Vortex: Berlin (The Reluctant Assassin Series) Paperback – March 22, 2019
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"Mesmerizing! Lee nails the fall of the Berlin Wall." --Joe Galloway, NYT Best Selling Author of We Were Soldiers Once...and Young and We Are Soldiers Still
Lee Jackson has done it agian! Insightful and just plain enjoyable to read." --Lieutenant-General Rick Lynch (Ret.), Commanding General, 3rd Infantry Division during the Surge in Iraq
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- Publisher : Severn River Publishing (March 22, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 316 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1951249712
- ISBN-13 : 978-1951249717
- Item Weight : 12.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.79 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #496,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this book, Atcho’s wife, Sofia, leads the effort to rescue family from East Berlin by helping along the opening of the East German checkpoints. Other heroes and villains from previous novels appear as well.
This book can easily be a stand-alone novel if you have not read the previous works. I would recommend Curse the Moon and Rasputin’s Legacy if you have not already read them.
That said, VORTEX: BERLIN is the third in the "Atcho" series written by Jackson and it's a first rate thriller. The main attraction for me in Jackson's writing is consistently well written plots and how he winds them around historical events. He keeps it believeable and totally within reason. In the first two Atcho novels, I found myself wondering how much was fact and how much was fiction.
In VORTEX: BERLIN, Lee Jackson intertwines Atcho and company into the opening of the Berlin Wall in 1989. That in itself is a great story. However, by weaving his characters historically from the pre-wall years into the post-wall era and opening of the gates, the reader gets an insider's view of the events leading up to East Berliners and all East Germans being allowed unrestricted travel.
Lee Jackson is obviously not just a talented author, but an in depth student of history.
Writing historically based fiction is not easy. The limits to which a writer can push his characters strengths, weaknesses and intrusion into historical fact without destroying a characters credibility leaves little room for literary license.
Have no fear, Lee Jackson places Atcho and company right into the middle of events and pulls off another masterpiece in thriller writing.
To go too deeply into the plot would be a spoiler for readers. Let me say, your time and money will be well spent with VORTEX: BERLIN.