POISONED WELLS Book 7 of the 75-Year Saga Cold War, Hot Passions by André Jute

“Recalls Russian literature at its finest. A real pleasure to read, the writing is rock solid and flawless – every word is the right word, in the right place.” 
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POISONED WELLS
Book 7 of the 75-Year Saga
Cold War, Hot Passions
by André Jute

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After Kim Philby’s betrayals, Central Intelligence is so paralyzed by fear of Soviet penetration that only risk-free operations are sanctioned by Counterespionage Staff under Joshua Adams, Philby’s great friend from the wartime OSS.

Into this morass of inaction and suspicion, Hubbell Adams, a Navy pilot, returns from Vietnam too scarred to take up his intended career in the law. Hubbell, inducted into CIA because of his family connection, despite his pitiful inexperience is made point man on the only operation going simply because Joshua will not approve it with anyone else in charge. The operation, conducted in association with the Israelis for whom Aron Hirsch is in charge, is to recruit the key KGB man in Egypt, Alexander “Babe” Bibikov, for defection to the US. Aron is the estranged husband of Belinda, with whom Hubbell had an affair. That’s just the start of the tension and danger that will end in the humiliation and expulsion of the Russians from Egypt, and the famous rapprochement between Egypt and Israel in the Camp David Accords.

Cold War, Hot Passions is true history through the eyes of those who risked their lives to make it.

“A masterly story that has pace, humor, tension and excitement with the bonus of truth.”
The Australian

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SINKHOLE a tragedy of the machine age the classic disaster thriller by André Jute

SINKHOLE 
a tragedy of the machine age

the classic disaster thriller
by André Jute
“Jute has clearly conducted a great deal of research into everything he describes, investing the novel with an air of prophecy. His moral and ecological concerns are important.”
The Times Literary Supplement

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Jute has concocted an elaborate, cinematic, vivid mayhem-epic. The merry-go-round action keeps shifting from the doings above (panic, horror, crass media, rescue attempts) to the doings below, where a colorful assortment of survivors creep around in a sci-fi landscape of blood, mud, oil, and rubble. Fare for techno-disaster buffs, with grisly, imaginative touches.”
Kirkus Reviews 

It’s nearly lunchtime in a medium-sized mid-West city: a party of school-children are shepherded into a department store: the state senator’s wife sips a pre-lunch drink: the local drugs kingpin cuts a deal: two alert cops make an arrest. A normal day, until the entire downtown of the city vanishes into a massive hole in the ground.

With chillingly accurate detail, André Jute describes how greed, ignorance and mismanagement accelerate remorseless geological processes to erode the very foundations of the earth on which we stand, and build. With incandescent imagination, and a rigorous knowledge of the specialist techniques involved, Sinkhole describes the desperate efforts to retrieve a handful of survivors from the maelstrom underfoot.

Individual acts of courage, honed reflexes and an iron command of esoteric skills could snatch the living from the jaws of the earth. But the few men with the nerve and the vision to challenge the abyss discover that fear, panic, obsession, guilt, the grindingly sluggish mechanisms of bureaucracy, all conspire to hinder the rescue.

The tension is electric: the finale explosive.

“Wild but exciting. A grand job with plenty of irony.”
New York Times

“So bizarre, it’s probably all true.”
London Evening News

“This is an important book.”
Sydney Morning Herald

“Keeps up such a pace and such interest that it really satisfies.”
Good Housekeeping

“A masterly story that has pace, humor, tension and excitement with the bonus of truth.”
The Australian

SINKHOLE
a tragedy of the machine age

the classic disaster thriller
by André Jute

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Sir Basil Zaharoff’s Commission to Germany in WW1: true espionage

CoolMain Press proudly announces publication of
THE ZAHAROFF COMMISSION
the classic true espionage thriller
by Andre Jute
“Wild but exciting. A grand job with plenty of irony.”
New York Times

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the classic true espionage thriller
by Andre Jute

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“The information which Zaharoff secured in Germany for Lloyd George was the most important piece of intelligence of the whole war.”
 Georges Clemenceau, Premier of France in World War One.

“They say that the information I brought ended the war.” 
Sir Basil Zaharoff to the journalist Rosita Forbes in 1933 
in a statement not for publication until after his death

So crucial was this mission that David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of Britain, persuaded his King to knight the sometime Constantinople brothel tout Zaharoff for the information he brought out of the chaos of Germany.

THE ZAHAROFF COMMISSION is the true story of how Basil Zaharoff, the greatest armaments manufacturer the world has ever seen, the notorious Pedlar of Death himself, the hated enemy of the Left, in June 1918 risked death to enter Germany like a common spy to determine whether the Germans should be offered an honorable peace by the reluctant Allies before the triumphant Bolsheviks took over Germany and brought chaos to all Europe.

Peopled by the heroes and villains of history — including a cameo by the young Hermann Goering — THE ZAHAROFF COMMISSION is a literally true thriller. Historically, it shatters the century-old myth that Germany was defeated in World War One by military force.

“Jute’s work of fiction is, once again, bang on target.” 
Donald McCormick, author of
PEDLAR OF DEATH: THE LIFE OF SIR BASIL ZAHAROFF

“Wild but exciting. A grand job with plenty of irony.”
New York Times

“So bizarre, it’s probably all true.”
London Evening News

“This is an important book.”
Sydney Morning Herald

“Keeps up such a pace and such interest that it really satisfies.”
Good Housekeeping

“A masterly story that has pace, humor, tension and excitement with the bonus of truth.”
The Australian

“Jute has clearly conducted a great deal of research into everything he describes, investing the novel with an air of prophecy. His moral and ecological concerns are important.”
Times Literary Supplement

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Bonecruncher: Matt Posner’s pro wrestling novel SQUARED CIRCLE BLUES

Squared Circle BluesSQUARED CIRCLE BLUES:
A Novel of Professional Wrestling

by MATT POSNER

Reviewed by Andrew McCoy

SQUARED CIRCLE BLUES is exactly what it says on the tin, a novel of pro wrestling. Author Matt Posner pulls no punches, paints no glosses, makes no excuses for the milieu, the characters, or their actions. Pro wrestling turns out exactly as expected, only more violent, more dangerous, more crooked and more ruinous of the lives of innocent bystanders.

