On Deep Bachground

By Dan S. Terrell

Music & musicians, Historical fiction, Thriller, Romance, Crime & mystery | Paperback, eBook


A Mark Haines novel of intrigue, mayhem, murder, romance & music in Leipzig, Germany during the Bachfest2000. Mark is a career American diplomat, a political officer. He is about to start a well-deserved, private vacation during the Bach festival 2000 in Germany, when a State Department driver arrives with his diplomatic passport, travel orders, plane tickets, a cash advance, and a personal note from the Secretary of State, but very few facts of what is expected of him. "A situation will arise in Germany," Madam Secretary writes, "which requires the Department to intrude on your well-deserved vacation. As you were requested by name by our new colleagues, they will accept no substitute.” Who are these "new colleagues"? Mark is concerned they may well be the Russians; definitely not a vacation plus. As soon as Mark's flight lands at Frankfurt/Main International Airport things begin to happen. A foreign man's throat is savagely cut in the airport's garage and Mark finds he is being watched, followed and threatened. His planned musical vacation seems almost as dead as Bach himself. Mark will have to figure out what his special assignment consists of, how many different groups are involved, what their divergent goals are, and why the Russians feel he can be of help to them doing what? At the same time he will have to cooperate with the German police, who all of a sudden have several violent murders on their hands, which somehow seem to be connected to Mark. A sub-plot involves Mark trying to nip in the bud terrorist attacks that are planned during the Bachfest in Leipzig, since he knows some young German-Arabs who have been forced to participate in the attacks. Mark finds himself trying to accommodate the Russians, keep himself and his new girlfriend, a very attractive German-Canadian top model, safe, protect the State Department’s interests, and help the police foil a terrorist attack on Leipzig, all at the same time. It all culminates on the very steep roof of the Thomaskirche, where Mark must succeed in saving many lives, including that of a would-be terrorist without damaging the very famous landmark. This is a big, atmospheric, character-filled, exciting, and closely-observed novel of mystery and action set in the recovering eastern half of reunited Germany.


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A Mark Haines novel of intrigue, mayhem, murder, romance & music in Leipzig, Germany during the Bachfest2000. Mark is a career American diplomat, a political officer. He is about to start a well-deserved, private vacation during the Bach festival 2000 in Germany, when a State Department driver arrives with his diplomatic passport, travel orders, plane tickets, a cash advance, and a personal note from the Secretary of State, but very few facts of what is expected of him. "A situation will arise in Germany," Madam Secretary writes, "which requires the Department to intrude on your well-deserved vacation. As you were requested by name by our new colleagues, they will accept no substitute.” Who are these "new colleagues"? Mark is concerned they may well be the Russians; definitely no...


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Dan S. Terrell is a retired career Foreign Service Officer. He served with the Agency for International Development, Department of State, spending lengthy tours in Aghanistan and Indonesia, as well as temporary assignments in Africa, Asia and South America. He met and married his wife in Afghanistan where her father served in the German Embassy. They visit Germany often and since the fall of the DDR have taken a particular liking to the former east, especially Leipzig, Dresden, and the towns associated with J. S. Bach in Thüringen. They live in Northern Virginia, near their son and his family. Mr. Terrell is writing a trio of novellas with illustrations for children and adults set in the Erzgebirge, the Ore Mountains, of southeast Germany. The first Albrecht, the Little Kobold has been published in Germany in German and will be published in English shortly. The others, The Green Witch and Mitzy & Blitzy are written and are now being illustrated.


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Dan S. Terrell is a retired career Foreign Service Officer. He served with the Agency for International Development, Department of State, spending lengthy tours in Aghanistan and Indonesia, as well as temporary assignments in Africa, Asia and South America. He met and married his wife in Afghanistan where her father served in the German Embassy. They visit Germany often and since the fall of the D...


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