John Altman A Gathering of Spies

ISBN 13: 9781501288432

A Gathering of Spies

3.56 avg rating
( 463 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781501288432: A Gathering of Spies
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

In 1943, America thought it had rounded up all the German spies on its soil. Now Germany's greatest weapon - a woman with special talents, both for tradecraft and for death - is headed home with critical information about the still-developing atomic bomb, and the Aliies chief hope for stopping her is a British agent with agendas of his own. Originally recruited into MI5 to pose as a double agent, he's been telling Germans that he'd do anything to free his wife, a prisoneer of a Polish concentration camp. This happens to be true. The question is: how much would he really do to set her free? Where are his loyalties exactly? As the two spies play cat-and-mouse across three countries, the ambiguities deepen, each figure showing new sides, each action providing new twists, until at last both agents are swept into a series of climaxes as breathtakingly unpredictable as they are inevitable.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

In his debut novel, A Gathering of Spies, John Altman delivers an old-fashioned page-turner, energetically told. Katarina Heinrich is a beautiful Nazi spy living in deep cover as the wife of a Princeton professor. When her husband is hired to help develop the atomic bomb in Los Alamos, Catherine, as she is known, uncovers the secret and resolves to carry it to Germany at all costs.

A Gathering of Spies fuses the plots of Katarina and a British double agent, Winterbotham, whose wife is incarcerated in a Polish prison camp. Winterbotham believes he will do anything to obtain her freedom. Does that include trading the Allies' greatest secrets? In an exciting role reversal, Katarina is the superhuman agent capable of storming a British stronghold and retrieving a high-ranking German prisoner. Winterbotham, by contrast, is cerebral and unknown even to himself. His secret plots are revealed subtly.

If there is a flaw in A Gathering of Spies, it is that Altman's plots get too intertwined. You might find yourself having to reread passages to get the buried implications. But Altman never commits the cardinal sin of obscuring important clues only to illuminate them in the last pages for the aha! conclusion. A Gathering of Spies represents titans like Einstein, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Hitler with casual confidence--there to remind us that the stakes of this mystery are nothing less than the fate of the world. --Kathi Inman Berens

About the Author:

John Altman is a graduate of Harvard, where he designed his own major, Development and Construction of the Novel. Although the major required him to write three novels, they were all destroyed in a fire at his parents' home. He lives in New York City, and is at work on a sequel to A Gathering of Spies.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 9.99
US$ 8.53

Convert currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780399146411: A Gathering of Spies

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0399146415 ISBN 13:  9780399146411
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2000
Hardcover

9781504052771: A Gathering of Spies

Open R..., 2018
Softcover

9780515131109: A Gathering of Spies

Berkley, 2001
Softcover

9781841155258: A Gathering of Spies

Fourth..., 2000
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

John Altman
Published by BRILLIANCE AUDIO (2015)
ISBN 10: 1501288431 ISBN 13: 9781501288432
New Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description BRILLIANCE AUDIO, 2015. CD-Audio. Condition: New. Unabridged. Language: English . Brand New. In 1943, America thought it had rounded up all the German spies on its soil. Now Germany s greatest weapon - a woman with special talents, both for tradecraft and for death - is headed home with critical information about the still-developing atomic bomb, and the Aliies chief hope for stopping her is a British agent with agendas of his own. Originally recruited into MI5 to pose as a double agent, he s been telling Germans that he d do anything to free his wife, a prisoneer of a Polish concentration camp. This happens to be true. The question is: how much would he really do to set her free? Where are his loyalties exactly? As the two spies play cat-and-mouse across three countries, the ambiguities deepen, each figure showing new sides, each action providing new twists, until at last both agents are swept into a series of climaxes as breathtakingly unpredictable as they are inevitable. Seller Inventory # BRI9781501288432

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 8.53
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

John Altman
Published by Brilliance Audio
ISBN 10: 1501288431 ISBN 13: 9781501288432
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Brilliance Audio. Condition: New. Brand New, This is a MP3 audio CD. Seller Inventory # 1501288431

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 4.94
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

John Altman
ISBN 10: 1501288431 ISBN 13: 9781501288432
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Gathering of Spies, A. Seller Inventory # BBS-9781501288432

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 8.59
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

John Altman
Published by BRILLIANCE AUDIO (2015)
ISBN 10: 1501288431 ISBN 13: 9781501288432
New Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description BRILLIANCE AUDIO, 2015. CD-Audio. Condition: New. Unabridged. Language: English . Brand New. In 1943, America thought it had rounded up all the German spies on its soil. Now Germany s greatest weapon - a woman with special talents, both for tradecraft and for death - is headed home with critical information about the still-developing atomic bomb, and the Aliies chief hope for stopping her is a British agent with agendas of his own. Originally recruited into MI5 to pose as a double agent, he s been telling Germans that he d do anything to free his wife, a prisoneer of a Polish concentration camp. This happens to be true. The question is: how much would he really do to set her free? Where are his loyalties exactly? As the two spies play cat-and-mouse across three countries, the ambiguities deepen, each figure showing new sides, each action providing new twists, until at last both agents are swept into a series of climaxes as breathtakingly unpredictable as they are inevitable. Seller Inventory # BRI9781501288432

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.76
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

John Altman
Published by Brilliance Audio (2015)
ISBN 10: 1501288431 ISBN 13: 9781501288432
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Brilliance Audio, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1501288431

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 22.70
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Altman, John/ Page, Michael (Narrator)
Published by Brilliance Audio (2015)
ISBN 10: 1501288431 ISBN 13: 9781501288432
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Brilliance Audio, 2015. Compact Disc. Condition: Brand New. mp3 una edition. 6.75x5.25x0.50 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # 1501288431

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 29.93
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.52
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds