Dead by Christmas

  • by Robert Dukelow
  • Narrated by Bob Johnson
  • 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1968, a couple of KGB agents in Germany wanted to defect. Too bad for them that the CIA and the US Army wanted no part of this action. A group of US soldiers decided to facilitate these defections without any official coordination. What could possibly go wrong? More things than you can probably imagine.
How much of this book is true? It appears as if it was lifted out of some classified espionage file, but Dead by Christmas is a fictional account based on real events that happened in Germany. The author's 33-year intelligence career allows him to write with authority on this topic. The names and places have been changed to protect the guilty, so one should not try to determine what is true and what is legend. If you think you know, don't tell. If you don't know, don't ask. Just enjoy the story.

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Back to the Cold War

This story proves the joke about "military intelligence." The general tone of the book reminds me of M*A*S*H. It's got elements of farce, satire, romance, suspense, adventure, friendship, and the eternal battle against stupidity.

The story starts with intelligent U.S. soldiers ostracized to the most isolated U.S. base in Germany because, basically, they did their jobs too well. Then one of them runs into a childhood friend, a Russian who now works for the KGB and who desperately wants to escape the system he and his fiancee are trapped in. But if they defect, they will be on the run for the rest of their lives. So, the plan is born to "kill" him off by Christmas.

The narrator does a superb job with this story. The way he juggles the various accents is wonderful. (Imagine a Russian speaking "deep South black," a German woman speaking "British English," an American speaking "Pennsylvania Dutch German," etc.) And his even, dry tone, in the face of incredible plot twists, somehow makes the entire story funnier.

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- Bookaholic

Just didn't keep my attention

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This is hard to review. While the story is interesting and entertaining overall, it took me forever to listen to this book. The story started off very slowly and the narration was just too calming. I could only listen for a little at a time. Each would be good separately, but for me this combination just didn't work.

A tale of Cold War espionage. When two KGB agents want to defect they can't get any help from the U. S. government. When you can't get help from the government what do you do? Figure out a way to do it yourself.

The characters just didn't have any real- well character. They were just there.

Narration - good & bad.
Bob Johnson does a good job with the narration overall. He has a pleasant voice. Clearly spoken with a smooth even pace. Some of his character voices and accents are really good. The non character parts of this story are just spoken too softly, calmly and soothing in this book. In an espionage/thriller you need a little more excitement in the narration. His voice would be great for reading poetry or bedtime stories.

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- Lori

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-28-2015
  • Publisher: Robert Dukelow Books