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Posing as travel reporter Adelheid Zinsli and lover of SS officer Lars Lang, ...
Posing as travel reporter Adelheid Zinsli and lover of SS officer Lars Lang, Hannah has been collecting Nazi secrets from Lang and smuggling them back to Switzerland. Wanted by the SS, her travel in and out of Germany has always been fraught with danger, but this trip is especially treacherous.
Surrounded by former colleagues who could identify her, Hannah tries to keep a low profile while reporting on the Games as Adelheid. Her relationship with Lang gets more complicated as he sinks into alcoholism; the whispers she hears about his work in the SS give her chills. Whose side is he on?
Hannah agrees to meet her mentor, Peter Weill, at the Stadium, but before he can reveal information that will expose the Nazis, he dies in front of her. Hannah suspects poison.
Hannah must discover who killed Weill and get his secret package out of the country before the Olympics end and the Nazis tighten their noose…and before her true identity is revealed. And her partner may be the very one about to expose her…
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The murder of her mentor compels a World War II agent out of the shadows and into danger.
1936. Journalist Hannah Vogel is in Berlin, ostensibly to cover the Summer Olympic Games for travel newspapers, but she's actually engaged in espionage. Under the name Adelheid Zinsli, she has become the lover of Lars Lang, an SS officer who, like her, is secretly working for the West...she thinks. They watch the opening ceremonies together in the massive Olympic Stadium. As Hitler struts triumphantly, Hannah plots to slip away from Lars so that she can meet her mentor, Peter Weill. Barely has Peter delivered his requestthat Hannah carry a certain valuable package out of the country than he collapses dead at her feet, presumably a victim of poison poured into the pocket flask he's always carried. Improvising quickly as a crowd that includes Lars gathers around her, Hannah identifies Peter as her father. Hannah's failure to tell Lars about her rendezvous with Peter drives a wedge into their relationship and adds a deeper layer of mistrust and danger as Hannah attempts to find the mysterious package and ferret out the identity of Peter's killer. Discovering Peter's secret notebookcleverly hidden in his umbrella sets her on a path that takes her deeper into the Gestapo and leads to a reunion withBoris, an ex-lover she realizes she's still in love with.
Hannah's third adventure(A Night of Long Knives, 2010, etc.) is an uneasy mix of romance, complicated thriller and mystery, greatly enhanced by the author's vivid portrait of prewar Berlin.
Excerpted from Game of Lies by Rebecca Cantrell. Copyright © 2011 Rebecca Cantrell. Excerpted by permission of Tom Doherty Associates.
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Posted September 23, 2013
This author is so enjoyable to read. You need to start with her first book, follow with the second and then this the third.
The characters are beautifully developed and carried throughout the books.
I just discovered that this genius has a fourth book out and I just bought it
.They are an exciting read.
Posted February 7, 2013
Posted April 19, 2012
Excellent story that keeps you from wanting to put it down. I highly recommend this series to anyone that likes reading stories that take place in pre-war Berlin. I can't wait for the 4th book to come out this summer!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 15, 2012
Posted September 28, 2011
Count me in too. The third Hannah Vogel novel of life in Hitler's Berlin continues to intrigue as she embarks on yet another thrilling round of espionage. Author Cantrell has created some very memorable characters, and not the least is Lars Lang, who accompanies Hannah throughout much of A Game of Lies. Along with Phillip Kerr's Berlin stories, these novels give the reader as up close and personal a look at Nazi Berlin as one could expect to have. However hard life may be in these economic times, no one will hopefully ever live through what went on in Nazi Germany.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 11, 2011
In 1936, the Gestapo still seek crime reporter Hannah Vogel for her kidnapping Anton the young son of the now dead Nazi official Ernst Rohm five years ago (see A Trace of Smoke). However, the deadly secret police have bigger issues than an embarrassment reporter in neutral Switzerland. They need to cleanse the city of any hints of anti Semitism. Thus Vogel easily sneaks in as she has several times over the last five years (see A Night of Long Knives) under the guise this time of Swiss reporter Adelheid Zinsli covering the Olympics.
As always when she returns to Germany her contact is her pretend lover SS Hauptsturmfuhrer Lars Lang who's turning increasingly into an alcoholic. As Adelheid she is to meet with her mentor Peter Weill, who has information he needs taken out of the country. Thus when she sees Weill drop dead at the Berlin Stadium, she assumes he was poisoned even if it looks like a heart attack. Not sure whether to trust her "lover" who she hears ugly rumors about, Vogel investigates what she assumes was a homicide while also knowing she must get Weill's information to Switzerland before as she expects the Nazis shut down the borders following the Games completion.
Filled with twists and timely, this exciting espionage thriller occurs while the world enjoys the Berlin Games; preferring to keep their heads in the sand rather than accept the atrocities the Nazis had begun. Vogel is a super heroine who risks her life to raise the warnings about the Nazi war machine while fearing her contact will betray her. Readers will appreciate the aptly named A Game of Lies as the host country dominated the event.
Posted February 22, 2014
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