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Author: Frederick Forsyth
ISBN13: 978-0670520428
Title: The Odessa File
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Language: English
Category: Thrillers and Suspense
Publisher: Viking Adult; Book Club Edition edition (November 1, 1972)
Pages: 337

The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth

THE ODESSA of the title is neither the city in southern Russia nor the smaller city in Texas. It is a word composed of six initial letters, which in German stand for Organisation der ehemaligen SS-Angehörigen. Despite its successes in almost all its objectives, the Odessa does occasionally take a defeat. The worst it ever suffered occurred in the early spring of 1964, when a package of documents arrived unannounced and anonymously at the Ministry of Justice in Bonn. To the very few officials who ever saw the list of names on these sheets, the package became known as The Odessa File. AS IN THE CASE OF Mr. Forsyth’s first novel, The Day of the Jackal, many characters in The Odessa File are real people.

To all Press reporters. It is customary for authors to thank those who have helped them to compile a book, particularly on a difficult subject, and in doing so to name them. All those who helped me, in however small a way, by assisting me to get the information I needed to write The Odessa File are entitled to my heartfelt thanks, and if I do not name them it is for three reasons. The worst it ever suffered occurred in the early spring of 1964 when a package of documents arrived unannounced and anonymously at the Ministry of Justice in Bonn. To the very few officials who ever saw the list of names on these sheets, the package became known as ‘The Odessa File’.

Also by Frederick Forsyth. THE DOGS OF WAR THE DAY OF THE JACKAL and published by Corgi Books. A division of transworld publishers ltd. THE ODESSA FILE. A CORGI BOOK o 552 09436 6. Originally published in Great Britain by Hutchinson 8c Co. (Publishers) Ltd. Printing History.

Frederick Forsyth . 1972. THE ODESSA of the title is neither the city in southern Russia nor the smaller city in Texas. It is a word composed of six initial letters, which in German stand for Organisation der ehemaligen SS-Angeh4drigen. The organization which they formed to effect their escape was the Odessa. When the first talk of ensuring the escape of the killers to more hospitable climes had been achieved, the ambitions of these men developed.

The Odessa File’ from Frederick Forsyth is one of the most successful and engaging thrillers written with the hunt for Nazi’s after the World War II as the central theme. The novel is a clever blend of historical facts and real life personnel’s with a fictitious story line and is written with the high level of detailing and decent pace that is usually associated with the works of Forsyth. Forsyth as an author of realistic thrillers. The first seeds of idea behind ‘The Odessa File’ came to Forsyth in 1970, when he was given a three-book deal by ‘Hutchinson’, his publisher after the successful submission of the manuscript of ‘The Day of Jackal’. let’s think manhun. azi. anhunt.

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Author: Frederick Forsyth. Place of publication: New YorkPublication date: 1972. The suicide of an elderly German Jew explodes into revelation after revelation: a Mafia-life organization called Odessa, a real-life fugitive known at the Butcher of Riga, a young German journalist turned obsessed avenge. nd ultimately, of a brilliant, ruthless plot to reestablish the worldwide power of SS mass murders and to carry out Hitler’s chilling Final Solution.

The Odessa File is a thriller by Frederick Forsyth, first published in 1972, about the adventures of a young German reporter attempting to discover the location of a former SS concentration-camp. Former RAF pilot and investigative journalist, Frederick Forsyth defined the modern thriller when he wrote The Day of The Jackal, described by Lee Child as ‘the book that broke the mould’, with its lightning-paced storytelling, effortlessly cool reality and unique insider information. Since then he has written twelve novels which have been bestsellers around the world: The Odessa File, The Dogs of War, The Devil's Alternative, The Fourth Protocol, The Negotiator, The Deceiver, The Fist of God, Icon, Avenger, The Afghan, The Cobra and, most recently, The Kill List.

