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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (216 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Dietrich Narrator: Robert Fass, Ilyana Kadushin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9780062072290
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In Blood of the Reich, critically acclaimed and bestselling author William Dietrich weaves two stories separated by place and time yet deeply intertwined by the dangerous secret they share.

On the eve of World War II, explorer Kurt Raeder receives orders from Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler to set out from Berlin in search of a legendary energy source hidden among the mountains of Tibet—one that could bring victory to the Nazis. Only one man can stop Raeder and his team of SS officers: wealthy American zoologist Benjamin Hood. Together with aviatrix Beth Calloway, he must race to the Buddhist kingdom before the tides of history run red with blood.

Decades later, in present-day Seattle, software publicist Rominy Pickett is saved from certain death by a mysterious journalist who claims to know the truth about her family. Rominy’s history and courage hold the key to defeating, once and for all, the evil forces again on the rise.

Moving from the remote woods of the Pacific Northwest to the underground laboratories of the CERN supercollider in France and Switzerland and to the mystical temples of Tibet, Blood of the Reich is a white-knuckle thrill ride filled with adventure, authentic historical detail, and unforgettable characters. This is William Dietrich at his very best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I don’t miss a William Dietrich book—and neither should you. Blood of the Reich showcases his best skills, marrying riveting historical set pieces to modern, taut thriller. Evocative and deadly, bloody and harrowing, this book left me breathless and churning through the last pages until its jaw-dropping climax. Not to be missed.”

    James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author

  • Blood of the Reich is something new for William Dietrich. A foray into the modern world of the international thriller—loaded with secrets, conspiracies, action, adventure—but with all of the rich scope and history we’ve come to expect from a Dietrich book. Clearly, this one has it all, along with a super ending and a satisfying ‘so what’ to the historical web from which the tale is so skillfully woven. Top-notch entertainment.”

    Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

  • “With writing that is thoughtful and vivid, a plot highlighting historical facts, a nod to legend, and a touch of quantum physics, this Indiana Jones-type story should please a broad spectrum of readers. The dual timelines of WWII and the present are intertwined in a nefarious plot to conquer the world. If you haven’t tried Dietrich before, this…is a perfect place to start.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Plenty of chases, deadly confrontations, and startling revelations keep the pages turning.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “At once a fast-paced historical adventure and a gripping modern-day thriller. Highly recommended.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayme Poirier | 1/22/2014

    " Really? I did not like the abrupt ending! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Rauber | 1/9/2014

    " I was hooked on the plot, Nazis and Americans on a race for the lost city of Shambala in 1938. This book is actually two stories, one set in the past and the other in the present. The story set in 1938 I found more interesting. Once the stories converge in the present is where the book gets a little too far-fetched. Nonetheless, if you're a William Dietrich fan, you will enjoy this. Not his best novel, but entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 12/27/2013

    " Entertaining. Read like two Indiana Jones stories put together--- one in the past and the other today. Very very loosely based on a real Nazi expedition to Tibet in the late 1930's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 12/11/2013

    " This was a good book for 300 pages. Then the author ran out of ideas. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Walter Hernandez | 11/22/2013

    " Indiana Jones would cringe. You might want to take this one to the beach and leave it there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 6/13/2013

    " Great read and much better than the typical historical novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Junketan | 4/18/2013

    " Could've done a lot better I feel. The jumps between now and before were abrupt. I'm almost at e end of e book and hope e ending will leave me satisfied. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 11/13/2012

    " Author's website: williamdietrich.com "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robs | 10/15/2012

    " Not as good as the Ethan Gage series, but enjoyable action adventure mixed with history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 9/30/2012

    " This was an interesting story about modern day Nazis. It pulled from stories of Himmler's/Nazi's search for Shambhala, and a secret power that might be housed there. I thought the ending was a little abrupt - I wanted a little more closure, but overall it was a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Allen | 2/10/2012

    " it wasn't a bad book but i think it would have been better as two. it got a little strange going from wwii times to the present day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess Cullinan | 2/1/2012

    " Pretty good thriller, but way over the top on the ending and underlying premise. Good beach/vacation read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Warren | 11/20/2011

    " A decent escapist read. Not quite history, not quite sci-fi but comparable to a Dan Brown read. Borrowed it from the e-library, so definitely worth the money! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anthony Orso | 8/14/2011

    " I thought the plot was good but the story and characters seemed shallow. I almost didn't finish and I usually enjoy his works. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike Phillips | 7/1/2011

    " Slow Moving!!!! Ending was anticlimactic "

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About the Author
Author William Dietrich

William Dietrich is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, historian, and naturalist, as well as the author of numerous novels, including the Ethan Gage adventures, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. He is a winner of the PNBA Award for nonfiction and lives in Washington State.

About the Narrators

Robert Fass is a veteran actor and twice winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has earned numerous Earphones Awards, including one for his narration of Francisco Goldman’s Say Her Name, which was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Audiobooks of 2011. He has given voice to modern and classic fiction writers alike, including Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Isaac Asimov, Jeffrey Deaver, and John Steinbeck, as well as to nonfiction works in history, memoir, health, journalism, and business.

Ilyana Kadushin was born in Miami and raised in the rural cornfields of Maryland. She attended the Tisch School of Arts in New York City and has performed in many theater productions. Kadushin wrote and performed a one woman multimedia musical called Devour the Apple. Her narration of In the Age of Love and Chocolate won an AudioFile Earphones Award.