V2

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THE TOP RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK FOR SUMMER 2021
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‘Immersive’ Guardian
‘Stunning’ Daily Express
‘Riveting’ Telegraph
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Victory is close. Vengeance is closer.

Rudi Graf used to dream of sending a rocket to the moon. Instead, he has helped to create the world’s most sophisticated weapon: the V2 ballistic missile, capable of delivering a one-ton warhead at three times the speed of sound.

In a desperate gamble to avoid defeat in the winter of 1944, Hitler orders ten thousand to be built. Graf is tasked with firing these lethal ‘vengeance weapons’ at London.

Kay Caton-Walsh is an officer in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force who joins a unit of WAAFs on a mission to newly liberated Belgium. Armed with little more than a slide rule and a few equations, Kay and her colleagues will attempt to locate and destroy the launch sites.

As the death toll soars, Graf and Kay fight their grim, invisible war – until one final explosion of violence causes their destinies to collide…
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‘A riveting read with a corker of a twist’ Daily Telegraph
‘Supremely readable’ Observer
‘Delivers one hell of a punch’ Express
‘Captures the real nature of war. Gripping’ Ben MacIntyre

© Robert Harris 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Critics Review

  • A riveting read . . . with a corker of a twist.

    Telegraph
  • [I]mmersive and engaging.

    Guardian
  • V2 is a stunning achievement; a gripping page-turner that remains highly thought-provoking.

    Daily Express
  • An immersive thriller set against a tense historical backdrop . . . For all its pace – you will zip through it in no time – the rewards are in the meta-story. But Harris’s deceptively effortless prose means you barely notice. The effect is one of total immersion: you can feel the cold, taste the bacon sandwiches and imagine the trolleys squeaking across the floor.

    Financial Times
  • I want to be the first to say it: Robert Harris scores a direct hit with V2. I was enthralled.

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