Berlin Calling by Kelly Durham

Berlin Calling

Irish-American Maggie O’Dea is bright, beautiful and resourceful—and she hates the English! It’s the summer of 1938 and Maggie is studying in Heidelberg when she meets the dashing Kurt Engel, a German soldier. Maggie agrees to follow Kurt to Berlin provided he helps her find a job. And what a job! Maggie lands a position as assistant to Clive Barnes, an obese and often intoxicated Englishman known over the airwaves as ‘Lord Lyon.’ Barne...

Details Berlin Calling

TitleBerlin Calling
Release DateAug 26th, 2012
PublisherKelly Durham
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, War, World War II, Fiction

Reviews Berlin Calling

  • Erin
    Oh, you may think that the English are high and mighty, Mr. Greinke,but I see them for what they are: arrogant, bloody, violent imperliasts. Germany 1938 Irish American Maggie is studying abroad when she meets German soldier, Kurt. Enamored by his Aryan looks, Maggie impulsively decides to stay in Germany and follow her lover to Berlin. Kurt uses his connections and manages to help Maggie find a job- working as a journalist in the propaganda min...
  • Manchester Military History Society (MMHS)
    Well researched and gripping historical fictionSet in Nazi Berlin with a strong female lead this book tells the story of an Irish American woman who whilst in Germany gets a job working for German Radio. The story follows her disillusionment with the Nazis and subsequent work for OSS.Kelly Durham has created a great character in Maggie O’Dea and has obviously researched the period well. Several actual historical characters make their appearance...
  • Vikki Vaught
    Excellent descriptive writing, bringing the turbulent times to life. I struggled with the main character at times, but she was definitely courageous and determined. Great detail of the propaganda that went on during WWII. Glad I took a chance on this book. I received it as a Kindle First. I listened to the audio version and the narrator is superb. Happy reading!
  • Sam
    When I started Berlin Calling I found it very hard to feel anything for Maggie, the main character. Essentially I found her naive view of what was happening around her to be frustrating. However, as the war progressed and Maggie became more exposed and aware of the events happening around her, I found myself becoming more engaged with her story. All in all, not a bad read.
  • Linda Zagon
    I would like to thank NetGalley, and Lake Union Publishing for the ARC of "Berlin Calling" by Kelly Durham. The genre of this book is historical fiction. The author writes about a different aspect of World War Two in Germany. One of his main characters Maggie O'Dea, is an Irish descent American citizen studying abroad in Germany. Maggie is extremely naive, and falls in love with a handsome German soldier. Her soldier convinces her to follow him t...
  • Bonnye Reed
    GNab I received a free electronic copy of this historical novel from Netgalley, Kelly Durham, and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. This was an excellent historical novel, told from a rather unique perspective. Maggie O'Dea, an Irish American, is taking classes in Heidelberg, Germany in July of 1938. Because her father was heavily involved in the failed Irish rebellion in 191...
  • Meg Newton
    What a pleasant surprise to read a book written by a friend who I did not even realize WAS a writer until his sweet wife selected this book to read for our little book club. I regret that I did not finish it in time for our meeting at their home but I did finish it after the hustle and bustle of Christmas actives were over. I really enjoyed this book. I love historical fiction, and especially, WW II fiction. I had never read an account of an Amer...
  • Miss Night
    The story was interesting enough, but the main character was one dimensional and did not feel authentic. One more book where a male author fails at writing realistic, strong female characters.
  • January Gray
    It took a few moments to get into this book, but once I did, it was amazing.
  • Heather Boaz ( mlleboaz.bibliophile)
    Thank you NetGalley for the eARC of this book!If you enjoy fun, historical fiction with a slightly different perspective on things, this is the book for you. The story was a fresh look, and for the most part kept me on my toes - with a slight lull in the middle due to its epic size and lack of some detail to fill in the gaps. My enjoyment of of this book primarily sat with the narrative, given the unique perspective of an Irish- American woman wh...
  • Glenn
    My love of reading about World War II brought me to this book. It is historical fiction concentrating primarily on the German propaganda broadcasts from Berlin to England and America. Enjoyed the story and kept my interest throughout.
  • Book Inspector
    I am quite a bit of a fan, when it comes to books about World War II, add women in it, and I’m intrigued. That was what drew me to this book, a woman figure in the context of war and not just woman, a foreigner. The description above, describes this novel quite well. It started with very romantic notes, how Maggie met Kurt, and how she ended up in Berlin, landing a job in Propaganda House. Maggie is very interesting character in this book, and ...
  • Glady
    Berlin Calling focuses on a young, impetuous, wickedly smart Irish-American woman who travels to prewar Germany for her studies. Maggie is described a little too often as being remarkably beautiful. When she meets Kurt, a young German soldier, she quickly finishes her studies and travels to Berlin to be with him. Due to her language skills she lands a position with the German radio service whose primary goal is to explain, defend, propagandize Hi...
  • Leith Devine
    Berlin Calling tells the story of an American girl of Irish descent, Maggie O'Dea, who is studying in Berlin just as WWII is starting. She meets a German boy (soon to be a Nazi soldier) and decides to stay, and ends up working in the Nazi broadcasting propaganda department. She is anti-English and anti-war, and it takes her a while to realize she has been slowly tricked by the Nazis. She meets a fellow American, Erich, who is secretly working for...
  • Sarah
