For the beleaguered German and Russian armies there is no war beyond the carnage in the city’s grim skeleton, and the terrible winter at their heels. Desperate men need heroes to boost their morale: orders come from the very top for a duel between champion snipers Antonov the Russian, and Meister the German – a contest each must win. For the two marksmen there is now no war but the race to pin the other in their sights. And no other companion, either, than the stranger whose mind each must read. Dead heroes or living legends? Only time will tell.
‘The book is perfect. The horror of war is captured by the spare prose; the tension mounts, and the inevitable confrontation is uplifting in its outcome’ Daily Telegraph
‘Told me more than all the military historians ever could about the greatest battle of World War Two’ Daily Mail
‘Tense and gripping ... a most effective chiller’ British Book News
‘One is reminded of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness ... For those who like to be in the thick of it, this book is a must’ Surrey and South Middlesex Times
‘A good war story’ Kirkus Reviews
‘A unique tour de force ... poignant, cogent, a strong novel, suspenseful and fascinating, a novel not easily forgotten’ Florida Sun News
Derek Lambert was born in 1929, and served in the RAF for two and a half years, before becoming a foreign correspondent, travelling the world to exotic locations that later inspired his novels. His travels gave him first-hand knowledge of his material and it was his authentic tales of espionage that made him a household name and bestselling author. He spent the later years of his life in Spain, where he died in 2001 at the age of 71.
The Trans-Siberian Express has left Moscow carrying the most powerful, closely guarded man in the Soviet Union – and also the man who plans to kidnap him.
Tension aboard the train is at a maximum. The KGB has checked and double checked. But as Vasily Yermakov, the Soviet leader, tries to sleep on the first night in his cabin, he has an uneasy feeling that something is about to go wrong.
‘An exciting new development – not only of Derek Lambert’s skills, but of the thriller too!’ Len Deighton
‘Exciting’ New York Times Book Review
‘Hugely entertaining’ Manchester Guardian
‘A timely and gripping thriller’ Publishers Weekly
‘Bursting with action’ Evening Standard
‘A taut and fast-moving thriller that reeks with authenticity’ Coventry Evening Telegraph
‘Quite superb ... It deserves to be a best-seller’ Leslie Thomas
In neutral Lisbon, British Intelligence have concocted a ruthless doublecross to lure Russia and Germany into a hellish war of attrition on the Eastern Front and so buy Britain the most precious commodity of all: time.
That plot now hinges on one man: Josef Hoffman, a humble Red cross worker. But who is Hoffman? And where do his loyalties really lie?
‘Charged with action and tension from start to finish’ John Barkham Reviews
‘For unbearable suspense, for chapter-by-chapter fascination, nothing I’ve read equals this one’ Los Angeles Times
‘A World War II “what if” that’s great fun. Lots of suspense and a bang-up climax’ Publishers Weekly
‘A humdinger of a thriller ... a novel which turns history upside down’ Express & Echo
‘Veteran thriller writer Derek Lambert skillfully mixes fact and fiction from World War II. It’s bloody good fun’ New York Daily News
‘A grand Churchillian scheme depicted with great flair and ingeuinty’ The Seattle Times
‘Excellent spy-genre fiction’ UPI
‘Plenty of action’ The New Yorker
‘Fic-fac at its most tantalising ... an extraordinary piece of fiction’ Eastern Daily Press