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Stealing the Future by Max Hertzberg

Stealing the Future by Max Hertzberg

Behind the Berlin Wall, dissident turned investigator Martin Grobe is on the trail of a killer—but is there something bigger at stake?

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1989: after forty years of dictatorship it’s time for change. A revolution in East Germany leads to economic collapse and a failed takeover attempt by the West.

Four years on, the people of East Germany are building a utopian society: freedom and equality are the words on everyone’s lips. But when prominent politician Hans Maier is found crushed to death a constitutional crisis erupts – Martin needs to find the links before the young republic breaks up.

Gritty and realistic but hopeful, Stealing the Future gives the traditional crime and spy thriller a revolutionary twist.

Background

Although the books can be read individually—they’re all gripping spy thrillers in their own right—Stealing the Future is very much part of a series. The East Berlin trilogy maps out the changes, the successes and failures of a society navigating by the light of its utopic ideals.

The first book is set in East Germany in 1993, four years after the start of the revolution in 1989. The country is changing fast, transforming itself from a Marxist-Leninist planned society into something equitable and fair—a grassroots democratic republic. But the pace of change shouldn’t be overestimated, there’s a limit to how much can be achieved in just a few years, and opponents to the project can be found on both sides of the Berlin Wall.

The other books in the series will be appearing over the next two to three years—this site is also where you’ll find out first about how work on the rest of the series is progressing.

 

About the author

Max Hertzberg, sometime Stasi files researcher and more recently a social change trainer and facilitator. This is his first novel, having previously co-written and edited "A Consensus Handbook" by Seeds for Change and also "How to Set Up a Workers’ Co-operative" published by Radical Routes.

 

For excerpts from the book, as well as features and background reading see the author's blog at www.maxhertzberg.co.uk

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