Agent in Berlin By Alex Gerlis
Book/Novel Author: Alex Gerlis
Book/Novel Title: Agent in Berlin
To live among wolves, first you must become one… An unmissable new spy thriller from best-selling master of the genre, Alex Gerlis.War is coming to Europe.British spymaster Barnaby Allen begins recruiting a network of agents in Germany. With diplomatic relations quickly unravelling, this pack of spies soon comes into their own: the horse-loving German at home in Berlin’s underground; the young American sports journalist; the mysterious Luftwaffe officer; the Japanese diplomat and the most unlikely one of all… the SS officer’s wife.Despite constant danger and the ever-present threats of discovery and betrayal, Allen’s network unearths top-secret plans for a new German fighter plane – and a truly devastating intelligence prize… an audacious Japanese plan to attack the United States. But can they prove it?The race is on.An unputdownable and atmospheric Second World War espionage thriller, Agent in Berlin will grip you to the very end. Perfect for readers of David Young, Robert Harris and Rory Clements.
This was a very enjoyable read. Centers around an American newspaper man who works as a spy for the British during WWII.He has a number of contacts both within the Japanese embassy and the German military as well. Quite a bit of high tension.
One of the great things about Alex Gerlis books is his ability to make you feel like you are there. He is a great story teller and period writer. I love World War II spy novels that are based on historical facts and this hits the spot. I particularly enjoyed his going into the attack on Pearl Harbor as one of my all time history books is At Dawn we Slept by Gordan Prange.
Good book yarn what ever you like all of his books are stay awakers doesn’t really keep you thinking but easy to read and entertaining
For the life of me I don’t understand all the 5 star reviews. I found this book to be EXTREMELY wordy regarding descriptive phrases that seemed to go on and on and on. This was confusing for the reader. It was hard to get into the characters because they were not developed before another person was introduced and then more descriptive phrases again. This author can do better. I’ve read and enjoyed some of his other works. I say skip this one. If you’re looking for good can’t -put-down books about the Resistance/WWII try they following: A Fire Sparkling by Maclean Dragonfly by Meacham A Paris Secret by Lester Room on Rue Amelie by Hamel I think you will find these extremely enjoyable.
This book was very well written and kept me on the edge of my seat. If you love spy novels and World War II, i would highly recommend this novel.
Gerlis’s new series interlinks with his previous ones. His MI-6 spymasters in London we’ve met before – in “The Prince of Spies” and maybe his series before that. And we get back story on Sophia von Naundorf, the SS general’s wife who becomes a British spy in reaction to what her husband does for a living. She helped out Richard Prince in the previous series as he spied on the V2 rocket program. Here we see how she gets started. Gerlis has an understated style which is very comfortable. His characters are unlikely spies which is what makes them interesting. There’s a gay angle here which works well, offering honey traps that are a changeup from those we usually read about. Barnaby Allen heads a new Berlin spy group formed in the late 1930s to work around the uncooperative Foreign Office. He’s an upper class toff suddenly needing a real job when his family fortune vanishes. He calls on a school chum who’s now in intelligence and volunteers to become a spy. Against all odds – he’s already in his mid-30s, late to start – he becomes a good one. Werner Lustenberger is a gay blade who’s actually gay, Mostly a gambler betting on – and sometimes fixing – horse races, he’s got a lifetime of practice hiding things. Returning to Germany with a cover job, he’s got ins with other gay men, who still find ways to meet even though the Nazis have shut down Berlin’s wild life from the 1920s. Those other gay men include a high-ranking Japanese diplomat and an SS officer. The gay angle works well, creating a novel (for spy novels) way for a spy to contact potential sources, get intimate, and do favors to win cooperation. Or snoop. Jack Miller is an American sportswriter who gets drawn into Allen’s network after the latter helps a fellow sportswriter, a German Jew, escape to England.. Miller starts covering German soccer for English newspapers, giving him great cover for traveling all over Germany. He sells himself as an apolitical sportswriter so well he even has the Reich’s sports commissioner fooled. As an American his intelligence value increases when Britain and Germany go to war in 1939; Miller, from a neutral country, can remain in Germany. Von Naundorf is a pretty, privileged, childless woman more appalled each day by her husband. When she stumbles across his secret diary, detailing war crimes he committed in Poland, it pushes her over the fence she’s been sitting on since she met Allen, who hinted at what he does, a few years earlier. And there are others doing work increasingly dangerous as Nazi Germany gets ever more locked down. A Luftwaffe officer who’s secretly anti-Nazi – and privy to top-secret aircraft design planning. A German who runs a magazine kiosk on the street – and serves as a message drop. A Swiss embassy lad in Berlin who makes a regular courier run back to Switzerland. Gerlis gets into historical angles that may raise a few eyebrows. He suggests Churchill and FDR both knew Pearl Harbor was coming – and let it happen, to get America into the war. And he hints that the British used a clever intelligence ploy to induce Germany to declare war on the United States – since American public opinion weighed against an American declaration of war against Germany. Britain desperately needed the U.S. to enter the European war, not just the Pacific one. This story ends after Pearl Harbor and I look forward to the next.