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Chris Ramsdorf, a former East German soldier, is now free to travel and comes to England. Having a good knowledge of the weapons of the Eastern Bloc, he is hired my M15, British Intelligence.
After he loses his position, he begins dealing with weapons on his own and is hired by a group of Russians to dismantle a warhead and extract plutonium.
Fearing the weapon might be used against England, Chris tells his superiors and is told to go along with the Russians.
He believes that a plan is in place to thwart the deal but something complicates things and he ends up in a jail in India.
In the jail, we observe his philosophy and ideas of life but when the situation becomes intolerable, Chris must attempt to gain his freedom.
There is outstanding character development as Chris evolves from a selfish, uncaring person, to someone who regards others with compassion and understanding.
The story does meander from place to place and the periods of action are followed by sections of introspection and analysis. This slows down the story but gives us a deeper understanding of Chris, and perhaps, the author.
The author, Gerd Balko, died of a heart attack and the novel was completed by Michael La Rocca.
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