SQUARED CIRCLE BLUES rings true because it is true to the spirit and the detail of pro wrestling, which isn’t a sport but a business which consumes its children.

The organizers of pro wrestling are, of course, unsympathetic characters. But the surprising thing is how many of the wrestlers, and their families, are simpatico. It helps enormously to build our identification with the good characaters that Mr Posner gives us their viewpoint largely in dialogue, in their own words. He has a fine ear for the vernacular, and it turns these fantastic characters from the bizarre end of the spectrum of human experience into people like our
neighbours, at least if our neighbours were colourful.

By adding a large appendix of sources in which his facts can be checked, Mr Posner reinforces the impression that SQUARED CIRCLE BLUES, if it weren’t such good storytelling, could be a documentary, straightforward journalism told mainly in dialogue.

lanceseriesgraphicFor me, the main takeaway from this surprising, fascinating novel is how smoothly Mr Posner has managed to undermine our prejudicial certainties about people outside our own circle of trust and knowledge.
Andrew McCoy is the author of the Lance Weber series of adventure novels and literary criticism like STIEG LARSSON Man, Myth & Mistress.

Now Paypal tries to grab the copyrights of artists, writers and photographers, free and forever

Paypal has sent out notice of an Amendment to their User Agreement (1) that will grab without recompense the copyright of any “content” sold through Paypal.

I’m not a lawyer but a contract I drew up for my Australian publishers was for many years recommended by the British Society of Authors and used on both sides of the Atlantic, and the chapter in my textbook WRITING A THRILLER (A&C Black, London, St Martin’s Press, NY, translations into Spanish, Italian, French, etc, still in print after a generation) was never once queried. So, if the Paypal amendment answers to plain English and means what it says, it’s an unprecedented rights grab.

If the “content” that Paypal intends to claim rights over is just the promotional copy and graphics in the advertisements of sellers, one can understand that Paypal’s lawyers want to cover their ass and avoid a nuisance suit.

But Paypal isn’t just claiming rights over specific promotional material, it is claiming rights over the very bread on the table of millions of writers and painters and photographers. Not only will Paypal not pay for the use of this copyright material, there is absolutely nothing in the agreement to stop them selling someone’s copyright product for profit.

Worse, the agreement that gives Paypal every artist’s life comes into effect automatically on 1 July 2015 unless you explicitly opt out. “You do not need to do anything to accept the changes as they will automatically come into effect on the above date.”

The “content” that Paypal will claim rights over includes the text and images, the very product and livelihood of artists.

paypal_rights_grabSuppose you’re a novelist. Of course you post a sample chapter to your netsite where you also have Paypal buttons. That’s “content”. It now belongs to Paypal to publish wherever they please. The rest of the novel and even the characters now belong to Paypal: that’s the parenthetical “including of works derived from it”. No serious publisher will want a series when you’ve given a gorilla with clout like Paypal a licence to interfere in the market at will. Amazon went into TV and film production; what’s to stop Paypal following them? With your intellectual property as Paypal’s capital.

Suppose you’re a painter. You show a photograph of an artwork for sale. Normally you either reserve reproduction rights in the art to yourself, the artist, or it goes explicitly, contractually to the buyer. These reproduction rights, which include all photographs, including the one published with a Paypal button next to it, are often more valuable than the physical painting on the wall. But, because you posted the photo to Paypal as an advertisement, Paypal can republish the photo at any time, or sell it to the greetings card industry and pocket that income. Check it out: it says nowhere in Paypal’s agreement that Paypal can’t do this.

The risk is total if you’re a photographer, because control of  the photograph and all its reproductions is your very product, directly the bread on your table. If Paypal has a perpetual free right to publish the photo, why should a stock company want to license it from you? For that matter, would you want a stock supplier to use Paypal when you know that every photograph they show (and how will they license the photographs to graphic designers if they don’t show them?) automatically belongs to Paypal as well?

This is a grotesque case of lawyers covering their ass by throwing in the kitchen sink, without ever stopping to consider whether they shouldn’t first put their minds in gear.

Paypal appears to know there’s something wrong. They say: “Should you decide you do not wish to accept them you can notify us before the above date to close your account (https://www.paypal.com/uk/cgi-bin/?&cmd=_close-account) immediately without incurring any additional charges.”

No additional charges — that’s real generous!

Now Paypal will claim that all this is being done to protect them against chancers bringing frivolous law suits, and against sellers using stolen copyright materials. If that is so, then Paypal should say so in their agreement. Instead Paypal simply grabs everyone’s rights, and takes a bullying “like it or fuck off” attitude about it.

Next Paypal will claim that they are a huge, honorable institution, in the money markets, and have no intention of trading in your copyrights. Yeah, right, ten years ago Jeff Bezos couldn’t even dream of entering the movie business.

Any institution is only as honest as the men in the boardroom. Copyright is an artist’s pension. Do you want to entrust the comfort of your old age to some unknown person, perhaps not even born yet, who will then be in charge of Paypal, and perhaps has dreams of being in the “moom pitcher bidness” with the rights, unpaid for and nothing due, of your copyright as his earnest money? Or have the owners of Paypal sell out to new owners whose primary interest is “monetizing all these copyrights the old management just sat on”?

I didn’t think so.

Copyright © 2015 Andre Jute
No Paypal buttons anywhere!  Free for republication as long as the piece is complete and includes the copyright notice and this permission.

(1) Here is the text from Paypal being discussed above:

Amendment to the PayPal User Agreement.

  1. Intellectual Property

We are adding a new paragraph to section 1.3., which outlines the licence and rights that you give to us and to the PayPal Group (see paragraph 12 below for the definition of “PayPal Group”) to use content that you post for publication using the Services. A similar paragraph features in the Privacy Policy, which is removed by the addition of this paragraph to the User Agreement. The new paragraph at section 1.3 reads as follows:

“When providing us with content or posting content (in each case for publication, whether on- or off-line) using the Services, you grant the PayPal Group a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, sublicensable (through multiple tiers) right to exercise any and all copyright, publicity, trademarks, database rights and intellectual property rights you have in the content, in any media known now or in the future. Further, to the fullest extent permitted under applicable law, you waive your moral rights and promise not to assert such rights against the PayPal Group, its sublicensees or assignees. You represent and warrant that none of the following infringe any intellectual property right: your provision of content to us, your posting of content using the Services, and the PayPal Group’s use of such content (including of works derived from it) in connection with the Services.”

