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