The alpha list Hardcover – January 1, 1979
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The story itself was pretty simple with Charlie Kelly being accused of peddling industrial secrets to the Russians (KGB) and a personal friend who worked for the SIS (Secret Itell. Service) had been sent to investigate. But, it was written along time ago and with the changes in Europe, especially since 1989, it's not a believable anymore, if it ever was. The wall that separated Germany has long gone and the Soviet Union has fallen and has become Russia with only its' satellite states remaining. Communism has retreated and central Europe has emerged as a variety of predominately democratic countries with Eastern Europe confined to the likes of Bulgaria, the Ukraine, Romania, Belarus and some satellite states east of Turkey. One Star.
Ted Allbeury wrote a staggering 42 novels and used two other pen names ~ Richard Butler and Patrick Kelly as well. Here are 26 other read’s from Allbeury, all rated accordingly:
THE GOOD (Four to Five Stars): 'A Wilderness of Mirrors', 'A Time Without Shadows' aka 'The Rules of the Game', 'The Only Good German' aka ‘Mission Berlin’, 'The Dangerous Edge', ‘Palomino Blonde’ aka 'Omega- minus','The Lonely Margins', ’The Crossing' aka ‘The Berlin Exchange’, 'Seeds of Treason', 'Other Kinds of Treason', 'Special Forces' aka 'Moscow Quadrille', the feel good, 'The Girl From Addis', 'Pay Any Price' and the rather exceptional, and this person's favourite, 'The Line-Crosser' (published in 1993).
THE AVERAGE (Two or Three Stars): Some other novels that this person thought were either average or only okay were: 'A Shadow of a Doubt', 'Show Me a Hero', ‘The Reckoning’, ’The Twentieth Day of January’ a.k.a. ‘Cold Tactics’, 'The Reaper' aka 'The Stalking Angel', 'Shadow of Doubt' and ‘Deep Purple’.
THE UGLY (One or two stars): It’s, however, probably best to stay away from: ‘Aid and Comfort’, ‘The Assets' aka “Due Process’, 'The Secret Whispers’, ’Consequences of Fear' aka ‘Smokescreen’ and ’The Spirit of Liberty' aka ‘Beyond the Silence’. He also wrote, ’The Choice' which is not espionage and this reader thought (even though it was critically acclaimed) not a good one.
Top international reviews
Its the first book I've read by the author and I'll be trying some of his others.
I have not had time to read the book yet but now I have retired, I should get more time and I'm sure it will be great.