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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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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 01-18-18

Beautifully written and narrated WWII story of...

...spy Fritz Kolbe (AKA George Wood). Kolbe was an employee of the Germany Foreign Office in Berlin who was the most important spy for the allies in WWII. The story is fictionalized to a relatively small degree and it is dramatized with detail that is uncertain.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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 .

5 of 5 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.

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To much Marlena

I wanted a book about the spying. A little love story in the mix is not bad but this is a love story about a spy.

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Suspenseful

Well written story and kept you guessing what was going to happen next. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good spy story.

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This book is amazingly fantastic

This book put me on edge from the first time i read the description to the last words before you hear the "audible hopes you enjoyed your program" line.

Based on true events, I looked him and his history up online after the book and his family is very different from the book, but the war and what he did in it seemed to be very accurate.

I was mesmerized by the story, the narrator did a wonderful job and I wished the book kept going on and on.

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  • Fittpar
  • 02-11-18

Story so unreal

The story is so unlikely that I could not finish the book.
It portrays the Germans as totally unaware of what was going on so obviously right in front of them. A spy so stupid and could not keep a secret to save his life.

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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.