Publisher: Mountain West Publishing
Source: The Cadence Group, Publicists
Why I Read The Book: When asked to read a review copy, I agreed because I was intrigued by the mixture of a mystery and a Cold-War spy novel.
Canyon Eliot was an OSS agent during World War II. Now, 35-years later, he’s a Colorado rancher. A close friend, working for the CIA, brings him a skull that was dug up by the Russians. What’s wrong is that the Russians are the enemy, and they dug this skull up on federal property. The skull supposedly belongs to a Nazi army officer who died in a POW camp in Oklahoma during World War II.
The CIA wants to know why the Russians are so interested in the former Nazi. What’s so important about this skull? As a favor to his friend, Eliot agrees to get involved in the case and do a little spying. He sets off for Germany and the twists and turns begin. Pretty soon lots of spies are involved – KGB, OSS, CIA and the Mossad. The reader wonders – all this for an old skull? Who did that skull really belong to?
What I Liked:
This was a good old-fashioned spy novel of the Cold-War era. You know, the ones where the Russians are the bad guys.
It reminded me of Robert Ludlum’s earlier novels. It was heavy on characters’ actions and not car chases and bombs.
What I Didn’t Like:
There were a few incidents in the story in which the characters’ actions didn’t ring true. It was mostly small stuff but, at the time, pulled me away from the story.
The book was too long – 460 pages.
My Rating: B
Recommend? Yes, for people who like spy stories.
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