Book Review | Voices Under Berlin by T.H.E. Hill
You’ll have to keep reminding yourself that this is a work of fiction, because its understated approach to its subject matter makes it so believable and intriguing. You’ll get a good laugh out of the irony that the Americans are monitoring the Russians who are conducting surveillance on the Americans. It’s a bit more complex than that, of course, such as a conversation in which they learn that the Russians are planning to kidnap an American as payback for the defection of one of their own. You’ll do a double-take when you discover how that situation is handled.
Throughout these conversations is the mysterious Primrose, a woman who is working for the Russians, who has infiltrated the group of soldiers. Who is she? Is it Gabbie, the German university student who is dating one of the soldiers? Or is she just a PX hound, a German woman trying to romance her way to America?
Voices Under Berlin does an excellent job of capturing the essence of Cold War intelligence operations, and the seeming futility and mundaneness associated with them. The only unfortunate thing about this book is that more people haven’t read it yet.
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.