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Released: January 2016
ISBN: 9781310097065
ASIN: B018XSQHYI
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THE FALL AND RISE OF PETER STOLLER
Author: M Pepper Langlinais
Length: Novel
Genre: Thriller
Price: $4.99

In 1960’s London, British Intelligence agent Peter Stoller is next in line to run the Agency—until he falls in love with cab driver, Charles, and his life goes off the road. When Charles is accused of treason, Peter is guilty by association. Peter manages to extract them both, but the seeds of doubt have been planted, putting Peter’s mind and heart at war. Is ignorance truly bliss or merely deadly?

Excerpt
December 196x

“Get him out or take him out.” Peter’s heart was in his knees, but he made sure it didn’t sound in his voice.

Noise on the line as Jules Maier shifted. Peter pictured him tucked up in a dark, cramped flat with too-low ceilings and flimsy furniture. It would be perpetually damp there. Musty. And yet Jules would still somehow manage to look perfectly put together. Jules rolled out of bed perfectly put together. It was sinful.

“After all that work to get him in?” Jules asked.

Perfectly put together but, Peter was reminded, also a tad whiney. Gordon had once told Peter he couldn’t think of the men out in the field as real people, not if he wanted to be able to do the job well. “Don’t think of them as men you’ve met, had lunch with, drinks with,” Gordon said. “Think of them as characters in a book or players in a game.” Peter had wondered at the time whether Gordon thought of him that way, but he’d been too afraid of the answer to ask.

And now, with the file open in front of him and the face of Alexander Sepiol staring back from his desk, it was difficult advice to take. Peter closed the folder. “You know how this goes, Jules.”

A heavy sigh. “I’ll try to get him out, of course.”

“Don’t waste any time,” Peter instructed. “And, Jules?”

“Hmm?”

Peter imagined the arched eyebrow, the tiny smile. He was probably wearing one of those goddamned turtlenecks. “Get yourself out as soon as you can. I don’t want to have to send anyone in after you.”

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He hoped the drive down to Oxshott would clear his head, but his mind continued to jump from Jules to Alexander and back again. Why wouldn’t Alexander leave Germany? How could they coerce him? Had Alexander already given them away? If so, to whom? Was Jules really doing everything he could?

Probably not. Jules was lazy. But if Alexander had leaked, Jules was also in trouble. Along with a half dozen more people in Brandenburg’s Frankfurt.

Peter was surprised to find he’d arrived, his musings having stolen the time. The grass in front of the Lessenbys’ was dead with winter and flat with cars. Peter added his TR3 to the fleet.

He didn’t bother to knock; he never did at the Lessenbys’, and with the party, no one would have heard it anyway. Gordon and Elinor held it every year at the holidays, this odd assemblage of people whose jobs were to be quiet and unseen, Gordon a gaunt anti-Fezziwig.

Peter spotted him standing near the fireplace, Trevor Tillholm planted squarely in front of him, and he started in that direction, but Elinor Lessenby caught sight of Peter and moved in, arresting his progress. Her oversized hat forced him to rock back a bit on his heels; he then took a full step backward as her oversized body followed the brim.

“Peter!” she shrilled as she held out a hand. “How did you sneak in without any of us noticing? Oh!” she laughed, not waiting for him to answer, “no, I know, it’s what you do!”

What the reviewers are saying
An enjoyably different take on spy politics
Well-written, closely plotted, and tense, this was a highly enjoyable and very different take on the spy genre. ~ Chris 123, Amazon

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Smart and satisfying read!
Looking for complex characters, unexpected plot twists, and tautly sustained suspense? M Pepper Langlinais delivers in the Fall and Rise of Peter Stoller. In Peter, Langlinais creates an intelligent and engaging protagonist whose fate readers will care about. The author skillfully tightens the web of intrigue until you can't turn the pages fast enough! ~ JJ, Amazon

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3.0 out of 5 starsI wasn't sure I’d enjoy it at first
What struck me most about the whole of the book is the way the author writes from the protagonist’s, Peter Stoller’s, point of view; the way the story is told by him, the internal dialogue, his thought processes, and his internal body language, which reveals so much of his emotions. I've never read a book where so much of the protagonist is revealed in such minute detail . . . The dialogue defines each character most of the time and the language and slang within the dialogue excellently reveals Britain at the time. The settings, both of the Castle, where the British Intelligence offices are, the various places of residences, and the countries the characters move around in, are well described and kept me interested in the action . . . Would I recommend The Fall and Rise of Peter Stoller? Yes, I think I would, to all readers who enjoy this genre. ~ judithanne, Amazon

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Entertaining Read!
This is a well written story, with well developed characters, love and intrigue. I quite enjoyed the decade in which the story takes place. This is not the type of book I would ordinarily choose, but I love that it took me out of my usual reading comfort zone. M. Pepper Langlois took me along for a ride I thoroughly enjoyed. I would highly recommend this entertaining read. ~ Vivian Quinones, Amazon

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I enjoyed the story and read the book in three days
It is interesting combination of a love story and the machinations and intrigue which appeared to be rife within the UK’s security services during this time . . . Many of her descriptive passages work well and on several occasions she paints a vivid canvas before pulling her readers into the action once more. Being native to the UK, I was impressed that on the whole the author used English-English as opposed to American-English . . . Would I recommend this to others? The answer is yes. ~ Whispering Stories, Amazon

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Incredibly written suspense and intrigue
An incredibly written story of intrigue, love, and betrayal. The one thing that always hooks me is great characterization. This book is rich with it. Peter Stoller is an immensely intelligent and observant man with a strong moral code, and he's also very subtle. Don't expect someone who is in your face or seeking an action-packed adventure. With Peter's narration, the reader is lead through gripping scenes high with tension, where the quiet makes it even more provocative. I wondered with Peter about Charles' loyalties and those of his colleagues and felt my heart twist with each turn in the plot. The whole cast of characters is thick with layers. Two of my favorites being Simeon and Gamby. I found it difficult to put my ereader down as each chapter beckoned me on to the next. There is a little quirkiness to the style which I thoroughly enjoyed, and it fits a man like Peter. I highly recommend The Fall and Rise of Peter Stoller to everyone, not just the suspense and spy thriller fans. ~ Christine Rains, Amazon

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Peter Delivers High Energy, High Surprise!!!!
The Fall and Rise of Peter Stoller was an unexpected delight. First of all, the whole John le Caree is not my usually go to genre. But Peter made a believer out of me. I love that the plot centers around a gay man in a time and place where simply being who he was was illegal. Yet the story is not centered around Peter's sexuality. Instead his sexual orientation informs his life and character just as being male or female, black or white, gay or straight, defines any of us. No, this is a story about espionage, intrigue, betrayal, and the effect that our friendships, loves, our very humanity have upon our own falls, and rises, in our own lives. Really, really a fun ride- I'm ready for the movie!!! ~ Erika S., Amazon

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Captivating!
This is a well written novel that kept me engaged all the way through. It is an excellent character study of a British Intelligence agent and ends in a way that suggests there could be a sequel. Highly recommended! Well done M P Langlinais! ~ VL White, Amazon

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Fascinating and compelling read
This is a very well written story of a British Intelligence officer with an open secret. Its set in the 60s, which adds a significant amount of tension to the situation. The author does an excellent job of creating tension and suspense with nothing more than the main character's emotions, thoughts and simple actions. All the characters are well developed and I was easily able to picture them as I was reading. ~ L Levey, Amazon

 

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