The Honest Spy by Andreas Kollender

The Honest Spy

During one of history’s darkest chapters, one man is determined to make a difference.In the tradition of Schindler’s List comes a thrilling novel based on the heroic true story of Fritz Kolbe, a widowed civil servant in Adolf Hitler’s foreign ministry. Recognizing that millions of lives are at stake, Kolbe uses his position to pass information to the Americans—risking himself and the people he holds most dear—and embarks on a dangerous ...

Details The Honest Spy

TitleThe Honest Spy
Release DateNov 1st, 2017
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, Spy Thriller, Espionage, Business, Amazon, Literature, 20th Century, Cultural, Germany, World War II

Reviews The Honest Spy

  • Caz
    This was very well written, I went through such a varied range of emotions reading it. You really have to admire someone who not only stays true to their beliefs under such extraordinary circumstances but also puts themselves at risk for the greater good. The story, which is based upon the real life hero Fritz Kolbe, utterly captivated me. A great read.
  • george mance
    Enjoyed it very much. Good tension leading to a surprise twist at the end. Glad it was based on a true story of an uncommon hero.If you like WWII drama, this is a book you can't put down. Who doesn't like a wartime love story .
  • M. LeeAnne Finney
    Great story it kept my attention. I liked the main character staying true to his beliefs and not cave in and join the nazi party. I hat d marleen left in the end. These stories need to me told. What goes on in between the lines is what the story is about Very well wrote.
  • Jürgen Zeller
    Dieser Kriminalroman enthält eine Spionagegeschichte und ist zugleich ein Historischer Roman mit biografischen Elementen. Es ist die Würdigung eines äusserlich unscheinbaren aber mutigen Mannes mit hohen ethischen Prinzipien der sein Leben riskiert hat, um dem Wahnsinn des 2. Weltkriegs ein möglichst frühes Ende zu setzen oder zumindest dem herrschenden Regime der Nazis Sand in die gut geölte Kriegsmaschinerie zu streuen. Mit der Weitergabe...
  • Steve
    Not your everyday WWII spy novel, and by no means perfect, but a sufficiently gratifying pick from the Kindle First heap and a relatively quick read.As for genre, this seems to be a mash-up between historical fiction, a garden variety page-turning spy novel, and ... something else, but I'm not sure what. On one level, the novel chronicles - and, apparently, takes any number of liberties with - the career of a (subsequently) celebrated spy, an act...
  • Charles van Buren
     A powerful, well written novel, October 15, 2017Verified Purchase(What's this?)This review is from: The Honest Spy (Kindle Edition)It is easy for those of us of the 20th and 21st centuries living in Western democracies to say that the Fritz Kolbe of this novel did the right thing. That he should have had no moral qualms about betraying the evil Nazis. It was not so evident from his or other Germans' point of view. He was not a Nazi but he was...
  • Kaye
    This was a gripping story, told somewhat simplistically. Based on a real-life WWII espionage case, the book portrays a German man who avoids the nationalistic frenzy of the Third Reich. Fritz Kolbe is depicted as a man for whom the ties of family and friendship transcend social pressures to conform. He is an unlikely hero, one whose company I enjoyed. Still, it felt a bit as if I were being led along and educated as I read. I was given a Netgalle...
  • Brenda Styer
    Doing what is right regardless of the outcomeThe incredible story of Fritz Kolbes espionage during WWII as a foreign diplomat within the German Government. He paid s terrible price for his acts of courage
  • Steve Harding
    Interesting and important read. We and future generations should NEVER be allowed to forget what happened in the Great Wars.The book was well written, although I found the switching between the two timelines confusing at times.
  • Elizabeth K. Walker
    A KeeperI recommend this book to all my fellow spy novel lovers. This account balances the fictional portrayals that improvise and romanticize with the awful reality of the sacrifice of those who truly lived the life.
  • Mary Sue Wilson
    ExcellentWell written. Full of intrigue. A love story. Most of all, a story about doing what's right despite the danger. The true story of a German spy who took great risks to make a difference in WWII.
  • Robert C. Dillon
    Very interesting storyVery well do about a German diplomat that risked so much because of his hatred of the Nazi's and Hitler. The book chronicles how he was able to smuggle vital secret German documents to US intelligence.
  • Sandy Bailey
    Wow!I could not put this book down! I could not help wondering how someone could do all of the things Fritz Kolbe did. He was a hero in his own right with the bravery and fortitude that he exhibited standing up to the Na,I Regime.
  • Pat
    German Audio book--story of Fritz Kolbe, a German diplomat during World War II and how he works against Hitler. He refuses to join the Nazi party. A story of love of a daughter, woman and his country. Sommer 1943: Hitler muss weg! Das steht für Fritz Kolbe fest. Als Mitarbeiter des Auswärtigen Amtes hat er Zugang zu streng geheimen Dokumenten, die er aus der Behörde schmuggelt. Eine Kurierfahrt in die Schweiz ermöglicht ihm die Kontaktaufnahm...
  • Tony Bezilla
    A great and important historical novelIf you are a student of history or simply enjoy historical novels you will love this book. It is an accurate depiction of the life of the most important spy of WWII for the fledging American OSS (predecessor to the CIA). It also offers interesting insights into the minds of two of the most important American intelligence operators in US history: Allen Dulles and William Priest. The English translation leaves ...
  • Helen
