Jonathan Freedland aka Sam Bourne

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book | Fiction | 2012
UK → HarperCollins
US → HarperCollins
Canada → HarperCollins
The new WW2 thriller from the number one bestselling author of The Righteous Men, The Final Reckoning and The Chosen One

Oxford, 1940. James Zennor, a brilliant young don, is rowing alone on a bright July morning – cursing himself for the wound that has branded him unfit for duty in the war against Hitler.

He returns home to discover his wife Florence has vanished, along with their young son – no doubt in despair at his dark moods and shattered body. And yet the note she leaves behind declares that she still loves him…

A frantic search through wartime England eventually leads James across the Atlantic – to a United States not yet at war. His destination: Yale College, one of America’s greatest universities.

Against the backdrop of an intensifying debate over whether the US should join Europe in the struggle against the Nazis, James’s desperate search for his wife and child leads him on a twisting path through Yale’s elite clubs and secret societies and into the heart of the American establishment.

There he will stumble upon the existence of an astonishing and terrifying plot: one that could swing the balance of power in a volatile world. Now, a man deemed too damaged to fight in the war must save not only his family, but his country too…

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Scherz Verlag
Distribuidora Record

"In Pantheon, Sam Bourne expertly brings to life the true moral complexity of a time we prefer to regard as simplistic--in a compelling story that combines the personal traumas of wartime, its headline dramas and the tragic tension that can arise between them. A disturbing delight."
AD Miller, booker-shortlisted author of Snowdrops

Pantheon is an absorbing page-turner with a dark background.
Jewish Chronicle

Ingeniously constructed, a page-turner, which maintains the tension well and has a strong sense of place; the contrast between rationed and blacked-out Oxford and the faux medieval abundance of New Haven, Connecticut is especially well done. Ben Shephard
The Observer

An atmospheric, intelligent thriller with vividly-drawn wartime atmosphere. Barry Forshaw
The Independent

Pantheon is a propulsive, satisfying novel which burns with moral indignation, earning Bourne his place at the thriller-writers' high table. John O'Connell
The Guardian

A barrelling page-turner... a shoot-from-the-hip chase thriller in the Hitchcock tradition. Christian House
Independent on Sunday

Shifting his focus from hi-tech present day conspiracies to a very dark chapter of the second world war, Bourne has proved he can more than rub shoulders with the likes of John le Carré and Robert Harris. Five stars. The Mirror

A great story, well told.
John Grisham

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