A Spy in Berlin is a preview of the first 20 chapters of The Professional Friend, the brilliantly conceived novel from renowned writer Astrid Julian...
"...an adrenaline-charged international thriller... dark, complex characters with the sophistication of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo... an epic saga of how globalization is changing our world..."
IN BERLIN... EUROPE'S MOST FAST FORWARD CITY...
No one suspects that American Fritzi Jordan once worked for the super secret National Security Agency, and Fritzi, the white hat hacker analyst, wants to keep it that way. She is done with spies and their lies. Then a train with recycled plutonium disappears, and a CIA officer talks the shy analyst into becoming a field operative.
AN EX-NSA SPY IS FORCED OUT OF HIDING...
Ray Bliss hates running agents, especially naïve young kids like Fritzi. But no one else can get close to her ex-boyfriend. Since leaving the US, he has become an underworld kingpin who is unleashing a wave of terror attacks across Europe. First the hijacking of the train, then dirty bombings of EU cities, and Fritzi is the only one who can stop it.
REGAINING HER LOST REPUTATION IS NO LONGER ENOUGH... NOW SHE WANTS REVENGE...
Fritzi can't believe that her ex has done everything he is being accused of. Sure, he was a bad boy. Sure, her involvement with him led to her being read out of the NSA under a cloud. But a terrorist? Never! She will prove the spies wrong... Then the Washington defense contractor who fired her shows up in Berlin to train her for the mission... Fritzi seizes her opportunity for revenge not realizing that she poses such a threat that this time the contractor won't be satisfied with ruining her reputation. This time he wants her dead.
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About the Author
Astrid Julian was born in Germany, raised in Canada, and currently lives on the southern shore of Lake Erie near Cleveland, Ohio. Her fiction has been published in the US, Russia, Canada, Germany and the UK, where her novelette "Irene's Song" was nominated for the British Science Fiction Award in the short fiction category. 2014 marks the first appearance of her spy thriller "The Professional Friend." It takes readers on an adrenaline-charged race across Europe as organized criminals terrorize cities from Berlin to Moscow with dirty bomb radiation.
The topics of Astrid Julian's nonfiction range from space-based microscopy on the International Space Station to the testing of jet engines and rockets in NASA wind tunnels and vacuum chambers. Her film "Return to Flight" is the story of the men and women of Cleveland's NASA Glenn who worked to return the shuttle to flight status after the Columbia accident. It can be found on YouTube.