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The Salzburg Connection by Helen MacInnes
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The Salzburg Connection (1968)

by Helen MacInnes

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I started reading mysteries as did many of my generation with The Nancy Drew Mysteries by Carolyn Keene. Then it was on to the romantic mystery genre as developed by Mary Stewart and espionage novels by Helen MacInnes. This espionage novel is undoubtedly one of the best ever for its time.

This work of fiction is plush with setting descriptions and intricate details of the chase to discover if the rumor is true that an old chest containing Nazi war documents is submerged in the midst of an Austrian lake - a true Pandora's box that could seemingly easily become the basis for the recreation of the world's worst nightmare and possibly help to rebuild an underground network that would devote themselves to the rebuilding of the Nazi regime. Can the chest be retrieved if it is not just a rumor? What do the documents disclose? Who would the documents benefit? Can multiple agents from different countries work together for the common good?

Helen MacInnes wrote espionage before the assistance of technology in the formats of laptops, cell phones, and social media. Helen MacInnes brings her characters to life and the reader becomes engrossed in trying to solve the puzzles of the journey for the truth and who is truly to be believed in the midst of deceptive and cryptic messages. It is the classic question of "Will good prevail over evil?" The reader will continue to turn pages as fast as he/she can read to learn the answer. It is an espionage novel that reminds us of the harrowing twists and turns to the truth and forever reminds us of the challenges and costs for those that fight behind-the-scenes to preserve freedom. ( )
1 vote Corduroy7 | Nov 18, 2014 |
A bit predictable but holds up well considering it was written in the 60's.

A good holiday read if you are staying in the Salzburg area. ( )
  mancmilhist | Aug 28, 2014 |
Terrific post-World War II international thriller.

Macnnes has created a fascinating mix of well-drawn characters and an intriguing plot line. This fast-paced tale constantly surprises you, right to the very end. For that reason, I don't want to divulge even part of the story. Just trust me, the author gets hold of you on the very first page and never lets up.

Don't start this one too late in the evening or you will be up all night. ( )
  thejazzmonger | Jul 20, 2013 |
I really enjoy reading the older novels written by established authors (this one was in its 21st printing). Published at the height of the Cold War and the Vietnam hot war, The Salzburg Connection bridges the gap between WWII and the present (1968). An interesting story, well written ... and you might even be able to catch the movie on late night. ( )
  Roycrofter | Mar 3, 2013 |
I liked the beginning and the end. It was a bit slow in the middle. I liked the plot and the setting. ( )
  BonnieJune54 | Feb 2, 2012 |
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Post-World War II connections sometimes come out of an intricate underground latticework that now includes submerged Nazis waiting to rise again, Peking power seekers and embattled operatives from the West. At least according to this novel in which the plot moves with the MacInnes precision but actuates within a certain limited vision.
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Der See war ein kaltes, schwarzes, böses Auge, nicht mehr als fünfhundert Meter lang, knapp zweihundert Meter breit, ein unregelmässig geformtes Stück Glas, überschattet von den Berghängen, die steil ins dunkle Wasser abfielen und sich darunter bis in grosse Tiefe fortsetzten.
The lake was cold, black, evil, no more than five hundred yards in length, scarcely two hundred in breadth, a crooked stretch of glassy calm shadowed by the mountain-sides that slipped steeply into it dark waters and went plunging down.
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