The Potsdam Bluff

By Jack D. Hunter
Read by Brian Emerson

9.65 Hours 01/01/1996 unabridged
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It’s 1945, and Stalin’s army stands poised to conquer Europe. The only way to stop him is for Truman to bluff him down. To make the bluff work, C.G. Brandt, America’s ultra-professional but very human spymaster, is forced to risk everything on Alex Lukas, an undertrained but bilingual secret agent. Lukas must escort a Soviet defector who will parachute into Bavaria with crucial information. But the defector’s plane crashes; there is a gorgeous Communist spy in the drop area; and Lukas can’t believe the amount of well-armed interest in his movements. Against all odds, Lukas manages to get out with his skin intact. Then he’s given new orders: to proceed to Los Alamos, New Mexico, pick up a crate and deliver it to the Moscow embassy. In the crate is the key to the great bluff—the biggest card in Harry Truman’s hand as he faces off with Joseph Stalin.

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Summary

Summary

It’s 1945, and Stalin’s army stands poised to conquer Europe. The only way to stop him is for Truman to bluff him down. To make the bluff work, C.G. Brandt, America’s ultra-professional but very human spymaster, is forced to risk everything on Alex Lukas, an undertrained but bilingual secret agent. Lukas must escort a Soviet defector who will parachute into Bavaria with crucial information.

But the defector’s plane crashes; there is a gorgeous Communist spy in the drop area; and Lukas can’t believe the amount of well-armed interest in his movements. Against all odds, Lukas manages to get out with his skin intact. Then he’s given new orders: to proceed to Los Alamos, New Mexico, pick up a crate and deliver it to the Moscow embassy. In the crate is the key to the great bluff—the biggest card in Harry Truman’s hand as he faces off with Joseph Stalin.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Accomplished storyteller Hunter keeps things moving apace in this thriller set during the closing months of WW II…Hunter’s intriguing tale also offers a fascinating speculation as to the real purpose of dropping the atomic bomb on Japan.” Publishers Weekly
“Smart and amusing…An extremely clever plot and dazzling characters almost camouflage quite a bit of serious thinking. Very well done.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Jack D. Hunter

Jack D. Hunter (1921–2009) often based his novels on his experiences as a US counterintelligence agent in World War II. The Blue Max was made into a motion picture, and The Expendable Spy was awarded the Edgar Allan Poe Special Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 9.65
Audience: Adult
Language: English