US Army Retired

US Army Retired

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Novel About the Cold War

From 1947 to 1991 the West under the umbrella of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the East under the shield of the Warsaw Pact faced each other in what was known as The Cold War. In reality is was a standoff between Russia and the Allies of the USA, Canada, Great Britain, and Western Germany.

The real start came when Russia tried to cut off Berlin from the West by a blockade of the highway to West Germany in 1948 which resulted in the famous airlift where allied aircraft carried hundreds of thousands of tons of supplies to the citizens of West Berlin.

Things stabilized a bit until 1961 when East Germany got tired of all its best scientists and scholars fleeing to the West, erecting barbed wire fences that soon became the biggest scar on the planet, the Iron Curtain, stretched for thousands of miles, dividing families and causing death to those who tried to cross the killing fields.

Many unique events occurred during the time of the Cold War but Waltzing in the Shadows deals with that brief period between 1978 and 1982. Jimmy Carter had his failed foreign policy that brought about the rise of the Mullahs in Iran and the start of destabilization in the Middle East. Ronald Reagan becoming president in January 1981 saw the release of diplomatic hostages in Tehran and the first steps towards seeing the Cold War dismantled.

Some truly important milestones were:

The start of 24hour television news coverage.

The onset of Music Television with the song, Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles

Russia getting itself stuck in the quagmire of Afghanistan having learned nothing from the American involvement in South Vietnam.

The Delorean comes off the production line.

All of these and many many more events are told in Waltzing in the Shadows. There's one chapter about Russian units in East Germany and the problems they have with their vaunted Main Battle Tanks. An undercover agent working in the offices of the fear East German Stasi must suffer humiliation before her tormentor frees her by having a heart attack. An American official hires someone to put a stop to leaks of vital information from the other side of the Iron Curtain that will embarrass his president.

The is also mainly the story of an individual who thought he was facing a simple desk job who gets caught up in a Honey Trap only to turn to an Austrian friends who becomes the one to share the rest of his life.

The totally revised version of Waltzing in the Shadows, Information Leaks Through the Iron Curtain is not available in paperback and Kindle at the following links”

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