El último secreto de Eva Braun, by Enrique Amarante

38321143English translation: Eva Braun’s last secret

I read this book as part of Edición Anticipada’s program. These are books under Penguin Random House (in Spanish, I have no idea if they have something similar for other languages) that are offered to readers as an early edition to review. In this case, this was an ebook (I don’t think they do physical books anymore, despite what they say in their website).

The story goes about an ultra-secret plan, near the end of WW2, to bring Hitler to Argentina and launch the IV Reich from here. In this book, the whole suicide event is faked, and Hitler managed to escape in a submarine to the south Atlantic. I don’t know if you ever heard these kind of conspiracy theories, but they are familiar here, considering how many nazis actually managed to escape and perfectly blend in our society.

To be honest, I didn’t like this book, so I’m not very eager to talk about it. I asked it because I’m trying to get a little out of my comfort zone in my readings, and WW2 was never even close to that. I guess it is the pinnacle of my discomfort, dislike, uninterested zone. I actually had zero expectations and I began reading it with an open mind, but very soon I regret all my life choices. I really cannot say if I didn’t like the book because the subject was definitely not my cup of tea, or because I didn’t like the story itself.

Some of the things that were discouraging along the book were:

  • the gratuitous sex scenes that add absolutely nothing to the development of the story and that I found quite hard to believe could actually happen? I don’t know, I was never a spy, but really?;
  • the lack of interesting and believable female characters: I guess you could expect that in a book set in a military environment in those years, there weren’t too many women around, but the ones that appear here seemed to be all merely sexy decorations or femme fatales. I understand that it happens in the 40s and was a very different time, but ugh, so boring to read. These kind of things make me think this book is targeted exclusively to male readers, and even when that’s understandable, still, some women might have an interest in WW2, right?;
  • this is merely a formality, but at some point the notes lose correlativity and, considering that they’re at the end of the book and not at the end of the page, it made the whole reading process even more annoying.

There were so many other irritating things but, why would I keep complaining?