Berlin Red

Berlin Red

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April, 1945.
East of Berlin, the Red Army stands poised to unleash its final assault upon the ruined capital of Hitler's Thousand Year Reich.

To the north, at a lonely outpost near the Baltic sea, German scientists perfect a guidance system for the mighty V2 rocket, which has already caused massive damage to the cities of London and Antwerp. This device, known only by the codename Diamondstream, will allow the rocket to arrive at its target with pin-point accuracy. So devastating is the potential of this newly-mastered technology that Hitler's promise to the German people of a 'miracle weapon' that will turn the tide of the war might actually come true.

When a radio message sent to Hitler's Headquarters, heralding the success of Diamondstream, is intercepted by an English listening station, British Intelligence orders one of its last agents operating in Berlin to acquire the plans for the device, Desperate to evacuate their agent from the doomed city before the Red Army swarms through its streets, British Special Operations turns to the Kremlin for help.
They ask for one man in particular - Inspector Pekkala.

Anxious to acquire the plans for himself, Stalin readily agrees to risk his finest investigator on what appears to be a suicide mission.

But when Pekkala learns the reason that the British have singled him out, he knows that he must make the journey, no matter what the outcome might be. The agent he must rescue is the woman he had planned to marry, before the Revolution tore them apart, sending her to Paris as a refugee and Pekkala to a gulag in Siberia.

This time, for Pekkala, it is personal.

Publisher: London : Faber & Faber, 2016.
ISBN: 9780571322367
0571322360
Branch Call Number: EAS
Characteristics: 377 pages

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tjdickey
Dec 15, 2017

What better backdrop for Inspector Pekkala than Berlin in the final days of the thousand-year Reich, and the claustrophobic air of the Hitler Bunker? Classic espionage, predictions of super-weapons, and a romantic memory "frozen in time since just before the [Russian] Revolution" all vie for attention in the plotting, and the past collides with the present for Hitler, for Stalin, and for Pekkala all at once. Eastland's glasses might be a bit on the rosy side, but "Berlin Red" proves very satisfying, either read as a climax to the series or as a stand-alone thriller.

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gogo12127
Aug 02, 2017

April, 1945. East of Berlin, the Red Army stands poised to unleash its final assault upon the ruined capital of Hitler's Thousand Year Reich. To the north, at a lonely outpost near the Baltic Sea, German scientists perfect a guidance system for the mighty V-2 rocket, which has already caused massive damage to the cities of London and Antwerp. This device, known only by the code name Diamond Stream, will allow the rocket to arrive at its target with pinpoint accuracy. So devastating is the potential of this newly-mastered technology that Hitler's promise to the German people of a 'miracle weapon' that will turn the tide of the war might actually come true. When a radio message sent to Hitler's Headquarters, heralding the success of Diamond Stream, is intercepted by an English listening station, British Intelligence orders one of its last agents operating in Berlin to acquire the plans for the device. Desperate to evacuate their agent from the doomed city before the Red Army swarms through its streets, they ask for one man in particular – Inspector Pekkala. This time, for Pekkala, it is personal.

Berlin Red is the seventh of the Inspector Pekkala novels and the best in my opinion. It is also the last of the series, and I will miss him. I hope the author has another series of a similar nature in the works.

Update/Addendum: I had an email conversation with the author. He said that he has several stand-alone books on the front burner, and they may morph into series. He also said that a Inspector Pekalla television series is in the works.

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TheresaAJ
Nov 21, 2016

Inspector Pekkala is sent to Berlin in April 1945 by Stalin when the British government asks for help in extracting a spy from the crumbling city. As Pekkala pieces together the real reason for the British request, the reader experiences the end of World War II from both the Russian and German viewpoints. As the Germans and Russians scramble to reach Christophe first, details about Hitler's V-2 rocket program lead to one last fatal launch on a remote Danish farm. The only casualty is an ancient dairy cow. This novel is an interesting look at the last days of war-torn Berlin.

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