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The Trojan Spy Paperback – March 17, 2012
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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
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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.
Rome, Winter 2012
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
PS. I won't be surprised to see the movie version out soon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a spy thriller of a different kind. It explains the situation in Europe on the geostrategic level as you've never seen or heard it explained before. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Heli
This novel by Mr. Stewart was a fantastic thriller. A page turning spy novel just does not do it justice, a great read on a rainy day when you want a little action in your... Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by StyleSnob
I bought "The Trojan Spy" in part because of the intriguing comments on this site and because I knew Gaither Stewart's background as a journalist. Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by Belle
Have been enjoying reading spy thrillers for a good 40 years.. Way back when in the 60's James Bond was my favorite! Read morePublished on September 28, 2012 by Carol
Just saw a review about this book comparing this writer to LeCarre; an apt analogy. A thinking man's spy thriller. no roots, no home; I was able to identify with those issues.Published on June 14, 2012 by ChelseaD
'The Trojan Spy' unravels the shroud that obscures power, deception and human nature in international espionage. Read morePublished on May 27, 2012 by Amazon Customer
The Trojan Spy is the perfect companion if you are looking to spend some time enjoying reading with a vibrant book. Read morePublished on May 16, 2012 by Maura
This is a beautiful book which powerfully conjures a time and a place and draws in the reader immediately. Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by valetta