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The Fifth Internationale [Kindle Edition]

Jack King
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the author of WikiJustice comes this internationally-acclaimed and gripping thriller of the post Cold War world of espionage.
     Now that the Iron Curtain had come crushing down, and Soviet satellite countries switched allegiance to the United States, their communist spies are no longer needed. Hundreds of thousands are discharged, but not retired - they form The Fifth Internationale, building a global conspiracy that will allow them to manipulate world governments to their own end.
     Only one man can stop them.
     Stan Penskie is a Legal Attache (FBI liaison agent) of the American Embassy in Eastern Europe. He has come across a conspiracy that threatens the stability of the World and the unity of his family. Everything hinges on Stan's loyalty to his country, his family, and himself...
Category: Espionage, Spying, Cold War, Iron Curtain, KGB, FSB, CIA, Thriller, Hitmen, International, Conspiracy,

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

King, a former courier of top-secret information, delivers a tightly wound debut thriller centered around a complex and sometimes cloudy conspiracy theory. While working as the deputy legal attache for the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, down-to-earth FBI agent Stan Penskie witnesses the assassination of his sister's fiance, a CIA agent who'd posited a shocking conspiracy theory. The event throws Stan's life into a tailspin and leads him on a frenzied chase after a group called the Fifth Internationale, "an elusive organization of unthinkable resources and proportions" that may be bent on destabilizing world power structures and financial markets. Through his quest, Stan meets people from various government agencies, but he has no idea who to trust or even where his investigation is leading. Readers will empathize with Stan's bewilderment as they try to untangle the story's many threadsâ€"a task that will challenge even the most diligent reader. Intelligent dialogue, relentless pacing and well-rounded characters (including a hauntingly familiar American president) compensate somewhat for the byzantine plotting, but the story's primary saving grace is its deft evocation of the Polish culture and cityscape.
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"If you like spy thrillers with shady characters, twisting plots that involve international conspiracies, and fascinating foreign locales, then you must read Jack King's The Fifth Internationale." The Beach Metro News

"A New King of Thrillers on the Horizon." Sisters in Crime.

"King's debut novel is powerful, riveting and an incredible ride through the back passageways of international politics. Strong characters, believable (if incredible) plot lines and nonstop action almost make each page turn without the reader's help. King has entered the spy genre arena with some hefty ammunition of his own." and the Old Book Barn Gazette

"King, a former courier of top-secret information, delivers a tightly wound debut thriller ... [with] intelligent dialogue, relentless pacing and well-rounded characters (including a hauntingly familiar American president)." Publisher's Weekly

Product Details

  • File Size: 429 KB
  • Print Length: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Goat Path Publishing (August 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005J6H7VA
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and entertaining October 14, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Fifth Internationale by Jack King is an engaging thriller set in the espionage establishments of Europe, but the story reaches far beyond the boundaries of the Old Continent. Current events are expertly mixed with fiction. The author's writing style is fresh. I particularly enjoyed the lack of long descriptions that are so common in other novels, even my favorite author Ludlum lacks in this area. Thanks to Kings concise writing the story is tense and satisfyingly original. SaraJane
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent thriller with first-rate twists and intrigue February 14, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read the fifth internationale twice in the past year and what I found extremely interesting about this novel were the true events the author had tied together by weaving a fictional story around them.

To name just a few, and starting with the most obvious: the portrayal of (THE) Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former National Security Adviser. There is also the still ongoing investigation to the mysterious murder of the chief of police, general Papala. Indeed the killing of the general in king's novel could not be mistaken for fiction, down to details I best not mention here.

The true events make me wonder where authors draw the line between fact and fiction in finding inspiration.

Far as the story goes, I found it fresh and exciting. It draws on the peculiar situation in that part of the world: Poland as the bridge between Western Europe and Russia is a hotbed of activities of Russian organized groups, and world's intelligence agencies who wheel and deal here for their own benefit. The race is on for a piece of information that will not only secure control over this region but also the world. Stan Penskie, the FBI agent stationed at the embassy in Warsaw gets a scent of the secret when his friend is killed while fleeing the Polish Secret Service. Stan follows the clues and soon is drawn to conspiracy that might topple US government and cost the lives of his family members. His friends turn into enemies and Stan himself becomes a primary target for assassins. To his help comes a beautiful and mysterious woman. Together they arrive at a dark and forbidding place where a meeting of shadowy characters is taking place. From then on it's a race against time to save the world.

