The Bookworm by Mitch Silver

The Bookworm

Why did Hitler chose not to invade England when he had the chance?Europe, 1940: It’s late summer and Belgium has been overrun by the German army. Posing as a friar, a British operative talks his way into the monastery at Villers-devant-Orval just before Nazi art thieves plan to sweep through the area and whisk everything of value back to Berlin. But the ersatz man of the cloth is no thief. Instead, that night he adds an old leather Bible to the...

Details The Bookworm

TitleThe Bookworm
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherPegasus Books
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, War, World War II

Reviews The Bookworm

  • Manchester Military History Society (MMHS)
    Promising, but didn’t quite deliver for meThis book had a lot going for it with an eclectic cast of historical figures from Nostradamus to Noel Coward, Churchill to Kennedy and with a barely disguised Trump, Putin & Hitler in there too.Mitch Silver has woven an interesting tale of world war 2 and present day deceptions. The early parts I found were the strongest, but felt the book lost its way somewhat later on leading to a quick and action pac...
  • Melissa
    Thank you to Netgalley and Pegasus Books for allowing me to read this novel!The Bookworm is a thrilling story about a former chess champion and current Russian professor, Lara, who finds a secret about the Allies in WWII from records that were given to her by one of her students. This secret could change the course of history and ruin her career as a history professor. Throughout the novel she struggles with an ex-husband, a romantic partner, and...
  • Lynn
    Larissa Mendelova Klimt has been named to fill the vacant chair in her department over the summer -- the first full professor of Geopolitical History. She's been doing some serious research into WWII at the Arkiv. Though Lara is undoubtedly a bookworm, this novel is about another kind of bookworm. The kind we rarely think about; many of us have never heard of.Life seems to be going pretty well for her. Until. It. Isn't. Things begin to go serious...
  • Toni Osborne
    This story is a bit of everything, a mystery at its base, a tad of political shenanigan to captivate us, some known historical figures to pique our interest (Kennedy, Hitler, Churchill and the French physician Nostradamus) oh…to put a smile on our faces, thinly disguised are our 2 maverick and colourful leaders in a cameo role. To top it all off which is the base of this novel is a conspiracy to keeps us on our toes. With a soupçon of reality ...
  • Jo
    It was a real struggle to finish this. The entire first half is slooow. Things do pick up at the 50% mark, however, and from there the plot moves along at a good pace. The Bookworm sounded amazing, but it fell apart for me in the execution. The idea of the outcome of WWII having been determined by a forged book was brilliant. The problem was that, barring Lara, the characters had all the depth of a mud puddle. Lev, in particular, was disappointin...
  • LadyTechie
    The Bookworm was a great mystery, a bit of a political thriller and a bit of a literary, history fiction book. I received a free copy from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Lara is a history professor who spent part of her youth in the U.S. where she also went to university. She is brilliant and even was a chess prodigy when she was younger. She is approached by an unknown person with a bag of audio reels from the 1940...
  • Gail
    Really two and a half stars.This is an ambitious thriler--what else can you say about a title that features Noel Coward, JFK, Churchill, Hitler, Nostradamus, thinly viewed caricatures of Trump and Putin, and two of the greatest hoaxes of all time? The main characters are Russian twins, Lara and Lev, she a teaching professor in Russia and he monitoring the Alaskan oil fields. Through a series of convoluted circumstances, they separately become ent...
  • Erin L
    I received this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This book ambitiously combines the WWII histories of Germany, Russia, USA and England with famous historical figures (Nostradamus, Noel Coward and the Kennedys) and the present day political situation up to and including a Donald Trump-ish president. It has a lot of promise, but for me it failed to deliver. I found the sections where Lara is learning about the ...
  • Julia
    This book had a lot to offer. Mysterious recordings of a plot that changed the German strategy of WWII, several historical figures, oil fields in Alaska, and a female MC and her twin brother in the midst of all this.Given the above mentioned, this should have been a 5-star book. Sadly, it ran out of steam around the middle of the story. Other reviewers said, the ace picked up and got thrilling but it didn't for me. It was all very predictable, to...
  • Renwick
    This book had me hooked from the start when I was reading about Alaskan oilfields and wondering how this would tie into the title. The author takes the reader on a journey which is varied and intriguing. At times I was not totally sold on the plot and some of the twists, but overall this is an enjoyable read. The combination of modern day and events from World War II added to the overall enjoyment. I am certainly tempted to pick up other novels f...
  • Piepie
    Rec'd arc from Netgalley. I don't know what I expected from this book, but I found that it was hard to pay attention. The cover is captivating -- lots of action in this, but not something I would recommend. The ending was odd and came way too quickly.
  • Elizabeth Smith (BookishConnoisseur)
    3.5 StarsThis was an interesting concept and it mostly kept me interested, but this book was just not for me.I spent some of the book a bit confused about what exactly was going on and who was on what "side." And the ending wrapped up a little too nicely for me. I can see others liking this book though, so if mystery and history is your thing, still give it a shot!
  • Janet Martin
    Not quite average due to the heavy use of coincidence--strong start and interesting premise, but the overly political overtones and a poorly established plot meant that many of the characters were moved around like cardboard in unmotivated action. The plot should have remained on the original deal of the British trick on Hitler instead of trying to interweave the unrelated contemporary political subplot.
  • Robin
    Review to be posted Jan 23, as per publishers request
  • Misaki
    This book is sort of stuffed one in which has mostly everything, a history fiction, mystery, political, romance and suspense. Story involves many historical people like Noel Coward, Hitler, Kennedy, Nostradamus and so on.Larissa Mendelovg Klimt is a Geopolitical history professor in Russia who studied at an university in the US. She is one of the smart one that is proved as a soviet former chess champion. The story starts from her asked to transl...
