The Soul of a Thief by Steven Hartov audiobook

The Soul of a Thief: A Novel

By Steven Hartov
Read by Matthew Waterson

Hanover Square Press, Harlequin Audio 9781335144577
8.19 Hours Unabridged
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In the spring of 1944, I realized that I was not going to survive the war… Shtefan Brandt, adjutant to a colonel of the Waffen SS, has made it through the war so far in spite of his commander’s habit of bringing his staff into combat, and a pair of secrets that are far more dangerous than the battlefield. Shtefan is a Mischling and one of the thousands of German citizens of Jewish descent who have avoided the death camps by concealing themselves in the ranks of the German army. And he is in love with Gabrielle Belmont, the colonel’s French mistress. Either of those facts could soon mean his end, were Colonel Erich Himmel to notice. Colonel Himmel has other concerns, however. He can see the war’s end on the horizon and recognizes that he is not on the winning side, no matter what the reports from Hitler’s generals may say. So he has taken matters into his own hands, hatching a plot to escape Europe. To fund his new life, he plans to steal a fortune from the encroaching Allies. A fortune that Shtefan, in turn, plans to steal from him… Atmospheric and intense, The Soul of a Thief captures the turbulent emotional rush of those caught behind the lines of occupied France, where one false step could spell death, and every day brings a new struggle to survive.

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Summary

Summary

In the spring of 1944, I realized that I was not going to survive the war…

Shtefan Brandt, adjutant to a colonel of the Waffen SS, has made it through the war so far in spite of his commander’s habit of bringing his staff into combat, and a pair of secrets that are far more dangerous than the battlefield. Shtefan is a Mischling and one of the thousands of German citizens of Jewish descent who have avoided the death camps by concealing themselves in the ranks of the German army. And he is in love with Gabrielle Belmont, the colonel’s French mistress. Either of those facts could soon mean his end, were Colonel Erich Himmel to notice.

Colonel Himmel has other concerns, however. He can see the war’s end on the horizon and recognizes that he is not on the winning side, no matter what the reports from Hitler’s generals may say. So he has taken matters into his own hands, hatching a plot to escape Europe. To fund his new life, he plans to steal a fortune from the encroaching Allies. A fortune that Shtefan, in turn, plans to steal from him…

Atmospheric and intense, The Soul of a Thief captures the turbulent emotional rush of those caught behind the lines of occupied France, where one false step could spell death, and every day brings a new struggle to survive.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Shtefan tells the story, and the young man’s thoughtful, epistolary style makes scenes of desperate battle and budding love come alive with remarkable power…A wondrous and utterly captivating novel.” Booklist (starred review)
“The wealth of details about Shtefan’s dangerous position as a Mischlinge makes for an engrossing account of a lesser-known side of the war.” Publishers Weekly
“Shtefan is a flawed hero who struggles with a sense of duty and loyalty, combined with his own personal convictions of right and wrong. The first-person narrative reads as if written by a man longing for redemption but unsure he will ever find it.” Library Journal
“A fast-moving plot and vivid characters make this a most satisfying read.” Kirkus Reviews
“An old-fashioned ‘ripping yarn’ from a master writer who knows how to keep the characters vivid, the plot twisting, and the action coming hot and heavy.” Steven Pressfield, author of Gates of Fire
“Packs a lifetime of human experiences into a year of European wartime.” Alex Rosenberg, author of The Girl from Krakow
“A war drama, a cat-and-mouse thriller and a coming-of-age love story, all wrapped into a terrific and compulsive read. Hartov offers a novel and human perspective of the German side of the Second World War through the eyes of one young reluctant recruit and the enigmatic colonel whom he admires, fears and, ultimately, plots to outwit.” Daniel Kalla, author of Nightfall Over Shanghai
“A literary tour de force…Outstanding.” Samuel Marquis, author of Bodyguard of Deception

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Author

Author Bio: Steven Hartov

Author Bio: Steven Hartov

Steven Hartov is an Airborne veteran and the author of international thrillers, including The Heat of Ramadan and The Nylon Hand of God.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Action & Adventure
Runtime: 8.19
Audience: Adult
Language: English