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Everyone has a different agenda when a former Nazi scientist and a current NASA rocket expert arrive in 1960s London for a conference. International spies and war criminals alike are still looking to settle old scores from World War.
Monitoring the conference are Spencer Hall of MI5 and Jack Stein of the CIA, top agents who became fast friends while fighting side by side for their lives. They’ve been called to protect their nations’ vital secrets, but one of them harbors his own plans for revenge. Meanwhile, Bernard Zimmerman, the NASA scientist, wants everyone to forget his past work with the Third Reich so he can create a new life in America. Unfortunately, both the Soviets and the Germans remember him all too clearly.
Thrown into the mix is Joyce Leader, a beautiful double agent with contacts in both Britain and Germany. If secrets from her past missions fall into the wrong hands, her life may be in jeopardy.
Filled with drama and double-crosses, this suspenseful tale unfolds inside a dangerous web of top secret knowledge and unknowable loyalties. These spies and ex-Nazis can’t help but get further entangled as they seek their own justice for past wrongs.
Toby Oliver was born in London, and since 2007 moved to the countryside of West Sussex with his family in England. For thirty years he worked as an Administrator in Central London. His first novel Codename Nicolette is based upon the real-life secret work of MI5’s Double Cross System who were responsible for controlling turned Nazi agents based in Britain during World War II. His other works include Mission Lisbon – The Double Cross, Dead Man Walking – A Spy Amongst Us and The Downing Street Plot – An Agent’s Revenge.
It was a crisp, autumn evening as Sir Spencer Hall, the Head of MI5, slipped quietly into the darkened auditorium. He sat back and lit a cigarette. He was running late and had already missed most of the lecture. Spencer casually eased his gold lighter back into his hip pocket and gazed idly around the packed lecture theatre. Security was tight, but to the untrained eye, it appeared unobtrusive. The majority of the attendees would have been in blissful ignorance that the smartly suited men guarding the exits were a combination of armed MI5 and Scotland Yard Special Branch officers.
Since 1952, the biannual scientific conference had taken place in a different capital city. Ten years down the line, it was now the responsibility of the Foreign Office to host the latest get-together of the Western power’s leading scientists. Although the various lecturers were caveated from revealing any top secret information, the one thing which could be guaranteed was the continued interest of the Soviet Intelligence Service.
The slight figure of Professor Bernard Zimmerman, a renowned guided missile expert, was conducting this evening’s lecture. His presence in London had aroused considerable interest and resulted in several attempts by the KGB to infiltrate the conference.
During the final death throes of the Third Reich, Stalin’s Soviet Union had been increasingly viewed by politicians in both London and Washington as the new enemy and the new military priority. Operation Paperclip was the codename used by the US intelligence and military to covertly track down leading German scientists to prevent them falling under the control of the advancing Soviet army. Since those dark days, the world had moved on, but was now paralysed by the Cold War and the long struggle for global supremacy pitting the Western powers against the Soviet Eastern Bloc, and the ever-present deadly threat of nuclear war.