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Duty and Betrayal: The SS Brotherhood and the NASA connection

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Everyone has a different agenda when a former Nazi scientist and a current NASA rocket expert arrive in 1960s London for a conference. International spies and war criminals alike are still looking to settle old scores from World War II.

Monitoring the conference are Spencer Hall of MI5 and Jack Stein of the CIA, top agents who became fast friends while fighting side by side
Paperback, 210 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Set against the backdrop of the end of WWII, “Duty & Betrayal” is an MI5/CIA Cold War thriller where everyone has a different agenda when a former Nazi scientist, Zimmerman, a NASA rocket expert arrives in 1960s London for a conference.
Well written, with a strong plot, Toby Oliver pulls off the tricky task of delving into the world of espionage in a Cold War Britain. As expected, there are twists and counterplots galore which makes for an enjoyable read.
Ellie Midwood
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Everyone who follows my reviews probably knows by now that I’m a huge WWII (and everything WWII-related) history buff. Naturally, when I read the description for “Duty and Betrayal” - a postwar spy thriller - I had to buy it right away. Wow, I definitely wasn’t disappointed! It was not only action packed and featuring a spectrum of characters ranging from MI5 masterminds to the most despicable former war criminals, it also drew me in with its authenticity.
First of all, the amount of research pu
Jennifer Sadler
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book started out slow for me and had alot of backstory details that needed to be remembered as you were reading along. Once the action started I could not put it down. All in all I really enjoyed the book and recommend to anyone that likes historical fiction.
John Purvis
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Duty and Betrayal" eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Toby Oliver. Mr. Oliver has published five novels. 

I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story begins at the end of World War II and continues through the height of the cold war. 

It is well known that one of NASA's top scientists, Bernard Zimmerman, was a leader in the Nazi rocket program.
Sharon Brownlie
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read Toby Oliver's other books and found them interesting and a good read. In Duty and Betrayal the plot is a little more intricate than his other two novels. I hesitated a little because I am not really a lover of espionage. I am glad I didn't hesitate for long! Even though I found it a little 'heavy' I soon became captivated with the tale. Oliver writes in such a way you are able to follow the story.

Again, Oliver weaves factual historical references into a fictional story, and he does
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Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Imagine yourself forced to do your duty and to betray your colleagues, friends and even your Country, when it is necessary. Behold, I sensed this feeling while I read this compelling spy story written by Toby Oliver. I have immediately noted, since the first pages, the great value of this historical novel, that is a fictional work, sure, but also well rooted in an awful time in the history of the world: The Second World War and the cold war between the US and the USSR. Between the 1950s and 1960 ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It had every element you could imagine in an espionage political thriller. The author did a masterful job with the storyline. I was totally engrossed in the story by the end of the first chapter and couldn't stop reading. The story is jam packed with layers of mystery, twists and turns and so many great characters. The characters are all woven together beautifully. They each have their own agenda, but the author was able to showcase how interconnected people are wit ...more
Rozsa Gaston
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Could not put down Duty & Betrayal. This elegantly woven tale of counter-espionage is a page-turner in the Alan Furst tradition. The emphasis is on the inter-relationship between its tightly-wound, nuanced cast of characters. Oliver's female double agent, Joyce Leader, is especially compelling. Still wondering what makes her tick; I hope Oliver will write a sequel featuring her as main character. ...more
David Morris
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I would highly recommend this Cold War thriller. I have read this authors previous books but this is by far the best to date! The involvement of former Nazi rocket scientists in a Cold War scenario was fascinating and well researched.
P.E. Sibley
Well, I did finish the novel, but it was difficult. I can't even tell you who the protagonist was. At first I thought it was the Yank from the CIA, then I thought it was the young gun from MI5. The bad guys were a little easier to name, but not much. I skipped oodles of pages of history about the Double Cross group during WWII, and more about Nazis and their efforts to emerge from the war alive, and if possible with the money stolen from their victims.

I was a history major in college, and usuall
Leonide Martin
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cold War espionage juxtaposes old enemies and dubious allies. British M15 head Spencer joins forces again with CIA agent Stein and Scotland Yard head Garvan to unravel a dense web of espionage involving Russia, Germany, England and the U.S. In the aftermath of WWII, tense relations between former enemies and dubious allies fuels a story full of suspense and action, deftly showing the complex ties in the intelligence communities. Several strong, well-drawn characters enrich the experience, notabl ...more
Gino Cox
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Duty and Betrayal” is a complex and intriguing espionage thriller in the style of John le Carré. The characters are multidimensional with conflicting duties, allegiances and objectives, some of whom have histories of cooperation, rivalry, intimacy or antagonism that color their interactions. The background woven by the author is a rich tapestry that seems authentic in every detail, but manages not to bog down. It is set in London during the cold war, in a world steeped in tradition and acutely ...more
Victoria Simcox
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The time is during the 60’s. Spencer Hall of MI5 and Jack Stein, of the CIA, are top agents and summoned to defend their countries’ most important secrets, nonetheless one of them is concealing something to do with vengeance. As they pursue their even-handedness for previous crimes, ex-Nazis, infiltrators are more disheveled. A gorgeous, double agent, Joyce Leader’s life is in danger when she is brought into the commotion and conspiracy. Those wanting to settle matters of World War II are also d ...more
Good Reader!
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I’ve checked out a few other Toby Oliver spy novels, and decided to give this one a go as well. I’ve never read any WWII spy novels with a NASA tie-in. This one was great. Oliver did an excellent job with the characters of Hall, Stein, Leader, and Zimmerman. It’s obvious that this thriller was well-researched.
Full of plot twists that really kept me engrossed in the storyline and guessing the character’s fate. 5 stars – great espionage read!
Heather Osborne
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A unique exploration of espionage after WWII! I loved learning tidbits of history from this time period as I didn't know much about the German scientists involvement in such programs as NASA.
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Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: espionage, spy, war
Although this is a work of fiction, a good portion of the background can is part of true history. With this part of history being so controversial with conspiracies, it’s impossible to know what was going on out of the public eye. This tale had a lot of information that was based off of truth, which I found myself researching to find out. I found myself intrigued on if characters mentioned by Oliver could have been from the past, or if they were created from his imagination. I found there was a ...more
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Toby Oliver was born in London, and since 2007 moved to the countryside of West Sussex with his family in England. For many years he worked as an Administrator in Central London. His first novel Codename Nicolette is based upon the real-life secret work of MI5's Double Cross System who was responsible for controlling turned Nazi agents located in Britain during World War II. His other works includ ...more

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