Paul Grant's Schultz Family Trilogy goes from strength to strength.
After reading his debut book "Caught in the Mousetrap" I was hooked by the characters and also the great descriptions of the environment.
The final book in the trilogy is set in Berlin in the early 1950s as East Germany is racked by unrest and German soldiers are still trickling back from the Soviet Union after being released from wartime captivity.
The author realistically captures the febrile atmosphere within the city as the political tensions ramp up and also the challenges of day to day life in a city still devastated from 6 years of war..
Grant has clearly done his research and fleshes out details of the city and his characters with easy to read, but punchy prose. He doesn’t put a foot wrong with his knowledge of the history and his eye for descriptive detail.
I’m sometimes wary of self-published work, but this is real quality with characters you care about and a pacey plot that keep you turning the pages. This is a well crafted thriller that delivers great insight into the 1950s East Germany and Berlin alongside a compelling story.
Surely this isn't the final episode?!
by Manchester Military History Society
The author did a brilliant job of capturing the time period in this novel. The characters and plot were also well written. This was a great piece of historical fiction!
by Cristie Underwood
Definitely gives you so much information. This book helped me so much on a prompt I had to do. I think it does a good job at sharing all the emotions from the war.
by Adrianna A
Berlin: Uprising is a story of Berlin post war. Tension is high. The city is no place to live for sure. It's dangerous at every turn. The author obviously researched this book. I felt the authenticity of the time period in the narrative. I learned so much from reading this book. Excellent descriptions and characters. It's a great rendering of a city in turmoil. I recommend if you want to learn more about this time period. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
by Jamie Bass
This is a tension-packed, thrilling read about post-war Berlin and the German POWs in Siberian camps. Although this is the last part of a trilogy, it can stand alone on its own merits.
The story centres on the Schultz family - father Klaus has been a prisoner for ten years, having become the focus of a vengeful Major who is intent on making him suffer.
Klaus' wife, Maria, has raised their two children alone, but at the same time looked after and stood up for others who were persecuted during that time. Her son, Ulrich, now a young man, has followed in his father's footsteps as a builder. But, Ulrich wants more for his co-workers, for his fellow Germans, and gets involved in many protest meetings, all planning for the big uprising.
The drama comes from every direction - from the dangers in the Siberian gold mines to the Stasi in East Berlin.
Secrets, plots and conspiracies blend well with the changing relationships of the main characters as they encounter warnings and betrayals, not knowing who to trust and who to fear.
An exciting read that had kept my attention throughout. I almost wish I'd read the previous two stories in the trilogy first.
Paul Grant was born in Leeds, UK. He studied History at Newcastle University, England, specialising in Nazi Germany, the Weimar Republic and The Cold War.
Berlin: Caught in the Mousetrap is the first book in a trilogy about the Schultz family and their life, originally in Cold War Berlin. The second in the series Berlin: Reaping the Whirlwind covers last days of WW2 as the Russians close in on the city. The final part of the trilogy, Berlin: Uprising will be published by Matador books Jan 11th 2019.