“I married my husband for his money. I have been very happy with my husband’s money.” — Dakota Franklin

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“I married my husband for his money. 
I have been very happy with my husband’s money.”
Dakota Franklin

You won’t believe how much trouble that innocent joke got me into. And it isn’t even true. The truth is much more romantic, but is too long for a quick joke. Still, you and I have a moment, so I’ll tell you the truth.

Read the rest of the great romance between Ferry and me.

May you reach as safe a harbour as this one

Andre Jute: Sampan Harbor, South China Sea, oil on canvas, 2014, 16x12in
Andre Jute: Sampan Harbor, South China Sea, oil on canvas, 2014, 16x12in

Happy holidays, all!

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“I found this work excellent. I recommend it as a book to read on several planes, whether of politics, history or just as thriller — every episode is firmly etched on my memory. It is certainly a most impressive work of fiction.”
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“Like a steam hammer on full bore.”
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“Something else again. The author has plenty of first-hand experience of the conditions he describes so vividly.”
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“Totally convincing fiction.”
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“The reader is in good hands.”
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“Even in an entertaining thriller he makes us see ourselves anew.”
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Huge Christmas #Giveaway at Cookie’s Book Club, #BestSellers, #PrizeWinners, #FREE ENTRY

cookie_s_book_club_christmas_giveaway_2014

Including my latest books, FESTIVAL and LASHBACK, and Dakota Franklin’s latest racing thriller, TRIPLE THREAT THRILL. Not to mention books by the excellent Donna Fasano, Libby Fischer Hellman, Uvi Poznanasky and Zeev Rachel, J. S. Dunn, and Melanie McDonald. Plus copies of my famous IDITAROD, a family-safe novel of the greatest race on earth. On top of that there are several copies of Omnibuses from Dakota and me to be won, high value books. All FREE. And the rules are loosely framed so you can enter every day from the 21st so you stand a really good chance of winning a book, or even several, enough high quality reading matter for the entire holiday. Good luck. Merry Christmas. Check it out at Cookie’s Book Club.  — Andre Jute

“Mr President, here is America’s James Bond.” LASHBACK, the truth about who dug the Berlin Tunnel into Russia’s secrets.

…recalls Russian literature at its finest. VANGUARD ELITE was a real pleasure to read, the writing is rock solid and flawless – every word is the right word, in the right place. The next volume is written and awaiting publication. Bring it on.
abrwrite/LibraryThing

The exploration of the mindset of the Revolution is fascinating.The complex nature and motivations of the revolutionaries and the sorry state of Russia at the time are explored in a way that makes the suffering palpable in an engaging way without pretending that the people who want to be in charge are necessarily as noble or capable as some of them would like to believe. The author does a good job of presenting the Revolution itself as a another character, and through its atmosphere and details begins to offer a commentary and explanation for what history will further bring.
J. A. Beard/Good Book Alert

It reads like a literary classic and as a screenplay for a historical documentary miniseries. The language is lush, vibrant even when describing the horrors associated with the Bolshevik Revolution. The imagery through words painted by author Andre Jute makes me feel that I am moving through an art gallery where I wish to study every aspect, explore every color, more than once. I cannot remember when I have read a book of this caliber in recent years.
Doug Glassford/Amazon

“I am reading this now. So well-written, with the combination of graceful, elegant prose and tough subject matter that makes Andre one of the best around.”
Matt Posner on Facebook

LASHBACK
Book 5 of the 75-Year Saga
Cold War, Hot Passions
by André Jute

The threads are gathering…

Harvey McQueen, the permanent outsider, the greatest American spy of all time, introduced to President Kennedy at the President’s request as “the American James Bond”, exposed Kim Philby and dug the Berlin Tunnel into the heart of Russia’s darkest secrets. But he almost landed in jail instead for tapping the CIA’s own headquarters cable in the company of the intelligence mandarin Joshua Adams and Colonel Hillel Hirsch, the penniless Jewish refugee who became a legend in American intelligence. Their suspension causes the final breach between Harvey and Jennie when she refuses to accompany him to Berlin where he digs the famous Berlin Tunnel.

The change of generations comes even to patriots.

Harvey’s daughter Belinda makes a brilliant career at the State Department and marries Aron Hirsch (Hillel’s son) who is an Israeli anti-terrorist expert but the marriage heaves this way and that under their career stresses. Joshua Adams Jnr and Andrew Drexler are soldiers in dangerous jobs in Vietnam; the same war turns Conrad Drexler into an assassin and starts him on a career which will eventually as the founder of Air America make him the world’s largest transporter of drugs. The Rempton children have other temptations and do not turn out so well, bringing tragedy to their loving parents.

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LASHBACK
is 
Book 5 of Cold War, Hot Passions

Cold War, Hot Passions series by Andre Jute

Cold War, Hot Passions
by André Jute

The epic saga
of ten intertwined families
who live and die by their love of
their Russian and American motherlands
and the searing passions they
arouse in each other

FROM THE STORMING OF THE WINTER PALACE…

In the beginning they were impassioned young revolutionaries risking only own their lives for justice. The prince, the soldier, the peasant and the baroness became the founders of three families, steadfast in love and war, whose generations are enfolded in the sweep of humans and inhumans, inquisitors and victims, the betrayals of friends and family, the show trials of colleagues, the psychiatric tortures of dissidents, that was Russia under the Communists, right up to glasnost, when the fourth generation must answer the question, Was the result worth three generations of tragic suffering and sacrifice?

And the Americans who opposed them for liberty, the patrician Adams family, the refugee Hirches, the redneck Remptons who became political powers in the land, the McQueens who did not count the price of rising from smalltown mid-America to the highest levels of the nation, the Drexlers who had always served their country, the implacable Southern Hubbells who could — and did — threaten Presidents, and the clever Talbots whose shy Joanne married the handsome Russian who was the cleverest traitor of them all.

