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The Stasi was among the most sophisticated intelligence organisations in the world, but by the end of the 1980s the Orwellian state of East Germany was collapsing around it. The special squads of armed officers, the torture chambers in the Stasi jail, the hundreds of thousands of informers could do nothing to prevent the rebellion that saw the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is in the context of these last few paranoid weeks of the Communist world, when a population that had been oppressed for nearly sixty years found the will to rise up, that this outstanding thriller is set. Its hero is Dr Rudolf Rosenharte, an academic from Dresden and agent for MI6; his controller is Robert Harland, from A SPY'S LIFE and EMPIRE STATE. When Rosenharte's security is compromised he is faced with a stark choice: to defect to the West, leaving his beloved family to the mercies of the Stasi, or return to East Germany to carry out a dangerous assignment under the Stasi's suspicious more

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  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 114 x 178 x 40mm | 300g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752864947
  • 9780752864945
  • 597,894

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"A slick thriller. [Porter] is clearly at home in the era, evoking the combined tension and hope of the days before the fall of the Berlin Wall with some skill. A stylish and always enjoyable thriller and Rosenharte... is both a believable and satisfyingly ambivalent hero." THE OBSERVER, 12 Feb "Brandenburg has all the ambtition and assurance of Porter's earlier books, with an even more assiduously realised time and place. Apart from the customarily rich characterisation, we have as palm-sweating a narrative as one could wish -- along with a richly drawn portrait of an epoch, crammed with authentic detail." GOOD BOOK GUIDE, 1 Mar "Porter's latest elegant thriller introduces us to an attractively flawed hero. Porter's skill is in the detail. This is not just a heart-stopping thriller, but a fascinating evocation of the Cold War." DAILY MAIL, 3 Mar "Fast becoming the master of all he portrays, Porter rebuilds spy fiction and takes on the mantle once held by Le Carre. Porter's success lies in his ability to weave the fictitious lives of his characters into the real history of the period." GLASGOW HERALD, 18 Marshow more

About Henry Porter

Henry Porter has written for most national broadsheet newspapers. He was editor of the Atticus column on the Sunday Times, moving to set up the Sunday Correspondent magazine in 1988. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian, Observer, Evening Standard and Sunday Telegraph. He is the British editor of Vanity Fair, and lives in more

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521 ratings
3.68 out of 5 stars
5 20% (106)
4 40% (210)
3 29% (153)
2 7% (37)
1 3% (15)
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