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Then We Take Berlin (Joe Wilderness series)

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    John Lawton(Author)

John Holderness, known to the women in his life as 'Wilderness', comes of age during World War II in Stepney, East London, breaking in to houses with his grandfather.

After the war, Wilderness is recruited as MI5's resident 'cat burglar' and finds himself in Berlin, involved with schemes in the booming black market that put both him and his relationships in danger.

In 1963 it is a most unusual and lucrative request that persuades Wilderness to return - to smuggle someone under the Berlin Wall and out of East Germany. But this final scheme may prove to be one challenge too far...

Then We Take Berlin is a gripping, meticulously researched and richly detailed historical thriller - a moving story of espionage and war, and people caught up in the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century.

A stylish spy thriller. --The New York TimesLawton's gift for atmosphere, memorable characters and intelligent plotting has been compared to John le Carré, but his dry humor also invokes the late Ross Thomas. Thomas wrote smart espionage that was serious but never, so to speak, without a twinkle in its eye. Never mind the comparisons - Lawton can stand up on his own, and Then We Take Berlin is a gem. --Seattle TimesA superbly well-built Cold War cocktail-bracing, deliriously delicious, but carrying the slightly bitteraftertaste of dreams gone bad. --BooklistJohn Lawton finds himself in the same boat as the late Patrick O'Brian - a sublimely elegant historical novelist as addictive as crack but overlooked by too many readers for too long. --Daily Telegraph on A Lily of the FieldAdmirable, ambitious and haunting, this is the sort of thriller that defies categorisation. I look forward with enthusiasm to the next one. --Spectator on A Lily of the FieldJohn Lawton's books contain such a wealth of period detail, character description and background information that they are lifted out of any category. Every word is enriched by the author's sophistication and irreverent intelligence, by his meticulous research and his wit. --Literary Review on A Lily of the Field

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Book details

  • PDF | 432 pages
  • John Lawton(Author)
  • Grove Press; Main edition (5 Dec. 2013)
  • English
  • 6
  • Crime, Thrillers & Mystery
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  • By alan on 9 December 2013

    Another outstanding book by this author, He must be head and shoulders above the competition in this genre, It grips you from the first page to the last, Just when you think you have worked it out it takes you in another direction, I'm not going to write endless paragraphs about the characters or the plot as some people seem to do as it's not necessary Just get the book and find out for yourselves, you will not be disappointed.

  • By Anne S. on 15 August 2017

    Had not read any books by this author before but found it a good read and well written

  • By bobbell on 30 July 2017

    You have to have a lead character that engages with the reader. I found myself not caring about the outcome so quit after 30% of the read. It was just dull.

  • By David G on 10 September 2014

    Its a downloaded book!!!!!!

  • By puzzled on 15 August 2017

    Didn't finish it ,,,,became bogged down in the tale.

  • By Prenzlberg on 28 February 2014

    As a keen historian who has spent many years living and working in Berlin I have to say that I was pulled in by Lawton's brilliant characters, good historical understanding and perceptive description of the mindset and human foibles that prevailed in the post-war period (on reflection I don't suppose things have changed that much really). His writing is effortless and his cynicism and wonderful (in my humble opinion) sense of humour makes this a great read. I have read hundreds of books about this period, this is up there with the very best. Despite the chronology switching around, the narrative still flows. Don't get hung up on this, just let the story grab you and enjoy the ride.

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