A German free-lance reporter becomes caught up in violence and revenge when he tries to uncover former members of Hitler's SS who are being protected by the secret organization Odessa
Reviews: 7
Frederick Forsyth is a brilliant writer with an uncanny ability to build a plot while weaving in well-researched facts of the world of politics, power and culture cogently into developed fictional characters. Prior to writing novels, Forsyth was a journalist and it shows; I assume he was very talented in this field as, like in The Day of the Jackal, he gives sharp, lucid descriptions of various fields laypeople are most likely ignorant of. In "The Odessa File," Forsyth crafts a masterful thriller. The novel center around Peter Miller, a German journalist who receives an interesting book from a friend and contact in the local police department. This book is actually a journal belonging to a Jewish Holocaust survivor named Salomon Tauber, who recently committed suicide. Miller becomes fascinated with Tauber's account of the Riga Ghetto, which was led by the cruel and monstrous Eduard Roschmann. Everyone in Miller's circle dismisses this story, including his editor, but he continues to pursue it including seeking advice from famous war crime investigator Simon Wiesenthal. His investigation to find the wanted Roschmann leads him to discover a secret society known as O.D.E.S.S.A ("Organisation der Ehemaligen SS-Angehörigen," which translates to Organization of Former Members of the SS). An escalating series of events and threats pushes Miller into danger but he has an unwavering determination to find the whereabouts of Roschmann and the secrets of Odessa.

Forsyth has an impeccable ability to bait a reader's interest, create suspense and force you to turn the page while not playing cheap dramatic tactics or creating bloated exposition. This mystery is exciting and Forsyth brings readers into the dark world of criminal networks and hired killers. Peter Miller is an intriguing protagonist with an ability to genuinely surprise readers when we discover his actions, decisions and motivations. Forsyth's own career in journalism, again, gives him insight on the mind of a reporter, unsurprisingly. The details of so many technical aspects, such as forgery, are told in clever, accessible and, most importantly, non-distracting fashions. Take note, Tom Clancy. If you enjoying reading history, you will appreciate these efforts by Forsyth; his meticulous attention to detail pay off for curious readers and, ultimately, the conclusion of the story. This novel is more prosaic than Forsyth's previous novel The Day Of The Jackal but it still has a great deal of cleverness and memorable characters. This is not a novel to be missed.
As a former German Citizen, born during the war, a witnessed first hand the silence around anything "Nazi”. Most people where ashamed of their past and not a single issue of Nazism was thought in school (“Verdraengungspolitik”); but in private settings one could learn that die hard Nazi’s where still around, living in denial.
I also happened to meet by chance during my later international business travels especially to Brazil. Uruguay and Argentina many German expatriates which where clearly ex-Nazis. I am convinced that many of them could only be there because of a functional underground “Railroad” clearly conceived before the Nazi collapse. In this context it is frightening to think about well they where received in these countries.
Forsyth’s book, maybe somewhat to sensational, provides a somewhat true, but fictional picture of the existing Nazi remnants in Germany at the time and is a must read for people interested in the aftermath of the Nazi disaster.
This Forsyth novel is set in Germany in 1963, right after the assassination of President Kennedy. It follows the story of Peter Miller, a German newspaper reporter attempting to discover the whereabouts of a former SS concentration-camp commander that is of particular interest to his personal history. There is lots of intrigue and suspense along the way, one main Nlotline involves the Nazi association "ODESSA" and its attempts to find safe haven for ex-SS members in the aftermath of WWII. Forsyth even manages to work in the Mossad and the real life Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. Supposedly the movie version resulted in the arrest of the true "Butcher of Riga," Eduard Roschmann, by the Argentinian police. According to reports he then skipped bail and died in 1977 in Paraguay. A fascinating story, if you like historical suspense/thrillers, you will love this read.
Forsyth is a genius when it comes to thrillers with shocking turns you never expect. If you want a comparison--Forsyth's "Odessa File" is much like Ken Follett's "Eye of the Needle". Take an historical event or rumor and interweave your own story (not debasing the truth too terribly--remember it is fiction). If you loved Forsyth's "Day of the Jackal" or Ken Follett's "Eye of the Needle" or are a fan of WWII and post-war thriller's you will love this book.
Now I will have to see the 1973 movie version of "The Odessa File" with Jon Voight to see if the studio did it justice. They did brilliantly with Forsyth's "Day of the Jackal" so I must say I am hopeful.
The Odessa File was my introduction to history-based thrillers many years ago. I went back to read it again and was equally impressed. Frederick Forsyth introduces a character, Peter Miller, who leads the reader through the maze of past and present. The death of an elderly man kicks off the story, leaving clues that Miller follows all the way to the end. The Nazis are the bad guys, this time a network established at the end of WWII to help leaders escape post-war Germany to new locations. Forsyth weaves people real and fictional into this story, blurring the lines between imagination and reality in a story that keeps the reader moving. If you like your thrillers well plotted and entirely believable, start with the Odessa file.
Action and suspense never stopped as this young man went about finding a high-level Nazi responsible for the murder of many of his prisoners in a concentration. Believable characters and their motives, along with a real twist as this young reporter pursues his quarry. Terrific read!