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Escape Route: The untold story of the SS (Journeys through fiction) is a historical novel, set during the second war. The novel already has a chequered history, it has had several different versions but ultimately this version in English tells the story of Andreas Spinger. Spinger was a determined genius who was with Hitler from the very early stages of the Nazi party and its beliefs and ideals. Spinger is not a name that will be immediately identifiable as a key figure within the Nazi party, this novel portrays how when the Nazis eventually took power he was indeed a key figure, responsible for overseeing a covert organisation within the SS to spy on the ministers, military leaders and organise looting amongst other activities. As is explained in an early stage of this novel, Hitler had not come to absolute power with the majority of votes. However he did have the support of most of the German people to enable him to eventually rise to power. This novel is much more than a history of WW2 and the atrocities of the Nazis. Throughout this novel, fictional characters are interwoven with real people and truthful and factual information. A lot of unknown history is revealed, particularly as the war draws to a close and the party begin to fall, Spinger is instrumental in planning the route of escape for some; including a mysterious and very powerful leader. This novel is a must-read for anyone interested in this fascinating but horrific period of history. Vicky-Leigh Sayer