Book Review of Thrillers: Boys from Brazil

Today’s prompt for the A to Z challenge is the letter “B”. I’m reviewing the 1970’s thriller,”The Boys from Brazil” by Ira Levin.
Ira Levin blends the elements of sci-fi with the vile intentions of an evil Nazi Doctor who intends to recreate a Fourth Reich. Dr. Joseph Mengele, director of the human experiments at Auschwitz during WW II, hatches a plot to bring back a new and improved “Fourth Reich”. Using a plan to clone Hitler’s genes, Mengele positions the young Hitler’s in locations throughout the world, in families like Hitler’s own, with the intention that of one of the boys will grow up to become a “new” Hitler. (At the time of the publication of this book, Mengele was still alive and hiding out in South America.) Meanwhile, the aging Nazi hunter Franz Lieberman uncovers the plot, working against time constraints, Nazi hit men and the fractured mindset of Dr. Mengele to stop the scheme in its infancy.

The idea of extracting genes to create clones seemed far-fetched back in the 1970’s. Today, genetic cloning is a common practice. It’s a chilling thought that a person with malicious intentions could perhaps wreak havoc with the human race. With sharp dialogue and increasing drama, this fast paced thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end.

RATING: 5 stars

RATING: 5 stars

7 thoughts on “Book Review of Thrillers: Boys from Brazil

  1. I remember the book and the movie. Basically a little farfetched. I am stilling awaiting the medical advances where the fertilized egg is invaded and the surgeon can cure a hair lip. That was speculated on in the seventies. Another good one was the Andromeda Strain. I actually remember when we first went out to space and the spacemen came back they were put into quarantine. We thought there were germs out there. Nothing found.


  2. I’m an AZtech minion stopping by to say HI! Thanks for taking the challenge. I read this when it first came and later saw the movie with Gregory Peck. It is really kind of prophetic.


    1. Hey Bish,
      Nice to meet you! What does an A toZ tech minion do? You’re so lucky to live in St. Thomas. I’m going there on vacation in a few weeks. Thanks for stopping by.
      MaryJane 🙂


  3. Visiting on day 3 of the #atozchallenge with all my fellow writers. I appreciate all the hard work it takes to participate. I hope you make many new blogging friends. Now this blog looks intriguing. I love books, and mysteries are my thing…no true crime, however. I’m more the English cozy sort, but read Robinson and many other good writers. I think I will have to follow you, and I’m very picky about that. Thanks for all the work this blog takes to give your readers a good reward for their time.


    1. Hi Stepheny,

      As a fellow #AtoZchallenge participant, you appreciate how much work is put into each post! Yet,I love the thrillers, so writing the daily posts for this challenge is actually *easier* than my other posts. I like to read cozy mysteries (Agatha Christie) when I need break from the violence in thriller novels. Thanks for following me 🙂


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