Joe Wilderness

2 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 46 ratings

Then We Take Berlin Summary

John Holderness, known to the women in his life as ‘Wilderness’, comes of age during World War II in Stepney, breaking into houses with his grandfather. After the war, Wilderness is recruited as MI5’s resident ‘cat burglar’ and finds himself in Berlin, involved with schemes in the booming black market that put both him and his relationships in danger.

In 1963 it is a most unusual and lucrative request that persuades Wilderness to return - to smuggle someone under the Berlin Wall and out of East Germany. But this final scheme may prove to be one challenge too far....

©2014 John Lawton (P)2014 Oakhill Publishing
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  • Book 1

    • Then We Take Berlin

    • By: John Lawton
    • Narrated by: Lewis Hancock
    • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    John Holderness, known to the women in his life as ‘Wilderness’, comes of age during World War II in Stepney, breaking in to houses with his grandfather. After the war, Wilderness is recruited as MI5’s resident ‘cat burglar’ and finds himself in Berlin, involved with schemes in the booming black market that put both him and his relationships in danger.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great story from John Lawton

    • By Flora Poste on 23-04-18

    Regular price: £39.29

  • Book 2

    • The Unfortunate Englishman

    • By: John Lawton
    • Narrated by: Lewis Hancock
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Having shot someone in the chaos of 1963 Berlin, Joe Wilderness finds himself locked up, with little chance of escape. But an official pardon through his father-in-law, Burne-Jones, a senior agent at MI6, means he is free to go. His newest operation will take him back to Berlin, now the dividing line between the West and the Soviets. When the Russians started building the Berlin Wall in 1961, two 'Unfortunate Englishmen' were trapped on opposite sides. In 1965 there is a plan to exchange the prisoners on Berlin’s bridge of spies.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Nearly gave this one back...

    • By Andy Houldsworth on 17-09-16

    Regular price: £35.09