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Collision of Evil (Franz Waldbaer Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

John J. Le Beau
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As evening falls against the majestic backdrop of the Bavarian Alps, Charles Hirter, an American tourist, is savagely murdered. In the peace, quiet and pastoral splendor of this magnificent setting, Charles Hirter draws his last breath. Was Charles simply in the wrong place at the wrong time?Kommissar Franz Waldbaer, the German detective in charge of the case, faces an investigation that yields neither clues nor suspects nor motives. A gruff, go-it alone detective, Waldbaer is dismayed by the arrival of Robert Hirter, the victim's brother, who insists on joining the investigation. But there is more to Robert than meets the eye.As Robert and the Kommissar uncover a nefarious nexus of evil past and evil present, they find themselves probing dark, long-forgotten episodes from the Third Reich in order to identify the present threat.Thrust into a violent world of fanatic passions, malevolent intentions and excruciating urgency, Robert Hirter and Kommissar Waldbaer must race against the clock to stop a sophisticated, covert, and deadly plot.

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Le Beau, who served for more than 25 years in the CIA as a clandestine operations officer, offers few surprises and a mundane plot in his debut. After someone brains American backpacker Charles Hirter while Hirter is hiking in the Upper Bavarian Alps, his CIA operative brother, Robert, travels to Bavaria to claim his body and find the truth behind his death. An elderly Nazi tips Robert off to a possible motive for the killing—during WWII something secret was concealed in a cave near where his brother's body was found. That something secret proves to be a weapon of mass destruction, which has been found by Islamic terrorists who plan to use it for an attack in Germany. Aided by his colleagues in U.S. intelligence, Robert works with the local police to stop the fanatics before they can cause massive civilian casualties. Thrillers fans won't find much tension or suspense. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • File Size: 534 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1933515546
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing; 1 edition (September 21, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YFJ6XK
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars engaging suspense thriller August 28, 2009
In the Bavarian Alps, American backpacker Charles Hirter is hiking when he is brutally murdered. His is CIA operative brother Robert goes to Bavaria to bring his body home, but also to find his sibling's killer and why.

German police detective Kommissar Franz Waldbaer leads the investigation, but no clues surface. Meanwhile Robert employs CIA methods and soon obtains some information on the motive behind his brother's death. A Nazi insists that a dark secret from WWII was hidden in a cave near where Charles' battered corpse was found. Robert makes further inquiries and soon concludes Islamist terrorists have found a weapon of mass destruction they plan to use. Teaming up with the Kommissar, Robert hopes to prevent a tragedy of epic proportions.

Although the plot has been overused since 9/11 and thin, COLLISION OF EVIL is an engaging suspense thriller that constructs the plot from the realism of finding unexploded WWII bombs six decades after the hostilities ended. The story line is action-packed but very straightforward especially in light of the American being a CIA operative (should have been an accountant). Still fans will enjoy this solid suspense German police procedural CIA anti-terrorist thriller.

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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An important book...too bad it's not good April 28, 2010
I'm of two minds about John J. Le Beau's Collision of Evil, torn between subject matter and quality. On the good side, it's so refreshing to see a book that doesn't hide the current state of the world, where terrorism is a danger against which we should always be vigilant. Le Beau is an ex-CIA agent, so he definitely knows that of which he speaks. On the other hand, it's just not a very good book. Cardboard characters, awkward plotting and a bit too much propaganda bring the novel down way too far in my estimation. I am very glad I read the book, but I wish it had been much better. This is Le Beau's first book, so I'm hoping that subsequent ones will be a bit more polished.

An American tourist in the Bavarian Alps is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Hiking in the mountains during a rainstorm, Charles Hirter stumbles upon a cave with a large stack of old crates in it. On the way back down the mountain, he is murdered. Kommissar Franz Waldbaer is in charge of the investigation. Was it a random murder, or was it planned? His life is complicated further when Hirter's brother, Robert, shows up not only to bring the body home but to help in the investigation as well. Robert's much more than he seems, and their investigation begins to reveal a terrifying plot that will jolt German society, and Western society in general, to its very core.

