Mission: Angela

(7 customer reviews)


A Compelling Story of Espionage and Love

After WW2 a defeated Germany is divided, and East Berlin becomes the de facto capital of the German Democratic Republic. The Berlin Wall is built which becomes the most powerful and oppressive iconic symbol of the Cold War.

West Berlin Police retrieve the body of a woman who drowned in the Havel River. Erna Klemp, an MI6 agent is assigned to take on the dead woman’s East Berlin identity. As Angela Muller she is sent through an escape tunnel on a perilous operation to East Berlin.

Her Mission? To infiltrate the Secret Police Headquarters of the Stasi. The Stasi is the most repressive, hated and feared arm of the GDR Government and responsible for espionage, domestic and political surveillance.

Angela gains promotion to Oberleutnant Axel Hempf’s administration where she must access Stasi secret intelligence, vital in assisting MI6 agents and the East Germans escape to the West.

Over time, and against better judgement, a dangerous attraction develops between Angela and Axel. It becomes so powerful and compelling they are unable to resist.

Changing their Lives Forever—


7 reviews for Mission: Angela

  1. Karen Marie

    This story, which is a wonderful combination of espionage, suspense and love is completely captivating.
    I couldn’t put it down!
    It is so beautifully written that you will feel as though you are there…feeling the fear and the passion of the very talented Angela as she builds relationships and saves lives, in the intriguing world of spies in a divided post war Germany.
    The author keeps you guessing about how Angela’s story will end, and trust me, you won’t know until the very end!
    I am normally a harsh critic, but would highly recommend this book to anyone.

  2. Helen Campbell (verified owner)

    Though far away in ‘Safe’Australia, the monstrous Berlin Wall captured our attention. Papers regularly reported on deaths of attempted escapees. Pop songs such as “West of the Wall” featured on radio.
    Mission Angela was our chance to immerse ourselves in the day to day lives of the undercover agents involved in the rescue process. The risks of the work were high but the risks involved in establishing and maintaining personal relationships were even higher. Who said being a spy was a glamorous profession?

  3. William Neil Plim

    A skillfully crafted story. Superbly written.
    This espionage love story flows seamlessly through the pages, taking the reader on a journey within the intelligence of the MI6 operations.
    The characters in this story of intrigue and espionage, are depicted exceptionally well in the way it connects with the reader.
    I thoroughly recommend this book.

  4. Fiona Harman

    What a fabulous book, full of mystery and intrigue.. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  5. Duane Hardie

    This is a love story set in post WW2 East Germany. An MI6 agent posing as Angela Muller whose mission to penetrate the Stasi, the East German Secret Police, immersed her in a world of espionage in Berlin’s cold war and into a close working relationship with Axel Hemp, a high-ranking officer in the Stasi.
    They meet in difficult, trying times amid danger and uncertainty. Angela chose this life of espionage, for Axel, the Stasi is his career.
    The story relates how the hardship and suppression forced upon ordinary people drove them to such extremes as crawling through icy puddles in long tunnels deep below ground, and of the tragedy of so many Berliners dying at the hands of the regime while trying to flee. Angela’s mission to uncover Stasi intelligence was crucial for MI6 to help these people escape.
    As the relationship between Angela and Axel shows signs it could progress beyond just work, Angela, already in perilous surroundings, realizes any development could threaten their lives and the integrity of her entire operation. This is something so dangerous, it must be kept secret even from each other.
    Axel experiences hesitation also and pushes Angela away before anything can advance.
    The reader is wondering can this happen, is it right, is it possible that they could get together? Surely this story cannot allow it. How could they pull it off, would they want to? At the same time the reader is wanting the union.
    Denise Main paints her characters as dedicated, honest and true to their beliefs. They do their work in a disciplined and earnest manner, businesslike. But faced with the conflict of good and bad on both sides of the wall, stretched by surrounding pressures and unexpected developments, mentally and emotionally they are in turmoil.
    The characters are authentic and well supported by other characters in the story. It is not difficult to be drawn into the upheaval they experience and how they survive it all the way to the climax of the novel.
    I thoroughly enjoyed Mission Angela. It was well researched, interesting and real. The story was well told and easy to read. I recommend it.

  6. Ian Chisholm

    Ian Noel.
    Mission:Angela is a fascinating and pacy account of a female MI6 operator, Erna Klemp, posing as an East German typist, Angela Muller, during the 1970s. The story begins more than a decade after the the GDR erected the Berlin Wall, preventing East German residents from escaping to West Berlin. Erna’s mission is to use her stolen identity to gain employment and trust within the Stazi Headquarters in East Berlin, so that she can access valuable information for MI6 to facilitate the safe escape of East Germans via a tunnel under the Wall.
    Her dangerous mission places her in sometimes perilous danger, especially when she is employed as the personal secretary to high ranking Stazi officer, Axel Hempf and they become involved in a dangerous romantic liaison, which must remain a secret.
    Never getting bogged down with unnecessary plot detail, the story, as it unfolds, carried me along with its clarity of purpose and the ease with which the author sets up the dramatic tension. The scene moves from East Berlin to London, to Scotland and eventually to Australia. Even when I thought the romance would nicely resolve itself, further plot twists kept the tension building to a clever, surprise ending.
    I would confidently recommend this novel to anyone who appreciates a strong plot that marches confidently to satisfactory resolution.

  7. Glenda Verrinder

    I swallowed this book. What a page turner! An immersive story about ‘spooks’ and their ordinary and extaordinary lives in the Cold War. It raised my pulse a few times.

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