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5.0 out of 5 starsReally great hictorical-action-thriller fiction from a "new" author
Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2017
WOW! I am really glad to add another author to my "must read" list of military, spy, techno-thriller genre. My only sincere regret is the fact that this author to close to my age, and not a 40-something with 30 years of writing ahead of him. Lee Jackson blends "fact and fiction" ("Based in part on actual events" on back cover) creating an incredible cold-war spy novel filled with lots of suspense and intrigue. Most other authors chose a "villain" from the former USSR - Jackson creates a tragic villain-turned hero from Cuba. And with Jackson himself being a West Point graduate, writing about a foreign cadet who also graduated from West Point, it is truly fascinating and makes me want to know who the REAL "Atcho" actually was. Kind of reminds me of the story of Mickey Marcus, who after graduating West Point around 1918 went on to help with the creation of Israel in 1947. I read this book in two days, because it was very hard to put down. Earlier in my military career, I met a physician who was born in Cuba, and fought in the failed Bay of Pigs event, and was also released after many years, and ended up practicing for many years in Puerto Rico before coming to the continental US. This author reminds me a lot of another veteran-turned author - MATT ROGERS - whose description of prison life are equally dismal. This book would definitely be a great ACTION movie.... but who to play Atcho? Full disclosure - I also graduated from West Point, but never knew cadet Stonewall Lee Jackson. Strong work, Jackson. Congratulations.
This book was well written and moved the plot so that I wanted to read "just one more chapter". I could not put it down and finished quickly. The main character suffered so much and yet had the strength to keep fighting the Communist regime even after 19 years of jail and abuse. The writing showed how people persevere under cruel dictators who do not value life. The book was great with very difficult subject matter. The unnecessary cruelty that caused loss of life was handled in a manner that was not too graphic but well enough to give you the idea of what happened without going into detail of the life that was lost. I will read another book by this author due to the humane manner while telling a story without getting too graphic and without any explicit language. This was a very fast read, a great plot, enough twists and turns that keeps surprising the reader and yet, creates a sense that the good guys really do triumph in the end. Thank you for writing a great book about a very difficult subject!
5.0 out of 5 starsAction, intrigue, history, heroism - highly recommend
Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2017
I received this book for free from the author. The opinion I give is my own. This book is very well written and free from foul language (thank you!). I didn't know anything about the Cuban revolution prior to this book. It was interesting to learn about the resistance to Castro and what would happen to them when caught. The characters are strong and you root for them as you read their story. Atcho is almost bigger than life yet is just a man who lives his country and family. The story also includes Soviet / KGB espionage and Reagan era storyline. It reads like an epic. I'm looking forward to Rasputin' s Legacy. I highly recommend this book!!!! I hope Mr Jackson has many more novels to come!
The story was unique in that you don't often get a mystery thriller type book set in Cuba. I'm a septuagenarian so I lived through the Cuban Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile crisis and have a pretty good sense of what happened. I think the book gave very basic details so if you are hoping to learn more about these events this books won't help you much, nevertheless what the author does cover is probably interesting for people who are younger and he wove the events that are covered realistically into the storyline.
Some of the story details didn't always make sense. It seemed at times not truly believable, and the ending was pretty easy to figure out in advance, but in all fairness to the author we have history as our guide.
I think the author has real promise and I see that his second book has very high ratings. I have it on Kindle and am definitely going to read it. I'm assuming that it will be helpful to have read this book first.
I enjoyed the fast paced, suspense filled, many twists and turns of this psychological mystery thriller. Most characters were very likable especially Atcho the son of a wealthy plantation owner in Cuba before the Cold War & the Castro Communist Regime. He has no control over his life because of his daughter being kidnapped by Russia to force him into becoming a KGB sleeper agent. I enjoyed the latter part of the book better when he was out of prison, able to use his West Point background, connections & sharp mind to bring down a high powered American General/Russian double agent.
3.0 out of 5 starsEyes furious, Isabel glared at Atcho. "I was happier thinking you were dead!"
Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2017
Book about a guerrilla leader turned political exile then apparent KGB operative was a good one as to tangled relationships, historical mentions the likes of which included Operation Mongoose, El Presidio Modelo prison and the 2506 Brigade as well as having a suspenseful story line. Wishing the ending had been a bit more believable, but overall kept me engaged and leave you with my favorite passage, "Every degree of freedom is worth the sacrifice."