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The House of Janus (Signet) epub ebook

by Donald James

The House of Janus (Signet) epub ebook

Author: Donald James
Category: Contemporary
Language: English
Publisher: Signet (April 7, 1992)
ISBN: 0451171896
ISBN13: 978-0451171894
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 389
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The House of Janus book. Paperback, 384 pages. Donald James (born Donald James Wheal) was a British television writer, novelist and non-fiction writer.

The House of Janus book. Published April 7th 1992 by Signet (first published 1990). 0451171896 (ISBN13: 9780451171894). Educated at Sloane Grammar School and Pembroke College, Cambridge (where he read history), James completed his National Service in the Parachute Regiment before returning to London to work as a supply teacher.

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Title: The House of Janus Item Condition: used item in a very good condition. Used-like N : The book pretty much look like a new book. There will be no stains or markings on the book, the cover is clean and crisp, the book will look unread, the only marks there may be are slight bumping marks to the edges of the book where it may have been on a shelf previously. Read full description. See details and exclusions. The House of Janus by Donald James (Paperback, 1991). Pre-owned: lowest price.

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Author of Monstrum, The Fortune Teller, The fall of the Russian Empire, The House of Janus, The House of Eros, Moskauer Roulette, Once a gentleman, Walking the shadows.

I have read and enjoyed many Donald James novels in the past. The two I read recently, however, have disappointed. This one takes place around 1990 and is set in both Vietnam and the United States as an orphaned Vietnamese girl seeks to find her American father (that summary is quite an over-simplification, to be fair).

The snow was falling more lightly now, affording views of pale hills crowned with rambling well-lit houses. At the roadside sign reading Piebald she slowed down. On her right a line of snow-covered boats rode at anchor, unreal cardboard cutouts in the black water. To the left driveways opened up every two or three hundred yards, some marked by trees, some by stone gateposts and iron gates. Each driveway carried a named mailbox with a lamp illuminating the entrance.

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Seriously wounded by a landmine during World War II, a young GI awakens from a coma with no memory, and begins a search for his true identity
Reviews (2)
I read this because I like the author. Although it's an involving read, and an enjoyable one, do not put it down for more than a day or two because it's easy to forget the details. I would have given it five stars except for the annoying typos and irritating lack of proper punctuation.

"The House of Janus" by Donald James is an exciting and entertaining novel which begins in a military hospital in the days immediately after World War II, as one of the last casualties of the war is gradually coming round from a coma.

The central character of the story, who is apparently an American army officer, was blown up and seriously injured by a mine on the last day of the war, and had at first been assumed to be dead by the medics who found him. His dog-tags had been separated from his body by the time someone noticed that he was, just barely, still alive. A brilliant job by army medics stitched him back together - though possibly with some changes to his appearance.

But when he comes out of the coma he has complete amnesia in respect of his personal history. He has no memory at all of his name, his identity or his family - he cannot even be absolutely certain that he is an American who speaks good German and French, rather than a German who speaks good English and French.

As his physical health returns only the vaguest glimmerings of memory come with it, and at first he cannot be clearly identified with any of the American personnel who went missing on or around the last day of the war. He adopts the name of Daniel Lingfield after the place in Germany where he was found in May 1945.

As the man who has adopted the name of Daniel Lingfield searches for his past a story of family power struggles gradually emerges - a story which balances ambition and greed against courage and heroism, betrayal against loyalty, incest and lust against fidelity and love. The family to which he appears to belong uses as an all-too appropriate symbol the head of Janus, the Roman God with two faces.

Some of the members of his family - on both sides of the Atlantic - were staunch anti-Nazis and appear to have been executed for it but is this information accurate? Other members of his family committed terrible crimes - or did they?

Most disturbing of all, was Daniel himself one of the heroes or one of the villains? Was he actually a US Army officer, a member of the SS, or both - and if he was a double agent, which side was he really on?

Is the fact that his memory refuses to return a sign of a guilty conscience - or is the evidence out there which will clear his name? And who is still trying to betray him?

The author himself suffered from amnesia as a result of injuries sustained from a German bombing raid during the Blitz and some of the ideas in this book were inspired by that experience.

A real page turner with twist after twist which kept me reading to the very end of the book.

I gather that there is a sequel, The House of Eros.

Not all books so categorised really deserve the title of "Thriller" but this one does: I enjoyed "The House of Janus" and can recommend it.

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