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It is set in the period immediately after the fall of The Third Reich. This book pits a German colonel and a Russian soldier from a secret organization against each other.
A few facts are clearly bent in this narrative: a double, not Hitler, died under the Chancellery. Joseph Stalin orders his top agent to capture Hitler and bring him back to the Kremlin. The novel begins in the final days of Nazi Germany with Hitler sheltering in his bunker. Adolf Hitler officially commits suicide along with Eva Braun. However, after Eva kills herself, a pre-selected double takes Hitler's place and is disposed of along with Braun in the Chancellery yard for the Russians to find.
It is also revealed that Hitler never in fact had Parkinson's disease , but was injecting himself with a substance to make his hand tremble and thus give others the appearance that he was a sick man. In reality, Hitler had kept himself in good physical condition and had been planning his escape after the war for nearly a year.
Joseph Stalin meanwhile has intuitively deduced that the psychological make-up of Hitler is not that of a man who would commit suicide.
Hence he sets up a special team of five operatives with wide ranging powers to round up Hitler and bring him back for Stalin's personal revenge.
The novel soon becomes both a thrilling chase and a ruthless game of cat and mouse. Hitler and his protectors make their way across Germany, a charred wasteland where Hitler's dreams of glory lie in ruins and ashes. After spending some time in a hide-out located within the Harz mountains, Hitler and his protectors set off for Italy where they have been promised sanctuary but the Russian team is in hot pursuit. Along the way, Heywood provides an unforgettable historical snapshot of the aftermath of World War II.
It is worth noting that many of the German survivors are depicted as admirable, while Red Army and especially United States Army personnel are shown to be either timid, short-sighted, or corrupt. In one particularly chilling sequence, US Army Major Rosemary Wilson, a rich older woman, stumbles upon Waller, the beautiful German girl who is carrying the plans for Hitler's escape. Instead of interrogating the girl or turning her over to the American MPs , Major Wilson insists on renting a room for Waller and taking her to dinner at a small, dimly lit restaurant nearby.
Wholly intent upon a classic lesbian seduction , Rosemary Wilson proves no match for the highly disciplined German girl. She drinks far too much at dinner and falls into bed in a state of blissful anticipation, only to be found dead the next morning with an SS dagger buried in her breast. The Russians ultimately catch Hitler and bring him back to Stalin in Moscow. Hitler is secretly imprisoned in a hanging cage in a sub-basement of the Kremlin which is too small for Hitler to either stand or lie fully.
He is fed scraps through the metal bars of the cage and is not allowed toilet facilities. Over the years, Hitler changes to a filthy, senile beast who has his right leg amputated above the knee and his left leg amputated above the ankle as gangrene sets in. He is finally executed by Petrov when Stalin dies in , after which the sub-basement in which Hitler was kept is walled off forever.
IN SHORT: FICTION
The Berkut is set world war 2 Germany at the immediate ending of the war and shortly thereafter. It's an alternate history book written around the loose facts known of Hitler's whereabouts at the end This is my very favorite WWII novel. The plot is ingenious and the ending will amaze, astonish, and shock you.
"The Berkut" by Joseph Heywood
A berkut is a specially bred golden eagle, used by nomadic hunters in Kirghizia in south-central Russia. This eagle uses its strength and size to hunt wolves, binding their muzzles and suffocating them, or even using their powerful dives to break a wolf's back. In the book, The Berkut is Vasily Petrov, the leader of a Russian task force, given ultimate authority by Stalin himself. Their goal is to capture Adolf Hitler — Herr Wolf. You understand the metaphor now..? His mission is to make his way into the ruin of the once great capital of the Third Reich and extract Adolf Hitler. With the Soviet army slowly closing on the last strongholds of the German army behind him, Brumm makes his way to the Reich Chancellery, where the ruler of the Aryans hides in his bunker.
It is set in the period immediately after the fall of The Third Reich. This book pits a German colonel and a Russian soldier from a secret organization against each other. A few facts are clearly bent in this narrative: a double, not Hitler, died under the Chancellery. Joseph Stalin orders his top agent to capture Hitler and bring him back to the Kremlin. The novel begins in the final days of Nazi Germany with Hitler sheltering in his bunker. Adolf Hitler officially commits suicide along with Eva Braun. However, after Eva kills herself, a pre-selected double takes Hitler's place and is disposed of along with Braun in the Chancellery yard for the Russians to find.