In his first novel for two decades, a storyteller who has always had a knack with the true history of men and women will touch your heart and thrill your mind with the risks these men and women took with their lives and their families for the ideals they were born to — which some betrayed, and some paid too high a price for in love, even with their lives.

…TO THE BITTERSWEET END
75 YEAR LATER

COLD WAR, HOT PASSIONS
• around 2000 pages

• launched in eight volumes
• at the rate of three volumes a year

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But Bern goes ahead anyway, kidnapping Spitz’s sex-mad teenage granddaughter for a ransom of gold. His aim: to attack the Germans’ heavily defended main gold vault and take the terrorists’ wealth away for good.

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Hey this is non-stop action for sure! … and quoting Jacques Ellul! Too much! — JimK on GAUNTLET RUN, a free superhero novel

Hey this is non-stop action for sure! But even better – I was just driving north on US-206 past I-78 just about a week ago! Netcong!

… and quoting Jacques Ellul! Too much!

— JimK

GAUNTLET RUN (Henty's Fist 1: Birth of a Superhero) by Andre Jute, Dakota Franklin and Andrew McCoyFREE from iTunes Smashwords Kobo B&N

This is what Jim is referring to:

A copperchopper was diving at them.

Henty twitched the wheel but the pistol ground into her ear and she twitched it back, sending more Troubles flying out of the back of the trailer. The Troubles were throwing boxes of food onto the road and Henty could see other Troubles dashing onto the road to fetch the food and then dash back again. This was no isolated skirmish. She was in the middle of a full-scale battle which would start as soon as the opposing army of National Guardsmen and State Troopers finished lining up.

The copperchopper fired its pair of rockets. Henty saw the puffs of smoke as they left the chopper. They fell lazily to only ten feet above the ground, then aimed themselves at the truck and accelerated blisteringly towards it.

Henty panicked and stood up on the brake. The tractor came almost to a dead halt, the trailer didn’t. It swung around and jack-knifed the horse the other way. The two rockets hit the trailer simultaneously, ringing the cab and deafening Henty.

Henty used the confusion to grab the Trouble Sheila’s gun out of her ear, out of the Sheila’s hand, and to throw it out of the window. The Sheila scrambled for the zipgun the suicidal doped-up driver had left in the cab but the Fist was too quick for her and that went out of the window too.

“What you gonna do without a gun?” the Sheila wanted to know. “Man, you crazy.” With that, she opened the door and jumped.

In the big mirror, Henty saw the Sheila roll, come upright for a moment, then disappear over the side of the road like she never existed.

There was a turnoff and Henty took it, seeing in the mirror the remains of the trailer being shredded and disintegrated against the blacktop.

She punched the large query on the route finder. It told her, YOU’RE ON US-206 HEADING NORTH FOR NETCONG. Then it flashed and beeped her: US-206 NOGO WARZONE NOGO, complete with skull and crossbones.

“Everywhere’s no-go,” said Henty, and put her foot down.

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“…a good job of presenting the Revolution itself as a another character…” — J. A. Beard

Coolmain Press
proudly announces publication of
cwhp_cover_4_brothers_enemies_800pxhBROTHERS & ENEMIES
Book 4 of the 75-Year Saga
by André Jute
containing
BROTHERS & ENEMIES
PRIVATE INTIMATIONS
TROPIC OF TREASON

…recalls Russian literature at its finest. VANGUARD ELITE was a real pleasure to read, the writing is rock solid and flawless – every word is the right word, in the right place. The next volume is written and awaiting publication. Bring it on.

abrwrite/LibraryThing

The exploration of the mindset of the Revolution is fascinating.The complex nature and motivations of the revolutionaries and the sorry state of Russia at the time are explored in a way that makes the suffering palpable in an engaging way without pretending that the people who want to be in charge are necessarily as noble or capable as some of them would like to believe. The author does a good job of presenting the Revolution itself as a another character, and through its atmosphere and details begins to offer a commentary and explanation for what history will further bring.
J. A. Beard/Good Book Alert

It reads like a literary classic and as a screenplay for a historical documentary miniseries. The language is lush, vibrant even when describing the horrors associated with the Bolshevik Revolution. The imagery through words painted by author Andre Jute makes me feel that I am moving through an art gallery where I wish to study every aspect, explore every color, more than once. I cannot remember when I have read a book of this caliber in recent years.
Doug Glassford/Amazon

“I am reading this now. So well-written, with the combination of graceful, elegant prose and tough subject matter that makes Andre one of the best around.”
Matt Posner on Facebook

BROTHERS & ENEMIES
Stalin was paranoid. He had good reason to be. He planned a new Terror. Somebody plotted to kill him before he could start the new cycle of arrests and executions. But it wasn’t the Jewish doctors Stalin killed for it. The plotters were people Stalin overlooked as
totally loyal, true patriots.
PRIVATE INTIMATIONS
In immediately postwar Italy, among the reprisals and communist wrecking, Joshua Adams and Hillel Hirsch play off the Mafia and the Camorra on the international black market to raise the funds to buy an entire nation, plus the loyalty of the yet-to-be Israeli they aid and abet against the British, who want only to send Jewish refugee ships bound for Tel Aviv to the bottom of the Mediterranean. In Ankara, meanwhile, their friend Kim Philby is hours from being exposed.
TROPIC OF TREASON
William Harvey McQueen is the FBI’s point man against Stalin’s killer goons and atomic spies. Years before he would beintroduced to President Kennedy as “the American James Bond”, he exposes spies with offices in the White House itself. Tropic of Treason tells how— and above all why — David Adams recruits Harvey McQueen to the CIA, where he exposes Burgess, McLean and Philby as Russian spies.

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BROTHERS & ENEMIES
is
Book 4 of Cold War, Hot Passions

cwhp_series_800pxhCold War, Hot Passions
by André Jute
The epic saga
of ten intertwined families
who live and die by their love of
their Russian and American motherlands
and the searing passions they
arouse in each other

FROM THE STORMING OF THE WINTER PALACE…
In the beginning they were impassioned young revolutionaries risking only own their lives for justice. The prince, the soldier, the peasant and the baroness became the founders of three families, steadfast in love and war, whose generations are enfolded in the sweep of humans and inhumans, inquisitors and victims, the betrayals of friends and family, the show trials of colleagues, the psychiatric tortures of dissidents, that was Russia under the Communists, right up to glasnost, when the fourth generation must answer the question, Was the result worth three generations of tragic suffering and sacrifice?

