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Then We Take Berlin

by John Lawton

Then We Take Berlin
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2013, 400 pages
    Paperback:
    Nov 2014, 432 pages

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John Lawton's Then We Take Berlin is a meticulously researched historical thriller – a gripping story of espionage and war, and people caught up in the most tumultuous events of the twenty-first century.

Have you ever come late to a party thinking you missed most of the fun, only to find out that the best was yet to come? Well, I seem to have come late to John Lawton's party because this is the first book of his that I've read. And it is so good that I will now pick up his previous seven books, all part of the Frederick Troy series. What's more, I look forward to the next installment of this new series, about John Wilfred Holderness, aka Wilderness, aka Joe.

How do I know there will be another Wilderness book? Well, I don't want to get ahead of myself. It's enough just getting to know this brand new character in the annals of post World War II noir fiction. Wilderness is a compelling character, a self-described honest criminal. Most of the book comprises his extensive backstory, which is bookended by a plot about smuggling a person from East to West Berlin in 1963. This plot point is...

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