All posts by Keith Brownlow

THREE MINUTES TO DOOMSDAY

Title: Three Minutes To Doomsday

Author: Joe Navarro

In 1988 Joe Navarro one of the younger agents ever hired by the FBI, was dividing his time between SWAT assignments, flying air reconnaissance, and working counterintelligence. But his real expertise was “reading” body language. He possessed an uncanny ability to glean the thoughts of those he interrogated.

So it was that, on a routine assignment to interview a “person of interest”–a former American soldier named Rod Ramsey–Navarro noticed his interviewer’s hand trembling slightly when he was asked about another soldier who had recently been arrested in Germany on suspicion of espionage. That thin lead was enough for the FBI agent to insist to his bosses that an investigation be opened.

What followed is unique in the annals of espionage detection–a two-year-long battle of wits. The dueling antagonists: an FBI agent who couldn’t overtly tip to his target that he suspected him of wrongdoing lest he clam up and a traitor whose weakness was the enjoyment he derived from sparring with his inquisitor. Navarro’s job was made even more difficult by his adversary’s brilliance: not only did Ramsay posses an authentic photographic memory as well as the second highest IQ ever recorded by the US Army, he was bored by people who couldn’t match his erudition. To ensure that the information flow would continue, Navarro had to choreograph every interview, becoming a chess master plotting twenty moves in advance.

And the backdrop to this mental tug-of-war was the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the very real possibility that its leaders, in a last bid to alter the course of history, might launch a devastating attack. If they did, they would have Ramsay to thank, because as Navarro would learn over the course of forty-two mind-bending interviews, Ramsay had, by his stunning intelligence giveaways, handed the Soviets the ability to utterly destroy the United States.

the story of a determined hero who pushed himself to jaw-dropping levels of exhaustion and who rallied his team to expose undreamed of vulnerabilities in America’s defense, Three Minutes to Doomsday will leave the reader with disturbing thoughts of the risk the country takes even today with to its most protected national secrets.

MISSISSIPPI BLOOD

Title: Mississippi Blood

Author: Greg Iles

Shattered by grief and dreaming of vengeance, Peen Cage sees his world collapsing around him. The woman he loves is gone, his principles have been irrevocably compromised, and his father, Dr. Tom Cage, once a pillar of the community, is about to be tried for the murder of a former lover. Most terrifying of all, Dr. Cage seems bent on self-destruction and has frozen Penn out of the trial, preferring to risk dying in prison to revealing the truth to his son.

For decades Dr. Tom Cage has had a second son known to almost no one, the product of an affair with his African-American nurse, Viola Turner. It is this bitter son–Penn’s half brother–who set in notion the case against Dr. Cage. But a murder charge may be the least of Ton’s worries. In the 1960’s South, Viola Turner became a nexus point between Penn’s father and the Double Eagle group, a savage splinter cell of the KKK. Now, led by psychopath Snake Knox, the surviving Double Eagles will stop at nothing to keep their past deeds buried, and they mean to ensure that Dr. Cage either takes the fall for them or takes his secrets to an early grave.

Unable to trust anyone–not even his own mother–Penn joins forces with Serenity Butler, a writer investigating his father’s case. Together, Penn and Serenity, a former soldier, desperately battle to crack the Double Eagle group and discover the secret history of both the Cage family and the South itself, risking the only thing they have left to gamble: their lives.

Agent 110

Title: Agent 110

Author: Scott Miller

Dulles was reluctant to help what looked like a lost cause. The Gestapo had penetrated anti-Nazi rings, rounding up their members with ruthless efficiency. Brave attempts to stage a coup or blow Hitler’s plane from the sky had failed. Dulles also knew there was little appetite in Washington for giving the German underground what they coveted most–the assurance that Germany would be well treated after the war. Instead, President Franklin Roosevelt would accept nothing less from Germany than unconditional surrender.

Aided by his mistress, an American journalist, Dulles built a network of secret agents and secured the trust of resistance leaders. In clandestine meetings on bridges, in cemeteries, and high in the Alps, he became convinced that Moscow aimed to dominate postwar Europe. His new German friends offered him a chance to thwart those ambitions. Agent 110 organized commando raids and schemed to protect his informants from the Gestapo. He desperately sought Washington’s support in Operation Valkyrie, a plan that nearly succeeded in killing Hitler, and worked with a ruthless Nazi SS general to secure the surrender of all German forces in Italy. Dulles himself would eventually lead the CIA during the Cold War, driven by his wartime distrust of the Soviets.

Scott Miller brings alive this dangerous, dark period with chilling tales of spies, idealists, and traitors matching wits in a vicious world.

