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Christopher McIntosh’s books straddle the intriguing borderline between the world of reality and the world of myth, magic and fantasy. Having made his name with works on astrology, Rosicrucianism and occultism as well as a biography of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, he has in recent years produced an increasing amount of fiction, including the esoteric novel Return of the Tetrad, a thriller The Lebensborn Spy and two volumes of short stories with mainly Pagan themes, Master of the Starlit Grove and The Wyrde Garden.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christopher McIntosh is a versatile writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Born in England, he grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, studied at the Universities of Oxford and London, and holds a DPhil in history from the former. Initially his career was in publishing in London and subsequently he worked for the United Nations in New York and UNESCO in Hamburg, Germany, while pursuing a parallel career as a writer. For several years he was on the faculty of the Centre for the Study of Esotericism at Exeter University. He has travelled throughout the world and now lives in northern Germany. His non-fiction books include The Astrologers and their Creed (London: Hutchinson, 1969); Eliphas Lévi and the French Occult Revival (latest edition, Albany, New York: SUNY Press, 2011); Gardens of the Gods (London: I. B. Tauris, 2005); The Rosicrucians (latest edition, York Beach, Maine: Samuel Weiser, 1997); and Eliphas Lévi and the French Occult Revival (latest edition, Albany, New York: SUNY Press, 2011). His fictional writing, apart from the present work, includes the novel Return of the Tetrad (Mandrake of Oxford, 2013) and two collections of short stories: Master of the Starlit Grove (Vanadis Texts, 2014) and The Wyrde Garden (Vanadis Texts, 2015).
Long after the end of the Third Reich, many are still traumatised by one of its projects - the chain of homes known as the Lebensborn (Wellspring of Life) for unwanted children of German soldiers and women of the occupied countries. Now, in a Europe divided by the Cold War, the East German intelligence service, the Stasi, is using selected former Lebensborn inmates for its own sinister purposes. In this compelling narrative, inspired by real events, a group of people are caught up in a cruel conspiracy. From the Orwellian world of East Berlin to the fetish clubs of Hamburg and from the death traps of the East-West border to Denmark's wind-blown Baltic islands, this is a many-layered tale of deception, betrayal, love and the search for one's native roots. The story moves to a shattering climax, which only reaches its astonishing dénouement in the re-united Berlin of 1990.
George Orwell meets John le Carré
Anyone will enjoy this book, but a book connoisseur will like it better --- a reader's read. It has all the elements: interesting characters and character studies, atmospheric descriptions of a wide variety of settings, an engaging plot, and a surprising ending. The story ranges from the Germany's National Socialist era and the war, takes us through the bleakness and police state air of communist East Germany, and through to the postwar age, the reunification of Germany and the reuniting of West and East Europe. It is a story set in a trajectory of history, in the political tensions between East and West, communism and democracy, and it deals with the hold of rulers and ideologies that take prisoner both the mind and body of persons. The characters of the story --- among them Henrik Erdmann, Hinnerk and Sonia Warrington --- are individuals, small units, in the grip of these rulers and ideologies, and their humanity triumphs over the masters and political systems. It is a message of both warning and hope for today's world and indeed for eternity.