Rated of 5
A Gathering of Spies was the debut novel by the New York based musician/novelist John Altman. It is a classic espionage thriller with a superb and novel twist on the WW2 spy genre. It incorporates many different people in the War from a regular soldier to the police and MI-5 to special forces and Double Cross on the Allies side to the SS and Abwehr, even Hitler himself of the Nazi's side. The action changes pace with consumate ease, moving swiftly through superbly detailed action scenes and taking time to develop a wonderfully crafted and devised plot. The story seemlessly traverses three different coutries simultaneously and keeps the reader in suspense with a taught plot. The female Nazi spy is slowly developed into a person that realises how fickle the War actually is. All the other main characters are also belivably built into a mould that won't strictly conform to stereotypes. The only reason that I could find for awwarding this full marks was that at a touch over three hundred pages this book is slightly short. I would recommend this book to any espionage fan as a superb light read.
Thomas Hilson, UK