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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Wayne on 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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By lovetoread on 12-17-17

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.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Fittpar on 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Nike on 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.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer2 on 06-19-18

Interesting but not easy listening

I did struggle to finish the book. I wanted to know more about Fritz, yet found a lot of names and order of events confusing. It may be because its a translation that the book is less 'readable', I don't know.
The cursing was uneccesary and annoying.

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