- File Size: 1427 KB
- Print Length: 248 pages
- Publication Date: April 1, 1985
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005OL13YM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,918,950 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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We're in the middle of the cold war - my guess is 1960-1961 or so, when a real incident similar to the one in the book actually took place.
A British spy, honeymooning on Corfu, is found dead and Luke, another agent from MI6 is dispatched to look into it.
Greece is not his specialty, so Jennifer, who works at the British embassy in Athens and speaks Greek, goes to Corfu with Luke to help. They uncover a Soviet plot aimed at Albania, just across the strait from Corfu, which they need to stop. They also discover a whole bunch of other anomalies.
The book packs suspense upon suspense, simultaneously covering Luke's and Jennifer's moves and those of Vlasov, the chief Soviet spy, building to a hair-raising climax.
I loved the book, which was beautifully written, ran like a roller coaster, and presented plastic characters!
One caveat: the book was written at the approximate time the events within it took place. So, things that were obvious then may not be so obvious now. Albania was ruled by a Chinese-allied communist dictatorship - the only one of its kind in Europe - and was otherwise completely isolated from all other countries in the world. The Soviets were decidedly unhappy with that situation and that is what this yarn is based on. Hoxha, mentioned several times is Enver Hoxha (pronounced Hodzha), was the party boss of Albania and a fan of Mao Zedong and Stalin.