• An Affair of Spies

  • A Novel
  • By: Ronald H. Balson
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (110 ratings)

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An Affair of Spies

By: Ronald H. Balson
Narrated by: Fred Berman
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Publisher's Summary

From the winner of the National Jewish Book Award—Ronald H. Balson's An Affair of Spies tells of a spy mission to rescue a defector from Germany and prevent the Nazis from creating an atomic bomb.

Nathan Silverman grew up in Berlin in the 1920s, the son of a homemaker and a theoretical physicist. His idyllic childhood was soon marred by increasing levels of bigotry against his family and the rest of the Jewish community, and after his uncle is arrested on Kristallnacht, he leaves Germany for New York City with only his mother’s wedding ring to sell for survival.

While attending an evening course at Columbia in 1941, Nathan notices a recruitment poster on a university wall and decides to enlist in the military and help fight the Nazi regime. To his surprise, he is quickly selected for a special assignment; he is trained as a spy, and ordered to report to the Manhattan Project. There he learns that the Allies are racing to develop a nuclear weapon before the Nazis, and a German theoretical physicist is hoping to defect. The physicist was a friend of his father's, and Nathan's mission is to return to Berlin via France and smuggle him out of Europe.

Nathan will be accompanied by Dr. Allison Fisher, a brilliant young scientist who can speak French; he travels to her lab at the University of Chicago for a crash course in nuclear physics, then they embark on their adventure. Nathan and Allison soon develop feelings for one another, but as their relationship deepens they move ever closer to their dangerous goal. Will they be able to escape Europe with the defector and start a new life together, or will they fail their mission and become two more casualties of war?

An Affair of Spies is an action-packed tale of heroism and love in the face of unspeakable evil. Author Ronald H. Balson has applied his unmatched talent for evocative and painstakingly authentic storytelling to the high-stakes world of espionage and created his most thrilling novel yet.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press.

©2022 Ronald H. Balson (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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Balsons other books are much better.

Not sure about this book. I found the first 12 chapters boring... I am now fast forwarding through many chapters...

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Great Book

All of Ronald Balson’s books are good. He is one of my very favorite writers. I want to slow the book down just so it will last longer. Highly recommend.

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This book kept me on edge

Glad I didn’t pay attention to some of the negative reviews. I’ve listened to every Ronald H. Balson audiobooks . And loved everyone. I stayed frightened quiet a bit cause I really didn’t know how they were going to evade the nazis and gestapo. This audio taught me a little about the atom Bomb. What goes into making it and the pitfalls . Simplified of course. I especially appreciate the lack of profanity ,taking the Lords name in vain and and and no graphic sex scenes. Mr. Balson didn’t need this for fillers or to liven up a boring book . Mr Berman is one of the best narrators out there. Man woman American French German accents and inflections hit the bullseye EVERY time. I hated for book to end. A true picture of Hitlers evil and his followers blind allegiance was prominant thru out the book. I’m waiting for another book mr. Balson and let it be mr. Berman who narrates.
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I expected more

I never write reviews, but I do read a lot of them. This book was so bad I feel like I needed to add a don’t waste your money. I love historical fiction and really thought this was going to be a good one.

Nathan is a selfish character who tells everyone on his journey the secret mission he is on. He is insistent on calling the shots and everything going his way. I have read enough historical fiction to know the Natzi’s were smart and calculated. He would have been dead in his first week. My apologies to the author. I cannot begin to imagine how hard it is to write a book. This one was just too far fetched for me.

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LOVE Ronald Balson!!

I love everything Ronald Balson writes! I also love Fred Berman as a narrator! So these books are always a treat for me!

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Wow

Very exciting. Couldn’t put it down. Finish it in a very short time. Characters were very likable. Would recommend to anyone who likes exciting novels.

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Ridiculous premise

I've listened to most of Ron Balson's books and usually enjoyed them. This was just ridiculous. To think that these two could waltz into German nuclear installations disguised as a Nobel laureate and her brother-in-law, well as I said, ridiculous. And the characters were so cheerful, cracking jokes. I imagine Berlin was a deadly serious and dangerous place. And the Nathan character was absurd, giving away the safe house address and mission to an old girl fiend, and traveling around Germany looking for his family during what was supposed to be a deadly serious war changing mission. It doesn't fit with reality. I couldn't wait for it to end.

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Terrific story

I really enjoyed this book/audio. The reader was wonderful. He was able to distinguish the different characters with the infection of his voice. I highly recommend this book.

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Great book

I loved this audio book. He is one of my favorite authors. I started with his Band of Brothers and have read all of his books. This one is really good and listening to the audio just made it better. The German and French accents were so cool. I didn’t want it to end.

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Not how I'd expect spy missions to really be.

The details to history and science great. Narration great. The spy mission plot seemed planned by amateurs, so it seemed unbelievable that this type of team would be sent to Nazi Germany. The characters in their respective positions made frustrating stupid mistakes that true operatives would never do. I always love Ronald Balson books, but struggled with this storyline and characters.