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The Fifth Internationale
     

The Fifth Internationale

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by Jack King
 

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THE FIFTH INTERNATIONALE Synopsis

From the author of WikiJustice comes this internationally-acclaimed and gripping thriller of the post Cold War world of espionage.

The Iron Curtain had come crushing down, Soviet satellite countries switched allegiance to the United States, and their communist spies must be let go. Hundreds of thousands are discharged,

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THE FIFTH INTERNATIONALE Synopsis

From the author of WikiJustice comes this internationally-acclaimed and gripping thriller of the post Cold War world of espionage.

The Iron Curtain had come crushing down, Soviet satellite countries switched allegiance to the United States, and their communist spies must be let go. Hundreds of thousands are discharged, but not retired -- they unite under the banner of The Fifth Internationale, building a global conspiracy that will allow them to manipulate world governments to their own end.

Only one man can stop them.

Stan Penskie is a Legal Attache (FBI liaison agent) of the American Embassy in Eastern Europe. He has come across a conspiracy that threatens the stability of the World and the unity of his family. Everything hinges on Stan's loyalty to his country, his family, and himself...

Category: Espionage, Spying, Cold War, Iron Curtain, KGB, CIA, Thriller, Hitmen, International, Conspiracy,

PRAISE FOR JACK KING

"A New King of Thrillers on the Horizon." Sisters in Crime

"If you like spy thrillers with shady characters, twisting plots that involve international conspiracies, and fascinating foreign locales, then you must read Jack King". The Beach Metro News

"King's debut novel is powerful, riveting and an incredible ride through the back passageways of international politics. Strong characters, believable (if incredible) plot lines and nonstop action almost make each page turn without the reader's help. King has entered the spy genre arena with some hefty ammunition of his own."TheBestReviews.com and the Old Book Barn Gazette

"King, a former courier of top-secret information, delivers a tightly wound debut thriller ... [with] intelligent dialogue, relentless pacing and well-rounded characters (including a hauntingly familiar American president)." Publisher's Weekly

ABOUT JACK KING

As a former top-secret government courier, Jack King was privy to all the ins and outs of covert maneuvering on a global scale. He has turned his work experience into a series of novels that resonate with authenticity. The corridors of power, with their backstabbing, greed, and corruption, are the focus points of Jack's books.

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Publishers Weekly
King, a former courier of top-secret information, delivers a tightly wound debut thriller centered around a complex and sometimes cloudy conspiracy theory. While working as the deputy legal attach for the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, down-to-earth FBI agent Stan Penskie witnesses the assassination of his sister's fiance, a CIA agent who'd posited a shocking conspiracy theory. The event throws Stan's life into a tailspin and leads him on a frenzied chase after a group called the Fifth Internationale, "an elusive organization of unthinkable resources and proportions" that may be bent on destabilizing world power structures and financial markets. Through his quest, Stan meets people from various government agencies, but he has no idea who to trust or even where his investigation is leading. Readers will empathize with Stan's bewilderment as they try to untangle the story's many threads-a task that will challenge even the most diligent reader. Intelligent dialogue, relentless pacing and well-rounded characters (including a hauntingly familiar American president) compensate somewhat for the byzantine plotting, but the story's primary saving grace is its deft evocation of the Polish culture and cityscape. (Apr. 6) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940152551372
Publisher:
Jack King
Publication date:
12/31/2015
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
498 KB

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The Fifth Internationale


By Jack King

Dorchester Publishing

Copyright © 2004 Dorchester Publishing
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-8439-5337-3


Chapter One

Stan Penskie occupied a table at the rear in a somewhat isolated cafe. He was thinking about his family when a figure appeared at the narrow entrance foyer. The man scrutinized the room, visibly out of breath as if he had run a long distance before entering the cafe. He scanned the room once more and weaved his way between the tables to where Stan sat.

"Thought I might find you here." The man spoke in a low voice.

"Robert!" The sudden appearance startled Penskie. He was at a loss for words and was gazing at his friend, speechless.

Water dripping down his nylon coat, his wet mane straight and flush against his forehead, Robert Sito took the seat across the table. Barely visible light gray steam rose off his shoulders; the cafe was notoriously overheated. He unbuttoned the coat, withdrew a folded newspaper from the inside pocket and placed it on the table.