TRUMP’S WAR

Title: Trump’s War

Author: Michael Savage

The wall, taxes, tariffs, deportations, Obamacare, guns, military strength, schools abortions, religion–what will the new president do?

Michael Savage has been called the “Godfather of Trumpmania.” In this book, the man who many consider to be the determining factor in driving Trump over the finish line by notovating millions of undecided and the “Deplorables,” who would have otherwise set out the election, provides a crucial first look at the earl direction of the Trump presidency.

While most in the chattering classes around the world dismissed Trump’s campaign conservative radio icon Dr. Michael Savage championed Trump’s platform and helped him galvanize the support of disaffected middle Americans left behind by the globalist central planners in their distant capital.

Savage’s army of listeners on The Savage Nation was instrumental in electing Donald Trump to take the fight to Washington. But electoral victory was only the beginning. Trump now has an even bigger challenge in delivering on the promises he made to millions of American voters.

He faces relentless opposition from special interests in both parties who stand to lose trillions if Trump’s America First policies become the law of the land. Not only will Trump have to overcome progressive ideologues, neoconservative ventriloquists, connected corporate interests, and a military industrial complex bent on permanent war, he will also have to fight progressive beliefs even he and his otherwise conservative appointees have unwittingly accepted.

Dr. Michael Savage has been on the front line of this fight for decades and knows what Trump and his administration are up against. He lays our a path to victory for the new, conservative American revolutionaries in Trump’s War.

PLOTTING TO KILL THE PRESIDENT

Title: Plotting to Kill the President

Author: Mel Ayton

Since the birth of our nation and the election of the first president, groups of organized plotters or individuals have been determined to assassinate the chief executive. From the Founding Fathers to the Great depression, three presidents have been assassinated: Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, and William McKinley. However, unknown to the general public almost all presidents have been threatened, put in danger, or survived “near lethal approaches” during their terms.

Plotting to Kill the President reveals the numerous, previously untold incidents when assassins, plotters, and individuals have threatened the lives of American presidents, from George Washington to Herbert Hoover. Mel Ayton has uncovered these episodes, including an attempt to assassinate President Hayes during his inauguration ceremony, an attempt to shoot Benjamin Harrison on the streets of Washington, an assassination attempt on President Roosevelt at the White House, and many other incidents that have never been reported or have been covered up. Ayton also recounts the stories of Secret Service agents and bodyguards from each administration who put their lives in danger to protect the commander in chief.

Plotting to Kill the President demonstrates the unsettling truth that even while the nation sleeps, those who would kill the president are often hard at work devising new schemes.

Lincoln In The Bardo

Title: Lincoln In The Bardo

Author: George Saunders

In his long-awaited first novel, American Literary master George Saunders delivers his most original, transcendent, and moving work yet. Unfolding in a graveyard over the course of a single night, narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices, Lincoln In The Bardo is an experience unlike any other–for no one by Saunders could conceive it.

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold hiss boy’s body.

From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a thrilling, supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state–called, in the Tibetan traditions, the bardo–a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul.

Lincoln In The Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a treatment to fiction’s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices–living and dead, historical and invented–to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?

The Big Break

Title: The Big Break

Author: Stephen Dando – Collins

The story opens in 1943 in the stinking latrines of a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp at Sshubin, Poland, as an American and a Canadian lead the digging of an ingenious escape tunnel, enabling a break by thirty-six POWs. The Germans then converted the camp to Oflag 64, to exclusively hold US army officers, with more than 1,500 ultimately imprisoned there. Plucky Americans attempt[ted a variety of escapes until January 1945, only to be thwarted every time.

As the Red Army advanced closer to Schubin, Camp commandant Colonel Fritz Schneider received orders from Berlin to march his prisoners west. This was the opening the Americans needed to break free once and for all; before long, 250 US Army officers would succeed in escaping east to link up with the Russians. Within months, General Patton would launch a bloody bid to rescue the rescue the remaining Schubin Americans.

In The Big Break, this astonishing, previously untold story follows POWs, including General Eisenhower’s personal aide. General Paton’s son-in-law, and Ernest Hemingway’s eldest son, as they struggle to gain their freedom. Military historian and Paul Brickhill biographer Stephen Dando-Collins expertly chronicles this gripping tale of Americans determined to be free, brave Poles risking their lives to help them, and dogmatic Nazis determined to stop them.

