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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Punto Press LLC (March 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984026304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984026302
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,542,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A powerful spy novel different from the "standard" in the genre. The Trojan Spy stands side by side with classics by Le Carré,  delving into the complexities of the human mind, and breaching the uncomfortable issues of today's terrorism hype and tension strategy. Must read.--Michael Korovkin, Cyrano's Journal Today

In continuous action from the early period of the Cold War to today's war on terror, Gaither Stewart knits together a tale of murder and intrigue, told with an insider's knowledge of duplicity and set in places like Moscow and Munich, Perugia, and the Middle East. This is a book for thoughtful readers. --James Critchlow, Nationalism in Uzbekistan

From the Author

When I began The Trojan Spy in 2007, I intended writing a story about an extraordinary man, a Russian spy, who at the end of World War II was sent from Moscow to Berlin to become a sleeper and a future secret agent for the victorious Soviet Union. During the Cold War he became a double or, perhaps, a triple agent. The fictional figure of cosmopolitan, polyglot Anatoly Nikitin had been developing in my mind long before I wrote the first words about him. At the time I did not realize where Nikitin would eventually lead me. For during his long
career extending from post-war Berlin well into the twentieth century he acquired many admirers and imitators on both sides of the conflict and gave birth to a series of characters who followed in his footsteps and ultimately fought wars far different from his.

In The Trojan Spy some of his followers accompany him, already an old man, in his battle against the hidden powers behind terrorism. Other characters influenced by Nikitin emerge and assume protagonist roles in the following two novels, Lily Pad Roll and Time of Exile, which together with The Trojan Spy form the Europe Trilogy. In each book some characters vanish, swallowed up by harsh happenings on the world stage; new ones replace them, too. In one way or another each of them seems like a creation of Anatoly Nikitin. Though The Trojan Spy is considered a spy novel, Lily Pad Roll and Time of Exile change categories and delve into the chicanery and machination of corrupt and degenerate power today, in effect showing the dark side of the New World Order, which threatens the existence of planet Earth.

One might wonder why Europe Trilogy. The difference between the noun, Europe, and the adjective, European, is a subtle one. The three novels are set in Europe, although they are not strictly stories about only European matters; they spill over the edges and concern everyone on our planet. If I had to say precisely what all these words, pages, chapters and books are about, I would say they concern the deterioration of power into new forms of tyranny, aspects of which we can all witness today despite power's deceptive and misleading forms. The three novels attempt to pinpoint the essence of the small world elite that has separated itself from  the rest of mankind, spawning such horrors as globalization and neo-imperialism, while remaining cloaked by abstruse functions and concealed behind the gilded doors of international financial institutions and protected by power's Praetorian Guards.

The best of the diverse characters who populate the trilogy demonstrate that people can and do change. They are persons who suffer from the compulsion to explore matters beyond their grasp, condemned to search for the unattainable, to know the unknowable, as per Ed Duvin in his Notes from the Asylum. Besides debunking the mythology of Capitalism, the Europe Trilogy attacks head-on Neo-Fascism, today called Corporatism, precisely as the Italian dictator of last century, Benito Mussolini, preferred to call his Fascism.
--Gaither Stewart
Rome, Winter 2012

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The cast of fascinating characters and the plot are developed very well.
Alberto
Complicated, elegant, and disturbing, 'The Trojan Spy' is perfect for those of us who crave substance and intellectual challenge in a good read.
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Just finished reading this book and all I can say is WOW and DOUBLE WOW!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sweet Pea #2 on August 11, 2012
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I just finished a classic for modern times. As others have said, I was truly sad to see the last page, anxious to read the next book in this Europe Trilogy. (Mr. Stewart was kind of enough to share with me its 9/13 publishing date.) After I read the publisher and author's prefaces, I truly felt I had not paid nearly enough for what prescient wisdom both essays contained. Little did I know the joyous, intellectual and suspenseful milieu that this novel enveloped me in as I often read far into the night, unable to put this matchless spy story down.
Mr. Stewart is a fearless teller of truths, a sagacious social critic, and a seer of where evil actors may lead us all. His story teller's art is masterfully executed. His psychological insights into human drives added depth and reality to his story that brings his readers into a complex interplay of nations, isms, and forces that are covert and amoral as to their goals and ruthless in their quests for power. I left the book feeling that I not only had read the best book for me in a decade (and I read about three books a week) but I also felt wiser in discerning what news is behind the pseudo newscasts that we are often mesmerized by. Human interest stories, and similar "Chewing gum for the eyes" substitutes for knowledge so vital to a healthy democracy. I have read other Pulitzer prize winner authors books about issues and events that Mr. Stewart alludes to in this book. I hope reading his tome will inspire people to seek out the truth that begs for attention. As the quote carved in a federal building in D.C.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William T. Hathaway on May 9, 2012
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Most spy thrillers are written from the assumption that we're the good guys who are under attack by bad guys so evil that we're justified in bending the rules to save ourselves from them. Lies, deceit, sabotage, even murder are sometimes necessary to defend peace, justice, and the American Way against (pick one, depending on when the book was written) Nazis, communists, or terrorists.
Gaither Stewart offers no such patriotic platitudes in The Trojan Spy. The bad guys turn out to be us -- the US and its Western allies. Our intelligence agencies are revealed to be working in a symbiotic relationship with the terrorists, using the attacks to provide justification for wars of geopolitical and economic conquest.
Stewart's subversive heresy guarantees that The Trojan Spy will be ignored by the propaganda machines of the corporate mass media. It's a dangerous book, and a very good one -- characters with complex personalities who act in unexpected ways, a well-structured story full of surprises, authentically rendered settings, and a direct but graceful narrative style. If Stewart had followed the conventions of the genre, reinforcing the myth that the West is the Best, The Trojan Spy could have been boosted by the media into a best seller. But it's a better book than that -- a book that tells the truth.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Guillaume F. Rochat on April 30, 2012
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The book is a tour-de-force by a sophisticated well-traveled journalist who captures not only the character of the cities in which he sets his tale, but he also involves us deeply within the psychological motives of his protagonists. I read it with fascination and admiration for its intellectual and political intricacies. It certainly deserves to be made into a major movie thriller.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alberto on April 27, 2012
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A very well written, fast paced thriller that kept me engrossed in the story from start to finish. The cast of fascinating characters and the plot are developed very well. The Trojan Spy had me race through the pages as fast as my Kindle allowed me. Do yourself a favor: load up your Kindle (or Ipad) or just get the paper version of The Trojan Spy today. You will be wowed! I highly recommend it.
PS. I won't be surprised to see the movie version out soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Carline on April 25, 2012
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The Trojan Spy

This is intrigue in post-Cold War Europe with a big difference - it's fiction of course, but reality-based. Stewart knows the territory, knows the history, knows the places and the introspective workings of the characters' minds. The Berlin Wall may have fallen, but in the minds of some government strategists the Cold War never ended. Russia is still the big threat to Western dominance, the unstated enemy that must be contained and undermined. Add to this the background of state-sponsored false flag terrorism and the invention of a new ostensible enemy (radical Islam) to replace the supposed Red Menace and we have a situation in Europe (and the Middle East) not dissimilar to that of the '70s and '80s which spawned Operation Gladio. Stewart tells a good tale - but he also wants to alert us to present threats which come, not from some imagined or invented external enemy, but from within the secret apparatus of the state. It's story-telling that's more than entertaining - it's relevant and important.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diane G on April 16, 2012
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I adore when a novel sucks me in to the point I cannot wait to turn another page; then conversely, am saddened when it ends. The Trojan Spy had it all, complexity of character, action and food for deeper thought. Highly recommended!
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