Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)
American Colonel Jake Burnes has a new postwar assignment: to rescue two rocket scientists in occupied Germany. But an infiltration of Russian spies could foil Jake’s mission in Berlin Encounter, a novel by author T. Davis Bunn.
On I’ve rolled with this fourth book in the Rendezvous with Destiny series. Indeed, I not only rolled but basically flew through it.
It’s both interesting and pretty heartbreaking, still, to see the dire and precarious aftermath of a world war. Refugees. Hyperinflation. Poverty. The threat of the Nazis now past but Stalin and the Soviets looming like an ominous cloud.
It’s good to see that Jake still has room for inner growth as a protagonist, but he’s not just facing the same problem time and again, as if he “gets over” something in one book, and then he’s totally back to square one in the next. The (continuing) thread of romance is relatively minor but strong here, and though I missed Jake’s sidekick, Pierre, for much of the book, it was satisfying to see him eventually appear–and to know he will appear again.
I found the climax of this story to be fairly tame, but that’s better than a contrived heightening or overstretching of drama would’ve been. And, goodness, Churchill’s historic declaration about “an iron curtain,” along with the last disclosure of this novel, is quite an intriguing setup for the fifth and final book in the series.
Here’s my review of the next book in the Rendezvous with Destiny series, Istanbul Express.