Collision of Evil is a very plot-heavy novel, and there isn't necessarily anything wrong with that. For the most part, it's the plot of the novel that is Le Beau's strength, as he slowly reveals the plan to the reader as Hirter and Waldbaer discover pieces of it.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read September 14, 2009
As the reader one is steered through a believable plot with details that make the journey all the more conceivable and convincing. This legitimate and authentic feel is probably achieved by the author's intelligence background. "Collision of Evil" describes a feasible scenario -something that could indeed happen. A magnificent and accurate description of Germany and the Germans allows the reader to become truly immersed; this is something I can verify having lived there most of my life. This book would certainly make a great movie, as well! I can only hope that the author writes a follow-on novel with the Waldbaer and Hirter characters one grows to understand and become so fond of. A truly great read not to be put down!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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In an age of drifting attention, Collision of Evil is one of those rare novels that from the first page commands attention and gives the reader immediate returns. Rich with historical detail, cultural and political nuance, Collision of Evil offers the reader a deep sense of context that's sorely lacking in many of today's thrillers and spy novels. John Le Beau's eye for detail is uncanny and his writing prowess ensures that Collision of Evil delivers the right punch at just the right time. The characters and atmospherics are highly developed and spot-on, and the tension builds deliberately and thoughtfully, keeping you alert and eager to find out what's on the next page. In short, Collision of Evil is one smart novel and now that he has this reader's attention, I can't wait to read John Le Beau's next.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Titles aren't my thing May 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
From the start I thought the language was overblown, that the author might be trying to hard. Thought there might be a purpose for it but there wasn't one that I could locate.

Characters are beyond wooden to the point of petrification. Was annoyed to no end because every character had a feeling or intuition about things, including the Kommissar who stated that you could only rely on facts. Story slogs along slowly, even the limited action sequences at the end drag out.

The villains are cartoonish and are so obviously throw away devices that several of them don't have names until the end of book...we're not even sure how many there are until 80% or so through the book. Back story on the Nazi link was mostly unnecessary and poorly handled, had no actual purpose as far as identifying or locating the bad guys.

I did manage to read the entire thing but really wanted to stop reading about 30% of the way through, kept hoping for a payout that would make it worth my while. That payout never materialized.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner
A wonderful read. Keeps your interest until the very last word. One that I am sure to read again and again.
Published 5 months ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars I could not put it down!
This book began a little slow for my taste - topic a large part - but when it got going I could not put it down! I learned something about history. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Molly G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Well researched in all respects. I was through this part of Germany - though many years ago and this brought back images. The characters are well rounded. Definitely a thriller. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mountain Granny
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting blend of past and present
Published 9 months ago by Robert E. Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Action & Suspense
Enjoyable read and plot. Action-packed conclusion. I enjoyed the authors incorporation of a sinister "Nazi" past colliding with a present-day element of Middle-East... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rob Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Present Day Threats to World Peace
This novel is one of the few stories that brings Natzi Germany together with the present day German police force. Read more
Published 11 months ago by CAROL URNESS
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read
Well thought out and factual, this is a great read....based in Bavaria. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a thriller/mystery!
Published 12 months ago by Michael E. Aylward
3.0 out of 5 stars International thriller
Collision of Evil is a good book for readers who like international thrillers, complete with historical references and modern terrorism.
Published 13 months ago by Lillian Ammann (Lillie)
5.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline
Great mixture of history and the present coming together. While it is fiction based on history, it's a real possibility.
Published 14 months ago by Ann Cogswell
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced and Cleverly Written
Very good and very cleverly written. Creative and intriguing. Bringing together the evils of Nazi past with the evils of modern-day extremist Islamic terrorism to bring about an... Read more
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John J. Le Beau was born in Northampton, Massachusetts. He is a veteran CIA operations officer, who retired from the Clandestine Service after a twenty-five year career, with tours in various parts of the globe.
Dr. Le Beau is currently a professor of terrorism and intelligence studies at the George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch, Germany, and Chair of the Combating Terrorism Working Group, for the Partnership for Peace Consortium. 'Collision of Evil', his first novel, deals with a transnational terrorism plot aimed at Europe. A second novel, Collision of Lies, is slated for March, 2012 release and will focus on covert intelligence operations against weapons of mass destruction.

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