How America Lost Its Secrets

Title: How America Lost Its Secrets

Author: Edward Jay Epstein

A ground breaking, compelling investigation that convincingly challenges the popular image of Edward Snowden as hacker-turned-avenging angel, while revealing how vulnerable our national security systems have become.

in the wake of the scandal that emerged after details of American government surveillance were made public by WikiLeaks in 2013, Edward Snowden, formerly an employee of an outside contractor at the NSA facility in Hawaii, became the controversial center of an international conversation about the limits of power and privacy. Had the U,S Government overstepped important boundaries in its anti-terrorism efforts? Was Snowden’s theft of information legitimized buy the nature of the secrets being kept from the American people? We learn in How America Lost Its Secrets that Snowden stole a great deal more that documents relating to domestic surveillance. He also stole secret documents from the NSA, the CIA, the Department of Defense, and the British Cipher service revealing the sources and method they employed in their monitoring of adversaries. He then transported these state secrets to an adversary country, Russia, without authorization. Which raises the question: Who is Edward Snowden–hero, traitor, whistle-blower, spy?

Edward Jay Epstein brings a lifetime of journalistic and investigative acumen to hear on this question and more. Retracing Snowden’s steps from disgruntled tech worker to international notoriety, he seeks to understand both how we lost our secrets and the man who took them. Along the way, we discovered Snowden’s sometimes troubling pseudonymous writing on the Internet, as well as aspects of his private and public life previously elided. We see that by outsourcing parts of our own security apparatus to private companies in order to save money, the government has made classified information far more vulnerable to theft and misuse. Snowden, working for one of these private companies, ultimately sought employment precisely where he could most easily gain access to the most sensitive classified information,. He claims to have acted to serve his country, but in his new home, Moscow, he is treated as a prized intelligence asset in the new Cold War.

With unerring insight, meticulous reporting, and the pacing of a thriller writer, Epstein follows the Snowden trail across the globe, unearthing revelations that shed a whole new light on one of the most controversial and fascinating events of the new Millennium.

Ruller Of The Night

Title: Ruler Of The Night

Author: David Morrell

1855. The railway has irrevocably altered English society effectively changing geography and fueling the industrial revolution by shortening distances between cities: a whole day’s journey can now be covered in a matter of hours. People marvel at their new freedom.

But train travel beings dangers as well, with England’s first death by train recorded on the very day railway operations began in 1830. Twenty-five years later, England’s first train murder paralyzes London when a gentleman is stabbed to death in a safely locked first-class passenger compartment.

In the next compartment, the brilliant Opium-Eater Thomas De Quincey and his quick-witted daughter, Emily, discover the homicide in a most gruesome manner. Key witness and also resourceful sleuths, they join forces with their allies in Scotland Yard, Detective Inspector Ryan and his partner-in-training, Becker, to pursue the killer back into the fogbound streets of London, where other baffling murders occur. Ultimately, De Quincey must confront two ruthless adversaries: This terrifying enemy, and his own opium addiction, which endangers his life and his tormented soul.

Ruler Of The Night is a riveting blend of fact and fiction that, like master storyteller David Morrell’s previous De Quincey novels, “evokes Victorian London with such finesse that you’ll hear the hooves clattering on cobblestones, he racket of dustmen, and the shrill calls of vendors”.

Target: JFK

Title: Target: JFK

Author: Robert K. Wilcox

For years conspiracy theories have swirled around the Kennedy assassination. While most are easily dismissed, and some have been debunked thanks to diligent research, serious questions have remained.

And those serious questions just got a whole lot more serious.

In this stunning new book, Target: JFK, acclaimed investigative reporter Robert Wilcox presents shocking new information that cast the Kennedy assassination in an entirely new light.

The key figure, as revealed by Wilcox, is Rene A. Dussaq–a mysterious, dashing, stuntmen-turned-spy who might have been behind Kohn F. Kennedy’s assassination. Indeed, a trained assassin, he might even have been the triggerman.

Born in Buenos Aires and educated in Geneva and Cuba, Dussaq became an American citizen, worked for the OSS (the precursor of the CIA), and parachuted behind enemy lines before D-Day. He was a handsome, charming man who briefly worked in Hollywood as a stuntman before settling down to work for an insurance company. But also, it appears, he worked for the FBI, the CIA, and was engaged in other shadowy activities.

In page after page of never-before-reported evidence, Wilcox reveals how this mysterious Argentine with a stranger-than-fiction life story is the missing link in the assassination mystery. In Target: JFK you’ll learn:
1 How a fellow veteran of the OSSS implicated Dussaq in the assassination
2 How Dussaq brings the most important suspects in the Kennedy assassination–domestic communists like Lee Harvey Oswald, Fidel Castro, and the Mafia–all together
3 Why the United States government destroyed evidence on the most likely suspect in the assassination

Thoroughly documented and researched, responsible in its conclusions, and su0perbly told, Target: JFK is a must read for anyone interested in the Kennedy assassination, modern American history, and great unsolved mysteries.