The Good Assassin

The Good Assassin

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"Former CIA Agent George Mueller arrives in Havana in August 1958--the last months before the fall of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista--to look into the activities of Toby Graham, a CIA officer suspected of harboring sympathies for the rebel forces fighting the unpopular Batista regime. Mueller knew Graham as an undergraduate and later they were colleagues in Berlin fighting the Soviet NKVD. Under the guise of their long acquaintance Mueller is recruited to vet rumors that Graham is putting weapons, covertly provided by the CIA to Batista, into the hands of Castro's forces. Public exposure of the CIA weapons mission, and the activity of one rogue agent, threaten to embarrass the agency. Mueller uncovers a world of deceit as the FBI, CIA, and State Department compete to influence the outcome of the revolution in the face of the brutal dictatorship's imminent collapse. Graham, meanwhile, is troubled by the hypocrisy of a bankrupt US foreign policy, and has fallen in love with a married American woman, Liz Malone. Paul Vidich has written a powerful story of ideals, passions, betrayals, and corrupting political rivalries in the months before Castro's triumphant march into Havana on New Year's Day 1959."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Emily Bestler Books/Atria Books, 2017
ISBN: 9781501110429
Characteristics: 275 p. ; 22 cm


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Feb 10, 2018

Average at best, imo. Very misleading description as it makes it sound as if it's about spying and intrigue but is really about the relationships between the 4 main characters. Not the most exciting read and it's very predictable, nothing keeps you guessing. Plus a supporting character's part in the story is wrapped up in a very unbelievable and coincidental way, which would be bad enough, but then it ties in to the fate of a main character and makes the entire ending of the story more than a bit ridiculous and convenient. It's almost as if the writer couldn't figure out a believable way to tie everything together and wrap up the story so he just slapped something together without any thought as to how ridiculous it was. Definitely a book you can overlook unless there's nothing else around to read.

CMLibrary_gjd May 17, 2017

Another great book by this author! It's 1958 and George Mueller is heading to Cuba for the CIA Director. What he discovers does not sit well; whom should he believe when everybody offers only half truths? How will George deal with all the duplicity and keep his soul? Do spies even get to keep them after all they've done in the name of Country? This book is well written and very quotable. Join Mr. Vidich for another cold war thriller, you won't be disappointed!


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CMLibrary_gjd Apr 25, 2017

pg 66 "America is a wonderful place but one mistake I don't make and neither should you--is to mistake patriotism for love of Country. Chest-thumping patriotism is all the fashion on Capitol Hill. It's a sloppy mix of fear and ignorance worn self-righteously. These eloquent defenders of democracy embrace dictators."

CMLibrary_gjd Apr 25, 2017

pg 30 "Same old Jack, he thought. Likable and unlikable in equal measure, but always predicatable......

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