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The Swiss Spy Audiobook

The Swiss Spy

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Publisher's Summary

It's not unusual for spies to have secrets, but Henry Hunter has more than most, and after he is stopped by British Intelligence at Croydon airport on the eve of the Second World War, he finds that he has even more. From Switzerland he embarks on a series of increasingly perilous missions into Nazi Germany, all while having to cope with different identities and competing spymasters. In March 1941 in Berlin, haunted by a dark episode from his past, he makes a fateful decision, resulting in a dramatic journey to the Swiss frontier with a shocking outcome. The Swiss Spy is set against the real-life backdrop of the top-secret Nazi plans to invade the Soviet Union. The story paints an authentic picture of life inside wartime Europe: the menacing atmosphere, the ever-present danger, and the constant intrigue of the world of espionage.

©2015 Alex Gerlis (P)2015 Tantor

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    Celt 02-18-16
    Celt 02-18-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Great WWII Espionage Story."

    Second Gerlis novel I have listened to. Enjoyed the first and would rate this even better. Great characters and story line. Hope author continues with this genre. Very well read by the narrator. If you like this genre you should not be disappointed.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    NK Flagstaff, AZ 08-04-16
    NK Flagstaff, AZ 08-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Historically Accurate Spy Novel but Frustrating"
    Any additional comments?

    Characters repeatedly engage in long conversations where the explain EVERYTHING to the person they just met. Aren't they spies? Isn't this life and death? Dear Mr. Gerlis: Please trust us to follow the plot and keep your conversations realistic. Everything else is working for you. The narrator was excellent.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    J. Moorhead, MN, United States 07-05-16
    J. Moorhead, MN, United States 07-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    "A spy with human faults"

    There seems to be a growing genre about sympathetic spies or policemen working in Nazi Germany just before the war. The best of this kind are written by Philip Kerr (the Bernie Gunther series) and Alan Furst whose protagonists are complex and developed. Gerlis's man, Henry Hunter is not of such moral and literary caliber nor is Gerlis's writing the equal of a Kerr or Furst. The Swiss Spy, however is a good read. A reluctant spy blackmailed by the British into spying against the Germans he also finds himself working for the Russians.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Migliore Portland, OR USA 05-21-16
    Andrew Migliore Portland, OR USA 05-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "One too many masters..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A whirlwind tour of a WWII spy based in Switzerland who serves multiple masters (including himself) going into the fray in the heart of Nazi Germany. Many interesting details including the Nazi's own internal surveillance networks. I liked the story for its richness in details but it didn't quite hang together as a cohesive whole for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lots of little historical details that gave the story an air of authenticity.


    What three words best describe Derek Perkins’s voice?

    Steady... competent... bland.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This could make a good movie if tightened up.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall an interesting WWII spy story with great details.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 06-16-17
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 06-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Reveals the Germans Mindset"

    I think this may be the first WWII novel that I have read that reveals the every day life of average Germans in the early days of the war. It certainly doesn't pull any punches. Most citizens were complicit, according to Gerlis, in the evil reign of the Nazi party.

    Gerlis does a wonderful job recreating the oppressing and fearful atmosphere of living in In Nazi Germany. It's why I gave it 4 stars. But it is also why it is so tragic to read.

    You should not read this if you are simply wanting an escape. Because in Nazi Germany there was no escape.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Monroe, CT, United States 03-21-16
    Ronald Monroe, CT, United States 03-21-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Spy Novel"

    A really believable spy yarn with all the warts of WW2 espionage on all sides. Alex Gerlis draws you into this world and you are trapped in it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-11-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A cut above other spy stories"

    The first chapter gave me pause but I carried on. The story just kept improving. By the last page I was ready for more. I will be listing to more of Mr. Gerlis's books.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    CJFLA 06-16-16
    CJFLA 06-16-16
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    "Great spy story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like spy stories, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. I have read and/or listened to several books by Alex Gerlis and he is an exceptional writer and storyteller. Buy this one. You will not be disappointed.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    RangeRoverOklahoma Tulsa, Oklahoma United States 11-18-15
    RangeRoverOklahoma Tulsa, Oklahoma United States 11-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Solid read"
    What did you love best about The Swiss Spy?

    Always nice to have new additions to the WWII spy genre, I believe.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fairly unique story.


    Have you listened to any of Derek Perkins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia 07-16-17
    Cynthia 07-16-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Poor characterization; implausible relationships"

    The main character remained an undefined blob throughout- no sense of who he was. His fixation on Rosa lacked any basis, as did his decision to spy for the Soviets. No sense of dramatic tension. And the whole bogged down with recounting on detail every step of signals and contact codes.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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