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The Berlin Conspiracy (Jack Teller #1)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  307 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Tom Gabbay's debut novel, a Cold War thriller revolving around John F. Kennedy's historic visit to Berlin in 1963, is nothing short of an espionage masterwork -- comparable to the very best from heavyweights like John le Carre, Ken Follett, and Robert Ludlum.

Jack Teller is a former CIA operative who quit the Company after the Bay of Pigs fiasco in 1961. Living a relativel
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 3rd 2006 by William Morrow
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Will Byrnes
Coming soon to a cinema near you. This story is made for film. Gabbay has written a remarkable spy thriller that provides a preview of events in Dallas. Dark elements in the US intelligence world plan to assassinate JFK during his historic visit to Germany. News of this comes not from a US spy but from an East German operative loyal to his own side who is eager to avoid world war III. Gripping, fast-moving, engaging. There are holes here and there, but they are quibbles when compared to the ball ...more
I very rarely give anything 5 stars. My first inclination was to give this one 4.5. But we don't do halves here and I had to decide to round up or down. I went with up because it was that good.

This was pretty cool. I wouldn't consider myself a huge history buff, so before I read this I was somewhat worried about not being familiar enough with the details of the Cold War and Berlin in the 1960's. (I wasn't around for the 60's. Heck, my parents were barely around for the 60's.) Lucky for me, the b
Ok - not the page turning thriller I was looking for.
Jan 11, 2010 Leo rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Jack was born in Germany. His father died in WWI. His mother died when he was 16. He left his little brother with his aunt and he came to the USA and worked different jobs. He is recruited by the CIA as an operator in the South America desk. In his later years he works on the invasion of Bay of Pigs (Cuba) and he is frustrade because he sees that the invasion is going to fail and there is going a masacre and the US Marines are not going to be called into action as promissed. Frustration mount up ...more
Berlin Conspiracy starts off as a Plain Jane spy story. It has the usual twists and turns of the espionage game. But the best part about the book is that it builds up pretty neatly to a classic finish. However, what is intriguing about this book is that it delves into the conspiracy theory of "Who actually killed JFK".

Though the story is based around a fictitious assassination plot of JFK right in the heart of Berlin, it will make you wonder about two things. First, if JFK was killed in Berlin i
Edward N. Rodgers
Engaging spy thriller

A fictional conspiracy theory that keeps you guessing. But it also makes you wonder about what really happened that day in that city
Unorthodox spy novel set in Berlin in June 1963, involving a former CIA agent. Fast reading, amusing and somewhat tongue in cheek. Deserves 3.5 stars.
4.5 stars. A "what-if" Cold War spy thriller where the assassignation attempt on JFK takes place during his famous trip to Berlin ... comparisons galore between this story and the actual Dallas assassignation.
A very good book. I liked how it progressed along without being to wordy or loosing any thing. The Berlin Conspiracy is the kind of book that makes you think... "What if?"
Decent book for what it is. Probably the best spy book, I've read in a long time. The JFK conspiracy stuff was ultimately a distraction, and I'd expect his future books to not rely on an overdone hook.
Tim Byers
Pace and plot were strong and the world of Berlin in 1963 is well-suggested, even if on heavy reliance on pop-culture references. The relationship between the two main characters stretches one's belief.
This was an interesting political statement story. The author used the fictional plot to share his conservative views but have to say, the author shared some good insights into historical events
Ex CIA is called back to Berlin when it was the crossroads between communist Sovit Union and the West. Jack Tiller searches for the truth including dark secrets about his own past.
I got it and a couple of other Gabbay's books from a rack of marked-down thrillers to read on a long trip. Thrilling it ain't. None of them were.
Not particularly strong character-wise (with the exception of the volubly enthusiastic Horst), but an interesting idea for an alternative history.
This is the first book from this author I have read. And it stacked up pretty well with my favorite authors.
Dennis Osborne
A very entertaining Cold War novel. My first read of this author, but am looking forward to reading more.
Neil Smithline
This is a great read. Plot by CIA to kill Kennedy in Berlin. BTW, they missed. Got him in Dallas.
Kathleen Cochran
Searching for more books by this writer. A great historical "What If?"!
Glen Smith
This book keeps on edge with lots of twists and turns...excellent book
Easy read. Good book. Interesting use of history in the conspiracy....
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Author of the Jack Teller series of historical suspense novels, The Berlin Conspiracy (2006), The Lisbon Crossing (2007) and The Tehran Conviction (2009). Tom Gabbay began his career in New York, producing animated films for the well known children's program Sesame Street, and was Director of Comedy Programs at NBC television from 1985-1990. He also served as Creative Director of NBC Europe in Lo ...more
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