Troubador BERLIN: Uprising

Released: 11/01/2019

eISBN: 9781789019209

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It's 1953 Berlin and the seeds of the bloody Workers' Uprising have been sown...

Whilst working on the prestigious Stalinallee building project, Ulrich Schultz becomes embroiled in the protests, contrary to the desperate pleas of girlfriend, Ursula. As the protests intensify, Ulrich sees his fellow workers disappear one by one. Already uncertain which way to turn, he is unexpectedly approached by a West German agent warning him he is under surveillance by the East German Security Service.

Meanwhile in Leipzig, Hans Erdmann is still suffering the harrowing death of his wife and son. The KVP officer accepts a transfer to Berlin in an attempt to get his life back on track, yet only arrives in a city waiting to blow. Back in 1948, Ulrich’s father, Klaus struggles to survive as a POW in a frozen Siberian work camp, wondering if he will ever see his family again. He pits his wits against the wily commandant, Burzin, to whom there is more than meets the eye. As a snowstorm engulfs the camp, Klaus eventually facilitates the escape of one of his comrades, Markus Schram, but not without bloodshed. With the odds stacked against him, and the sadistic MGB captain Dobrovsky back to haunt him, can Klaus survive? Will Klaus' family ever learn of his fate?

Indeed, will he ever make it back to his family in Berlin? As the protest spills on to the streets of the city, how will Ulrich react to the many warnings as the dreaded Stasi close in on his activities? BERLIN: Uprising is the final, thrilling installment of the Schultz family trilogy.

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.

by Lynne


Immersive story of life in Germany during WW II written as a fictional tale following family saga. Really well done. This was book 3/3 and is able to be read and followed as a stand-alone book but I wish that I had read the previous books for the rest of the story. I think this would have enriched it even more.

Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction and people with interest in WW II.

by Holly


Paul Grant

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.

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