And the Americans who opposed them for liberty, the patrician Adams family, the refugee Hirches, the redneck Remptons who became political powers in the land, the McQueens who did not count the price of rising from smalltown mid-America to the highest levels of the nation, the Drexlers who had always served their country, the implacable Southern Hubbells who could — and did — threaten Presidents, and the clever Talbots whose shy Joanne married the handsome Russian who was the cleverest traitor of them all.

In his first novel for two decades, a storyteller who has always had a knack with the true history of men and women will touch your heart and thrill your mind with the risks these men and women took with their lives and their families for the ideals they were born to — which some betrayed, and some paid too high a price for in love, even with their lives.

…TO THE BITTERSWEET END
75 YEAR LATER
COLD WAR, HOT PASSIONS
• around 2000 pages
• launched in eight volumes 

“….exactly what it is like in the Heart of Darkness” — John Braine/Sunday Telegraph

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BLOOD IVORY
Second in Andrew McCoy’s
LANCE WEBER SERIES
About the Quintessential Hard Man of Africa

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BLOOD IVORY
by Andrew McCoy

The equation is simple: on the day the last elephant in the world is shot, ivory will be more valuable than gold. Two men — one a merchant prince, the other a big-game hunter — are preparing for that day by acculumating vast hoards of the irreplaceable tusk. It is the hunter who makes the first mistake, and pays the price.

His widow engages Lance Weber on the lethal brief of reclaiming her inheritance from the very heart of war-torn Africa. Lance is on the run from the ghost of Bruun, a man believed by every authority to be dead, who is still killing Lance’s employees, friends, parents, drawing concentric circles of terror ever tighter around Lance himself. Lance wants no ivory but he is driven by the need to avenge the many innocent dead and to expunge the evil of Bruun from the face of the earth. Bruun has shown that he too lusts for the ivory, so Lance sets himself, the ivory — and the beautiful widow — as bait for the mad predator. Their violent duel carves a scar across the face of the globe, from Sydney to Kent to Macao, from the harsh red grit of Africa to the suppurating green lushness of the Opium Triangle.

— dust-jacket blurb by John Blackwell, from the original hardcover edition

It did not occur to Mpengi that men would die in Macao, the China Seas, Brussels, Tokyo, the Burmese jungles, Africa and the Kent countryside because the bellies of his children were empty. He did not know of these places.

What Mpengi did that would have such disastrous effects around the world, what he did to relieve the gnawing mouse in the bellies of his children, was simplicity itself. He wenr to the camp of the Englishman with the red face and the luxuriant white moustache and told him where to find the last six elephants in the world.

— from BLOOD IVORY by Andrew McCoy

What the critics said:

“Mr McCoy gets on with the job of telling us exactly what it is like in the Heart of Darkness. He has the soldier’s eye for terrain and the soldier’s eye for character. This has the ring of truth.”
John Braine/Sunday Telegraph

“Very rough, exciting, filmic, and redolent of a nostalgie de boue d’Afrique. Full of the rapport and affection for blacks experienced only by the genuine old Africa hand.”
Alastair Phillips/Glasgow Herald

“Like the unblinking eye of a cobra, it is fascinating and hard to look away from, powerful and unique.”
Edwin Corley/Good Books

“I found this work excellent. I recommend it as a book to read on several planes, whether of politics, history or just as thriller — every episode is firmly etched on my memory. It is certainly a most impressive work of fiction.”
“H.P.”/BBC External Service

“Like a steam hammer on full bore.”
Jack Adrian/Literary Review

“Something else again. The author has plenty of first-hand experience of the conditions he describes so vividly.”
Marese Murphy/Irish Times

“Totally convincing fiction.”
Colonel Jonathan Alford, Director, Institute for Strategic Studies/BBC World at One

“The reader is in good hands.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Even in an entertaining thriller he makes us see ourselves anew.”
La Prensa

“Graphic adult Boys Own Adventure.”
The Irish Press

“Well written by somebody who has lived the life: a cracking read.”
Grant MacNeill/Amazon

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1911 was a very good year for writers: best Brittanica ever, birth of the Colt Model 1911, “the most referenced firearm in 20th Century literature”

1911 was a very good year for writers:
best Brittanica ever,
birth of the Colt Model 1911,
“the most referenced firearm in 20th Century literature”

R. Doug Wicker, who always stands ready to advise other writers on firearms, and see also, has several articles up and coming soon on the most common US pistol, and one of it’s putative “replacements”. Doug says:

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“In a run-up to next week’s shooting review of the Colt M1991A1, yesterday I posted Historical Firearms — The Colt Model 1911.  If you’re a purveyor of fiction that involves firearms then you may want to take a look at this brief history.  The M1911 is probably the most referenced firearm in 20th Century literature, and is ubiquitous in almost any movie or television show in which handguns play a major role in the storyline including pretty much anything dealing with the U.S. military.”

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“And next I’ll present a post on what it’s like to actually operate and fire one of these classic pistols.

 

GUEST SLOT: R. Doug Wicker on Guns in Novels and Gun Control in Real Life, interviewed by Matt Posner, Part 2

See first Part 1: Air Traffic Controller, World Traveller and Novelist R. Doug Wicker

GUEST SLOT
R. Doug Wicker on Guns in Novels and Gun Control in Real Life
interviewed by Matt Posner

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Walther P99 chambered for 9x19mm round, First Generation with green polymer frame.

You’ve been noted as having exceptional knowledge of firearms. How did you acquire such knowledge? What is your reason for incorporating it into novels?

I come from a long line of military members. I was named for a great uncle who died in Sicily during World War II. Another great uncle I was fond of fought in every major land battle in the Pacific Theater of Operations during that same war. He was a B.A.R. man (M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle) in the Marines. My paternal grandfather was a hunter and a gunsmith who also handmade custom hunting rifles. My own father loved to hunt as well, and consequently we had several firearms around the house. I was taught shooting a very early age.

