The Coldest Warrior by Paul Vidich

Today I am delighted to be hosting the blog tour for The Coldest Warrior by Paul Vidich as part of the Random Things Blog Tour.

Synopsis

Inspired by true events. the new novel by acclaimed espionage author Paul Vidich explores the dark side of intelligence as a CIA officer delves into a cold case from the 1950s – with fatal consequences.

IN 1953, at the end of the Korean War, Dr. Charles Wilson, and Army bio-weapons scientist, died when he “jumped or fell” from the ninth floor of a Washington hotel. As his wife and children grieve, the details of his death remain buried for twenty-two years.

With the release of the Rockerfeller Commission report on illegal CIA activities in 1975, LSD is linked to Wilson’s death, and suddenly the case becomes news again. Wilson’s family and the press are demanding answers, suspecting the CIA of foul play, and men in the CIA, FBI, and White House conspire to make sure the truth doesn’t get out.

Enter agent Jack Gabriel, an old friend of the family who is instructed by the CIA director to find out what really happened to Wilson. It’s Gabriel’s last mission before he retires from the agency, and his most perilous as he finds a continuing cover-up that reaches to the highest levels of government/ Key witnesses connected to the case die from suspicious causes, and Gabriel realizes that the closer he gets to the truth, the more he puts himself and his family at risk.

My thoughts

This was an absolutely brilliant work of espionage fiction. I was riveted by the story, right from the very beginning when we witness the events that set of a chain of events that reverberated through the decades.

Dr. Charles Wilson is deemed to be ‘a threat to national security’ and so he must be stopped, silenced before he causes irreversible damage to security of the United Stated of America. Men who are trained to take and follow orders without question do so but then have to live with the consequences. They are professionals though so the threat is dealt with and any trace is cleverly cleared away. Dr. Wilson’s death is considered a suicide.

However, years later the files are reopened after the release of the Rockerfeller Commission report on illegal CIA activities in 1975. The current director wants answers, as do the family and so agent Jack Gabriel starts digging. There is someone who wants the facts of the case to remain hidden, in fact they’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth from surfacing. Chillingly based on a true story, this is an absolutely brilliant thriller and one that I enjoyed very much. I can imagine this adapted for the screen. It has so much suspense and intrigue and I could not put it down. Thoroughly recommended.

Many thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and to the lovely people at No Exit Press for my advance copy in exchange for this honest review.

About the author

Paul Vidich has had a distinguished career in music and media. Most recently, he served as Special Advisor to AOL and was Executive Vice President at the Warner Music Group, in charge of technology and global strategy. He serves on the Board of Directors of Poets & Writers and The New School for Social Research. A founder and publisher of the Storyville App, Vidich is also an award-winning author of short fiction. His novels, An Honorable ManThe Good Assassin and The Coldest Warrior, are available from No Exit Press.

Paul Vidich

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