Books by Tim Sebastian

THE MEMORY CHURCH by Tim Sebastian
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 20, 1993

The sudden and surprising collapse of the Berlin wall sends spies scuttling in all directions. Old wounds bleed again in the latest moody thriller from the author of Saviour's Gate (1991), etc. East Germany's Stasi aren't the only intelligence agents to run from the light as the lid comes off the collapsing communist state. British agent James Martin, who posed as a defector and came to live in the workers' state four years ago after someone betrayed Her Majesty's East German spy ring, is now dangerously exposed. There's still a traitor in place back home in MI-5 whose existence is threatened by the new openness and by Martin. As the Soviets pull out, taking their nastiest files with them, the uncontrolled Stasi are like so many unfenced Dobermans, running loose and taking bites out of anyone who moves. With old associates and enemies dropping like flies, Martin takes the first available plane back to Britain and looks up his masters, who wish he'd stayed away. So much has changed since he left. Martin is a messy remnant of the Old World Order, an embarrassment. Is that why there is attempt after attempt on his life even in England? Dodging a bullet from a fake nun at Heathrow and a bomb in placid Oxford, Martin flees to America, where he's reunited with the CIA agent he loved, then lost, when the he took the fall for the German mess. But the East Germans have followed him to Washington. To set himself free once and for all, Martin must root out the traitor, and to do that he must go back to the city of his nightmares, East Berlin. Classically grim thriller. Sebastian's cold war ghosts are still more frightful than any number of petro-terrorists. Read full book review >
SAVIOUR'S GATE by Tim Sebastian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1991

Leftists and Rightists battle for the soul of Russia, while Americans and Britons squabble over the bonesin a melancholy thriller by the author of Spy Shadow and The Spy In Question. In the Russia of not-far-enough-from-now, the disintegration of the workers' paradise has advanced so far that a pilot routinely flies from Moscow to Arctic Murmansk, rehearsing for the day when he will have to fly the leader out of the country to escape the snarling conservatives and the increasingly violent radicals. The pilot is the nephew of ``the envoy''the General Secretary's lifelong friend and confidant, a shadowy figure from the provinces who spends his life protecting the man who defended him as a miserable schoolboy. Nothing is stable. Nothing is safe. The radicals have abandoned nonviolence to begin a series of political assassinations forcing radical reform. The hard-line Leninists shape mass demonstrations to their own ends with live ammunition and military terror. Marcus, a British journalist who spies to the order of a man with no name other than ``Foreign Office,'' and Anastasiya, the General Secretary's beautiful assistant, seek such comfort as their masters and their loyalties may allow. An American intelligence agent at last displays his un-American heart. And the General Secretary's mother leaves her Transcaucasian farm for only the second time to see her son before it is too late. Appropriately bleak. Well done. Read full book review >