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Posted March 30, 2013
"The Old Spook" by Charles Ameringer is a rare blend of historical facts with a fictional spy and intelligence story. about CIA agent Tom Miller.
The author is clearly well informed and educated in the politics and the history of 1950s to 1980s Latin America and paints a convincing and intriguing picture of the cold war and the socialist / communist 'threat' to the continent and North America. At times it is rather complicated to follow the portrayal of the complex relationships between the many countries and interest groups involved but the book remains fascinating and a compelling and rewarding read throughout.
I will also testify to my fellow Europeans that this is a pretty un-biased account of the cold war, despite being told by an American and is certainly worth a read regardless of political or patriotic colouring.
Told in separate parts the narrative skips a few years from before the Cuban Revolution to after, then moves to Costa Rica, covering a lot of territory and therefore showing a large spectrum of underhand dealings and the effects of political and business interests.
The writing is very competent and runs smoothly, the technical credentials are all there.
The plot of the actual spy story is cleverly woven around the historical data but might have benefited from a little more fleshing out of the characters. I am a big fan of history and am very grateful for this rare opportunity to enjoy such an entertaining and rewarding history 'lesson'.
Posted March 14, 2013
Charles Ameringer pens "The Old Spook" in an entertaining and powerful plot filled with spies, secret wars, CIA agents and foreign countries. A nice bit of history told as fiction that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I wasn't real sure about the book in the beginning, since I'm not a real history buff, but it turned out that I couldn't put it down once I got started. I just loved the book and the fact that all author royalties from this book will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, something that is rarely seen anymore. Highly recommended for all readers.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.