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A Gathering of Spies

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In 1943, America thought it had rounded up all the German spies on its soil. Now Germany's greatest weapon - a woman with special talents, both for tradecraft and for death - is headed home with critical information about the still-developing atomic bomb, and the Allies chief hope for stopping her is a British agent with agendas of his own. Originally recruited into MI5 to ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Jove (first published June 26th 2000)
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Kelanth
Jan 31, 2011 Kelanth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spionaggio, guerra
Autore che probabilmente ha stampato solo un paio di romanzi qui in Italia, ci presenta una spy-story ambientata nella seconda guerra mondiale: un libro leggero, scorrevole e molto intrigante che lo rendono un'ideale lettura disimpegnata.

La trama è interessante: Katarina Heinrich è una spia di Hitler e della Germania nazista, ovviamente bella, esperta di arti marziali, ed è infiltrata in America sotto copertura. Sposata con un ingegnere nucleare del laboratorio di Los Alamos (dove si portavano a
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Suzan
Apr 16, 2016 Suzan rated it liked it
I like fiction about WWII spies, but this one was just ho hum. I liked the setup, but the last part of the book was skimmable action where everyone is shooting and stalking everyone else. I liked the inclusion of Canaris and the infighting between the SS and the Abwehr. There is loads of shooting, throat slashing, head beating, and forging on with bullets inside one.
Lesley
May 21, 2016 Lesley rated it it was amazing
From the moment Katarina Heinrich, a German spy, kills Catherine Danielson and assumes her identity, I was caught in a web of thrills that kept me turning pages as Katarina, now Catherine, marries a Princeton professor, and moves to Los Alamos where she discovers AlbertEinstein's 'secret'letter toFranklin DelanoRoosevelt detailing a secret,the development of the A Bomb. Altman takes you through a plot of spy and counterspy which keeps you glued to the page. Will Katarina deliver her secret to th ...more
Monique
Feb 27, 2015 Monique rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
This is a WW2 story about spies from Germany and England. The story unfolds with interesting twists and turns and keeps the interest high throughout. The fact that the main protagonist is a woman adds to the interest. The writing is terse, appropriate to the time period and the conclusion is unusual and interesting.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Sergio ruocchio
Aug 08, 2013 Sergio ruocchio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La bellissima Katarina Heinrich è una spia nazista e vive in America sotto copertura. Sposata con un ingegnere nucleare del laboratorio di Los Alamos, la donna intercetta la famosa lettera di Einstein a Roosvelt con i piani della bomba atomica. La sua nuova missione è trasmettere questi piani a Berlino e per raggiungere il suo obiettivo si lascerà alle spalle una lunga scia di sangue. Per fermare l'implacabile spia i servizi segreti inglesi arruolano un professore, il quale accetta solo per port ...more
MaryAnn
Feb 29, 2016 MaryAnn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
A fast-paced thriller and first novel by this author. Those of us who enjoy WWII fiction will love it--and hope for more to come!
Mark
Jun 19, 2015 Mark rated it liked it
I'm a huge fan of fictional WWII stories. Enjoyed the read, yet it was lacking--especially the ending.
Doreen Dalesandro
Aug 06, 2015 Doreen Dalesandro rated it really liked it
Genre: thriller, spies
Rating: 3.75
I read the eBook.

Fast paced; kept my interest.
Mario J.
Jun 06, 2016 Mario J. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Got halfway thru it and realized that I'm a bit long in the tooth to be wasting my time in something I wasn't enjoying.
Macjest
Mar 03, 2012 Macjest rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed reactions to this book. It wasn't what I hoped it to be. It took too long for the action to begin and it hopped around characters too much at the beginning. I had a hard time getting a handle on any of them. Once things started to happen I found it more interesting. But then at the end it just wrapped up too quickly.
Tara
Oct 27, 2009 Tara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical spy novel filled with all of the best genre cliches. The historical setting is the only unique thing about it. But, if you're looking for an easy, entertaining read, it is quite enjoyable. Just don't expect too much.
Pam
Apr 21, 2012 Pam rated it it was amazing
After finally finishing this book by reading it and listening to it on my Ipod, I really enjoyed it and would recommend it if you like espionage.
Andrea
Mar 30, 2010 Andrea rated it it was ok
I was enjoying it until about the 12th or 13th graphic killing scene. Too much for me. Strained my ability to suspend my disbelief.
Gabriel Espinales
Sep 13, 2012 Gabriel Espinales rated it liked it
This was a book i came to own, not sure how, and enjoyed it when i finally decided to read it.
Shirley
Good, but left me hanging. I wondered if the guy finished the book or just decided to quit.
Toni
Jul 27, 2009 Toni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hope the author will feature Katrina in future books -- she's a great femme fatale!
Ed
Sep 20, 2009 Ed rated it really liked it
A WWII spy thriller well worth reading. Fast moving and suspenseful.
Jenifer
Jul 09, 2008 Jenifer rated it really liked it
WW 2 novel. Women as spies, secrets of the space shuttles/airplanes.
Adrienne
Jul 27, 2009 Adrienne rated it it was ok
not what i thought it would be... was so so.
Maria
Aug 28, 2007 Maria rated it it was ok
Decent. A fastpaced read with tons of action.
Linda
Aug 01, 2011 Linda rated it liked it
I liked it, easy to read, somewhat believable.
Trisha
Jun 08, 2011 Trisha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very engaging and quick read.
Anna
Aug 20, 2012 Anna rated it liked it
Really bloody book!
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Born in 1969 in White Plains, New York, John Altman has lived in Colorado, New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. He graduated from Harvard University in 1992.

A Gathering of Spies, John's debut novel, came out in 2000; Publishers Weekly called it ‘an irresistible page-turner from a welcome new voice in the genre’. Since then he has brought alive international intrigue from the early days of Wor
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