    This novel was difficult to rate because the storyline itself was really interesting but the characters fell rather flat for me.I thought it was really interesting to tell a story about WWII from the point of a Nazi-sympathiser and not necessarily sympathetic character. Focusing on the everyday life of the people living in Berlin during the war instead of on the atrocities committed during this war gave the novel a more intimate scope and it was ...
  • Jessica
    I won this in a giveaway. It took a little while for me to get into it but I did eventually like it, for the most part. I thought that there were a few parts that could have used more detail and of course others less detail. The ending was a little abrupt and didn't resolve the character's fates one way or another. It was an interesting read and once I got into it I liked it more, but I don't think I ended up liking it as much as I initially thou...
  • Melanie Hutton
    I started this book 5 months ago and I'm only half way finished. It's deep and honestly I think about it all the time but it's dragging out. I really love the subject matter and I can see similarities to media today. It's well written and some of the characters were real people so it's good from a historical standpoint to see how the author has portrayed them, whether it aligns with history or not. I'll finish it at some point, I just wish it mov...
  • Marianne
    Another story about a headstrong and pretty woman who gets to be a heroine. This is so contrived because in fact the heroine is dumb and without interest.
  • Jane Rose
    Not a bad read. I thought the lead character was a little shallow and self absorbed seeing WW2 as a chance to give her a career.
  • Jackie Cain
    I enjoyed reading this book. It was, for me, a very different perspective on life during WWII, set as it was in Germany. The protagonist, Maggie O’Dea, is the daughter of Irish freedom fighters or rebels, depending on your perspective, and that means she is anti-British from the start. Also, when she is first in Germany, she is there on a language course, which is not that dissimilar from what I did when I was at school. Of course, even before ...
  • Jenna
    With the current vogue for fiction set in WW2 Europe, such as Susan Elia MacNeal's WW2 mystery featuring Maggie Hope or Jane Thynne's series featuring Clara Vine, I was curious to see what this book did with the era.Overall, I enjoyed it and was interesting to have a character that didn't necessarily start out on the "good" side -- which definitely lead the modern reader to potentially have issues with, and perhaps feel less sympathy for, the mai...
  • Sally Coles
    Maggie is an American of Irish descent, who hates the British, and so when she is in Germany in 1938 she falls in love with the country and the people, especially Kurt! When the war starts she decides to stay and with Kurt's help gets a job in the propaganda department, where she very naively believes everything that she is told!Eventually she realises that all is not as it seems and she has to make a decision - continue as she is or pass informa...
  • Nancy
    Maggie O'Dea is an American student studying German in Heidelberg when she meets Kurt a young German officer and the attraction seems to be immediate. She is smitten enough to follow Kurt to Berlin. Being the independent sort she convinces Kurt to help her get a job. She immediately proves her self in the American Branch of the German Broadcast House, which is a branch of the Nazi propaganda machine. Maggie being the daughter of Irish immigrants ...
  • Tandi Caldwell
    This is the second book I've read by this author and it was great! The plot, of an American broadcaster working for the Nazi propaganda machine turned spy, was very interesting and filled with history. The characters were well developed. The hilarious, jovial Clive, known as "Lord Lyon", who would sneak a bottle of gin right before going live on the radio, forces Maggie, the main character, into covering for him and taking his spot. Resonating wi...
  • MsONeal
    As with most WWII novels, I liked the story. But there were major flaws. Chiefly, the manner of espionage recruitment was too obvious. No subtlety-at all. If actual spies had been as overt, Hitler would certainly have won the war.Parts of the story were plodding and unnecessary. For example, there’s an entire section on secret codes. It read like a textbook. The ending was equally tedious, but abrupt. It was as if the author didn’t quite know...
  • Liz Thackray
    I was quickly drawn into this story of World War 2, told from a somewhat different perspective. The insights into the propaganda machine and manufacture of fake news was highly topical given current concerns about the manipulation of social media and social media data. Personally, I found the fictional characters highly believable, but I was less certain about some of the real life personas. A surprise for me was reading the author's notes at the...
  • Patty Blaney
    This was an absolutely fantastic book. It dealt with some very interesting subjects and the whole perspective of someone living in Berlin during the rise of the Third Reich and then during the beginning of WWII was very interesting to me, especially since part of my family was living in Germany during the war. While this is fiction, it does provide some amazing historical context and was based on an actual American who did work for the propaganda...
  • Lana Long
    The book is okay. Not bad. Not great but not terrible either. It got a bit more interesting toward the end (though the ending left a bit more to be desired and hinted of second book). For those into German war stories, you might make fast work of this. But if you're like me, looking for more action, intrigue and will take months to get through its boring pace while you read other more fascinating books in between. 3 Stars:1 star - We...
  • Natalie Beevers
    A Great ReadIf you are expecting a detailed account of WW2 then this is not the book for you however, the characters will get you interested, and the stories of propaganda radio messages delivered by Betty in Berlin will keep the pages turning. I feel there are many lose ends to be tied up and plenty of room for a second part. Sometimes plot got a bit thin or predictable but on the whole a really good read.
  • Sunnie Wetterow
    Wonderful Book Books I gave this book 5 stats because from the very first Chapter you know that Maggie O'Day is going to be very interesting. I love historical fiction and I love books with strong female roles, and Maggie is one smart, tough cookie! I do think we need a sequel though...