The Helsinki Pact

The Helsinki Pact

by Alex Cugia

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BN ID: 2940153082141
Publisher: Alex Cugia
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 513 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

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The Helsinki Pact 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Clabe More than 1 year ago
In the end, this book proved to be a very entertaining story with a twist at the end that I should have suspected but didn’t see coming. However, getting to the end was a challenge and to my mind, started so slowly that I repeatedly laid the book down determined not to waste time with it. However, I came back to it and pushed on determined, I suppose, to see what the fate of the poor souls determined to flee East Berlin through a cave might be. What I eventually found was a tale of corruption at the highest levels in which senior officials plot to enrich themselves in the economic confusion left over from the reunification of Germany. Thomas and Bettina, the main characters, are caught up in events beyond their control. Furthermore, the events that occur will challenge their loyalty to others…Bettina torn between her loyalty to her Stasi boss and her loyalty to the leaders of her country, and Thomas’s loyalty to his friend, Stephan, upon whom he is forced to spy by Bettina’s boss. At stake is a conspiracy based on the exchange rates between West German and East German currencies at the time of reunification to make millions of Deutsche Marks at the expense of the East German people. The plot is excellent, but depends upon complicated politics and currency principles that many readers will either not understand or be willing to muddle through. The story may better be told with less focus on the economics and politics and more focus on the characters and story line; unless, as in most historic fiction, the author’s real purpose is to educate readers to factors underlying the reunification of Germany rather than to merely tell the story. If that’s the case, I feel the history lesson will be missed by many readers. The Helsinki Pact is generally well written, but the latter parts of the book contain numerous typographical errors. They are not fatal flaws but do catch attention when encountered. Historic fiction buffs, those who like stories of political upheaval, stories of spies and tales of people caught in webs of intrigue created by the conspiracies of others, should love The Helsinki Pact. The first half required patience, but eventually the book earned 4-Stars.