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The Valkyrie Encounter
The Valkyrie Encounter
Author: Stephen Marlowe
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ISBN: 31533
Pages: 356
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Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Book Type: Hardcover
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Berlin, July 1944, is the setting of an explosive sixture of fact and fiction as re-creates tha assassination attempt on Hitler.

In the briefcae of Colonel Stauffenber, disabled Afrika Korps hero, is a bomb made in England. In the Gestapo cellars, undergoing what is euphemistically called shrpened interoogation, is the man who can stop the bomb from going off. Hanging in the balance, the death of Adolf Hitler and the end of WWII. for his won reasons Gestapo Chief Heinrich Mueller, the most feared man in Germany, will give Srtauffenberg and his desperate group of ant-nazi officer one final chance to act. But will the Russians? or the Anglo-american allies?

Moscow and London reach identical decisions, codeword Valkyrie, signaling the death of Hitler and triggering a Wehrmacht coup de'etat against the Nazi regime, must not be sent. The Third Reich must share the final holocaust with its Fuehrer. To Berlin from the East comes the cold-storage Communist agent major Ernst Jaeger; from the West, OSS Captain Richard Haller. Both at frist unaware of each other's existence, both on the same mission, not to killl Hitler but to save his life. Each finds himself confronting an unexpected adversary. For Jaeger it is not just the Gestap but his own wife Monika, who lives every day in war-ravaaged Berlin as if it were the last day of her life. For ahaller not just the consipiators in the Wehrmacht Hight Command, but the enemy inside himself..

Inevitably, as the countdown toward Operation Valkyrie begins, their paths cross. And when Stauffengerg's briefcase bomb explodes at Hitler's Est Prussian field headquarters, Haeger and Haller confront each other in the ruins of Berlin in a final encounter from which only one of them can emerge alive.