For my tastes jack king is a master crafter of fast-paced intrigue.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good read for a long plane ride January 26, 2005
By pamflam
Format:Mass Market Paperback
FBI agent Stan Penskie is put through terrifying ordeal when he inadvertently learns of a huge conspiracy involving espionage agencies of the USA and countries around the World. Stan is drawn to it by clues left by a friend who is killed in front of his eyes. Bit by bit he dwells deeper into conspiracy, learning secrets that can topple the government of his country and destroy his professional and personal life. Dodging bullets from unseen assassins, Stan finds the truth at a murky medieval castle where heads of States and directors of intelligence agencies tie the final knot on a devilish plan to take over the world.

Pros: Good pace, great intrigue, good dialogs and very likeable hero.

Cons: Would like to see more of the story taking place in the USA, after all Stan is an FBI agent.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Believeably strong female character September 7, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
liked the strong female lead and dialogs. belieavable story line and fast-paced action. good thriller.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great suspense buildup throughout! August 24, 2004
By Deutsch
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In addition to really liking this novel I'd like to offer this technical comment: Excellent job on change of scene. so many writers spoil the flow of reading their novels by inserting scene changes, but King managed to achieve what others often cannot. his scene changes result in strong tension and suspense buildup making The fifth internationale an excellent tale. someone called king a "new king of thrillers" (see his webpage at and I hope his future stories are as good as this one. Recommended!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excitingly familiar events - very current intrigue! July 29, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
holy moly! this book swept me off my feet! it has everything that's happening these days: 9/11, war on terrorism, thinly desguised president bush, spies running the government and bush's run to control the world! really good writing style and a facinating story! highly recommended particularly given what's happening out there in the real world of espionage and intrigue!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Fifth Internationale is a fascinating roller coaster ride through deception and conspiracy in the very institutions and pinnacles of power that are the foundations of our, so called "free" or "democratic" world. Excellent pace, and hard to put down thriller! Read it in under two days! The twists will keep you guessing till the last paragraphs. Loved the setting, a true eye opener on the mysterious and often scary world of post-cold-war Eastern Europe, where corruption and organized crime run out of control. Can't wait for King's next novel!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex conspiracy theory June 30, 2004
By Kas
Format:Mass Market Paperback
got it from my neighbor and hed to get one of my own from the author with his authograph - absolutely loved it! the story is rewarding in its complexity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Didn't know novels could be so bad.
Every major writing rule authors obey, this writer avoids. And it doesn't work. Poor writing skills, poor character development, poor sentence structure/rhythm, poor pacing. Read more
Published on August 9, 2012 by JLight
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than Clancy !
The fifth internationale is an example of one of those books that restore my hopes in the thriller industry - good plot, strong characters, fast pace, story that makes sense, and... Read more
Published on May 17, 2005 by GS
5.0 out of 5 stars no-nonsense and immensely interesting
just a quickie to say i liked the hero, an ordinary guy with hell falling on his head. was interesting to follow stan penskie through personal and professional discovery of... Read more
Published on April 1, 2005 by skidoo rules
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best thrillers I've read
I read plenty of thrillers, spy genre being my favorite. the fifth international was easily the best I've read in the past year. Read more
Published on February 18, 2005 by Seren D Pity
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written
This book was so poorly written that it was hard to follow. In addition, the story which could have been interesting instead was turned into a big circle which went nowhere. Read more
Published on January 26, 2005 by John Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent pace with fascinating premise
Stan Penskie is a very likeable character, down to earth kind of guy whose world turned upsidedown, sort of reminiscent of the cop in Gorky Park. Read more
Published on October 24, 2004 by Rob Bingley
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More About the Author

As a former top-secret government courier, Jack King was privy to all the ins and outs of covert maneuvering on a global scale. He has turned his work experience into a series of novels that resonate with authenticity. The corridors of power, with their backstabbing, greed, and corruption, are the focus points of Jack's books.

Jack's novels include: Agents of Change, WikiJustice, The Black Vault, and The Fifth Internationale

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