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Berlin: Caught in the Mousetrap by Paul Grant 

Berlin Game - Len Deighton (for the Spybrary book club)

Desolation Mountain - William Kent Krueger

Forever and a Day - Anthony Horowitz

MI5 and Me: A Coronet Among the Spooks by Charlotte Bingham

Second Strike: A Thriller by Peter Kirsanow

The Fourth Protocol - Frederick Forsyth

Agent of Influence - Jeremy Duns

The Middle-Man by Olen Steinhauer

Handsome Johnny by Lee Server

The Company by Robert Littell

The Battle of Arnhem - Antony Beevor

Lethal White - Robert Galbraith

War of the Wolf - Bernard Cornwll

Red War - Kyle Mills

Dark Sacred Night - Michael Connelly

The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre

currently reading Mycroft and Sherlock by Abdul-Jabbar and Waterhouse

Podcast Favorites

Intrigue: The Ratline is so compelling I listened to the introductory interview with Philippe Sands on Dan Snow's History Hit podcast, then the first six episodes from BBC 4, all in one day! The Ratline was the route used by Nazi war criminals who escaped from Western Europe at the close of World War II, and were routed through Rome, ending up in Argentina, mostly. Sands has a vested interest in the topic, as most of his family was executed during the Nazi roundups of the Jewish population in the Ukraine. The show centers around Otto Wächter. He was the Nazi Governor of Galicia, now western Ukraine, a region where almost the entire Jewish population was murdered in the Holocaust. After the war, he spent three years in the Austrian mountains, before crossing into Italy and obtaining forged identity papers. Sands has cultivated a relationship with Otto's son, now aged and living in a hundreds-of-years-old castle, with a fascinating library of books, letters, papers and other materials related to his father's life.


Whether you are interested in World War II, history in general, or compelling stories and podcasts, this will keep you listening and learning. The great Stephen Fry lends his voice to each episode, and in the sixth, John Le Carre appears as an integral background source. The Ratline is scheduled for ten episodes; six have been released to date.

https://www.acast.com/dansnowshistoryhit/theratlinewithphilippesands

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3yKShfkRx3SW5yc7QX3rhcb/nazis-on-the-run-the-ratline


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to sort out the bullshit and bro-knowledge about nutrition and learn how science really plays into your results? Frustrated with your workouts and lack of progress, wondering if you should "be" Keto or Paleo or what? Listen two or three times to Layne Norton and Don D'Agostino on the Joe Rogan podcast (and eagerly awaited appearance), and get truthed!

https://player.fm/series/the-joe-rogan-experience-142216/ep-1176-dom-dagostino-layne-norton

I'm a veteran pop-culture junkie, an ex-collector of many things, and a long-time health and fitness advocate. At an early age I got it into my head that I should be writing, and that others would enjoy my opinions, so I kicked off my publishing life with a rock'n'roll fanzine titled Cowabunga. This led to 25 years of life in the publishing world, primarily editing and publishing music, comic book, toy, antique and videogame collecting periodicals. Today I continue to write about all manner of cultural events and products, while making my living as a personal trainer.

Constants in my life have been never-ending fascination with our culture, technology, nutrition and fitness. An odd combination, I know. From my humble start with a hand-cranked A.B. Dick mimeograph machine in my parent's basement, today with an iPhone, computers, an iPad and this website, I remain wide-eyed at the world around me.

I've spent my adult life learning about health and nutrition. Fighting with doctors is a hobby at times, beginning when my appendix burst in junior high and I gained a whole bunch of weight for a while. No thyroid drugs for me! Over the years I've been a bodybuilder, powerlifter, strongman, bicycle racing guy, overweight, underweight, but most of the time big and fit. Now I'm a Paleo Crossfitter!  John Koenig

Contact Me

Feel free to shoot me an email at: john.koenig3@gmail.com