Espionage, WW2, and historical accuracy: A conversation with thriller author Alex Gerlis.

Thirty-year BBC veteran turned spy thriller author Alex Gerlis shares more about his work and the importance of research.

Welcome to Spybrary, the podcast for spy book enthusiasts! In today's episode, we are diving into the world of WW2 spy books with author Alex Gerlis.

In this episode of Spybrary we talked about the inspiration behind each book in Alex Gerlis most recent Wolf Pack series. From the events of Pearl Harbor to the Allied bombing of the Ruhr, to the butcher of Lyon, and even to German football, Alex's novels delve into significant historical events yet still offer readers a thrilling World War Two spy thriller.

Alex's thorough research and commitment to historical accuracy make his novels a must-read for anyone interested in this era.

About Alex Gerlis

Alex Gerlis was a BBC journalist for nearly thirty years and is the author of eleven Second World War spy books. These spy books are all published by Canelo.

His first four novels are in the acclaimed Spy Masters series, including the best-selling The Best of Our Spies.  Prince of Spies was published in March 2020 and was followed by three more in the Prince series. His latest series is the Wolf Pack novels, with Agent in Berlin the first of which was published in November 2021

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More About The Wolf Pack Spy Thriller Series by Alex Gerlis

To live among wolves, first you must become one… An unmissable new spy thriller from best-selling master of the genre, Alex Gerlis.

War is coming to Europe.

British spymaster Barnaby Allen begins recruiting a network of agents in Germany. With diplomatic relations quickly unravelling, this pack of spies soon comes into their own: the horse-loving German at home in Berlin’s underground; the young American sports journalist; the mysterious Luftwaffe officer; the Japanese diplomat and the most unlikely one of all… the SS officer’s wife.

Despite constant danger and the ever-present threats of discovery and betrayal, Allen’s network unearths top-secret plans for a new German fighter plane – and a truly devastating intelligence prize… an audacious Japanese plan to attack the United States. But can they prove it?

The race is on.

An unputdownable and atmospheric Second World War espionage thriller, Agent in Berlin will grip you to the very end. Perfect for readers of David Young, Robert Harris and Rory Clements.

Praise for Agent in Berlin

‘Gerlis proves himself a master of spy fiction to rival John le Carré, Robert Harris and other leading lights with this gripping and entertaining novel set mostly in the frenzied world of pre-war Berlin' David Young, author of Stasi Child

‘Everything slots together perfectly in this hugely atmospheric and powerfully character-driven story set in Germany at the rise of Nazism … a brilliant new addition to the genre‘ Chris Lloyd, author of The Unwanted Dead

Amazing plotting, packs a real punch' Mark ‘Billy' Billingham, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Hard Way

‘The first volume of a promising new series, Alex Gerlis handles an ensemble cast with panache' Financial Times

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