The Quiller Memorandum (Quiller #1)
You are a secret agent working for the British in Berlin. You are due to go home on leave, but you are being followed-by your own people, or by the enemy. A man meets you in the theater and briefs you on a plot to revive the power of Nazi Germany. You do not believe him, but you remember that one of the suspects mentioned was a senior SS officer you met with in the days wh...more
No suicide pills.
No flashy cars.
No ejector seats.
No hidden compartments.
Next to Quiller, James Bond is a cautions old lady.
Originally published in the mid-1960s, the story is a product of it's time .. Berlin, The Wall, Cold War, still enough Nazis alive for war crimes trials to continue.
It's not written like a spy novel, though. It's more lyrical than the usual hard edges and steely glares that are strewn through adventur ...more
Quiller is an “executive” (super covert agent) for the super-secret “Bureau,” an organization so secret that you fear they’ll have to kill you if you read the book. But not to worry!
Quiller is the an ...more
As the novel begins, we meet Quiller at the theatre. His eve ...more
This book introduced Quiller and it's a treat. He works for an unnamed and elusive British Agency, dedicated to hunt down the war criminals. However, in this book, his mission is purely to infiltrate and expose. What took my breath away was the view of the world through the mi ...more
The Quiller Memorandum is detail rich on what it means to be a (fictional) spy. While maintaining a strong narrative, Adam Hall also details such processes as how to deal w/ a tail (not just how to spot one, but how to lead one on, double back on said tail, etc.). Quiller also uses his training to determine what drugs are administered to him during an interrogation, which in turn allows him to know how long he's been under ...more
Your name is Quiller. You are the hero of an extraordinary novel that shows how a spy works, how messages are coded and decoded, how contacts are made, how a man reacts under the influence of truth drugs, and that traces the story of a vastly complex, entertaining, convincing, and sinister plot.
This was an entertaining and interesting storyline and I enjoyed it very much.
Quiller is about to return to England after a mission in Germany exposing Nazi war criminals 15 years after the end of WWII. He is recruited to find one last criminal, Zossen, who's atrocitie ...more
The setting is Cold War-divided Berlin where Quiller tackles a threat from a group of neo-Nazis who call themselves Phoenix. Their aim is to bring back the Third Reich. Quiller works for the Bureau, a ...more
Twenty years after the fall of the Third Reich, West Berlin remains infested with ex-Nazis. Quiller, an undercover Nazi hunter for British intelligence, reluctantly accepts an assignment to uncover a Nazi organization called Phoenix and learn their plans for starting a non-nuclear World War III that would bring the Reich back to power. Two fellow agents have already died trying to accomplish this objective, and Quiller's superiors are quite certain he will be the third.
This is ...more
You are a secret agent working for the British in Berlin. You are due to go home on leave, but you are being followed-by your own people, or by the enemy. A man meets you in the theater and briefs you on a plot to revive the power of Nazi Germany. You do not believe him, but you remember that one of the suspects mentioned was a senior SS officer you met with in the days when you were working as a spy in Nazi Germany. The next day you make contact with a beautiful girl wh ...more
There's some gender trouble here, as you might expect from a Bond-James-Bond novel written by a man in 1965. There's also some very earnest Freudian-izing, which cont ...more
James Bond comparisons are inescapable. Quiller is far more cerebral than ...more
The story itself concerned with the bringing to justice of Nazi's and the efforts taken to supress that most inhuman of ideologies is just as poignant today as when this book was written almost 50 years ago. Chilling.
This is an espionage series. It is gritty and hard, along the lines of LeCarre but without the complex plot and multiple deep characters.
Quiller is a a field Agent. He is tough, cold, fast, dependable as long as his Handler stays out of his way but covers his back.
One of the things that appealed to me was his description of his p ...more
Author Trevor Dudley-Smith was born in Kent, England on February 17, 1920. He attended Yardley Court Preparatory School and Sevenoaks School. During World War II, he served in the Royal Air Force as a flight engineer. After the war, he started writing full-time. He lived in Spain and France before moving to the United States and settling in Phoenix, Arizona. In ...more