|About the Book|
Robert Joyce is everything a spy should be- calculating, meticulous, good at getting his agents to do what he wants them to do, good at staying in the background while they do it. He is also obsolete. Its March, 1941, the long-awaited Nazi-SovietMoreRobert Joyce is everything a spy should be- calculating, meticulous, good at getting his agents to do what he wants them to do, good at staying in the background while they do it. He is also obsolete. Its March, 1941, the long-awaited Nazi-Soviet war is about to start and as an MI6 veteran going back to the days of the Russian Revolution, there is no place for him in the new, Soviet-friendly Service.Before he is sent into exile, he is given one last job. Hes to go to Belgrade, supervise the elimination of a group of Nazi assassins before they kill Simovic, the Yugoslav general leading a coup against his country’s pro-Nazi government. London thinks the coup will trigger a Soviet attack on the Germans. Joyce thinks they are fools, but agrees to do the job anyway. He knows there Is something wrong with whats happening in Yugoslavia and is determined to find out what it is. Just when it seems he will leave Belgrade without proving himself, a man from his past, discovered in the most unexpected place, exposes a conspiracy the magnitude of which even he didnt expect. If he can reveal the whole of it, it will open up a route back into MI6, back into the only life he has ever wanted.At the same time that Joyce is realising his plans, Nahum Eitingon, the man who directed the assassination of Trotsky, arrives back in Moscow to a heros welcome. He is the Soviet ideal- ruthless, brutal, relentless. He is also determined to get everything hes owed for what hes done. He gets a taste of whats to come, then is told three things- that he is Stalin’s favourite spy, that the war with Germany is coming, and that he is going on another operation straight away. This time it’s Belgrade, the frontline of the coming war, a city and a nation he knows will be exterminated. All he wants is to do the job and get back to everything he has earned before the Nazis attack.It will begin from the sky.Based on the events of the Yugoslav coup of March 1941.