Eight years into his career with the CIA, Karl Baier once again finds himself on the front line of the Cold War. He is stationed in Vienna in the spring of 1955 as Austria and the four Allied Powers are set to sign the State Treaty, which will return Austria’s independence, end the country’s post-war occupation, and hopefully reduce tensions in the heart of Europe. But the Treaty will also establish Austrian neutrality, and many in the West fear it will secure Soviet hegemony in Eastern Europe and create a permanent division.
Asked to help investigate the death of an Austrian aristocrat and Wehrmacht veteran, Baier discovers an ambitious plan not only to block the State Treaty, but also to subvert Soviet rule in lands of the old Hapsburg Empire. Then Baier’s wife is kidnapped, and the mission becomes intensely personal. Many of his basic assumptions are challenged, and he discovers that he cannot count on loyalties, even back home in Washington, D.C. At each maddening turn in the investigation, another layer must be peeled away.
Even if Baier succeeds in rescuing his wife, he faces the unenviable task of unraveling an intricate web of intrigue that reaches far back into the complicated history of Central Europe.
Book 2 in the Cold War Thriller series, which began with Tears of Innocence.
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Series: Cold War Thriller (Book 2) Paperback: 264 pages Publisher: Coffeetown Press (December 1, 2017) Language: English ISBN-10: 1603816437 ISBN-13: 978-1603816434
“If you are a history enthusiast, I would definitely recommend “The Hapsburg Variation” by Bill Rapp. […] Rapp is an intelligent and well written author and this book is able to showcase his dedication to crafting a superior historical thriller.”
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