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The Nostradamus Traitor

(Herbie Kruger #1)

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Into the cauldron of war went the Nostradamus operation . . . out of it came an even deadlier threat than the Nazis: The Nostradamus Traitor

Britain’s psychological warfare executive knew all about the Nazi belief in the occult. They hatched up a top secret plot to drive a rift between Himmler’s SS and the Wehrmacht by infilitrating phony Nostradamus quatrains into Germany

Paperback, 246 pages
Published 1982 by Bantam Books
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Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another in the Herbie Kruger spy series which begins with a German woman approaching a Yeoman Warden at the Tower of London and asking where her husband, a Nazi spy captured in 1941, was executed and buried.This strange request is passed on to Herbie who - 30 years after the war's end - subsequently uncovers a fantastical*(see footnote) World War II plot by British intelligence services to set senior Nazis against each other using the prophecies of Nostradamus.

Towards the book's conclusion, SS
iain  finlayson
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spy, crime-germany
This is my first John Gardner book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I must admit I liked the character and central protagonist of Herbie Kruger and for me, he was very believable. I liked the way the story developed and the way the pieces slowly fitted together. I liked the twist at the end of the book.
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-mummsyland
Entertaining and readable. The plot is a little far-fetched.
Maine Colonial
The Nostradamus Traitor begins in London in 1978, when what appears to be an old lady tourist from Germany approaches a Beefeater at the Tower of London. Instead of the usual touristy question, though, Frau Fenderman is looking for information about her long-dead husband, Claus Fenderman, who she says was a spy for Germany in World War II and was hanged at the Tower.

This hot potato lands in the lap of British Intelligence veteran Herbie Kruger. It's only fair, really, since Herbie speaks German,
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(nb: I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley)

Herbie Kruger is a huge man with a huge intellect, and plenty of doggedness to pursue his quarry relentlessly. His Foreign Office coworkers know full-well of Herbie's affinities for huge cocktails and blasting Mahler on his stereo. He's back in London, following a long career running spy rings in the divided Cold War Germany.

So when a Frau Fenderman accosts a Beefeater guarding the Tower of London, and strongly requests she be shown
Jeremiah Genest
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spyfi
Herbie is a great spy master. These books by John Gardner are all about the tired winding down cold war and I love them. Thank goodness they are recently available as ebooks because I had never read them before.

I can't wait to read more of this series.
Jul 19, 2013 rated it liked it
BCA hardcover 1979
Enjoyed this book. Need to see whether the others in the series are also lurking on the shelves.
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Alistair MacLean fans
Shelves: cheapthrills
Decent World War II/Cold War spy potboiler with some unreliable-narrator devices. Stayed up till 1 in the morning to finish reading it.
Geoff. Lamb
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely brilliant read. Cold war / WWII espionage of the first order. In the Herbie Kruger stories John Gardner was in a class with Le Carre and Alan Furst.
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wonderful spy story - terrific entertainment.
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