With nothing to lose and a growing affinity to England, he accepted. Thus began two decades of solid intelligence work as Kruger made use of all his knowledge and contacts to create an impressive spy network in East Germany that had reaches even into the Soviet Union. Nothing lasts forever and eventually someone talked. The network started to get picked up. Kruger worked tirelessly to save as many as he could and he was successful enough to get a healthy respect from his superiors and peers.
As the series begins, though, the 70's are quickly winding down and a great operative and spy master from the 50's and 60's is considered archaic to those coming up who would function in the 80's. Technology has changed so much and the atmosphere in the world was so different, it is hard for Kruger to have any relevance. This large, bumbling-looking, aged agent is still at the top of his game but few know it.
And even fewer realize that the bumbling movements, the shy demeanor, the almost stupid deportment are all tricks of the trade to make everyone discount him. Unfortunately, now his deceptive abilities have worked too well. Note that the author, Mr. Gardner, also wrote a three-book series called the Secret Trilogy.
In the third book, Kruger makes his entrance as a young agent.
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Sort order. Got this book and read it based on a recommendation that the series of three was very good by an author that I like a lot. It was a little slow going the first half of the book with alternations between present day s and back to World War II. There were a few red herrings and I was kind of kept guessing until near the end. The second half was much better with some action and suspense. There were also some parts of the story that we're a little hard to believe but then again the Nazis were k Got this book and read it based on a recommendation that the series of three was very good by an author that I like a lot.
There were also some parts of the story that we're a little hard to believe but then again the Nazis were kind of crazy so who knows. The very ending of the book had a 5 digit code that was simulated handwritten but I have no idea what it means. Another in the Herbie Kruger spy series which begins with a German woman approaching a Yeoman Warden at the Tower of London and asking where her husband, a Nazi spy captured in , was executed and buried. Towards the book's conclusion, SS Another in the Herbie Kruger spy series which begins with a German woman approaching a Yeoman Warden at the Tower of London and asking where her husband, a Nazi spy captured in , was executed and buried.
Towards the book's conclusion, SS Chief Heinrich Himmler makes an appearance and various other leading Nazis get a name check as this convoluted spy thriller unfolds. The story jumps back and forth in time, from the 's to and from England to France and back. It's nothing like a John le Carre novel, but it will satisfy fans of your average spy thriller. Oct 03, iain finlayson rated it really liked it Shelves: crime-germany , spy. This is my first John Gardner book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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I must admit I liked the character and central protagonist of Herbie Kruger and for me, he was very believable. I liked the way the story developed and the way the pieces slowly fitted together. I liked the twist at the end of the book. Sep 22, Kenneth rated it really liked it Shelves: the-mummsyland. Entertaining and readable. The plot is a little far-fetched. The Nostradamus Traitor begins in London in , when what appears to be an old lady tourist from Germany approaches a Beefeater at the Tower of London.
Instead of the usual touristy question, though, Frau Fenderman is looking for information about her long-dead husband, Claus Fenderman, who she says was a spy for Germany in World War II and was hanged at the Tower. This hot potato lands in the lap of British Intelligence veteran Herbie Kruger.
It's only fair, really, since Herbie speaks German, The Nostradamus Traitor begins in London in , when what appears to be an old lady tourist from Germany approaches a Beefeater at the Tower of London. It's only fair, really, since Herbie speaks German, having been born in Berlin. Herbie'd lost his father, but he also lost his friends, Jewish friends, and he knew what the Nazis had done to them, so when the Allies arrived, he immediately made himself useful to them.
He's spent decades running agents for Britain in the Cold War, and now he's nearing the end of his career. Frau Fenderman's story seems plausible to Herbie and he even wonders if she might be a possible contact for his espionage group when she returns to Germany. But then things start to smell funny. There is no record of a spy named Claus Fenderman having been hanged at the Tower——or anywhere else in Britain, for that matter. Frau Fenderman also seems to be more familiar with London's streets than she should be.