GEORG ELSER: The Zither Player
“When the curtains were falling thunderously on the last moments of the Nazi regime, Hitler suddenly remembered the existence of the zither player — and as if possessed by a sudden and inexplicable shame, this murderer of millions attempted to conceal his execution of the assassin who had long since been forgotten by the world.”
Hans Bernd Gisevius
I wanted to precent even greater bloodshed through my deed.
No anti-Nazi group or individual came closer to decapitating the Nazi Party than Georg Elser. Once written off as a Nazi stooge, the enigmatic lone wolf assassin is now a national hero in Germany. Elser's reputation underwent a resurrection with the unearthing of his 203 page Gestapo interrogation report revealing almost as much of his prolific love life as his bold attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
A comic parody:
The miraculous survival of a Japanese midget submariner in 1942 and his internment on an idyllic offshore island has profound consequences, even 64 years later . . . when bestselling Japanese novelist Hiraku Makimura lands in Sydney on a literary junket. As in 1942 not everything goes according to plan. In fact his short stay Down Under turns into a seriously surreal ordeal. Even the attentive hotel receptionist proves a handful while a more mature female with her own skeletons in the cupboard leads the overseas visitor into the murky depths of the submerged past . . . an encounter that rocks him to the core of his literary being.
In an age conditioned by social networks and “six degrees of separation” the inter-connection of events in Australia, set sixty years apart, from World War Two, to the present day seems irresistible. Juxtaposed upon physical settings of seductive allure such as Sydney Harbour and the lesser known, but spectacular, Lord Howe Island, “Improbable Rendezvous” is firmly rooted in the social and historical context of Australia past and present.
A remote, colonial backwater, sixty years ago, Sydney is now on axis with China and Japan at the centre of the world. Despite this proximity, the evocative clash of western and oriental values, as well as the changes in taste and behaviour over recent decades, gives this book an authenticity well beyond its narrative content.
Having been a practicing architect for more than forty years in Sydney as well as other locations described in this book, I strongly endorse the vivid ethos and sense of place evoked by Tom Ferry. From the visceral satisfaction provided by this Pacific playground to venal manipulations of local politics, readers of this book will gain entertaining insight into the evolution of this unique culture and place.
Andrew Andersons, Architect.
Tom Ferry has written a well crafted novel that takes us on a journey of intrigue and coincidence. Improbable Rendezvous involves complementing timelines that highlight the author’s historical research and geographical attention to detail. The story begins with a Japanese author travelling to Sydney to speak at the prestigious Sydney Writers’ Guild. However, nothing is quite as it seems and Mr Makimura struggles to make sense of a string of bizarre occurrences that threaten to distract him and derail his journey’s purpose. Simultaneously, the reader is drawn into the 2nd World War where a young Japanese sailor has an eventful escape from his midget submarine. Haru’s escape sets up a puzzling chain of events that dramatically unfold and cleverly bind the timelines within the novel.
Tom Ferry retells history with a tongue in cheek humour that will have you laughing out loud. This fast paced novel is hard to put down as the characters compete for the attention of the reader. Ferry delivers a colourful tale that has the ingredients to be something more than just fiction!
Tim Drinkwater, Operations Manager Sydney Heritage Fleet.
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