Collision of Evil

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As evening falls against the majestic backdrop of the Bavarian Alps, Charles Hirter, an American tourist, is savagely murdered. In the peace, quiet and pastoral splendor of this magnificent setting, Charles Hirter draws his last breath. Was Charles simply in the wrong place at the wrong time? Kommissar Franz Waldbaer, the German detective in charge of the case, faces an investigation that yields neither clues nor suspects nor motives. A gruff, go-it alone detective, Waldbaer is dismayed by the arrival of Robert ...

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Collision of Evil: A Franz Waldbaer Thriller

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As evening falls against the majestic backdrop of the Bavarian Alps, Charles Hirter, an American tourist, is savagely murdered. In the peace, quiet and pastoral splendor of this magnificent setting, Charles Hirter draws his last breath. Was Charles simply in the wrong place at the wrong time? Kommissar Franz Waldbaer, the German detective in charge of the case, faces an investigation that yields neither clues nor suspects nor motives. A gruff, go-it alone detective, Waldbaer is dismayed by the arrival of Robert Hirter, the victim's brother, who insists on joining the investigation. But there is more to Robert than meets the eye.As Robert and the Kommissar uncover a nefarious nexus of evil past and evil present, they find themselves probing dark, long-forgotten episodes from the Third Reich in order to identify the present threat.Thrust into a violent world of fanatic passions, malevolent intentions and excruciating urgency, Robert Hirter and Kommissar Waldbaer must race against the clock to stop a sophisticated, covert, and deadly plot.

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Le Beau, who served for more than 25 years in the CIA as a clandestine operations officer, offers few surprises and a mundane plot in his debut. After someone brains American backpacker Charles Hirter while Hirter is hiking in the Upper Bavarian Alps, his CIA operative brother, Robert, travels to Bavaria to claim his body and find the truth behind his death. An elderly Nazi tips Robert off to a possible motive for the killing—during WWII something secret was concealed in a cave near where his brother's body was found. That something secret proves to be a weapon of mass destruction, which has been found by Islamic terrorists who plan to use it for an attack in Germany. Aided by his colleagues in U.S. intelligence, Robert works with the local police to stop the fanatics before they can cause massive civilian casualties. Thrillers fans won't find much tension or suspense. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933515540
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/21/2009
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

John J. Le Beau served as a clandestine operations officer in the Central Intelligence Agency for over twenty-five years. Since January 2006, Dr. Le Beau has served as a Professor of National Security Studies in the College of International Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch, Germany. Collision of Evil is his first novel.
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  • Posted October 23, 2009

    An Original Approach to Terrorism, Old and New

    To one who has worked with, but not for, the Central Intelligence Agency and has been fortunate enough to visit Munich and southern Bavaria reading the book would have told me his former profession and where he had spent much time.

    The imaginative premise of Collision of Evil is self-described by the title. The decades-old evil that was the Third Reich has been fused with the modern evil of suicidal jihadist Muslim radicals.

    The book's protagonist, Robert Hirter, is awakened at four in the morning by a call from someone with a heavy German accent saying, "We have find your brother Charles who it is sorry for us to say now is dead." When the caller learns that Hirter speaks German, he provides more detail with a clear message. Hirter's brother was murdered.

    Le Beau effortlessly shifts point of view in telling of Collision of Evil from Hirter to the Bavarian Police Kommisar assigned to the case, Franz Waldbaer to the leader of the jihad group, Mohammed al-Assad.

    When Hirter arrives at the hotel where his brother had been staying, he is handed a note while checking in. The note is from one August Sedlmeyer who claims to have historical background information that may prove interesting to one investigating the circumstances of the murder.

    Intrigued, Hirter meets with Sedlmeyer and listens to a lengthy narrative of how a detachment of 50 Waffen SS soldiers from the Liebstandarte Adolf Hitler division had been assembled to escort an unknown, but extremely sensitive cargo, to its hiding place in a mountain cave below Munich, in southern Bavaria. The morning after the secret cargo is hidden; the unit is given a directive to surrender. Hitler is dead. The group is also told to forget their final mission as Waffen SS. The boxes were hidden in a cave just above the high meadow where Hirter's brother was murdered.

    Le Beau draws the characters of Robert Hirter and Police Kommisar Waldbaer clearly. The tensions and eventual friendship of the two forms a leitmotif for much of the story. Hirter is a CIA operative and, because of problems presented by internal German politics in the law enforcement community, calls upon his Agency for some technical help and backup. The backup comes in the form of Caroline O'Kendall; a lovely woman he'd known at CIA Headquarters in Langley, VA.

    Just what the Waffen SS hid in the cave at the end of WWII and how it threatens the Oktoberfest in Munich through a militant Islamist group, I'll let Le Beau tell you. He has constructed a vivid tale with believable characters and tense action, set in some of the most beautiful scenery on Earth. An exciting read.

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  • Posted August 19, 2009

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    an engaging suspense thriller

    In the Bavarian Alps, American backpacker Charles Hirter is hiking when he is brutally murdered. His is CIA operative brother Robert goes to Bavaria to bring his body home, but also to find his sibling's killer and why.

    German police detective Kommissar Franz Waldbaer leads the investigation, but no clues surface. Meanwhile Robert employs CIA methods and soon obtains some information on the motive behind his brother's death. A Nazi insists that a dark secret from WWII was hidden in a cave near where Charles' battered corpse was found. Robert makes further inquiries and soon concludes Islamist terrorists have found a weapon of mass destruction they plan to use. Teaming up with the Kommissar, Robert hopes to prevent a tragedy of epic proportions.

    Although the plot has been overused since 9/11 and thin, COLLISION OF EVIL is an engaging suspense thriller that constructs the plot from the realism of finding unexploded WWII bombs six decades after the hostilities ended. The story line is action-packed but very straightforward especially in light of the American being a CIA operative (should have been an accountant). Still fans will enjoy this solid suspense German police procedural CIA antiterrorist thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

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