Book Review | Voices Under Berlin by T.H.E. Hill

Title: Voices Under Berlin: The Tale Of A Monterey Mary

Author: T.H.E. Hill

My Review:

Voices Under Berlin is quite a unique book. It’s a novel of an entirely different sort, a tale that reads almost like a journal, providing an inside look at a 1950s military surveillance project set in Berlin. I was thoroughly caught up in reading Voices, relishing the feeling that I was privy to a top secret mission. I’m no expert — although I majored in history, but I’d say that author T.H.E. Hill paints a darn accurate picture of American soldiers listening in on Russian conversations during the Cold War.

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.



Kristin is the mom of two boys and two girls and lives outside of Philadelphia, PA. She loves to read, write, shop, and spend as much of her summer as possible at the Jersey shore!

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