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CIA Fall Guy: A Spy Thriller by [Miller, Phyllis Zimbler]
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The backstory of CIA FALL GUY:

The seed for the romantic suspense spy story CIA FALL GUY came from my experiences living in Europe when my husband and I were stationed with the U.S. Army in Munich, Germany, from September 1970 to May 1972.

My husband Mitch was a military intelligence officer with the 18th MI Battalion, and I eventually got my own security clearance and a low-level GS job with the 66th MI Group. A copy of the reports I typed went to the CIA station in Munich.

The bombing of the Frankfurt Officers Club actually occurred in May 1972 only a few hours after my husband and I arrived in Frankfurt by train from Munich and then immediately flew back to the United States on a U.S. Army-chartered plane. I subsequently read about the bombing in the front-page news items of The Wall Street Journal.

The CIA and me:

The CIA recruited at Wharton when I was an M.B.A. student. During winter vacation of 1979-1980 I typed endless application forms on a typewriter. A couple of months later I got a phone call with an offer to come to Langley for two days of interviews.

At the moment I got the call I was not in a position to accept this visit offer -- something I have always regretted.

Years later in 1994 I thought I had arranged an invitation to visit the CIA when I would be in D.C. for another reason. Unfortunately, that was the week that the mole in the agency -- Aldrich Ames -- was discovered and the CIA was in lock-down mode.

I still have hopes of someday visiting Langley.

About the Author

Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of fiction and nonfiction books, including TOP TIPS FOR HOW TO PUBLISH AND MARKET YOUR BOOK IN THE AGE OF AMAZON and cozy mystery CAST THE FIRST STONE.

She is also the co-founder of the online marketing company Miller Mosaic LLC and often blogs about book publishing and marketing.

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  • File Size: 4082 KB
  • Print Length: 139 pages
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  • Publisher: Miller Mosaic LLC (June 4, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 4, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00895AKMQ
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By Joan A. Adamak VINE VOICE on June 16, 2012
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The story commences eight years after the fall of the Berlin wall when CIA agent David Ward was in Germany to look into events in the past. At the same time German Hans Wermer, who twenty-five years earlier having fed reports to the CIA about Communist workers in East Germany, filed a requisition with the CIA for payment for his services, but no one knew what he looked like to substantiate his claim.

George MacIntosh, CIA head of this department at Langley, needed someone to physically identify Wermer. The only one alive who might be able to was Beth Parsons, widow of Lt. Stephen Parson, who was killed at the Officers Club in Munich when a bomb exploded. Beth had been working temporarily as a secretary for the U.S. military Intelligence Group and she had never recovered from her husband's death, which left her aloof from any further romances. At that time in Munich, one night Beth had been with her boss, Jack Lockheim, when a drunken German bumped into their table and offered them a drink. Beth only glanced at him and now from the CIA she learned that he was a contact with her boss Jack. She was expected to remember what he looked like and identify him?

Kathleen Walker, an African American, a member of MacIntosh's team, was to take Beth to see this Wermer at an isolated cabin, but upon entering it there lay a shot dead man on the floor, but not Wermer. Beth identified him as the driver who picked her up at the airport that morning in D.C. Due to these unseen circumstances, Kathleen was requested to house Beth. Kathleen took Beth to her apartment, but had to leave and locked Beth in. Furious Beth quickly packed a backpack of a few essentials. She climbed out through the bathroom window, down a rose trellis to the ground floor and escaped.
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I struggled to get though this book. It was replete with typos, misspellings, poor grammar and improper use of words. The editor must have been asleep on this one! The plot didn't really become evident until the book was almost at its end. The two main characters were less-than-believable and the rest seemed difficult to keep track of.

The author needs to branch out a bit in the use of expletives. A character that shows frustration by constantly thinking/mumbling "shit! shit! shit!" is not someone I'm drawn to.
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I really enjoyed the book. The plot kept me interested, and it was complicated with lots of twists and turns. I tried to figure out who was 'bad' and who was 'good,' and what each character's agenda was, as each person had more going on than what the first impression revealed. I also had a hard time putting it down. The problem came at the end. The book really should have been longer to develop the story more so that you didn't need the Q and A at the end as much to wrap up all the loose ends. The romantic relationship really needed more development as well. Really? She completely did a 180 in a short drive?
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The opening paragraphs of Phyllis Zimbler Miller's "CIA. Fall Guy" paint a vivid scene - at Headquarters of the State Security Police (Stasi) in Berlin, Germany - in 1997, quickly engaging the reader.

I discovered the writing of this author's writing via, "Mrs. Lieutenant: A Sharon Gold Novel." I intimately knew her storyline and characters were absolutely on target for young military wives of the Vietnam era. I appreciated her attention to detail, so became a fan. While I am no expert on the CIA or the world of espionage, I believe Zimbler Miller incorporated the same type of accuracy in this book that she employed in her first novel.

For this reader, having a strong female protagonist like Beth Parsons and good plot twists are pluses in any genre. "CIA Fall Guy" does not disappoint in either aspect.

Bonnie Bartel Latino
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I am not a fan of CIA thrillers. A bit too "guyish" for me. However, I enjoyed this book by Ms. Miller though. I would call this a CIA book for female readers.

I might be a bit biased, but the author, a Wharton MBA, has written this book in such a clear and concise manner (which is my favorite type of writing) without going overboard in either the romance dance or emotional baggage being attached to the pages, yet doesn't have it so technical that it loses appeal for women. It is really an excellent balance.

I think that this is the type of book that would meet the reading desires of numerous genres of female readers, but it is not so girlish though that there wouldn't be guys who would enjoy it, as well!
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From the first page, this thriller grabs you and takes you on a whirlwind journey of trying to guess who's working for them, us, the CIA ,or for themselves. Plot twists galore. A fast paced espionage package with a little romance thrown in. You won't be disappointed. Told with flashbacks to explain the connection of the main characters, this is a page turner extraordinaire. You'll be guessing until the last few pages.
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OK, So maybe it's not a Super, Sweet book (and, I'll Stop with the S's already, I Swear) but I'm already past the halfway mark and plan on finishing given it is a very brief read at only 139 pages. Honesty, tho, I am not really enjoying any of the characters all that much as they say and do some of the most dopey things as in the following passages "She stuck her tongue out (saying) I didn't say 'cross my heart and hope to die", "Find Beth before the big boys did", "She and David flew through the air - and miraculously landed in a haystack" and "You had a mother?". Other times I find I'll be asking myself "Did I miss something?" only to have a character step up and explain what just happened as if the author realized the flow of the story got lost briefly and is trying to set the plot back on the path once again (which can be annoying). All-in-all, I liken it to a paperback I'll pick up to read on a trip that once finished I will orphan at my last stop in hopes someone whom may genuinely like it will grab the book and give it a home since as for me it will not be a keeper...
***UPDATE***I want to apologize for being unable to finish this book and dropping the star rating from 3 stars to 2 stars as a result, but shortly after the haystack scene I just had to groan at the implausibility of it all and stop before I wasted any more of my time. Having had two wash outs in a row I am going to be returning to an author I've read before and is a known quantity. Good luck to those that wish to continue.
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