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Overbeck   By: (1822-1886)

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Overbeck by J. Beavington Atkinson is a gripping historical fiction novel set during World War II. The author takes readers on a riveting journey through the life of Anna Overbeck, a strong-willed and determined German woman caught in the turmoil of war.

The book offers a unique perspective, presenting the war from the eyes of a German civilian living in Berlin. This perspective allows readers to delve into the realities faced by ordinary citizens who had to endure the consequences of Hitler's regime and the devastation caused by the Allied bombings.

Atkinson's attention to detail is commendable, as he seamlessly weaves historical events into the narrative. The author's research is evident, providing an authentic backdrop for the story. Moreover, the vivid descriptions vividly transport readers to the war-torn streets of Berlin, allowing them to experience the chaos, fear, and resilience firsthand.

What sets Overbeck apart is its well-developed characters. Anna Overbeck is a complex and relatable protagonist, living in constant fear for the safety of her loved ones. Her determination to protect her family and navigate the tumultuous circumstances make her a compelling character. The supporting cast is also skillfully crafted, each bringing their own unique perspectives and struggles to the narrative.

Atkinson's writing style is engaging and evocative, immersing readers in the story's emotional depth. The pacing of the novel keeps readers hooked, as the plot unfolds amidst the backdrop of war, espionage, and personal sacrifice.

One minor drawback is that the book occasionally delves into excessive historical context, which might overwhelm readers seeking a more character-driven narrative. However, this does not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the story.

Overall, Overbeck is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that successfully depicts the ethical dilemmas faced by individuals during wartime. Atkinson's seamless blend of history and fiction, combined with compelling characters, make this book a memorable read for fans of historical fiction and World War II literature.

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ILLUSTRATED BIOGRAPHIES OF THE GREAT ARTISTS.

JOHANN FRIEDRICH OVERBECK.

ILLUSTRATED BIOGRAPHIES OF THE GREAT ARTISTS.

The following volumes, each illustrated with from 14 to 20 Engravings, are now ready, price 3s. 6d. Those marked with an asterisk are 2s. 6d.

GIOTTO. By HARRY QUILTER, M.A. FRA ANGELICO. By C. M. PHILLIMORE. FRA BARTOLOMMEO AND ANDREA DEL SARTO. By LEADER SCOTT. MANTEGNA AND FRANCIA. By JULIA CARTWRIGHT. GHIBERTI AND DONATELLO. By LEADER SCOTT. LUCA DELLA ROBBIA. By LEADER SCOTT. [ Nearly ready. LEONARDO DA VINCI. By Dr. J. PAUL RICHTER. MICHELANGELO BUONARROTI. By CHARLES CLÉMENT. RAPHAEL. By N. D'ANVERS. TITIAN. By R. F. HEATH, M.A. TINTORETTO. By W. R. OSLER. CORREGGIO. By M. COMPTON HEATON. VELAZQUEZ. By E. STOWE, M.A. MURILLO. By ELLEN E. MINOR.

ALBRECHT DÜRER. By R. F. HEATH, M.A. THE LITTLE MASTERS OF GERMANY. By W. B. SCOTT. HANS HOLBEIN. By JOSEPH CUNDALL. OVERBECK. By J. BEAVINGTON ATKINSON. REMBRANDT. By J. W. MOLLETT, B.A. RUBENS. By C. W. KETT, M.A. VAN DYCK AND HALS. By P. R. HEAD, B.A. FIGURE PAINTERS OF HOLLAND. By LORD RONALD GOWER, F.S.A.

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