Later in life I became interested in handguns, particularly European semiautomatics, and that remains my primary firearms interest to this day. I have an extensive collection of Walther PP-series pistols, several Swiss-designed SIG Sauers at the behest of my Swiss-born wife, and some other handguns that I’ve collected because they interest me.

As for how I acquired so much knowledge, my first exposure to handgunning was a fellow controller who had an extensive collection of U.S. handguns ranging from the iconic Colt M1911 to the .44 Magnum Smith & Wesson Model 29 of Dirty Harry fame. A couple of times out shooting with him had me hooked, and I acquired my first handgun shortly thereafter — a stainless steel Interarms/Ranger Walther PPK/S in .380 ACP (9mm kurz for your non-American fans). I’ve been researching and collecting ever since.

790px-Walther_P99_9x19mmWalther P99 chambered for 9x19mm round, First Generation with green polymer frame.

As for incorporating handguns into my novels, I do so only if the story calls for it. For instance, in my book Decisions the main character Donovan Grant is from the New York City area. Gun ownership by the law-abiding in that area is a rarity because of the restrictive laws. Thus Don doesn’t know the first thing about guns. The one gun in that entire book is revealed toward the very end, and all Grant can tell you is that it’s some sort of revolver.

Reynard Chevalier of The Globe however is an entirely different character. Reynard has an intimate familiarity with firearms. He’s former military, and he’s currently in charge of security aboard a cruise ship.

In my current project there will be not even one firearm. It’s my first attempt at a mainstream novel, and the story has nothing to do with guns, murders, or mystery.

(See  Everyone knows that one of the easiest things for writers to get wrong is firearms. — Andre Jute)

Given that you know a lot on the subject, what do you think of the idea, promoted by the NRA and others, to arm more “good guys” such as my fellow teachers to counteract the actions of mass shooters such as Adam Lanza.

Let me begin by saying I’m no fan of the NRA (especially following their recent ludicrous “endorsement” of the candidate with the worst anti-gun record to ever run for the office of president of the United States). Not everyone is either emotionally stable or personally responsible enough to own — let alone carry in public — a firearm. Adam Lanza certainly wasn’t, and it turns out that neither was Nancy Lanza who was so devastatingly irresponsible in keeping her firearms beyond Adam’s reach despite his known mental condition. Curtis Reeves, Michael Dunn, and George Zimmerman are other poster-child examples of people who should not own a firearm.

Now, all that being said, there is one inescapable fact that gun-control proponents choose to ignore or even deny. Gun-free zones get innocent people killed. Period. With but one exception, since 1950 every mass shooting resulting in four or more deaths has occurred in a supposedly “Gun Free Zone.” The problem is that only the law abiding are truly free of guns in such areas, and it appears to me that these areas are being specifically chosen because there is a reasonable chance that the shooter will not have any armed resistance.

Example: There were seven movie theaters showing the movie The Dark Knight Rises within 20 minutes of James Holmes’ residence. The one he ultimately chose was not the closest to him. It was however the only one of the seven that had a “Firearms Prohibited” sign posted on the entrance.

That means that the Aurora theater victims may very well have been targeted because firearms were “prohibited” in that venue. That’s a pretty scary thought. And it’s reprehensible that those who designate such zones then refuse to take responsibility for the carnage that ensues as a result.

If, say, a theater owner wants to proclaim his or her establishment a “Gun Free Zone” (as was the case in Aurora, Colorado), then it should be incumbent upon that owner to provide some form of armed protection for his or her patrons. Personally, I think the owners of that theater should be held civilly liable for the decision to deny their patrons the inalienable right to self-defense, and then not take the necessary precautions to make sure those patrons wouldn’t be harmed by someone not inclined to follow their decree.

The same principle should also apply to other venues such as schools, post offices, and the like. If one is going to deny the right to self-defense, then one should supply armed guards to protect those whom he or she just disarmed. However in a school environment I would be very wary as to whom I would license and how well trained they would have to be. Special care would have to be taken to ensure that any firearm is kept from the reach of a student.

Bottom line: Gun-free zones are a demonstrably failed social experiment. Yet, after each and every mass shooting, the first thing anti-gun forces do is call for the establishment of yet more gun-free zones. What’s that old saying about one of the first signs of insanity . . . ?

Visit R. Doug Wicker’s Blog

Matt Posner is a novelist and teacher

GUEST SLOT: Air Traffic Controller, World Traveller and Novelist R. Doug Wicker, interviewed by Matt Posner, Part 1

GUEST SLOT
Air Traffic Controller, World Traveller and Novelist R. Doug Wicker
interviewed by Matt Posner

Introduce yourself. Then, where do you live and how do you like it there? How would you compare your present home to the many other places you have lived?

I’m a retired air traffic controller who served in both the U.S. Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration over a total of 34 years, 5 months. I currently live where I spent my entire FAA career — on the U.S.-Mexican border in El Paso, Texas.

Both my wife Ursula and I love it here in El Paso, which is why we chose to stay here after I retired. Previously I have lived in Sacramento, California; Enon, Ohio (outside Dayton); Columbus, Ohio; Roswell, New Mexico; Rome, New York; Okinawa, Japan; Clemson, South Carolina; San Antonio, Texas; Biloxi, Mississippi; Lakenheath, England; and Tucson, Arizona.

You have been around aircraft your entire career, mainly as an air traffic controller. What do you think has drawn you to work in this environment?

I’ve been around aviation all my life. My father was a career U.S. Air Force officer and pilot, so my earliest memories are of watching airplanes fly overhead. Indeed, I wanted to be a pilot as well, but pilot slots were being cut by the Air Force in the wind-down from Vietnam. When that avenue became closed to me (I also did lousy in college — it bored me to distraction) I chose the next best option — air traffic control.

I have always envisioned the professional life of the air traffic controller as alternating between high stress and sleep-deprived boredom. Is there any truth to that? What was your job like day to day?

There’s a lot of truth to that. We were definitely sleep deprived because of the rotating shifts. A typical 5-day, forty-hour work week was a 2:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M shift, a 1:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M., a 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., and on the last day a 5:45 A.M. to 13:45 A.M. followed just over eight hours later by a 10:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. shift. It’s hard to command your body to sleep under those conditions.

