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The Lisbon Crossing [Kindle Edition]

Tom Gabbay
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Summer 1940. With Europe in the iron grip of Hitler's war machine, stuntman Jack Teller arrives in neutral Lisbon on the arm of international screen legend Lili Sterne. The German-born actress has given Jack the job of finding her childhood friend, Eva Lange, who escaped Berlin one step ahead of the Nazi terror. But he's not the first to come looking for Eva. The man who preceded him—top Hollywood detective Eddie Grimes—ended up dead . . . on the night he found Eva.

Following leads that take him from the glittering nightclubs of the Estoril coast—where he rubs elbows with the likes of Edward, Duke of Windsor, and his scheming wife, Wallis Simpson—into Lisbon's dank and seedy backstreets, Jack searches for answers among the deceptions and lies of the dangerous city. A shattering discovery along the way takes him to the perilous boulevards of occupied Paris and propels him into the heart of a nightmare, where his actions could change the course of the war.

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Gabbay's second historical thriller to feature Jack Teller falls short of the high standard set by his debut, The Berlin Conspiracy (2006). Teller, who in 1940 is working as a Hollywood stuntman, has to leave town fast after having an affair with the wife of studio head Charlie Wexler, who hires a hit man to deal with Teller. Lili Sterne, a German film star whose career is on the skids, asks Teller to accompany her to Lisbon, Portugal, to help her childhood friend, Eva Lange, who may be in danger from the Nazis. Teller and Sterne get into all kinds of trouble during their European travels, meeting the duke and duchess of Windsor as well as various spies and counterspies. Teller, who finds himself mixed up in a conspiracy to deliver England into Hitler's hands, must figure out how to save the British Empire while still avoiding the hit man. There's plenty of action, but a surfeit of dialogue, flat characters and skimpy geographic detail, especially given the exotic locations, undercut the energetic storytelling.
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“You’ve got your spring vacation reading right here. . . . Raymond Chandler-esque.”

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  • File Size: 267 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061188441
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000PDZFV6
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Yes, Sophisticated Not As Much May 30, 2007
There is something enticing about reading about life leading up to or during the second world war. We all know about the battles, the generals, the invasions and the bombs, but what about the people who didn't fight it, just tried to live through it. Alan Furst is the master of life in France and other parts of Europe during the conflict. His characters are the writers, the diplomats and some very bright women. Joseph Kanon is a bit closer to the dark side. Gabbay, on the other hand, writes as if he is producing a script for the movies. The women are beautiful and the male lead, an unemployed movie stunt man, is from the streets. He speaks like Sam Spade or Guy Noir would if they were around in 39-40 and even mentioned sex. There is not a lot of introspection or history here. The 2000 year history of Portugal is covered in one sentence. But there is an abundance of action, murder and intrigue. Its a page turner which is hard to put down because, unlike the war, the reader does not know how it is going to turn out. Don't read too many reviews, start at the beginning and don't peek at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jack is back! May 10, 2007
When we last met Jack, we were in Berlin in 1963, 5 months before the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas (cf. Berlin Conspiracy). We now find ourselves at another turning point in the 20th century -- Europe in 1940 -- and Jack will once again become a part of history. As with the author's first book, we know what happened eventually (in this case, the Allies saved Europe) but there is much we don't know. Gabbay succeeds brilliantly in weaving a tale that could have happened, and once again, we are on the edge of our seats as the tale unfolds. I'm eagerly looking for the third installment of a Jack Teller trilogy and wondering what pivotal moment in time will provide the backdrop for Jack's next adventure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Thrilling Read! May 16, 2007
What a fantastic novel! Tom Gabbay does not disappoint with his second effort. I found this prequel to be just as entertaining, fast paced, well written and exciting as the first, if not more so. This book was virtually unputdownable and the story stayed with me long after I reluctantly finished the last page. I would highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Yet July 24, 2010
By Brkat
Tom Gabbay's second novel "The Lisbon Crossing" is a slam-dunk winner. Jack Teller surfaces again. This time he is asked to accompany mega-movie star Lili Sterne to Portugal to help a childhood friend escape wartime Europe. Of course, the simple rescue mission turns out to be anything but. No one is who they appear to be and everything seems to be wrapped in some sort of conspiracy.

What author Tom Gabbay does so well is tell an intriguingly complex plot in an uncomplicated manner. The story moves crisply and tautly without extraneous tangents until a pretty good climax. You don't lose track of who the multiple characters are or what's happening. The characters' wry repartee is a plus. Loved the way real historical figures (like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor) are woven into the storyline. Ten pages from the end I still hadn't figured out the ending and that always pleases me. Nothing worse than figuring out an espionage thriller halfway through a book.

