The Chief Historian of German Federal Intelligence Service (BND)
The chief historian of the BND read my spy novel ... and liked it! He even reviewed it for CrimeMag. You can probably imagine how excited I was about this review. Bodo Hechelhammer has been employed by the Federal Intelligence Service since 2002, where he has worked in various intelligence-related applications. Starting in 2016, he became head of the agency’s historical office, where he moved from practice to the theoretical, so to speak. He is currently chief historian of the BND. Over the years, he has published interesting non-fiction books about the intelligence services, for example, about the double agent, Heinz Felfe, or about the BND headquarters in Pullach. These have been a great help for my own novels. There were also other fabulous reviews of »The Foreign Spy«, for example, the one that appeared in the Berliner Morgenpost (see image).
»Titus Müller brings a part of German-German history so tangibly to life that it touches the heart. Yet he does so in a way that is fresh, vivid, and also empathetic. This alone would make the book a special reading experience, but there’s more. It is also unbelievably exciting!« – Kerstin Burlage, Bremen2 »Like always, Müller has done exacting research [...]. His contemporary historical novel is quite exciting. The experience feels up close and personal.« – Peter Zander, Berliner Morgenpost »An instructive novel that is well worth reading, beyond black and white outlines.« – Meike Dannenberg, BÜCHER »An exciting piece of post-war history, brilliantly written from one of the great, contemporary authors.« – Beate Rottgardt, Ruhr Nachrichten »Ria is a heroine who will remain forever in your heart. Beautiful, clever, and courageous above everything else. A woman who dares.« – Lutz Langer, HAUPTSTADT TV
60 Years Ago
60 years ago, the citizens of Berlin were awakened by a cacophony of jackhammers. Streets were torn up, cement posts were set into place. Over night, barbed wire split their city into two separate halves. People they had visited the day before – relatives, friends, work colleagues – were suddenly so removed from their lives, that it was if they now lived on a different planet. This is the narrative background for my novel, »The Foreign Spy«.
On the Bestseller List
»The Foreign Spy« climbed to 18th place on the Spiegel bestseller list, which means it has earned the red bestseller sticker. Thank you for your support and desire and curiosity in reading! I am enormously chuffed that so many have discovered this novel. When writing it, I didn’t feel like I was doing anything differently than how I normally write, which means that this topic must resonate well with current times. The sales team at Heyne Publishing Company has done excellent work, and then it was up to the booksellers, and you.
Press Reviews for »Day X«
»There are few books which are such a pleasure and so beneficial to read.« Marcela Drumm, SWR2 »Exciting historical drama [..] The fast-paced and thrilling way in which Müller plays with reality is not far from the tragic truth.« Steffen Könau, Mitteldeutsche Zeitung »Hollywood, please turn this into a film!« Grazia »Titus Müller is a lively and at the same time very precise narrator. Recently published by Blessing Verlag, his novel paints a clear picture of recent German history for the reader.« Cornelia Geissler, Berliner Zeitung
»The Spectacle Maker«
Published in Spain by Espasa Calpe: In 1387, spectacle making is an extremely difficult task and only a few masters can command this skill. As masters of sight, spectacle makers have power where swords would fail. Courtenay, Archbishop of Canterbury, understands their importance: he wants to use them to crush the secret society of the Cloaked Knights because they are hiding Hereford, the outlawed professor who is illegally translating the bible into English. But Elias Rowe, one of the best spectacle makers, refuses to support Courtenay’s cause. When Elias’ young wife, Catherine, finds him dead in his workshop one morning, she is thrust into the power struggle between the archbishop and the secret society. All she wants to do is to learn her husband’s craft in order to find his murderers, instead, she could end up as collateral in a bloody war.
»The Jesuits« Published in Spain
And what a gripping cover have they given my novel! It shows the Lisbon earthquake of 1755. The story: Antero Moreira de Mendonça, a young natural scientist, has long hated the Jesuits. In 1755, an earthquake of biblical proportions strikes Lisbon and the Jesuits use the destruction as an opportunity to preach about the wrath of God. The quake also provides Antero with a chance for avenging himself on the Order. But Gabriel Malagrida, the Jesuit leader revered as a prophet, proves to be a powerful enemy. With help from Leonor, a German merchant’s daughter, Antero succeeds in escaping from the dungeon and the hangman. But what Antero doesn’t know is that Leonor is among Malagrida’s followers. Who holds the keys to Leonor’s heart – Antero or her fellow believers?
»The Mystery« in the Netherlands
De Fontain has published my novel »The Mystery« in the Netherlands. Munich 1336. Nemo is a master of disguise. He has every reason to conceal his true identity because he bears a dangerous secret: the legacy of the Cathars. However, Nemo’s past catches up with him when Amiel of Ax comes to Munich. Amiel is the charismatic head of a secret church spreading through Munich's underground. Now the Inquisition and William of Ockham, the renowned English Franciscan friar and confidant of the German emperor, are willing to join forces to destroy Amiel. Nemo is caught between the two fronts, thus initiating a dramatic fight about the sacred legacy. The Mystery is not only a gripping read, but also a journey into a fascinating past. The novel is based on historic persons and facts.