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CAMELOT'S COUSIN: The Spy Who Betrayed Kennedy [Spy Stories and Tales of Intrigue ] [Kindle Edition]

David R. Stokes
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When a Dad tries to dig a hole in his Northern Virginia yard to bury the remains of the family pet, he chances upon something buried years before—a mysterious briefcase. Its contents include a journal with cryptic writing. The father turns to his friend—and boss—Templeton Davis, a former Rhodes scholar and popular national radio talk show host, for help figuring out what he’s found.

They soon realize that they are in possession of materials that were hidden more than 60 years earlier by a notorious deep cover agent for the Soviet Union—Kim Philby. And buried with the materials were clues to a great secret—the identity of someone else, the most effective spy in the history of Cold War espionage.

Long a mere footnote in history, the story of this man’s treachery reaches the pinnacles of power and geopolitics. It's a story that begins just before the Second World War breaks out and reaches the depths of the Cold War that followed.

The trail leads to a picturesque town in Vermont, the streets of New York City, the corridors of power in Washington, DC—but most importantly, Oxford, England, where Davis realizes that the beautiful city of spires on the Thames was once also a city of spies.

The Oxford spies may never have reached the level of public notoriety of the Cambridge spies--but clearly the story had never been completely known—or told. And investigating British spies was a very dangerous mine of detail in which to dig, a fact borne out by a couple of suspicious deaths left in the wake of Templeton Davis’s travels.

Davis discovers that at the moment when the world came closest to unparalleled disaster, secrets were being betrayed at the highest levels. He would also come to understand that what he had learned connected to a time of great sorrow for mankind. This is ultimate Kennedy assassination conspiracy story.

At a crucial moment, Templeton Davis quickly develops a bond borne of necessity with a beautiful young woman from Russia—someone with her own secrets. And when what she knows is combined with what the famous broadcaster has learned, the two unlikely heroes find themselves in grave danger, yet poised to rock the world.

Camelot's Cousin is a skillfully crafted example of both espionage fiction and historical fiction. And it will leave the reader wondering if it could have really happened.

Editorial Reviews


BREAKING NEWS:  "BLAIR UNDERWOOD  is heading to Camelot. The actor's production company, Intrepid Pictures, has acquired the rights to David R. Stokes' spy novel Camelot's Cousin: The Spy Who Betrayed Kennedy. Intrepid will partner with Little Studio Films to adapt the thriller into a film with Underwood in the lead role." - From THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER (02.03.2015)

"In this impeccably researched spy novel, a radio personality hunts for the answer to one of the 20th century's biggest unsolved mysteries." - Kirkus Book Reviews

"Stokes has a good story and he tells it well. The narrative comes across as conversational, which is a pleasant change from the business like detachment of most omniscient story tellers."

"This book has been the read of the year. Thanks for a truly fascinating and believable story." -- Amazon Customer Review

"A real page turner! Highly recommended for anyone into spy novels espionage and the history of the Cold War." -- Amazon Customer Review

"Couldn't wait to see what was happening on the next page. Would recommend to any lover of spy novels and adventure." -- From One of Nearly 300 Amazon Customer Reviews

From the Author

Check out my latest book featuring TEMPLETON DAVIS--it's called NOVEMBER SURPRISE. Available exclusively at Amazon. 

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eminently Satisfying September 22, 2012
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As one who has spent over 44 years in the teaching, and study, of American history, I come to historical fiction with a healthy cynicism. Much like movies "based on a true story", this kind of fiction is most often disappointing and so historically inaccurate I can't finish either. Camelot's Cousin breaks that paradigm. Its flawless interweaving of fact and fiction make it sometimes difficult to distinguish between the two.

The pace of this superb thriller is both breakneck and not unduly laden with detail. Ranging from the 1930s, through the 1960s, and to the present, it does so without missing a beat and, most importantly, without losing the interest of the reader. The locations authentically used in this book include, England, Washington, D. C., New York City, Stowe, Vermont, and Moscow, Russia. In each, the rich descriptions and captivating detail are genuine and filled with the kind of minutiae that make the reader believe not only that the characters are there, but make the reader want to know more.

Without giving away the components of, nor the solution to, the superb mystery revealed in these pages, the story hinges on the discovery of primary source documents from the 1950s Kim Philby scandal that have the potential to shake the foundations of what the world knows of that era and beyond. The protagonist, Templeton Davis, pursues the truth with a zeal one would wish politicians would emulate. He does so to a conclusion that is indeed shocking, satisfying and historically plausible. For this kind of thriller, it can't get any better than that.

