Friday, July 10, 2015

S.D. Skye's Hell or High Water 365-Day Blog-athon Day 26 -- Fiction Friday -- The Billion Dollar Spy

I'm late getting to this blog tonight. I've spent the night finalizing the LAST changes to my romance novel due out July 21st. Very excited. I would toast myself but I only have cranberry juice. No vodka. 

Anyway, NEXT week will begin my interviews with guest authors. I'm so excited to have Austin Camacho, author of like a GAZILLION page-turning mysteries and thrillers, as the first guest on my line-up!!  So don't miss next week. 

The Billion Dollar Spy by David E. Hoffman

This week I'm pretty excited about a new non-fiction book about Adolf Tolkachev, a Cold War spy who provided the US with unbelievably valuable information rumored to have saved the Pentagon BILLIONS of dollars. He was compromised by American turncoats and CIA Operations Officers Edward Lee Howard and later Aldrich Ames, arrested and executed by the Russians.

I know a little bit about the background of this CIA spy and A LOT about the CIA spies who compromised him. Although Edward Lee Howard was before my time the FBI was still dealing with the fallout from his compromises during my tenure at the FBI. And Aldrich Ames was caught a couple of years after I entered the counterintelligence world. The FBI would make a string of high profile espionage arrests in the subsequent years, culminating with Robert Hanssen in 2001. 

I'd like to think it was my entry into counterintelligence that brought the program luck...but I know better. 

If you love the J.J. McCall novels, then you should really enjoy this real-life spy story that mirrors what J.J. McCall does in her world...and also touches on the kinds of loss of human life she's forced to deal with because of American moles and traitors. 

I haven't read it yet but I plan to. It's the perfect read to get me back in the mindset to dig deep into Book 4 this weekend. So I'll be tapping the one-click button tomorrow! 

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