Martin Bora, l'investigatore di casi delicati per i servizi segreti della Wehrmacht, si trova a Mosca. In questa veste, gli arriva una strana richiesta da parte del diabolico Beria: recarsi a Creta, appena presa dai tedeschi, per procurare al raccapricciante capo dello spionaggio sovietico sessanta bottiglie di un pregiatissimo vino cretese. Ucraina nord-orientale, Nel suo ruolo di ufficiale dell'Abwehr, il servizio segreto dell'esercito tedesco, ha per le mani due generali dell'Armata Rossa, Platonov e Tibyetsky, detto Khan.
Entrambi sono a parte di segreti strategici. Due avvocati in lotta per comandarlo. Un fondo d'investimento pieno di soldi, ma che ha ancora poco tempo per trovare qualcosa in cui investirli. Mesi di ricerche serrate e alla fine una scoperta: bitcoin, moneta virtuale che consentirebbe di commerciare liberamente facendo a meno di qualsiasi banca e di qualsiasi Stato. Una trattativa frenetica tra Milano, Londra e l'isola di Jersey. Un'acquisizione conclusa sul filo di lana. E poi? Siamo nell'aprile del , vigilia di guerra.
Roma, In questo clima di attesa, paura e speranza, il maggiore Martin Bora, detective-soldato della Wehrmacht, deve risolvere un delicatissimo caso di duplice omicidio. Cracovia, ottobre Maria Kazimierza, madre superiora del monastero di Nostra Signora delle Sette Pene, viene trovata uccisa da un colpo di pistola nel chiostro del convento.
Un'indagine spinosa attraverso cui conosciamo Martin von Bora, il giovane e aristocratico capitano diviso tra l'obbedienza a Hitler e il senso personale di giustizia coltivato da un'educazione umanistica. Settembre Il maggiore della Wehrmacht Martin Bora si trova distaccato a Lago, nei pressi di Verona, dove rimane vittima di un attentato: si salva, ma subisce l'amputazione della mano.
Si sospetta della moglie Claretta. Ma il maggiore Bora dubita che il movente del delitto sia solo un affare di famiglia, e guarda oltre. Mentre la seconda guerra mondiale imperversa, il giovane tenente americano Lucas Athan viene inviato a recuperare una parte del tesoro dei nazisti. Tra le migliaia di opere d'arte d'inestimabile valore che il Terzo Reich ha saccheggiato in tutta Europa, una in particolare attira la sua attenzione: un misterioso sarcofago egizio.
La rete nazionale, la TV4, si lancia subito sulla notizia e manda sul campo un'inviata specializzata in cronaca nera: Ellen Tamm. Davanti alle prime indagini della polizia, i due genitori interrogati cominciano a darsi la colpa a vicenda. Il 20 marzo un giovane belga si schiera al via della Milano-Sanremo. Quel giorno, come con Coppi all'indomani della guerra, si apre per il ciclismo una nuova era.
Fin da quella prima apparizione, Merckx ha mostrato di possedere, oltre al talento, il gusto dell'avventura e della prodezza. Al pari dei grandi del passato.
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Eppure il Pirata ha conquistato la storia e il popolo del ciclismo come da tempo nessuno riusciva a fare. La Galli holding ha provato a espandersi. Part of what is fascinating about this novel is how the reader can observe Bora's growing disillusion and disengagement with the Nazi authorities he serves. Another noteworthy aspect is how Pastor draws those Nazis.
They are by no means caricatures and it is thought-provoking to consider their own mindsets and justification of behaviour. I suppose what is at the heart of this novel is the question of the value of focusing on an individual murder when mass murder is taking place all around. Read it. If you want to be made to think, you will not be disappointed. I fervently hope that more of the Bora novels will now become available in English. Otherwise, I will just have to learn Italian! View 1 comment. Jun 24, Liz V.
In September , a German intelligence officer, Bora, is charged with investigating the murder of a nun, viewed by many, including Bora's superior, as a visionary and possibly a saint. It seems a classic locked room mystery, as the nun died in an inner courtyard to which no outsider had access. Bora's liaison with the convent is a Polish-American priest who, for the preceding six months, had been trying to determine the validity of the nun's stigmata and prophecies. Bora has, as well, his regul In September , a German intelligence officer, Bora, is charged with investigating the murder of a nun, viewed by many, including Bora's superior, as a visionary and possibly a saint.
Bora has, as well, his regular duties, documenting partisan activities and monitoring Soviet cooperation in the rivening of Poland, all while distracted by his housemate's womanizing, the anguish of the separation from Bora's wife compounded by his superior's insistence on German reproduction, and the emerging evil of the German-Soviet alliance.
There is, therefore, more than enough to make an interesting story, but the author chose to tell the story by jumping back and forth between the various threads, so abruptly as to have, at one point, merged two separate threads. At least, I thought so and made a note. It was, however, early in the book and, by the end, I wasn't interested enough to go back and check. This is the author's first book, and I shan't be trying any more. ADD : I just realized that I had read La strada per Itaca , the tenth in the series, and enjoyed it enough to give it four stars.
