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Stealing the Future

Stealing the Future

Author(s): Max Hertzberg

Location(s): Berlin

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): 1990s



A counter-factual spy thriller set in East Berlin in the early-1990s. The GDR still exists, but is on the edge of economic breakdown, partly due to a coal producing region is in the process of seceding from the GDR. Against this backdrop a prominent politician is find crushed to death, and the investigator has to work out who’s involved: is it the Russians, the West Germans, British Intelligence or even the remains of the disbanded Stasi?
The research and engaging writing make this book believable – an intelligent page turner!

Includes a tour of East Berlin – perfect reading for a trip!

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

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Entries close 6th November 2021