Gabbay, Tom. The Berlin Conspiracy. Morrow. January 2006. c.288p. ISBN 0-06-078785-6. $24.95. Fiction.

Set in June 1963 during President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Berlin, Gabbay’s debut is a Cold War thriller with an assassination plot that mimics Lee Harvey Oswald’s successful attempt in Dallas. Jack Teller and his younger brother, Josef, were orphaned at an early age. While Josef stayed in Germany, Jack moved to America, where he later did contract work for the CIA. Now retired and living in Florida, receives a call from his mentor, Sam Clay of covert operations, who gives him orders to take off for Berlin. It seems an East German colonel in the Ministry for State Security has information he will divulge only to Jack. Tough guy Jack, whose story is narrated in noirish first person, doesn’t know whom to trust when the colonel tells him about an assassination plot concocted by men within the U.S. government using a Soviet-trained assassin as the fall guy. Complications ensue until Jack saves the world from nuclear war. A tired plot saved by a few interesting characters; recommended only for larger popular fiction collections.

Library Journal, 130, no. 20 (December 2005), 111.

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