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CAMELOT'S COUSIN: The Spy Who Betrayed Kennedy by [Stokes, David R.]
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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."
-- Examiner.com

"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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  • File Size: 2532 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Publication Date: January 10, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009F1GPFY
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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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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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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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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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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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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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OK, I USE U/C SO I CAN SEE BETTER, SO DON'T GET YOUR SHORTS IN A WAD. NOW, THIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ AND HAVE OVER 500 EBOOKS IN 2-1/2 YEARS. NOT THAT I'M AN EXPERT BUT I AM FAIRLY LITERATE. STOKES' STYLE IS SMOOTH AND EVERYTHING PRETTY WELL FLOWS ALONG IN A COMFORTABLE WAY. THE DOG SCENE AT THE BEGINNING WAS TOUCHING AND THEN HE LAUNCHES INTO THE MEAT OF THE SUBJECT. I ESPECIALLY LIKED THE HERO'S CHARACTER AS WELL AS THE RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS STAFF. WHEN STOKES GETS INTO THE POLITICAL AND ESPIONAGE STUFF, IT BROUGHT BACK MEMORIES AS I REMEMBER THE NAMES OF MANY OF THE CHARACTERS. AS ONE REVIEWER QUERIED, HOW CAN HE CAST DOUBT ON 'BUNNY' WHEN IN FACT HE MAY NOT BE GUILTY? THE RUSSIAN THUGS WERE A BIT TOO KEYSTONE KOPP-
ISH. IT CERTAINLY REFLECTS BADLY ON JFK AS FOR HIS CHARACTER AND ABILITY BUT NOT SUPRISING CONSIDERING OTHER PRESIDENTS. THE ASSASSINATION THEORY SOUNDS VERY PLAUSIBLE. NOTHING SURPRISES ME ABOUT THE RUTHLESSNESS OF THE RUSSIANS AND THE MAFIA. YET, HERE WE ARE TODAY WITH SCENARIOS SO SIMILAR CONCERNING DISARMAMENT AND A PRESIDENT COMMENTING "TELL PUTIN THAT I WILL HAVE MORE FLEXIBILITY AFTER THE ELECTION". I LIVED THROUGH WWII, KOREA, VIET NAM AND THE LATEST FIASCOS AND STILL HAVE A FEAR OF HAVING TO DEAL WITH CHINA, RUSSIA, NORTH KOREA & IRAN NOT TO MENTION THE RADICAL ISLAMISTS. MAYBE THAT'S FODDER FOR ANOTHER BOOK BUT I DON'T THINK ANYBODY COULD BE DISSATISFIED WITH THIS ONE.
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