As for the stress, we definitely saw more than our share of that — Thunderstorms, emergencies, heavy military traffic on Fridays and Sundays. You name and I’ve probably seen it short of a hijacking situation.

By the way, do you know how a controller differs from a pilot? When a pilot makes a mistake the pilot dies, but when a controller makes a mistake the pilot dies. Yes, controllers are indeed known for their morbid senses of humor.

You have been writing for a long time. How did you get started doing it? What makes it fulfilling?

I got started for several reasons. I’ve always loved the written word. I’ve always felt I could spin a good yarn. What I lacked was motivation and confidence. Then in 1988 I met a charming man by the name of James A. Michener. We were on an Alaskan cruise and I attended all his lectures. Then one day Ursula and I ran into him on an upper deck. He was there with his handler/assistant, out in the cold enjoying nature on an isolated portion of upper deck away from the passengers. We chatted for quite a spell and he seemed genuinely interested in my air traffic control career and the post-strike conditions under which we had to operate. Afterward I got to thinking that perhaps I should give writing a shot.

But what makes writing fulfilling?

That’s a great question.

I guess I just love sitting down in front of a blank computer screen and filling it with words. I love the research involved. I love developing characters. I love inventing new, intriguing and challenging situations for those characters to overcome. Most of all I love dialogue — wordplay, idioms, regional dialects, malapropisms, bad grammar, good grammar — it’s all fascinating to me because it is how most of us communicate on a daily basis in everything we do.

You wrote a book for kids about one of the most famous acts of terrorism in history, the bombing of Pan Am 103. What was the genesis of this project, and what response have you gotten from kids who have read it?

I was hired by Rosen Publishing to write that after I was recommended to them by one of their contributors. The Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 was but one volume in an entire series on terrorist acts. I was also asked to write the volume on United Flight 93, but I had to decline because at that time all controllers nationwide were forbidden by the FBI from making any public comment on the September 11, 2001 attacks.

I know Rosen Publishing was pleased with the book, but I’ve not had any personal responses from any readers. I assume any such letters would have gone directly to Rosen.

Your novel Decisions has been compared to Agatha Christie. Do you agree with the comparison? Was Agatha Christie a favorite of yours to read at some time in your life?

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I did enjoy Agatha Christie in my youth. However I think the Agatha Christie comparison was a bit over the top (but I’m not complaining, mind you — thanks, Publishers Weekly). It is a cozy mystery in her style, but the characters, the humor, and particularly the language (Don Grant is a New Yorker, after all) make the book pretty much unlike anything in her extensive body of work. I think those who’ve compared it to Nelson DeMille or Carl Hiaasen are probably closer to the mark.

The Globe is about a ship offering housing to the super-rich, great for them until a serial killer becomes active within their ranks. Where did you get this idea? Do you think the book appeals more to those who would like to be super-rich, or those who feel anger against the super-rich?

I got the idea from the real-life cruise ship The World, upon which The Globe is modeled. I’ve also cruised extensively, with close to thirty cruises (including a 54-day cruise) under my belt, so it wasn’t a stretch for me to want to play with such a setting.Globe

As for whom the book appeals, I think most people have a fascination with the super-rich and super-famous. We all aspire to be them. As for those who feel anger against them — get over it. You know you’d change places with them in a heartbeat if given the chance. Save your anger for the super-rich super-crooks on Wall Street or in the Mega Banks, the ones who actually robbed you blind and got away with it . . . with bonuses. Or the socially irresponsible super-rich, such as the Sam Walton heirs who apparently believe that their positioning on the annual Forbes list is more important than paying a living wage to their employees. Those are the super-rich who’ve earned my disdain, not the Bill Gateses and the Warren Buffets of the world.

Your blog features your very diverse interests. What can readers expect to find there? How do you get ideas? And how do you manage to update it three times a week?

I blog mostly on aviation safety, aircraft, driving and sports cars, humor, technology and new stuff, handguns, concealed carry, photography, travel, movies, books, foods and wines, and of course writing. Other topics may crop up as the mood hits me.

Ideas come to me fairly easily . . . most of the time! Updating thrice weekly can be a chore, but I just have to use a bit of discipline to make sure it gets done.

Tell an interesting story from your career.

Oh, I have a lot of those. Far too many to choose a favorite. Well, okay, perhaps one:

We had a Continental airliner diverting into El Paso because of a bomb threat against the aircraft. The caller had specified that the bomb would detonate at precisely 2:00 P.M. local time. I was working ground control (responsible for all aircraft taxiing to and from the runways), and I was also the Controller-in-Charge of the tower at the time. Annie was working local control (runway operations and airspace within 3 ½ nautical miles of the airport). We got Continental on the ground well in advance of the threat time and taxied the aircraft to the bomb threat area, whereupon the passengers and crew were evacuated.

As the clock ticked toward 2:00 I noticed Annie getting markedly more anxious. She kept glancing over to the Continental, apparently anticipating it going up in a huge ball of flame. Around five after the hour she started to ease, and by 2:10 she was completely relaxed. An obvious hoax, right? That’s when I covertly blew into the brown paper sack and popped it loudly between my palms. She must have jumped two feet out of her chair.

Did I mention that controllers are known for their morbid sense of humor?

Tell an interesting story from your writing life.

Well, there was the time my Hollywood agents all but assured both me and my literary agent that my second novel was a shoe-in for a big movie deal. But, as you can see, I’m still a relative unknown, so that never happened. I blogged about the whole sordid affair in a post entitled A Tale of Woe and Misfortune Unlike Any Other. (Do click through to this link: it is a morbidly funny story of big-money doings in Hollywood. – Andre Jute)

What would you like to say to readers to close this interview?

Well, first of all I would like to publicly thank you for the opportunity to connect with people unfamiliar with my works and my blog. This has been a really kind thing for you to do, and I truly appreciate it.

Secondly, I’d like to thank those who took the time to wade through this interview to arrive at this point. Those who did persevere must have found at least a little of what I had to say of interest to them, and a writer certainly can’t ask for anything more than that.

Visit R. Doug Wicker’s Blog

Matt Posner is a novelist and teacher

See also Part 2: R. Doug Wicker on Guns in Novels and Gun Control in Real Life

 

 

AMERICAN RACER by Dakota Franklin coming before first Grand Prix; pre-orders open!

