Author – Alex Cucia
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Political
355 Amazon Pages
Rating 5 stars out of 5 Posted11/11/2016
The plot and story telling of The Helsinki Pact deserves a five star rating. The plot is full of surprises.
My impressions: intense, conflict, betrayal, danger, socialism, murder, theft, torture, love.
The story begins in East and West Germany in March, 1989 shortly before the fall of the Berlin wall. The action is plentiful and intense.
Thomas Wundart is a West German economics student and aspiring opera singer. He is a scammer earning money by criminal activities in East Berlin.
Bettina List is an East German agent of the secret police, The Stasi.
Colonel Dieter is a high ranking officer in The Stasi.
Stephan Fischer is the assistant to Alfred Herrin the CEO of Deutsche Bank in West Germany. Stephan is Thomas's best friend.
Russia is facing financial collapse. Alfred Herrin represents the West German Government and has been authorized to facilitate a deal between Russia and West Germany. Russia will get the money it desperately needs in exchange for allowing the reunification of West and East Germany.
A second plot in the story finds four East Germans planning to dig a tunnel and escape to West Germany.
Unknown to the Stasi, Thomas has helped the four young people attempting to escape to West Berlin.
What the Stasi network does know, through his relationship with agent Bettina, is that Thomas has been involved in black market currency manipulation. He is arrested, and during interrogation Colonel Dieter learns Thomas's father was a successful West German banker at Bundesbank. Before his death, he enjoyed ties to other movers and shakers in the West German banking industry and government. Under threat of imprisonment in East Germany, Thomas agrees to become an informer reporting to Colonel Dieter.
Another twist in the plot is a group of six people headed by 'The Brain'. They plan to illegally collect millions of Deutsche Marks by manipulating the currency exchange rates during the East and West reunification.
The editing and sentence structure are to UK standards and are a bit different from what US readers are used to.
I strongly recommend this story.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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