The eminent historian, Barbara Tuchman, was once asked how to teach history. Her simple, yet oh so profound, answer was, "Tell stories." The story unfolded in this book will interest, and captivate, historians, thriller aficionados, and people who just plain love a darn good story, from beginning to end. I recommend it highly and enthusiastically.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reads more like a history book. March 11, 2013
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For a thriller, I wasn't thrilled.
Not that it's poorly written, because it's not, but it reads like a history book, not a novel. I wasn't even sure how many of the characters were real people. I since learned that all were real. The story was fiction, but wrapped in fact.
How the author calls one of the people a Soviet Spy, and the person is a
historical figure, and gets away with it, I'm not sure.

One of our characters digs in his back yard and discovers a leather case
loaded with vintage spy stuff. He takes it to his boss, a talk radio personality, (who I didn't recognize) and the boss launches an investigation into the "stuff". People who talk to him start dying, and they know they've stumbled on something big.
Who is code name "Bunny"? Maybe he's got the ear of the president.

Slow like a history book, interesting like fiction. Names you'll recognize.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hardly a thriller but nonetheless interesting April 29, 2013
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I was disappointed in the pace of the book.I found it to be tedious at times. I also did not feel that the dialogue was natural. It felt a bit stilted. The premise was very interesting. It is a search to find the identity of a Soviet spy in the highest levels of Britain/American diplomatic circles during the Kennedy administration.I did enjoy the historical nature of the fiction, and the author makes an interesting case for his theory. Some of the theories are shocking and that makes the book interesting.Unfortunately the ending is tied in a two page big rose colored bow much too quickly to be satisfying.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating From Beginning To End July 21, 2013
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It's been a while since I picked up a spy thriller book. After beginning this book, I couldn't seem to put it down throughout the day. The way the author weaves fact with fiction had me searching the Internet constantly. I absolutely love this book. Definitely worth your time. Well done!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thrills petered out April 9, 2013
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Good story with implausible characters!! The Kennedy's were well researched and the entire plot was intriguing until the end. The ending was weak IMO
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It could have happened this way! July 30, 2013
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Best spy story I've read in a long time. Enough here to make you stop and think. Characters were great, neat twists, enough suspense to make you keep reading. The Kennedy connection was a nice touch. Sad how so many of the Britsh aristocracy sold their souls and country for their misguided ideals....a dark time indeed for Britain. Made my sister download the book this afternoon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a cliffhanger!! July 30, 2013
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From the beginning an engaging tale of spies and intrigue in the U.S., Russia, and England beginning in the 1930's up to the present time. The main character, Templeton Davis, is a radio talk show host who takes hold of the story like a pit bull and doesn't let go.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This a great read! July 30, 2013
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This is a well-crafted, thoroughly-researched historical thriller that will please fans of Dan Brown, Steve Berry and James Rollins. It leaves the reader wondering, "Was that really fiction? Might it not be true?"

A very pleasing read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
A real thriller. Loved the tie ins to northern VA and the DC culture. I also loved the fact that it referenced a lot of history. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Phil Singley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good story line.. Enjoyed my time reading it.....
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Most riviting
An interesting take on historical events. Kind of makes one wish it were true as it resolves unanswered questions.
Very well written!
Published 1 month ago by Gerald N. Diamond
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've had the pleasure of reading in a ...
One of the best books I've had the pleasure of reading in a long time. Although the story is complete fiction, it is based on true events and on real persons in history. Read more
Published 1 month ago by kittyproud
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding and thrilling tale
This is like nothing you imagined but what will emerge is a great story exceedingly well told. Worth every second.
Published 2 months ago by daysailor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
Although not a big fan of spy stories, this book changed my mind. Mixed with actual historical events and familiar people, it kept my interest. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story, Extremely Well Written
This book was in my reading queue for far too long and for that I apologize to Mr. Stokes. This book of course had dialogue and a complex story, but it read solidly smooth and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
The book brought a lot of intrigue with the story. If the Cold War interest you then this is a not to be missed novel. It holds your attention from beginning to end. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Traveler46
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
If you like history told in a fictional way this is the book for you.
Nice pace,good likeable characters and a well written plot.
Published 4 months ago by Ed Barrett
4.0 out of 5 stars Camelot's Cousin is a winner
Camelot's Cousin brings the elements of Cold War espionage and the Kennedy assassination together for a great adventure. What else is needed to stir the imagination?
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