By Jeffrey Archer
Richard Armstrong narrowly escaped Hitler's atrocities in jap Europe on his braveness and his wits―skills that served him good in peacetime. Having grew to become a suffering Berlin newspaper right into a luck tale likely in a single day, Armstrong made a reputation for himself―and various enemies alongside the way…Meanwhile, younger Keith Townsend enters the foreign enviornment, armed with a world-class schooling and a feeling of entitlement to compare. Charged with turning out to be his father's newspaper company right into a worldwide media strength, he and Armstrong are absolute to develop into sworn rivals―until they come on the fringe of cave in and should do no matter what it takes to stick alive within the game…or die trying.
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Lots of the officials who briefed him may have thought of Eton, Trinity and the Guards a extra common qualification for the profession they'd selected. “God isn't on our facet with this one,” Forsdyke sighed over lunch along with his colleague. They hadn’t even thought of inviting Armstrong to hitch them. regardless of those misgivings, ten days later Captain Armstrong visited the Russian quarter at the pretext of looking for a few spare elements for Der Telegraf’s printing presses. as soon as he had proven that his touch didn’t have the apparatus he needed—as he knew in simple terms too good he wouldn’t—he walked quickly over to Leninplatz and commenced to go looking for Tulpanov’s workplace. the doorway to the great grey development via an archway at the north facet of the sq. was once on no account implementing, and the secretary who sat by myself in a dingy outer place of work at the 3rd flooring didn’t make Armstrong consider that her boss was once a emerging famous person. She checked his card, and didn’t look in any respect stunned captain within the British military could drop in with out an appointment. She led Armstrong silently down a protracted grey hall, its peeling partitions coated with photos of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin, and stopped outdoors a door without identify on it. She knocked, opened the door and stood apart to permit Captain Armstrong to go into Tulpanov’s place of work. Armstrong used to be taken all of sudden as he walked right into a luxuriously appointed room, jam-packed with wonderful work and vintage furnishings. He had as soon as needed to short basic Templer, the army governor of the British area, and his place of work was once a long way much less implementing. significant Tulpanov rose from in the back of his table and walked around the carpeted room to greet his visitor. Armstrong couldn’t aid noticing that the major’s uniform used to be much better adapted than his. “Welcome to my humble home, Captain Armstrong,” acknowledged the Russian officer. “Isn’t that the proper English expression? ” He made no try and disguise a smirk. “Your timing is ideal. might you care to hitch me for lunch? ” “Thank you,” responded Armstrong in Russian. Tulpanov confirmed no shock on the swap in tongues, and led his visitor via to a moment room the place a desk were set for 2. Armstrong couldn’t support thinking about if the main hadn’t expected his stopover at. As Armstrong took his position contrary Tulpanov, a steward seemed wearing plates of caviar, and a moment with a bottle of vodka. If this was once intended to place him at his ease, it didn’t. the main raised his brimming glass excessive within the air and toasted “Our destiny prosperity. ” “Our destiny prosperity,” repeated Armstrong because the major’s secretary entered the room. She positioned a thick brown envelope at the desk by way of Tulpanov’s aspect. “And while I say ‘our’, I suggest ‘our’,” stated the foremost. He placed his glass down, ignoring the envelope. Armstrong additionally put his drink again at the desk, yet stated not anything in reaction. one among his directions from the protection provider briefings was once to make no try to lead the dialog. “Now, Lubji,” stated Tulpanov, “I won't waste it slow by means of mendacity approximately my function within the Russian region, now not least since you have simply spent the final ten days being briefed on precisely why I’m stationed in Berlin and the position I play during this new ‘cold war’—isn’t that how your lot describe it?