- Paperback: 395 pages
- Publisher: CallioCrest (July 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857780263
- ISBN-13: 978-0857780263
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,816,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Trojan Spy Paperback – July 15, 2010
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Not since John Le Carré gave us Alec Leamas, the tormented antihero of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, have we seen a master spy with the character complexities of Anatoly Nikitin, the formidable former Soviet agent whose ultimate target is nothing less than the organizers of present-day terrorism, embedded in western intelligence. In The Trojan Spy Gaither Stewart weaves not only a classic espionage thriller but a compelling moral tale whose central questions resonate long after we put down the volume. --Patrice Greanville, Editor in Chief, Cyrano's Journal
In continuous action from the early period of the Cold War to today's war on terror, Gaither Stewart knits together in elegant style a tale of murder and intrigue, told with an insider's knowledge of duplicity and set with authentic detail in places like Moscow and Munich, St. Moritz and Perugia, and the Middle East. The book is for thoughtful readers who take time to savor the style, the exotic locales and the psychological nuances. --James Critchlow, Senior Soviet analyst in various U.S. government international communications agencies, and author of Nationalism in Uzbekistan
Great spy novels explore the moral ambiguity of the world of the secret agent. A spy may embark on his career because of a deep belief in an ideology or an ideal, but he quickly learns that he can serve this ideal or ideology only by hiding behind a shield of an amoral detachment. Having served on both sides in the Cold War, Stewart s consummate spy, Anatoly Nikitin, personifies this ambiguity. Now, in this page-turner, Nikitin, cynical and disillusioned, hunts a new prey, one that will prove the greatest and riskiest challenge in his career. --Case Wagenvoord author of Open Letters to George W. Bush: Letters to W from his ardent admirer, Belacqua Jones
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.
Rome, Winter 2012 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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. foretells, "A nation that forgets its history is doomed to repeat it" not only nations, but the world equally is at risk if we feel our country is forever free of falling prey to powers who masquerade
behind veneers of patriotism, security and demagoguery, demonizing true journalists who speak truth to power and to a citizenry that is intentionally being fed the modern version of bread and circuses while our country slides into a malaise we may not awake in time to avert. Regardless of your political persuasion, usual reading genres, I hope you will read this book...it truly is imperative for our nation's future.
I found additional information about the writing of these books on the author's website.
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.