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The Stasi was among the most sophisticated intelligence organisations in the world, but by the end of the 80s the state of East Germany was collapsing around it. The squads of armed officers, the torture chambers in the Stasi jails, 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 that BRANDENBURG is set. Dr Rudi Rosenharte - once a double agent, now an art historian living quietly in Dresden - is summoned toTrieste for a rendezvous with former lover and colleague, Annalise Schering. Yet Rosenharte knows she's dead: he'd seen her himself, lying in her own bloodied bathwater. So who is this woman, this ghost? The Stasi believes she's the real Annalise and that she has vital intelligence to impart to Rosenharte, for they have intercepted a letter from her saying exactly that. And to ensure that Rosenharte plays their game, they have imprisoned his family and will only release them when Rudi has got the information they so desperately seek. But the Stasi is not the only intelligence organisation with its claws in Rudi Rosenharte.
Soon he is encircled by no fewer than four, including MI6, and he must face a stark choice: to leave those he loves to the mercy of the Stasi; or to return to East Germany to carry out a dangerous assignment under the Stasi's all-seeing eye.
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  • CD-Audio
  • 124 x 142 x 24mm | 199.58g
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Abridged
  • 0752874659
  • 9780752874654

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 contributes commentary and reportage to the Guardian, Observer, Evening Standard and Sunday Telegraph. He is the British editor of the American magazine Vanity Fair and divides his time between New York and London. Andrew Sachs has performed widely in stage, film and television. Television work includes Manuel in Fawlty Tower, Einstein in Horizon Special: Einstein, Peter Pryce in Jack of Hearts, and Joseph in Silent Witness. He also does commentating, radio work (winner of the Sony Radio Awards 1989 Best Actor) and numerous voice-overs and audiobooks (Performer of the Year, the Spoken Word Awards 1999).
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'A compelling spy thriller, combined with the voice of Andrew Sachs, make this a winning recording. A successful venture into John le Carre territory - a complex story set in 1989 where the East is still East and the West is best.' -- Sue Baker PUBLISHING NEWS 'It's 1989, the Berlin Wall is down and Rudi, working for MI6 in the GDR, could escape to the west but doesn't. His twin brother has been detained by the Stasi. If you thought cold war thrillers were old hat and that, in any case, Deighton and Le Carre had cornered the market, think again. Is this the first novel to feature Vladimir Putin in his KGB days?' -- Sue Arnold GUARDIAN 'Read by one of the masters of spoken word material, Andrew Saches, the drama centres on the Dresden academic and MI6 agent, Dr Rudolph Rossenhart, who, when his security is compromised, faces a stark choice - should he defect to the West, leaving his family to the mercy of the Stasi or return to East Germany to undertake a dangerous assignment under the Stasi's suspicious gaze?' -- Vidar Hjardeng THE BOOK MAGAZINE
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