    Brilliant book! It's not often I am so enamoured by a book but this absolutely deserves it. It is also the first Kindle First book I have enjoyed.Based On a real person, Fritz Kolbe is The Honest Spy. Written from the perspective of a German official it gave me a whole new view of Nazi Germany and an insight into what ordinary German citizens went through during 6 years as well has how fanatical the party faithful were. For someone who did so muc...
  • Katherine Daley
    Good read!This was a fascinating story based on a real person and real events. It was sometimes hard to remember that because of the courage and danger that the main character loved with every day. I finished it in 1 1/2 days. The only thing I would add is that the ending was fairly abrupt and left a couple of big questions in limbo.
  • Charlene
    As spy stories goThe shift in time furthered the feel of deeply held emotion throughout. Fritz's courage and integrity was clear throughout the novel. Living a double life, he was able to help bring the German Third Reich to it's knees. The love story woven through the fear filled spying helped to understand the motives of those Germans who saw clearly the pathology of Hitler and the genocide he perpetrated. I love stories about actual people and...
  • Elyse
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this book.4.5 StarsThis book was so engrossing that I read it in one night and didn't realize it was a true story until the very end. I loved the characters and the story, and how the author provided good historical context throughout the events of the book. One thing I greatly appreciated about The Honest Spy is how it explores the moral ambiguity in times of great suffering. It makes you t...
  • Richard Winston
    Powerful, Compelling, InsightfulThe story this novel has to tell paints a detailed picture of life lived in the horror of total war. You've seen film of the B-17s dropping bombs on German cities. Ever wonder what it was like down below? The narrative is a little slow getting started, but if you can endure the glacial pace of the opening and pull together the many story threads, you will be rewarded with an insider's view of the upper echelons of ...
  • Mandi Waller
    Loosely based on a true story, I liked reading about WW11 Germany from a new perspective - the perspective of a German who hates Hitler and Nazis. The book follows a man who stays in Berlin just to undermine the war by passing info off to the Americans. The intensity and stress in the book really sucks the reader into that world. I admired how he tried to do what was right in his eyes, despite it being very dangerous.
  • Michael B. Cook
    This was a really enjoyable read. I love history based fiction and this was a good one. I was sad when the book ended.I couldn't put the book down. I was more disappointed when the book was done because I had no more story to enjoy. When I have the two prior feelings about a book I know it is a good one. Excellent read. I highly recommend it.
  • Zohar -
    The Honest Spy by Andreas Kollender (translated by Steve Anderson) is a historical fiction book about a German clerk spying for the USA. This is a fictionalized account of Fritz Kolbe, one of the most important resources the allies had during that time.Fritz Kolbe, a widowed clerk, has been called back to German from South Africa. Recognizing the evils of the Nazi regime from afar, Fritz leaves his only daughter in Africa and returns to Berlin to...
  • Brad
    Fact Can Be Better Than Fiction, But Fiction Can Improve FactThis novel does a fine job of weaving an interesting fictional narrative around the real life and accomplishments of Fritz Kolbe. After initially wanting to match the story to reality, I finally let myself become engrossed in a very well told story. Even though I knew some of what had to occur by the end, the telling kept me wondering if it would ultimately stray to far. The story kept ...
  • Jamie Whitehead
    A book I couldn't put down. Exciting, frightening, engaging and insightful. It is a fictionalized version of a true story. I am now inspired to read a biography on Fritz Kolbe. It shows how one man's choices had a large impact in the war. It is very well written and portrays how difficult it is to do the right thing. Even when we know and feel what that is, most are too political and finally, too self-serving to follow through. A really great rea...
  • Marsha Neumann
    Marvelous book about a true hero.This book really portrays how difficult it is to do the right thing. Even when we know and feel what that is, most are too political and finally, too self-serving to follow through. We can all be heroic but it took a special man in an especially difficult time to muster great courage to live past fear.
  • David Highton
    A true story in novel form, so not really non-fiction. Certainly not as good a book as Schindler's Ark
  • Barbara
    This is the tale of the grey man, the invisible, reliable, frankly rather dull civil servant who turns against his Nazi leaders to betray his country because he hates Hitler and the Nazis so much. It's also a love story - a widowed man, a married woman, a very difficult time.Had the war ended differently, Fritz Kolbe would be as loathed as British traitors like Philby, Burgess et al. Whilst we as the 'winners' can applaud his activity, it's not s...
  • Ronald Scheese
    A Character Development Page TurnerAnother compelling Kindle First read, this time in the historic fiction biographical genre. The Honest Spy shares the story of Fritz Kolbe a WWII German Foreign Office worker, whose information may have been some of the best intelligence obtained by the Allies during the war.I appreciated the author's approach to the story which attempted to reveal the inner thoughts and emotions of Herr Kolbe as he experiences ...
  • Golfer76
    Behind the Scenes HeroFritz Kolbe's story is one of courage and teaches a good life lesson to always strive to do the right thing. We'll never know the true and total impact of Fritz's bravery in terms of lives saved in WW2. However he stands as a great human being, seeing a horrific wrong being done that no one else is challenging, and working at tremendous personal risk to effect change.While the story was fascinating and informative, the writi...