The Berlin Conspiracy (Paperback)
|Author: Tom Gabbay|
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|Jack Teller stopped being a company man after the Bay of Pigs fiasco. But a spy is never really out of the game, and just days before President John F. Kennedy is scheduled to visit Berlin, a mysterious contact claims to have information on a treacherous plot he will only tell Jack.|
From the Publisher:
Jack Teller is through with the CIA—until the Berlin station is contacted by a Colonel in the East German Stasi just days before President John F. Kennedy's scheduled visit to the Wall. The Stasi officer has an important message—and he will speak to no one but Jack.
The informant claims a treacherous plot is brewing to assassinate the American president in Germany—a conspiracy originating at the highest levels of the U.S. government. Only Jack Teller believes the threat is real, and it has left him alienated and alone in a divided city that holds too many dark secrets. And if he forgets the two essential truths of the espionage game—that lies are currency and nothing is what it seems—he won't live to prevent a global catastrophe.
The action in this Cold War thriller gets going in June 1963, when an East German official offers to divulge some important intel, but will only pass it on to Jack Teller, a burnt-out ex-CIA agent who spends his days fishing in Florida. Unwillingly dragged back into the spy game, Jack finally connects with the contact after a fairly shaky start, whereupon he not only learns of an assassination plot against John F. Kennedy (set to take place during the President's visit to Berlin), but picks up some very personal intel of his own.
"Mixing cynical world-weariness with dead-pan humor and a refreshing lack of Bond-style omnicompetence..., Jack's story is part John le Carre and part Elmore Leonard." 11/07/2005 Kirkus Reviews
"Predictable, but an undeniable delight all the same." 12/15/2005