I enjoyed "The Lisbon Crossing" immensely and have nothing but praise for it. I would recommend it to those who love spy novels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Case of Do or Die November 22, 2009
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The hero of Berlin Conspiracy returns in this prequel that suggests he's some kind of Forrest Gump of 20th Century intrigue. Once you get over the improbability of his CV, this story is engaging with plenty of agreeable action and atmosphere, but it does seem a little too much like one big put-on with a giant wink to the reader. It's amusing, but given the taut thriller that came before I expected something a little sturdier than this game entertainment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OLD FILM NOIR ATMOSPHERE March 18, 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars The City of Secrets and Lies March 9, 2015
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A fan of Allan Furst's WWII thrillers, I was both delighted and skeptical to stumble upon Tom Gabbay’s "The Lisbon Crossing" while wandering through the stacks at my local library. Furst sets the bar very high when it comes to WWII espionage novels. As it turns out, Tom Gabbay is up to the challenge. While Allan Furst strikes me as the John Le Carre' of WWII fiction, Tom Gabbay writes with a lighter, wittier touch - a little Raymond Chandler, some Robert Ludlum, plus a dash of Julius Epstein (screenwriter of "Casablanca").

Gabbay's plot is simple: in the summer of 1940, while the US remains a spectator and Nazi Germany sweeps through France and threatens England, Hollywood stunt man, Jack Teller, accompanies screen legend, Lili Sterne, to Lisbon to search for Sterne's childhood friend, Eva Lange. Apart from being the stunt double for Errol Flynn, whom Teller dislikes, Jack holds his own as an amateur detective and reluctant spy. Double-cross in Lisbon is as common as port wine, and it's up to Teller to figure out who is spying for whom.

One intriguing plot line in "The Lisbon Crossing" involves Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, and his American born wife, Wallis Simpson. Gabbay portrays Edward as a Nazi appeaser while Simpson is portrayed as a woman fond of playing musical beds. In general, writers try to have some historical basis for their portrayal of real, historical characters in fiction. Gabbay's portrayal of Edward and Wallis interested me enough to search the Internet for details. While Gabbay's plot line involving Prince Edward goes beyond what can be proven, Prince Edward's attitude toward Nazi Germany was of sufficient concern that Edward and Wallis were shipped off to the Bahamas and muzzled.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Great storyline and well told. Was an easy read that kept my attention throughout.
I would highly recommend this book!
Published 13 months ago by wg
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up Gabbay's other books
I completely enjoyed the "Berlin Conspiracy" and "Lisbon Crossing", but just could not 'get into' the "Tehran Conviction". Read more
Published 22 months ago by H. Lanfear
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent but His Previous was Better
I liked his first work which is why I picked this up as well. Entertaining and a page turner, but somewhat formulaic and it eventually became difficult to suspend disbelief. Read more
Published on January 12, 2010 by Norm Zurawski
4.0 out of 5 stars Please sir, I want more !
First of his books I'd read. On the edge of your chair suspense. So I searched for his first book.Great for goosebumps ! Waiting anxiouly for next.
Published on June 22, 2008 by Norma J. Clay
3.0 out of 5 stars A new author for me.
My first book by Gabbay. The book is not bad, he appears to be a good writer, the book is easy to read, the characters are mildly entertaining, the book is a great period piece and... Read more
Published on July 10, 2007 by John B. Goode
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
I didn't read the first book from this author, but this one was a good, succinct telling of an interesting story. I'll be looking for him again.
Published on July 1, 2007 by The Queen of Floydavia
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Tom Gabbay's second novel (first of a trilogy I believe) is a great read. His writing is authoratitve and provides a fascinating, if not chilling view of secret government. Read more
Published on May 12, 2007 by Carolyn F. Katzin
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Tom Gabbay was born in 1953 in Bloomington, Indiana. After studying painting in London and Philadelphia, he began his career in New York, producing animated films for the well known children's program Sesame Street. In 1985 he joined NBC television in Los Angeles as Director of Children's programs. During his tenure at the network, he also served as a Director of Comedy Programs and Creative Director of NBC Europe. In addition to his novels, (The Berlin Conspiracy, The Lisbon Crossing, and The Tehran Conviction) he has written several screenplays and contributed political cartoons to the Philadelphia Daily News.

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