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  • Hardcover: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Outlet; 1st edition (April 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517536242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517536247
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Melvin Hunt on December 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
This was a book that made an impression on me. The newspaper
reporter writes a story that gets a CIA operative in big trouble.
He learns after the fact that the information he has used was false information supplied by the Russians. From here it is nonstop action for our reporter. This book also gives you a very good idea about the power of the press and how it can be manipulated to achieve various means and goals.Through this book you go to several locations worldwide. The characters in the story are also well written. This is a good book that you will
enjoy very much. Buy it and read it. It is a winner.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By TheBanshee on October 28, 2001
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In these times of public health and other scares
being exacerbated by the US media, it's important
to read something that puts the power of the news
media - and the fact that not everyone who spills
ink is a friend of this country - into a new perspective.
The American people too often believe that everything
that they read in the papers and see in the news is true.
The Spike is a novel whose time has come again.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Horton on November 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
At first, what caught my attention in this book was the writing style. Like a pretty face. What kept my interest for the first half or so was its resonance with my feelings about my past--college in the 60's, etc. But what really got my undivided attention was de Borchgrave's ability to predict the future. The book copyright was in 1980--the year Ronnie got elected and Jimmie got the boot. The author's predictions about the complexion of the White House was accurate, but 12 years early.

It's all here: the Soviet threat, the disgrace of the Clinton administration (read Connor admin) and its refusal to see the coming terrorist threat, etc.

Makes for a great read, if little sleep.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1998
Format: Paperback
I know, I know. The heading's a tad too ephusive but I JUST LOVED THIS BOOK! The Spike is a news- paper term for killing a story. That's the meaning of the title. Written in 1980, it's about Robert Hockney. It begins in 1968, where Hockney, a journalism major at Berkley, participates in the antiwar movement. The war at the beginning and throughout the first half of the book being the Vietnam War. He's sent to Saigon to cover the Vietnam War for the New York World--a newspaper that's out of business in real life. Hockney meets Tessa Torrence, an aspiring actress who's like Jane Fonda. Hockney's father is a retired admiral. Hockney himself is 4F, unfit for service, because of a bad knee. His girlfriend, Julia Cummings, is the sister of Perry Cummings, a KGB mole in the Department of Defense. In the second half, Hockney goes around the world trying to uncover a plot by the Soviet Union to bring down the United States. Viktor Borisov, a a KGB agent in Switzerland, defects to the West with his wife and family. Borisov goes to Washington and testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee and names names. Some of them U.S. Senators--others high officials in the new Connor Administration. A Soviet backed coup North Yemen, spreads to Saudi Arabia and brings down the Saudi monarchy. At the end of the book, Connor's new vice president tells him that he won't be running in two years and he will. He also warns the Soviets that they'll face a nuclear attack.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles E. Rittenburg on April 18, 2011
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Shall I say this is a book whose time has come... again? Reviewers from ten years ago felt the same way. It is a book about the REAL WORLD of international influence peddling in the arena of media relations, "spin control," and image crafting back during the Vietnam War (and the Cold War). I remember reading when the book first came out in 1980 that the characters and incidents were based on real people and events. Because I had a career in the intelligence field, I actually ran across accounts of some of the people and some of the events. This is a suspenseful spy novel which also teaches some important truths about the news media, the history of Soviet influence on American affairs through front groups and agents of influence, Soviet KGB organizations and operations, and particularly Soviet influence in the anti-war movement of the '60s and '70s. In this day and age, the USA again seems to be losing the media wars, this time to the very savvy and ruthless men behind radical Islamic terrorism. Whether they're actually operating out of caves on the Pakistani frontier or not, they KNOW how to manipulate the media and craft images which hurt us and help their cause. Front groups and agents of influence abound, and today's enemies are trying every bit as hard as the Soviets did to bring our free society down from the inside. Read this book as an escapist spy story of great intrigue and suspense, but afterward, take a fresh and more informed look at the news stories being peddled by the media about the critical issues of today. Not only will you enjoy this great story, but you'll also profit from expanding your understanding of how the media wars are still being fought today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Kearney on August 9, 2010
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Most international thrillers focus on men of action. Man to man, one on one in combat, we win. Our special ops guys and Marines are the class of the world. But what about our idealistic young journalists? Isn't the information war also worth winning?

At the time The Spike was written, mainstream Washington journalists didn't have to compete with the internet or cable news. Editors filtered the truth. Of course Soviet agents worked them hard.

The hero, as in many stories of this period, is an idealistic journalist. He is also a fundamentally loyal American.

Thrown in a sexy movie star with left wing leanings and a President not unlike Carter or Obama to up the stakes, and you get a first class thriller that should appeal to readers of authors from Brad Thor, Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn to Bernard Goldberg, Glenn Beck, and Bill O'Reilly.
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