- Paperback: 188 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace; 2nd edition (November 9, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1453825142
- ISBN-13: 978-1453825143
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,922,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Day Before the Berlin Wall: Could We Have Stopped It?: An Alternate History of Cold War Espionage Paperback – November 9, 2010
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T.H.E. Hill served with the U.S. Army Security Agency at Field Station Berlin in the mid-1970s, after a tour at Herzo Base in the late 1960s. He is a three-time graduate of the Defense Language Institute (DLIWC) in Monterey, California, the alumni of which are called “Monterey Marys”. The Army taught him to speak Russian, Polish, and Czech; three tours in Germany taught him to speak German, and his wife taught him to speak Dutch. He has been a writer his entire adult life, but now retired from Federal Service, he writes what he wants, instead of the things that others tasked him to write while he was still working.
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From the back of the book we learn that the plot is based on a legend passed around about a U.S. knowing in advance that a wall was to be constructed and if the Americans became aggressive they were to stop building the wall. T.H.E. Hill has created a character in the form of army sergeant working the "east" side by the name of Dieter, who comes across the information that a wall is to be built. He is accused of murder, a set-up to prevent him from getting the information back to the west side. The problem comes in when you have your side and the other side after you. I won't say anything further because I think everyone interested in this time period should read this book. One thing I found fascinating was the double ending. The reader is given a choice of how to end the fictional account, "correct or fictionalized". I of course had to read both.
I was pleased to learn he has two other published works; "Voices Under Berlin: The Tale of Monterey Mary" and "Berlin in the Early Cold-War Army Booklets". These are must reads for me. [...]
Actually there are legends that this was the case. The Day Before the Berlin Wall is a fictional novel based upon that legend. An american informant receives knowledge that the wall is being built and as part of those orders to build the wall, there is a statement that if Americans interfere then the operation is to be halted.
The book was a bit difficult for me to follow at first as the informant had suffered from a head injury and he is carrying on conversations with various parts of his own mind. However, the more I read, the more this enhanced the story plot. I know little about this time period in history, but I found the book to be very informative, despite it being fiction.
It actually allows for two different endings and the outcome of those endings. It was a little puzzling to me, as to why the informant could not approach American authorities to present his information. Throughout the book he continues to hide from local authorities as he is wanted for a murder he did not commit. This situation was probably my misunderstanding of the times and the results of his behaviors if he did not reach the appropriate person. I enjoyed reading the book and I think that those who are interested in fictional history would appreciate the content of the book.