A Single Spy

A Single Spy

Book - 2017 | 1st ed
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"Alexsi Ivanovich Smirnov, an orphan and a thief, has been living by his wits and surviving below the ever-watchful eye of the Soviet system until his luck finally runs out. In 1936, at the age of 16, Alexsi is caught by the NKVD and transported to Moscow. There, in the notorious headquarters of the secret police, he is given a choice: be trained and inserted as a spy into Nazi Germany under the identity of his best friend, the long lost nephew of a high ranking Nazi official, or disappear forever in the basement of the Lubyanka. For Alexsi, it's no choice at all. Over the course of the next seven years, Alexsi has to live his role, that of the devoted nephew of a high Nazi official, and ultimately works for the legendary German spymaster Wilhelm Canaris as an intelligence agent in the Abwehr. All the while, acting as a double agent--reporting back to the NKVD and avoiding detection by the Gestapo. Trapped between the implacable forces of two of the most notorious dictatorships in history, and truly loyal to no one but himself, Alexsi's goal remains the same--survival. In 1943, Alexsi is chosen by the Gestapo to spearhead one of the most desperate operations of the war--to infiltrate the site of the upcoming Tehran conference between Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin, and set them up to be assassinated. For Alexsi, it's the moment of truth; for the rest of the world, the future is at stake."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2017
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781250080813
Characteristics: 391 p. ; 25 cm


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Mar 10, 2018

A good book!! About the making of a spy, from a boy and then his placement in Germany during the Communist Russia under Stalin. If he fails he will be killed and understands this as a condition of his training as a spy. If the Germans find out he is spying for the Soviets it will also mean he loses his life.

Feb 14, 2018

Excellent read. The author can write.

Nov 14, 2017

What a great find. If you like spy or detective type novels then try "A Single Spy". I found it fast paced, interesting and on occasions suspenseful. Some of the writing about Stalin and communism and understanding what someone was really saying was insightful/interesting.

Jul 01, 2017

This is what I read, while waiting for that other great book to come along. It was okay, Something was missing, but I am not smart enough to let you know what. Sorry

Jun 27, 2017

Excellent book!

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