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Curse The Moon: Cold War Rising (Historical Thriller Fiction) (Cold War Series Book 1) by [Jackson, Lee]
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"Splendid! Damned fine read. A real page-turner. Ya' done good, Bubba." Joe Galloway, author of "We Were Soldiers Once..." NYT Best Seller and Mel Gibson movie.


"Atcho is at his best when he's being Atcho--taking names and kicking ass.
Highly enjoyable ... in all-out-action mode..." Kirkus Reviews

Lee Jackson has obviously researched his subject well as he places the battles in Cuba at all the correct places and also depicts the divided nature of Cuban people.... ... this was more a competition between Russia and the USA. (He) writes in the style of the early and notable Robert Ludlum or Ken Follett. ... action-packed, riveting, adrenaline-pumping reading that is sure to make this a best-seller. The moon can be friend or enemy and Atcho clearly knows the difference! Superb historical thriller! Viviane Crystal, Crystal Book Reviews

Curse the Moon has it all, packaging its tense thriller in the cloak of understanding motivations both political and personal. 
It's all about danger, sacrifice, and how even would-be romance bows to the pressure of a covert operator's obligations. In the end the personal moves into political realms and comes full-circle to promise Atcho a life he could barely have imagined at the novel's beginning. The warrior's façade may soften, but can it transform to something more than constant struggle and fighting?
D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review 

Product Details

  • File Size: 4182 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stonewall Publishers, LLC (November 25, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 25, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H3HHXMG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,238 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I read rather slowly compared to others I know. I also seem to make more of an emotional connection to the characters than those that read faster. I’m not sure how those two might be connected. I very quickly became emotionally vested in Atcho’s situation. I seemed to get caught up almost immediately in an emotional roller coaster that was so fully intertwined with the action. I found myself getting quite agitated while reading early on. A sense of my nerves getting a little raw and on edge. I suddenly realized it was the short, staccato-burst sentences forcing a fast pace, with scarcely a break to catch one’s proverbial breath. What an amazing way to bring the reader along for an exciting, emotional ride.

Many stories I’ve read in recent years I have had no problem reading in the less-than-one-hour increments I most often have available for reading. This story was not one of them. I made the mistake of starting the story in the evening about an hour before bedtime. I hated to put it down. After that initial session I made sure I would have several hours, earlier in the day, to read. The longest break I had between reading sessions was nearly five days. That was after Atcho’s forced-induction as a Russian operative. Such a feeling of hopeless despair. I knew you wouldn’t leave him to hang out to dry but, I had to psych myself up a bit first. I also wanted to make sure I had a long enough uninterrupted reading time to firmly see him through that rough patch.

I VERY much enjoyed reading this story, emotional beating and all. I honestly cannot say when I last read a story that has had such an emotional impact on me, all the while keeping me on the edge of my seat with action and intrigue. Truly AMAZING!
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By Jadi on December 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a great story. Masterfully written, it didn’t take me long to read it because it is very difficult to put down. Lee Jackson transports you into a different time and place. That is always a sign of a good book or movie. Early on, as the characters and plot are unfolding, you begin to feel that the author either experienced all this first hand or knows someone who did. As it turns out, he does know someone who was a victim of the Cuban revolution.
Whether you are into modern history, Cold War political science, or military issues I would highly recommend this work. Don’t hesitate to get this. You won’t regret it.
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This book was extraordinary! Indeed, the plot develops quickly and captures the heart and mind, keeping one engrossed from the beginning all the way through to the surprising end. I could not put it down! It is rich with insight on a time in our history (the Cuban missile crisis, otherwise known as the “Bay of Pigs”) that has not really been much explored or written about in the literary world. That in itself sets this book apart and begs readership. But, I hasten to add, the noteworthy significance of this work is the depth of the character development and the nature of determined courage that is drawn out in the story. This novel is a salute to the remarkable spirit of one who perseveres under the most adverse of circumstances and the resiliency of love for family that keeps one keeping on in spite of personal pain. I highly recommend this book and will look eagerly for future titles by this author.
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I was not quite sure what to expect when I first started to read this novel because it was based around Cuba. Honestly, I know nothing of the history and have only heard of Fidel Castro, but I could not tell you what he did. Did this make me naive? I am not sure, but when I really got into the novel, I realized that this part of history was something that I had been missing. I wanted and almost needed to know more about it. I was instantly hooked right in because the story was so full of action that I was never not held in suspense about what was going to happen next.
The characters in the story are what really made it for me. There was so much excitement and thrill behind what the author was trying to convey to the reader about this time in history that it really evoked every sense of emotion that I had. I like to be gripped when I read stories like this about a time in history, and the author did just that. Everything was so real and life like that I felt like I knew what it was like to have lived in the time period. I was at one with the characters and I could feel what they were. You can tell that the author put a lot of time and effort into getting the details of the story just so. Lots of knowledge was flowing through the pages as I kept turning and actually learning while indulging in a story. Everything was portrayed perfectly and now I have an even better idea of life on the island of Cuba. This is truly an amazing book and has opened my eyes in so many ways to a historical time that I honestly would never have looked into otherwise. Many thanks to the author for making me expand my horizons farther than I ever would have on my own!

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
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Length: 2:08 Mins
Eduardo Xiques is Atcho, a West point graduate and guerilla soldier specially trained to overthrow Cuban military dictactor Fidel Castro and his regime. With his resourcefulness, keen intellect, and his unparalleled ability to remain covert in his operation, Atcho has the capability, but he also has a dangerous enemy in the form of Soviet agent Govorov, who will stop at nothing to determine the identity and location of Atcho before his mission can be completed. Now Govorov has Atcho's two year old daughter, and for Atcho the battle turns personal. Follow Atcho on his thrilling and suspenseful journey through this real history of strained national and political relations as tensions rise and the very stability of the world is threatened...
Curse the Moon: Atcho Rises is excellent historical fiction brought to you by Lee Jackson. This exciting novel delivers in a lot of ways. Jackson does a great job of giving dimension to the dynamic Atcho and setting him against the backdrop of a historical reality. If you like a healthy dose of history with your fiction, especially with regard to Castro-era Cuba (think Bay of Pigs specifically) and the oft-strained relationship between the US and the Soviet Union, then Curse the Moon: Atcho Rises is definitely for you.
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