Terrorists, spies, a litany of lies and in the end one after the other dies. The center piece of the story is a Trio of German (RAF) terrorists who have been given sanctuary in East Berlin by the East German Secret Police (Stasi). They're a 'mixed bag' of dangerously, deranged individuals. Two are men: Erich and Martin. The woman, Karla, is the terror cells leader. Their story begins on a cold and drizzly November 9th, 1989 at "Ground Zero" of the confusion surrounding the sudden "fall of the Berlin Wall". The Trio's hideaway is crumbling and so are their ideals. Escape becomes necessity. They decide to flee immediately. Karla is convinced they must commit a spectacular assassination. Outwardly, she bases her conviction on the need to stop the Communist meltdown. Really, it is a combination of death wish and an attempt to end a horrid existence in 'flaming glory'. Karla coerces the other two terrorists to join with her. A high ranking Stasi officer, Colonel Bruckner, wants to stop the Trio. They're a threat to his future. Defecting to the Americans is Bruckner's goal. He decides to eliminate them or 'come clean' to the CIA about their existence and plans. The CIA makes the Stasi man an offer, but Bruckner exposes the Trio. The confession ushers in dramatic changes for Bruckner and the CIA. Karla's targets are all prominent persons, including the American ambassador to Germany. Washington decides that a top agent, Weekly, who is in Berlin, should hunt down the Trio. Weekly is a disturbed and disturbing man. He is a shrewd fanatic who decides Bruckner is a necessary evil for the man-hunt. The two spies immediately develop a mean dislike for one another. The KGB is the real supporter of the Trio at a time when Mikhail Gorbachev is preaching Glasnost. Weekly knows that and attempts to blackmail the KGB into assisting him. The Trio soon finds itself being hunted by rogue elements of three secret services: the CIA, KGB and Stasi.
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After a successful career in the international telecommunication business that culminated in his managing of one of the largest global enterprises of its kind with $15 billion in annual revenue, A.T. Maher switched his profession dramatically. In 2002 he became a Venture Capitalist, bringing his expertise and international connections to small sized startup companies with big ideas. Since that change he has been on the Board of Directors of 15 Hi-tech firms, most of which ended up being purchased by much larger corporations. He currently is active as a Board member of four companies located in the USA, Germany and Israel. He added another unexpected passion to his life a few years ago, this time he became a writer. His book "In the Wall's Shadow" is the first result of this endeavor and a second novel is nearing completion. His stories reflect his international experience and new found fascination for the dark side of human nature. A.T. Maher received degrees in physics in the USA, served in the U.S. Army, lived abroad for most of the last thirty years and resides in Miami, Munich and a small town near Florence, Italy.
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