It’s clear that Sweden with Engström has a new leading thriller author. Personally I will wait eagerly for the second volume. That the story has filmic qualities is a fact.
I was extremely captivated by the plot, the characters and the portrayal of Berlin… A thriller of high international class.
A spy thriller to fall in love with. Impressive /…/ I read at a stretch and enjoying it until the very last page. Engström is brilliant in his initiated and beautifully written portrayals of Berlin /…/ Among my best reads in the thriller/spy genre in a very long time and it feels safe to know that it will be more.
West of Freedom is good, baffling good. A solid, driven and intelligent political thriller with roots in the cold war. The surprises are numerous, the plot turns wonderfully sharp. And the author has a nice sense of humor, especially when he attributes the different bad guys of the book distinct and pathetic ways of expressing themselves. Very funny! /…/ a stylish narrator who convinces me that the spy novel, a genre declared dead since long, has a bright future.
Engström has succeeded with his homework and the portrayal of Berlin is very believable. The main character’s observations have a chirurgical precision that never is dwelling /…/ I’m hooked.
West of Freedom is a compact and well balanced thriller. A story with its absolute strengths in the expression. In the language, in the descriptions of the environment, the dialogues; often humoristic, always sharp. And above all, the main character Licht, a charming and egocentric character, hopeless and beyond saving.
Engström has the alert eye of a journalist when it comes to setting, meeting spots and monuments. He must have wandered up and down the streets of Berlin to find the authenticity in his portrayal.