Sasha Plotkin's Deceit

Sasha Plotkin's Deceit

by Vaughn Sherman



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603818117
Publisher: Patos Island Press
Publication date: 06/01/2015
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Vaughn Sherman's career as a fisheries biologist was cut short when he was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency. He served long assignments in the Far East and Europe before doing a short tour in Vietnam. After taking early retirement Vaughn became involved in numerous community activities, mostly involving the governance of non-profit agencies and community colleges. In addition to Sasha's Plotkin's Deceit, he has written the memoir of a northwest mariner titled An Uncommon Life (1988). He has also published three books dealing with the management of non-profits. You can find Vaughn on the Web at

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Sasha Plotkin's Deceit 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, I must make a full disclosure that I have known the author for many years; both as a friend and mentor as a former Community College trustee. I have been waiting anxiously since I was told about Vaughn's book. I waited patiently as he sought out a willing publisher to transform his book into a reality. I must say the wait and anticipation was well worth it. I purchased a copy in early August with the intent of reading it during my vacation break in Birch Bay. However, a mutual friend and colleague returned from Kansas for brief visit; my efforts to locate another copy went for naught and I gave him my only copy to read in Kansas. We spoke briefly and he said it was a wonderful read. My friend was an eduator an avid and ardent reader who finished it in less than two days. I purchased a Nook eBook and it was one my best buys this year. I too just finished the book and found it a very enjoyable read. It was a great story on love, trust, redemption, faith, and pure spyycraft as seen and live by one who lived it in his past. I would recommend Vaughn's book as wonderful read for people of all ages. I am waiting for his third book coming out this summer.
TheStuffofSuccess More than 1 year ago
Many reviewers compare Vaughn Sherman's writing to that of John LeCarre.  Well I have never read John LeCarre and now I actually don't feel a need to - any interest I would have in spy novels is definitely met with the writings by Vaughn Sherman.  He is a masterful writer - clearly he is a master in his craft.  The novel details so many aspects of the "spy world" that I would never possibly have even considered - the twists and turns are bountiful; the suspense is incredible and I was constantly left on the edge of my seat.  I found this book much like a chess game - hurry up and wait.  This was a spy novel based on brains and patience versus (not to sound like other reviewers but I do agree) all the Hollywood spy hype.  I was six years old during the time period of this book - although many of the references have real history in them, much of it was new to me.  And I love learning history through the addition of fictional elements.  That feature is what causes me to give this a 5 out of 5 star rating.  Funny thing - in high school I hated history - but now I gravitate totally to historical fiction etc...and throughout this spy novel the family aspect is intertwined and really allows the novel to be great. I received this book from Partners In Crime Tours.  All opinions, good or bad, are mine.
MeteorFlower More than 1 year ago
Realistic! In Sasha Plotkin’s Deceit, Vaughn Sherman paints an espionage tale. This isn’t the sort of glitzed up espionage tale that we get from movies or most of the genre. Instead, it has a more realistic feel to it. Chris Holbeck is not the badass James Bond type agent. He has a loyalty and love to his job, he doesn’t always come out on top and instead of being the conquering hero, he felt to me like just another person caught in this web of espionage, lies and emotional turmoil spun by the author. We are thrown back in time to 1969 where we learn of Sasha Plotkin, a KGB officer who wished to defect to the States. For some reason, he disappeared and now in 1972, he has decided to contact Chris again. Chris’ higher ups want him to meet with him in hopes he has some information regarding a mole in their own ranks. This re-ignites all kinds of problems not only for Chris but his family. This isn’t a story of blazing guns and fearlessness. It’s an emotional rollercoaster of infidelity, deceit, lies, love and truth. Above all else, it’s a story of redemption and atonement. It’s a work of fiction but it’s deep and it feels real. Thank you to Vaughn Sherman and Partners in Crime Tours for the review copy. It in no way influenced my review.
Beauty_in_Ruins More than 1 year ago
With battles of wits rather than brawn, and clashes of personalities rather than gadgets, Sasha Plotkin's Deceit suggests a kind of literary authenticity. In telling his tale, Vaughn Sherman forgoes the big-budget action sequences, the crazy gadgets, and the overt sexuality of his cinematic peers to focus instead on the human element of covert espionage. Set during the height of the cold war, this is a story of betrayal and blackmail played out on both an international scale and an intimate one. On the surface, it's the story of a reluctant CIA operative working to orchestrate the physical defection of a KGB agent, one with whom he has an uncomfortable history. Beneath that surface, however, it's also the story of one women attempting to prevent the emotional defection of her husband, and another that of her son. Chris, the CIA operative upon whom the story turns is a man caught between conflicting loyalties and expectations, in a world where he can afford neither. Although the pacing was a bit slower than I have become accustomed to, the story does move along well. There's a lot of historical information to absorb, but I have to give Sherman for credit doing so as part of the story, rather than just info-dumping on the reader. Even if you're not old enough to remember the cold war, he recreates that world and deftly immerses the reader within it. The flashbacks were a bit awkward, and I found they pulled me from the story, but were necessary to establish the 'present' tension and to create some real mystery. In terms of characters, they're all well-developed on an intellectual scale, but they seemed to lack something on an emotional level. Maybe it was the coldly detached manner of storytelling - which is completely appropriate to the genre - but I didn't find I ever came to truly care about them. Chris and Sasha intrigued me, and I really wanted to know how their tale would resolve itself, but Lisa and her mother-in-law were almost a distraction, despite the fact that their relationships help to define Chris. Having said all that, this was a story that kept me reading right to the end, and which had me sincerely intrigued as to how it would all work out. The espionage elements were fascinating, as were the political aspects, and I quite appreciated how the story came around to its resolution. If you're a fan of the genre, or have an interest in the time period, it's definitely a book worth checking out.
Jeanie-j More than 1 year ago
Spy stories and thrillers about. Improbable story lines and non-stop action. "Sasha Plotkin's Deceit" is a whole other take on the genre. It's about real relationships and believable people. The tensions are there, just not breathless and screaming non-stop: the tension between husband and wife, between protagonist and antagonist, between east and west. Rich in detail, unexpected plot twists and situations, this is one of the best thrillers I've read in a really long time.