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 Volume Appearing in
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RUTHLESS TO WIN
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DAKOTA FRANKLIN: AMERICAN RACER

AMERICAN RACER
by Dakota Franklin

Bobby Solara, an Indycar champion new to Formula One, new to Armitage Grand Prix Racing, is determined to make his way to the top honorably. Honorably to his team leader Ugo Jenssens, honorably to his employer Jack Armitage, honorably to his wife Yvonne, who is leaving him, honorably to his new love Louisa, honorably to his new friends Ollie and Taki, honorably for the sake of his daughter Vicky.

But when the Japanese betting syndicate abducts his child and her mother to force Bobby to betray everyone so that he can be champion rather than Ugo, the real Bobby surfaces.

And the real Bobby is not a man you want to mess with. Ever.

“Yes, I know, I sneer at the psychopaths I compete against on tracks. But I just hide my own nature better under a veneer of cool intelligence and urbane good manners. Attack my child or my women, and I will kill you. Slowly. And my sleep will not be delayed one minute by your demise.”
— Bobby Solara in AMERICAN RACER by Dakota Franklin

You know Bobby already from Dakota’s QUEEN OF INDY.
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Everyone knows that one of the easiest things for writers to get wrong is firearms. Right? Wrong!

Everyone knows that one of the easiest things for writers to get wrong is firearms.

Right?

No, it just appears like that because most writers get flustered and get it wrong, and are then exposed by the many experts. Then everyone assumes that writers getting firearms wrong is an immutable condition, an incurable disease. It isn’t so at all.

The truth is far simpler.

One of the easiest things for writers to get right is firearms. Just ask an expert. My fave expert is another novelist, R. Doug Wicker. He’s even written a three-part article to save other writers from researching the wrong things. 

“Firearms for Formulators of Fiction” by R. Doug Wicker:

Firearms for Formulators of Fiction — Revolvers

Firearms for Formulators of Fiction — Semiautomatics Part 1

Firearms for Formulators of Fiction — Semiautomatics Part 2

If you need more than that, Doug says, “If anyone wants advice or help with firearms for one of their stories I’m always more than happy to help.  Just ask.”

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Cold War, Hot Passions Omnibus One by André Jute: a satisfying Christmas read

Cold War, Hot Passions Omnibus One
by André Jute
the collected first three volumes of COLD WAR, HOT PASSIONS

the epic saga of ten intertwined Russian and American families who live and die by their love of liberty and the searing passions their fight for freedom arouses in war and peace.  

“Wild but exciting. A grand job with plenty of irony.”  
New York Times  

“Jute has clearly conducted a great deal of research into everything he describes, investing the novel with an air of prophecy. His moral concerns are important.”  
Times Literary Supplement  

THE GREATEST CONSPIRACY THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN STARTED WITH THE STORMING OF THE WINTER PALACE 

In the beginning they were impassioned young revolutionaries risking only their own lives for justice. The prince, the soldier, and the peasant became the patriarchs of three families whose generations are enfolded in the sweep of humans and inhumans, inquisitors and victims, that tells the story of the KGB — which is the story of Russia in the Twentieth Century — from the day Lenin created it as the Cheka in the Smolny Convent: the Extraordinary Commission from the beginning and from the inside, motivated by its own imperatives of fear and fanaticism, through the murders of whole classes, the massacres of kulaks, the betrayals of friends and family, the show trials of colleagues, the psychiatric tortures of dissidents, right up to glasnost, when the fourth generation must answer the question, Was the result worth three generations of suffering and sacrifice?  

While on the other side of the world a slumbering giant awoke slowly to a threat, not of a Russian bear stirring, but of German tanks rumbling…  

THE GREATEST SECRET INTELLIGENCE AGENCY THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN BEGAN AS ONE MAN’S DREAM 

There was David, the Boston patriarch, comrade of “Wild Bill” Donovan and father of the intelligence mandarin Joshua. And Joshua’s friends. The roistering, confessing Richard, the last soldier-priest. Joe-Bob from the Louisiana swamps, who saw the power of politics, an artist with a knife. Hillel, the penniless Jewish refugee from Germany, equally handy with a pistol or a computer. Harvey McQueen, the permanent outsider, the greatest spy of all time, who exposed Kim Philby and dug the Berlin Tunnel into the heart of Russia’s darkest secrets.  

And their women. Virginia, the senator’s daughter. Nicole the Resistance fighter. Giselda the German spy. Jen whom the pressure turned into a lush. Belinda the brain. Fiona the faithful.  

And there was Hubbell, who saw the final truth. He knew it was greater than power could ever be—and gladly risked the world for it. 
*** 
There were two cars. One took away their jumpsuits and parachutes. They climbed into the other car. David sat beside the driver, a woman. He leaned over the back of his seat. ‘The Contessa de Grubelli drove racing cars before the war but I hope her skill will not be called upon tonight. I asked General Donovan to send me his very best men.’  

‘To do what?’ Hillel asked.  

‘To take over a country.’  

‘It had better be a small country, sir,’ Richard said. ‘There are only three of us.’  

‘It is only a small country.’  

‘Then between us and the sea we got them surrounded,’ the irrepressible Joe-Bob laughed. 


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“So well-written, with the combination of graceful, elegant prose and tough subject matter that makes Andre one of the best around.”
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REVIEW

“A real pleasure to read, the writing is rock solid and flawless – every word is the right word, in the right place. The only problem I had is that the first volume of this multi-volume saga is too short. The next volume is written and awaiting publication. Bring it on.”
— abrwrite/Librarything

REVIEW

*****
5.0 out of 5 stars
Gone With The Bolsheviks?
Review by Doug Glassford


How do I describe this book… it reads like a literary classic and as a screenplay for a historical documentary miniseries. The language is lush, vibrant even when describing the horrors associated with the Bolshevik Revolution… as with any great nation that suffers the chaos of change brought about by a sudden shift in government. This story follows the lives of three generations of strangers who became fast friends in a decidedly unfriendly environment. Idealists and realists intertwine as things that keep spinning out of balance are justified and vilified in this dense, tense telling of a true historical event; one that helped shape our world into what it is today.

— Doug Glassford/Amazon (extract only)