John Steinberg’s fifth novel, and sequel to Blue Skies over Berlin – Three Days in Vienna.
This dramatic novel follows Elizabeth as she discovers new revelations about her mysterious mother’s Jewish roots in wartime Vienna, as well as the dark secrets of her husband’s family in the UK. Expect unexpected surprises, romance, espionage, political conspiracy, ruthless ambition, scandals & intrigue await.
Blogs & Reviews
” I loved this book. It took me from the highlife of the UK to the highs and lows of Vienna, from the Second World War right up to today. Character after character captured imagination and a plot filled with twists and turns that rolled across the pages. I didn’t want it to end! I recommend it to anyone interested in modern European history And a glimpse into espionage and journalism.” 5 Star Amazon Review
” I really enjoyed reading this book and did find it hard to stop reading and put it down. At 350pages it is the type of book that you can get completely wrapped up in and the pages soon fly past. In this book we meet Elizabeth McCreary , she is on a mission to find out her families past as her mother Lillian refuses to talk about it , all Elizabeth knows is that her mum was a child of the Kindertransport so off to Vienna she goes! Meanwhile her husband (who is facing disgrace thanks to his father ) is on holiday with their children. The secrets, lies, rumors that Elizabeth uncovers are ones that will change not only her life but the life of others who suffered during the Second world war.
The book is interesting, intriguing, full of characters that each add something too the story and add more depth too the story. It is written in a way that is easy to follow throughout and keeps you wanting to find out more. I would definitely read more by this author!” 4 Star Amazon Review
“Three Days in Vienna by John Steinberg was a really intriguing read. I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading this, but I found a very compelling read. This is my first read by this author and it definitely won’t be my last! The characters were very compelling. They were relatable and well-constructed. I’m impressed with the writing of these characters too! I would definitely recommend giving 3 Days in Vienna a read. It was one that kept my attention from beginning to end and I am looking forward to more from this author! Don’t miss out!! All opinions are my own and unbiased.” Blogger Jessica Belmont
“Elizabeth was such a likeable character I was in her corner and wanted her to find out her family history whilst also having a bit of a holiday away from a husband who doesn’t seem to do anything and children who can be a little demanding. We soon learn that the story goes deeper than anyone ever thought possible & uncovering the secrets could put not only her life but the lives of many others in danger! There are secrets being kept at home too so none of our characters had an easy ride. The character development in this book was incredible, there were characters that I started off the book really disliking that I soon grew to love.
Parts of this book made me smile, other parts made me cry and I felt all of the emotions in between. I was hooked on this book from the beginning, it was fast paced without being too fast, one I will be highly recommending to everyone.” PRDG Reads Blog
“What a book! Once I started reading it, I found it so hard to stop. I got wrapped up in Elizabeth’s story and didn’t want this book to end. It is definitely filled with mystery, making this a beautifully intriguing tale. The characters are wonderfully written, and added depth perfectly to the story.”
“A well written book that flowed so well that I didn’t want to put it down. We meet Elizabeth McCreary, who makes the decision to discover her family’s history. Her mother was a child of the Kindertransport but refuses to speak of it. If she wants to find out, she needs to visit Vienna. Elizabeth decides to go there and try to fill the gaps. During her stay in Vienna, she finds more than she bargains for. The lies and secrets she unearths along the way are ones that will change her life and even those of the victims of the Second World War.
I was so curious to see exactly what would happen, and with the historical side of the story, I was in my element. One of my favourite genres is historical fiction, and this ticked that box. Every character in this book is unique and they play their own part in the unfolding of the story.A perfectly paced book with three-dimensional characters who truly add to the richness of the story. I loved being whisked to Vienna, I have always wanted to go there!”
“This was definitely a slow-burner. I was unsure how the author would tie everything together but it came good!
Elizabeth is a bit of a wet blanket in the beginning and I couldn’t warm to her at all, I loved reading about her aunt, the Hirschmans and eventually Elizabeth got better as a character. I must admit, the jumping through time got confusing as major events would happen without any prior warning – especially a few things to do with Elizabeth’s and Anthony’s children.
I liked this book for the amount of research gone into the historical aspect and Steinberg got the balance just right.With a lot to cram in during the three days in Vienna, I think it felt a bit rushed and everything happened really quickly, but then Steinberg got into the flowof the story and it worked a lot better! With plenty of intrigue, blackmail, a past that would rather be forgotten by numerous characters and a startling likeness to various political themes going on today, this was an enjoyable read!
Thanks to Zooloo’s book tours and John Steinberg for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.”
“Anybody who knows me well, knows that not only am I a book geek, but I am a history nerd too. Combine the two and you get a book geek nerd. I particularly enjoy reading historical fiction and so you can probably appreciate why the synopsis of ‘Three Days In Vienna’ appealed so much to me. Although the book is set in modern times, a large part of the story has to do with actions and decisions taken during the Second World War. I couldn’t wait to start reading and so without further ado I grabbed a cup of tea, grabbed my Kindle and settled down for what proved to be an interesting afternoon of reading. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Three Days In Vienna’ but more about that in a bit.
It took me no time at all to get into ‘Three Days In Vienna’. In fact as soon as I got to the bottom of the first page I knew that I was in for a treat and then some. When I started reading, I had only intended to read a couple of chapters but I became so wrapped up in the story and in the lives of the different characters that I was still sat there reading over half a dozen chapters and an hour later. The more of the book I read, the more I wanted to read and the quicker the pages seemed to turn. I had my own suspicions as to what was going to happen and of course I had to keep reading to see if I was on the right track or if I had the wrong end of the stick. I soon got to the end of ‘Three Days In Vienna’. I found ‘Three Days In Vienna’ to be a tense, dramatic and gripping read, which kept me guessing and which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.
‘Three Days In Vienna’ is extremely well written. The author has a writing styles that grabs the reader’s attention and then draws them into what proves to be one heck of a story. The story is made up of sub plots and to start with I wasn’t sure how they all linked in. The sub plots do eventually tie together and all becomes clear as the saying goes. I loved the way in which John makes Vienna come alive in the sense that it would be easy for me to imagine that I was there if I closed my eyes. I loved the fact that part of the story is set during a time in which I actually did find myself in Austria and so I appreciated the concerns that some people felt at the surge in popularity of the Far Right parties. Whilst reading this book, I did feel as though I was on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster as I found myself sharing some of the feelings that the different characters were experiencing. I love the way in which John makes the reader feel as though they are part of the story themselves and at the heart of the action.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Three Days In Vienna’ and I would definitely recommend it to other readers. I will certainly be reading more of John’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.”
“Three days in Vienna by John Steinberg was a nice read! it’s an attention grabber & moves at a comfortable pace! The character development is really good. I enjoyed all of the characters but Elizabeth was my favorite! It’ll have you laughing at times & sad at others! This is my first book by this author but it definitely won’t be my last! Happy reading everyone!”
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