Ripple Effect: The Murder of the Australian Prime Minister is a fast paced political thriller by ex-military and Signals Intelligence officer, Scott Cooper.
From 1966, when Harold Hole assumed the role of Prime Minister, The United States built up unprecedented control over the foreign policy of Australia; so much so that decisions on Australian troop deployment in Vietnam we came straight from Washington, and the advice from Ministers and the military was to all intents and purposes, ignored. The Australian chain of command had been compromised at the highest level, and the only way the Australian Intelligence Service could wrest control back, was to remove the person involved – The Prime Minister.
Ripple Effect is the true account of an intricate web of illicit affairs, murder, and how the manipulation of the great friendship between Harold Holt and Lyndon Johnson led to the corruption of a government, and the assassination of a Prime Minister. It is the story of a naïve but effective plan hatched by the leader of Australia’s fledgling Intelligence Service thwarted an enemy, toppled a government and fooled a nation.