Book Of The Day – The Stasi File

by Greg on November 12, 2012

Today we have a very highly rated Historical Thriller by Peter Bernhardt for ENT’s Book of the Day. The Stasi File has an outstanding 4.9 star rating and is $4.49!

“This is an excellent read. It was exciting and kept you guessing. I hope there are sequels! This book compares easily with the books of Clancy, Ludlum, or Follett.” Lois – Amazon Reviewer

The Stasi File
by Peter Bernhardt
Rating: 4.9 Stars
Genre: Historical Thriller
Price: $4.49


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Dust from the demolished Berlin Wall has barely settled, the East German police state is teetering on the edge of collapse, and Stasi General HOLGER FRANTZ will stop at nothing to save it. Caught in his intrigue are two unlikely heroes: American lawyer ROLF KELLER, recently divorced, fresh off the bottle, and mysteriously dispatched by his senior partner to coordinate document drops by a defecting Stasi agent, and aspiring opera diva SYLVIA MAZZONI, Rolf’s former lover who has been coerced into acting as courier.

When the document drop goes fatally awry, the reluctant recruits flee into the East German countryside. They manage to unearth the defector’s secret document cache and uncover a covert assassination plot. Stalked by a Stasi killer, they struggle to decipher the plan, but when he marches them into the Bavarian woods, all seems lost—their effort to foil the assassins, German unification, and their very lives.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

The Stasi File is a heart-thumping novel full of action and intellectual intrigue. The compelling main characters take you on a ride through a part of the world in the very recent past, that has and continues to have an impact on all of us. A very satisfying read that leaves you wanting to read more about these characters.


Many writers have tried – and failed – to blend espionage with the fine arts. Mr. Bernhardt has succeeded in a bravo way that makes the reader want to get closer (but not TOO close) to the Stasi File’s main characters. I hope that this is just the first of Mr. Bernhardt’s creations. I need more, please!


The Stasi File impresses on several levels: author Peter Bernhardt knows Germany, he knows opera, and he knows how to write a solid thriller. The Stasi File reads smoothly as Bernhardt builds the tension from multiple viewpoints and brings the story to an exciting and satisfying conclusion. This is the work of a pro that deserves a wide audience.


Mr. Bernhardt clearly spent some serious time on research for this novel and it shows with the intricate detail and very well developed characters. I start many books and finish few with my schedule – but I finished this one in record time, eager to get back to it at every opportunity that presented itself.


Peter Bernhardt has pulled of a marvelous accomplishment. The book is a thriller but it’s also an intellectual challenge that teaches you about law, the fine arts, diplomacy, history, and politics. The plot is complex and fascinating. I hope Bernhardt is well along on his next book. His first was a superb contribution.

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About The Author

I was born and raised in Stuttgart, Germany, where opera was an integral part of the school curriculum, though my real passion for it developed in adulthood. At age twenty-three, I came to the United States to attend Gannon College in Erie, Pennsylvania, as part of a work-study program. Two of my compositions written for an English class were published in the college’s freshman writing magazine.

I stayed in the United States and became a citizen. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa, I attended the university’s law school from which I graduated at the top of my class.

My legal career in the United States encompassed writing, editing and courtroom practice, from my law school days as editor-in-chief of the Tulsa Law Journal through years as litigator in private practice and for the U.S. Department of Justice. I drew upon this unique combination of life experiences to craft the plot and characters of my first novel, “The Stasi File–Opera and Espionage: A Deadly Combination.”

In school, my teachers consistently singled out my creative writing for praise, often awarding my stories and essays top paper. In additions to two published law journal articles, I have authored numerous federal court opinions, and regularly write articles for Opera Overture, a publication of the Northern Arizona Opera League.

As a result of all this, I had for many years dreamed of finally finding the time and inspiration to write fiction, especially mysteries and thrillers, but when I began I had no idea what I was letting myself in for. After a beginning that seemed to take forever, I was surprised when the challenge of creating characters and building a plot that was real and intriguing started to take over my waking hours, and a few sleeping ones too.

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