* * *

Cold December rain intensified and was streaming down the window, like a filter distorting the view and making patrons unaware of the life outside the cafe. Had the rain been lighter, Penskie probably would have noticed a dark SUV pull to the curb directly across the street. He would have perhaps realized the car had stopped at an illegal place, right at an intersection, and perhaps noticed the peculiar interest with which the men had scanned the Ujazdow Cafe. Still, he would have disregarded it as an ordinary occurrence-thousands of cars parked illegally on the streets of Warsaw every day. The number of cars had outgrown the number of available parking spaces.

"Unit One to Control." The driver spoke in Polish to a microphone attached to a headset, a trace of a Russian accent in his voice. The second man, who occupied the backseat, controlled a portable electronic surveillance unit resting on a small tripod mounted to the window and directed at the cafe. The man adjusted the controls and apparently satisfied, signaled the driver.

"We're in position. The subject has made contact with ..." The driver paused uncomfortably.

"Repeat that, Unit One."

"The subject has made contact with ... the FBI man."

There was a brief silence before the voice responded. It was quiet but firm.

"Continue surveillance and stand by for further instructions, Unit One."

The driver and his companion exchanged disconcerted looks.

* * *

Robert Sito was very anxious as he leaned over the table and murmured, "I'm in deep trouble, Stan. I mean ... I don't know what to make of this anymore."

He quickly looked around and pushed the newspaper across the table.

Stan opened the paper, still surprised by the coincidence of his friend's arrival, and gasped. There was a light brown folder inside the newspaper. Large print on the cover read: Tajne Specjalnego Znaczenia, Urz_d Ochrony Pa_stwa's seal underneath.

"What the hell is this?"

"It means 'Top Secret' ..."

"I know what it means, Rob." Penskie nervously scanned the room, his voice at a hissing whisper: "We can both end up in crap even at the suspicion of me ever being in the proximity of something like this!"

"Believe me, we already are in it so deep we can only hope we're not going to drown!"

(Continues...)



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Meet the Author

ABOUT JACK KING As a former top-secret government courier, Jack King was privy to all the ins and outs of covert maneuvering on a global scale. He has turned his work experience into a series of novels that resonate with authenticity. The corridors of power, with their backstabbing, greed, and corruption, are the focus points of Jack's books. PRAISE FOR JACK KING "A New King of Thrillers on the Horizon." Sisters in Crime "If you like spy thrillers with shady characters, twisting plots that involve international conspiracies, and fascinating foreign locales, then you must read Jack King". The Beach Metro News "King's debut novel is powerful, riveting and an incredible ride through the back passageways of international politics. Strong characters, believable (if incredible) plot lines and nonstop action almost make each page turn without the reader's help. King has entered the spy genre arena with some hefty ammunition of his own."TheBestReviews.com and the Old Book Barn Gazette "King, a former courier of top-secret information, delivers a tightly wound debut thriller ... [with] intelligent dialogue, relentless pacing and well-rounded characters (including a hauntingly familiar American president)." Publisher's Weekly

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Guest More than 1 year ago
the fifth internaionale has got to be the most underrated thriller of all time: i have never heard about this author, yet the story is smashing! i could not put it down and read it over the weekend. loved the settings, the plot and the characters. it is refreshingly un-hollywood like with twists that are actually surprising and the finale that will keep you scream for more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel delivers a twisty and surprising plot. It may even be confusing, one must pay attention not to loose oneself in the twists. Author managed to write in a way that is not predictable and as the main character Stan Penskie I too were surprised by the extent of the conspiracy. Though unlike Stan (I suspect) I enjoyed the ride through the world of spies and lies!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the current affairs mixed with fiction (at least I hope it's fiction). Far as I can tell pretty accurate and perhaps a bit risky description of our president and security services. it makes for so much more 'thrilling' reading experience. good story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Fifth Internationale ¿ a very good thriller with fascinating premise. If you're a suspense aficionado like I am, you¿ll no doubt appreciate how expertly twisted the story is ¿ total surprise in the end, and at various intervals. A hard-to-put-down espionage / intrigue. Fascinating to see how American politics / intelligence agencies / foreign policies are seen elsewhere in the World. Highly recommended! Bit disappointed this is the only book from this author. When will he have his next?!