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Mar 07, Tony rated it liked it Shelves: novels. Set in the months following the German invasion of Poland in , this first book in the Martin Bora series follows a Captain in the Intelligence arm of the German army who is tasked with solving the murder of a famous Polish nun in Cracow aka Krakow. He's given a sidekick or sorts, in the form of a visiting Catholic priest from Chicago, who has been sent by the Vatican to write a report about the nun as a possible candidate for sainthood.
Meanwhile, he must also deal with the odious womanizi Set in the months following the German invasion of Poland in , this first book in the Martin Bora series follows a Captain in the Intelligence arm of the German army who is tasked with solving the murder of a famous Polish nun in Cracow aka Krakow.
Meanwhile, he must also deal with the odious womanizing officer he is roommates with, and the troubling increase in civilian killings he learns of. Captain Bora is a thoughtful, university educated, sober soldier, whose notions of honor and law conflict with the wartime reality and his own desires. The result is a mystery that spends a good deal more time on his moral struggles than your typical whodunit. The book does a very good job of placing the reader in the early moments of World War II, as seen through the eyes of a willing soldier who isn't yet aware of the nature of the beast he's a part of.
Some of the book's best moments are when Bora comes into contact and conflict with the SS, who are clearly engaged in some completely different and separate agenda from his own straightforward military one.
There are other nice details, such as references to Bora's previous service in Spain during the Civil War, and a tense meeting with a Soviet unit recall that at the time, Germany and the USSR split Poland between them. Unfortunately, the period detail isn't enough to sustain the somewhat plodding pace of the story, which wheezes slowly through Bora's investigation of the nun's killing and a subplot involving several Polish actresses involved with his roommate. There's also a lot of discussion of religion and faith with the Chicago priest that didn't connect with me at all.
The premise of a German army "detective" is a good one, but on the whole it feels like a first book in need of an experienced editor who could give it a little more shape and trim some of the fat. Originally written and published in , it has been republished in conjunction with the second in the series, Liar Moon. Nov 05, Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk rated it it was amazing Shelves: detective , polish , fiction , historical-fiction , german , 20th-century , central-european-setting , world-war Absolutely brilliant.
This steady, quite well-paced "detective" story set in Krakow in the early months of the Nazi-occupation, moves on at an almost leisurely pace, never plodding or wandering. Our hero, the German officer, Martin Bora, is a very human, but also efficient, individual who is asked to investigate the murder of a Polish nun, a strong candidate for sainthood. In this he is "assisted" albeit often in an almost conflicting relationship by Father Malecki.
Bora's life is made more co Absolutely brilliant. Bora's life is made more complicated by the energetic love-life of his fellow officer, Retz, and the fanaticism of others around him. We see, in Bora, the "good" German who questions the brutality and inhumanity that he witnesses but is hamstrung by his situation.
Definitely a series to be followed.
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Jun 04, Elli rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery-espionage , mystery-international. Church vs. Not really. Similar basic beliefs, but strongly different areas of sensitivity, although both were quite sensitive and both really felt strongly antagonized by the lack of prioritized concern for other people in the line of fire, so-called! But, who killed the Abbess and for goodness sakes, why! All of a sudden priest and Wehrmacht captain are collaborating on a murder in Poland.
And as situations become clearer, a few other situations come to light including more deaths.
Very Church vs. Very interesting book.
My only real complaint is that at the end a birds eye view was given to future sequels to the new Martin Bora series. I would have rather learned these details when reading the books as they come out! Dec 15, Wilde Sky rated it liked it. Sep 30, Theodore Kinni rated it really liked it. An oddly compelling crime noir in which the psychology of the protagonist gets more attention than the crime s. Sep 15, John Lee rated it really liked it. This short series was a chance find as I glanced at a selection of books recently. May be the recent crop of who-done-its that I had been reading had fallen into a rut and this series was the 'something different' that I needed.
This book, and I think the whole series, is set in the second world war but unusually within the German army. Here we are with them in Poland shortly after the invasion. The series centres around Captain Bora, a young officer still finding himself within this environment. Against the background of the occupation we see the effects on Bora as he is tasked with investigating the strange death of the Mother Superior of the local convent.
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As well as the usual problems of an investigation here we have the politics of the Church, the German Command, the local Polish community and of course the SS and SD of the Nazi party. The story has pace, atmosphere and excitement and it also worked as a who-done-it. I very much enjoyed Lumen and , unusually for me intend to move straight onto the next in the series. Sep 09, Scott E. Outstanding novel This novel is beautifully written the story line riveting and the characters created and sustained in the course of the book are totally believable and fully established.
Ben Pastor is a brilliant creator of time and place and atmosphere. Even though her main character is a Nazi the story she tells about him and others around him is frequently horrifying one cannot stop reading until the end.