The most coveted combat decoration in all Germany, the Blue Max was a symbol of power, fame, and prestige beyond the reach of ordinary mortals. Bruno Stachel is a nobody, a newly recruited junior officer in a First World War combat squadron. But he is determined not to remain a nobody for long. He has his sights on the Blue Max, the most coveted of all German decorations, and he will do anything to get it. From the very moment he shoots down his first plane, everything he does is aimed at that goal.
When the secret agent is laid off from his high-level intelligence job due to peace-time Department of Defense budget cuts, he takes the dismissal in stride, planning to enjoy a few months off as a swinging bachelor. But when an old CIA running mate is found murdered in the bathroom of Sweeney’s house, leaving behind a cryptic message, Sweeney finds that he is a moving target for mysterious killers. Gradually, he discovers himself to be at the center of a complex international plot involving the cocaine industry....
"Terrific spy thriller"
Four Americans - a 20-year-old social outcast, a breezily iconoclastic Army officer, a ruthless U.S. senator, and a guilt-ridden heiress - are inexorably drawn together in their struggles to deal with America's chaotic involvement in World War I. Their interwoven destinies lead from poverty-stricken slums through the opulence of 1917 - 1918 Washington, London, and Paris and, climactically, into the Western Front's vicious aerial combat, which establishes the matrix for all air warfare to come.
Against the background of a deadly undercover war between the Gestapo and Soviet agents during the collapse of the Third Reich, The Expendable Spy is the hair-raising novel of an audacious American who discovers a secret so big and so appalling that his own intelligence office orders his execution.
CIA sleuth Roger Wagner has retired and moved to Florida with his smart, pretty wife. But his leisure is disrupted when the body of a fellow secret agent washes ashore near his beach-front house. The incident launches him on a frantic, hazardous race against time to neutralize a doomsday bomb hidden by a group of terrorists, who are holding his wife—and the entire state of Florida—hostage.
In 1945, just after the German surrender, Major Kaufmann of G-2 Counterintelligence receives disturbing reports: aerial bombs are missing from Italy. German POW Airmen are being transferred to France for no obvious reason. A fleet of B17s disappear without a trace. When Kaufmann tries to follow up, his contacts are murdered before he can reach them, and then the word comes from Eisenhower's office: stop Kaufmann, stop him dead.
Controversial oncologist Dr. Anson Lunt dies in a suspicious plane crash just as one of his researchers develops what appears to be a "magic bullet" against all forms of cancer. Before Lunt's mangled body grows cold, powerful forces are conspiring to seize control of the top-secret cure, either to reap the riches at stake or to suppress the discovery entirely. Industrial espionage, blackmail, and murder are only a few of the ruthless strategies employed in the no-holds-barred battle for the cure.
Someone is murdering the pilots of America's 107th Aero Squadron. Someone is diverting military funds to a secret place. Someone who looks, talks, and acts just like everyone else is selling his country to the enemy. That someone who must be stopped. But there are those in power who are prepared to block the investigation in order to hide the ugly truth, whatever the human cost - because what is really happening is far more terrible than anyone has yet dared to imagine.
It's 1945, and Stalin's army stands poised to conquer all of Europe. The only way to stop him is for Truman to bluff him down. To make the bluff work, C.G. Brandt, America's ultra-professional but very human spymaster, is forced to risk everything on Alex Lukas, an under-trained but bilingual secret agent. Lukas must escort a Soviet defector who will parachute into Bavaria with crucial information.
Captain Carl Kraft is a man dancing on a dangerous tight-rope. By day, he works as an Army Intelligence Officer; by night, he secretly reports his department’s strengths and weaknesses to a harsh and mysterious superior. Assigned the dirtiest job in his profession, he is ordered to set up a patsy—to frame a fellow officer as a traitor!
Roger Wagner, CIA sleuth with a gift for wry jokes, is given 10 days to uncover an assassination plot against the President of the United States, who is scheduled to give a crucial speech in Munich. Wagner's frantic search leads him through the German underworld, neo-Nazi dens, glossy jet-set salons, and the highest levels of government.
Matt Cooper, investigative reporter for a Florida daily, single-mindedly probes the murder of his father, a novelist with mysterious ties to World War II Nazi Germany. His obsessive search turns deadly when it leads him to the core of an international conspiracy to usurp the faltering U.S. government.
Hootenville, Pennsylvania: It looks like any conventional company town, but beneath its placid surface throbs a network of violence, blackmail, and murder. It takes an ex-Army spy to coolly fit together the puzzle and expose the game of terror, intrigue, and cunning known as industrial espionage. Someone at Hooten Plastics Corporation has been selling its manufacturing secrets.