  • Svetlana Tishchenko
    Oh, my, where do I start? I guess I’d start with the easiest part. I’ve read the book. I made myself to finish it. I perceived. I am actually proud of myself for doing so.I’d wanted to tell you that it (book) gets better with the course of narration. It does not. It actually gets worse.I think publishers should think twice or even re-think it at all if they want to market this book to Russian-speaking readers. The author should have done hi...
  • Jenndian
    Great fast-paced political thriller! Extremely interesting historical premise. Noël Coward and JFK conspiring to trick Hitler? Count me in! While,the premise may seem far-reaching, the author makes it believable and interesting! The characters are fully developed and interesting. The parallels to our current presidency was also intriguing and well-handled!
  • C Cox
    This book turns on the parallel lives of twins. One who lives in the US and the other in Russia. Through various coincidences they've been set to do the bidding of the leaders of those countries thinly disguised as Putin and Trump. Additionally making appearances are JFK, Winston Churchill, Noel Coward among other famous names. There were too many coincidences that allowed the author to "name drop" and this distracted me from the storyline which ...
  • Jill Elizabeth
    ----------"He'd given her very precise instructions, and she intended to follow them to the letter. With just a little . . . punctuation . . . of her own..."----------What a great find this was! I am always drawn to books about books and the people who love them, so the title caught my eye right away (as did the gorgeous cover). The story wasn't exactly what I expected, but that was not a problem at all. It's not that the blurb isn't accurate - i...
  • Danielle Rose
    I received an ARC from NetGalley to read and review. The below is my honest, unbiased opinion. Thank you, Mitch Silver, the publisher, and NetGalley, for allowing me to review.Why did Hitler chose not to invade England when he had the chance? Europe, 1940: It’s late summer and Belgium has been overrun by the German army. Posing as a friar, a British operative talks his way into the monastery at Villers-devant-Orval just before Nazi art thieves ...
  • Emilie
    From the blurb, this book intrigued me. Why would someone let a valuable manuscript fall into Nazi hands? And what did that centuries-old artifact have to do with events going on today? I was eager to read this book and find out how the author answered these questions.The story started off with a very interesting prologue which set the stage for an exciting story full of secrets and Machiavellian manipulations. Once I was drawn in to Lara's world...
  • Jean Kolinofsky
    I would like to thank NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a review. In 1940 an old leather Bible was placed on a shelf in a monastery where it was sure to be found by the Germans. Written on the inside was a prediction supposedly written by Nostradamus that would change the course of WWII. In present day Moscow Professor Larissa Klimt is given six cylinders that hold recordings made by Noel Coward while he was working for ...
  • Tami
    The Bookworm had such an interesting plot but somehow didn’t deliver. There was so much going on in the story that didn’t tie together very well.The main plot was a story about a WWII attempt to trick Hitler into attacking Russia instead of England. Another sub-plot was the modern day oil industry and the corruption of big business and politics. Later, these subjects were tied together but it just didn’t seem to flow very well.Two of the ma...
  • Jennifer
    A conspiracy between the American president and the Russian government? This story reads like it just came off the front pages. Dr. Larissa Klimt is a Russian historian who spends her time teaching and researching her new book. On an otherwise ordinary day, a bag full of old Dictaphone cartridges is given to her along with a mysterious message. Before she knows what’s happening, she finds herself trying to unravel a decades old mystery that has...
  • Mystica
    Two separate time lines 1940 and 2017. The first was turbulent. No one knew where Hitler's tentacles would reach next. In Belgium the German armies are about to invade a small monastery and steal as much art as they could. A British spy has another plan. His idea is to plant a bible amongst the treasures, one that will foretell and could change the course of history. Fast forward to 2017. Here the story gets complicated. We have a discovery of a ...
  • Brigita
    This novel is a mix of different genres. Mystery, history, political thriller, and even romance are all wrapped into this suspenseful story which should appeal to a wide range of readers. Appearances of JFK, Noel Coward, Marlene Dietrich and other historical figures only makes it more appealing. In cameo roles, you'll also recognize two of today's most powerful world leaders.The non-historical characters are decently well developed and the plot h...
  • Alina
    In the past year I build a huge interest in WWII history, therefore when I came upon this book I was very eager to read it.The main story in the book focuses on the big secret that England pulled during WWII. England/USA have manipulated Hitler to invade the Soviet Union instead of England. The story's little scheme involves young JFK, Churchill, Noel Coward, and French physician Nostradamus.In our (present) time, Russin geohistory professor Lari...
  • KayKay
    I really like the author's concept of mixing historical, political, romance and suspense elements into one book. An ambitious attempt and the author does it well. The pace is tight, and the plot is exciting but sometimes the detail is a bit dragging. Rarely I would skim through any book but I did when reading "The Bookworm." Even though I skimmed through quite a number of pages (but only towards the last 1/3 part of the book after getting some id...
  • Sarah Z
    I received an advance copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I was really excited to start reading this book because of the description. I love anything involving Russia and also Nazi history so I thought this would be a slam dunk. Unfortunately, it just fell a bit flat for me and I'm not entirely sure why.I didn't really get attached to any of the characters and I found them a bit unbelievable. I didn't care about a...
  • Clbplym
    This book is based around the story of Lara who is listening to recordings of Noel Coward explaining the scheme undertaken by the US during WWII to persuade Germany to invade Russia as a way of making sure they are defeated. This is not expected to go down well with the Russian people due to the many, many loves lost as a result of this decision, Alongside this, there is a conspiracy involving her brother Lev in Alaska. Some of the book was very ...