The Company of Strangers by Robert Wilson

The Company of Strangers

byRobert Wilson

Kobo ebook | May 27, 2010

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Stunning European-based thriller from an acclaimed young British author: ‘A class act’ – Sunday Times; ‘First in a field of one’ – Literary Review Lisbon 1944. In the torrid summer heat, as the streets of the capital seethe with spies and informers, the endgame of the Intelligence war is being silently fought. Andrea Aspinall, mathematician and spy, enters this sophisticated world through a wealthy household in Estoril. Karl Voss, military attaché to the German Legation, has arrived embittered by his implication in the murder of a Reichsminister and traumatized by Stalingrad, on a mission to rescue Germany from annihilation. In the lethal tranquility of this corrupted paradise they meet and attempt to find love in a world where no-one can be believed. After a night of extreme violence, Andrea is left with a lifelong addiction to the clandestine world that leads her from the brutal Portuguese fascist régime to the paranoia of Cold War Germany, where she is forced to make the final and the hardest choice.

Title:The Company of StrangersFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 27, 2010Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0007379668

ISBN - 13:9780007379668


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Company of strangers Strong opening to this tragic tale but you just know there is not going to be a happy ending. But what an ending! And everything in between is gripping with a capital "G". So well researched. Another masterpiece from this master storyteller.
Date published: 2014-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rich, Chilling and Engrossing This book is the life of Karl Voss and Andrea Aspinall from the time of WW11 In 1943, Captain Karl Voss a young officer in the Abwehr (the German military intelligence organization) is recruited by disillusioned Army officers to become a double agent- posing as an enemy of the Nazi state, but remain loyal to Germany. His job is to go to Lisbon as the German Legation’s military attaché and security officer; once there, trade Intelligence with the British and the Russians. Twenty year old Andrea Aspinall an educated mathematician with a facility for languages is recruited and trained by the British Secret Service and send to Lisbon. Her cover job is a secretary for a Shell Oil executive (a British agent) translating German documents into English. While there, she lives with a wealthy Irish business man who happens to be doing all in his power to help the Nazis. Her mission is to obtain as much pertinent information as possible. In 1944, Lisbon is a city of spies and Portugal was extremely important to all sides. Germany was heavily into the industrial diamonds trade in order to finance the Third Reich secret weapons. During this terrible time of convoluted careers and volatile distrustful dealings, Andrea and Karl meet and fall in love. This novel is rich in imagination, written with a seamless blend of historical events and fiction. The narrative is chilling and engrossing. It is a meaty novel of love and deceit with a plot that twists and turns leading to a realistic and believable conclusion. First the story covers wartime Lisbon, moving to London and East Berlin during the height of the Cold War and ending during the collapse of the Berlin Wall. The author has skilfully created mesmerising characters in his cast of villains in different agencies and has painted his protagonists with subtlety and intelligence. Mr Wilson is obviously an ace in his genre. This gripping espionage thriller kept me guessing and highly entertained. Bravo.
Date published: 2008-08-09