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Publisher's Summary

During one of history's darkest chapters, one man is determined to make a difference.

In the tradition of Schindler's List comes a thrilling novel based on the heroic true story of Fritz Kolbe, a widowed civil servant in Adolf Hitler's foreign ministry. Recognizing that millions of lives are at stake, Kolbe uses his position to pass information to the Americans - risking himself and the people he holds most dear - and embarks on a dangerous double life as the Allies' most important spy.

Summoned from his South African post to return to Nazi Germany, Kolbe leaves behind his beloved fourteen-year-old daughter, a decision made for her safety that nonetheless torments him. And as he lives under the constant threat of arrest, he wrestles with the guilt of putting Marlene Wiese, a married nurse and the love of his life, in danger as they collaborate on Kolbe's clandestine work.

But no matter the personal cost, Kolbe will not be deterred. In scenes that pulse with suspense, he emerges as a towering figure who risked everything to save innocent lives - and Germany from itself.

©2015 Andreas Kollender (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2017 Steve Anderson

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Wow, what a read.<br />

My goodness. I have not been this captivated by a story in a very long time. More... More... Give me more .

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great read

Liked story very much. A little slow to start but once you got into it and you hated to stop. I strongly recommend this book

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Interesting fictionalization

Spy stories are fascinating because they reflect how brave and useful a spy can be. Fritz Kolbe's story as a WWII spy for the Allies can never be fully verified because of the inherent nature of secrecy needed to become a successful spy. The book shows the more human side of Kolbe with the inclusion of Kolbes love for his daughter and paramour. Well written and encourages further reading about other unsung WWII heroes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great book

Well written. An amazing story. I highly recommend this book.
You feel like you are a part of history reading it

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Good historical fiction read

An interesting almost biographical book about a allied German Spiegel during WWII. Narration was great, the story was a little too condensed and could have been expanded.

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incredible story

what an incredible book and story, especially when you consider that it is true. well written and translated.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Don't bother

So bad I couldn't get past the second chapter. Don't waste your time and money.

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WWII info. Awesome ! Engaging story.

This is a wonderful story for a road trip, pay attention. There a lot of details.

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Not worth it

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I've now done some reading about the real Fritz Kolbe and his story is fascinating. Somehow Kollender gets mired in the telling and it became very tedious listening. I'm an avid audio book listener and for one of the very few times in years I did not finish novel.

Would you ever listen to anything by Andreas Kollender and Steve Anderson - translator again?

No.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He was fine. The problem is in the story/writing.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Story is based on a very interesting man about whom I had no idea.

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Good

This is another excellent well-written story about survival during the war and the heroes that never gave up.:

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  • Nike
  • 11-23-17

Very interesting story

Makes a change from the usual le Care. But intriguing construct of how an insider diplomat could have helped the war effort. Quite exciting throughout. Thanks.