by Paul Vidich
Today I am pleased to be closing the Blog Tour for The Matchmaker by Paul Vidich, thanks to Random T Tours inviting me to review and to No Exit Press for gifting me a copy of this gripping book where the worlds of the KGB and CIA collide as the Berlin Wall topples. Discover more in the blurb and my review below as well as a bit about the author.
Berlin, 1989. Anne Simpson, an American who works as a translator at the Joint Operations Refugee Committee, thinks she is in a normal marriage with a charming East German. But then her husband disappears and the CIA and Western German intelligence arrive at her door. Nothing about her marriage is as it seems.
Anne had been targeted by the Matchmaker – a high level East German counterintelligence officer – who runs a network of Stasi agents. These agents are his ‘Romeos’ who marry vulnerable women in West Berlin to provide them with cover as they report back to the Matchmaker. Anne has been married to a spy, and now he has disappeared, and is presumably dead.
The CIA are desperate to find the Matchmaker because of his close ties to the KGB. They believe he can establish the truth about a high-ranking Soviet defector. They need Anne because she’s the only person who has seen his face – from a photograph that her husband mistakenly left out in his office – and she is the CIA’s best chance to identify him before the
Matchmaker escapes to Moscow.
Time is running out as the Berlin Wall falls and chaos engulfs East Germany. But what if Anne’s
husband is not dead? And what if Anne has her own motives for finding the Matchmaker to deliver a different type of justice?
Berlin, 1989, now seems eerie with what is going on today, minus the Berlin Wall, but read the book and the past and present almost seem to collide where spies are concerned…
The book takes readers into the world of the CIA, the KGB and a refugee committee . The book is gripping and intense with the espionage that goes on. There is also the chilling thought of what can go on in the world of marriage too.
The book has a map at the beginning, setting the scene at the fall of the Berlin Wall. Anne Simpson is an American woman working at the Joint Operations Refugee Committee. She is in a marriage that isn’t your typical one as he disappears. It isn’t what she thought it was to the German. Little did she know she was a target by the networker of Stasi agents and their mysterious person known as The Matchmaker, who the CIA are in a race for time to find him because of his KGB links and before he reaches Moscow.
There is also the chaos in Germany that ensues the fall of the Berlin Wall to contend with in this action-packed book that has an even more chilling edge now than ever…
It’s sure to capture the imagination of John Le Carre fans.
About the Author
Paul Vidich has had a distinguished career in music and media. Most recently, he served as Special Advisor to AOL and was Executive Vice President at the Warner Music Group, in charge of technology and global strategy. He serves on the Board of Directors of Poets & Writers and The New School for Social Research. A founder and publisher of the Storyville App, Vidich is also an award-winning author of short fiction. His novels, An Honorable Man, The Good Assassin and The Coldest Warrior, are available from No Exit Press.