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Assignment Carlotta Cortez :sam Durell Paperback – 1959

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Sam Durell #3 19 Jun. 2006
By Kay's Husband - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Unknown Binding
Coming after ASSIGNMENT: DISASTER, and ASSIGNMENT: TREASON, this is the 3rd Sam Durell book, Gold Medal #621, released in November, 1956. And from this reviewer's vantage point, it is the best of the three.

Starting with a night parachute drop outside Leningrad, Sam meets up with underground people, then quickly moves on to Moscow. Every step he takes seems to be taken also by Russian secret police. To escape the police and carry out his mission he is forced to move on closer to Kharkov in the middle of an off-limits missle base.

The time period is of course what we commonly called 'cold war' back then and the Russians have ICBM missle sites all over their country. Sam has a map of the locations and needs to get this map back to Washington. One high ranking Russian wants to loose an ICBM without permission or authorization in hopes of bringing on nuclear confrontation and war with the western countries in general, America in specific. Working with these few Russian renegades, Sam needs to bring about a satisfactory solution for both Russia and America.

Though I've read many of the books in the Durell series, I find this one to be one of the more realistic ones, due to Sam being continuously in the field, and behind enemy lines. Though in book three Sam's character is not yet fully developed we see enough of his mettle to know he is our kind of agent.

If you have any interest in entertaining, historical espionage fiction, then this book may be of interest to you.

Semper Fi.
A Fun Read 8 Jun. 2014
By Virginia E. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Sam Durell #3: “Assignment Suicide” by Edward S. Aarons. Information has reached the CIA that a powerful Russian is seeking to become a new Stalin, and Sam Durell is dropped in by parachute to contact an underground unit wishing to stop the new dictator. When Sam arrives he discovers a mysterious Comrade Z has plans on firing a nuclear missile at the U.S. to start a war, then take over Russia as it’s dictator. He is really a prisoner of the underground group, as America is a hated enemy, and the assassination plan is a suicide mission in which none will survive. A good plot, and although people die, this early story was not filled with the horrible rape and torture more common in many of the later stories. Definitely a nice entry in the series.
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Durell in Russia 23 April 2004
By "larryeischen" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Unknown Binding
This is the 3rd of the Sam Durell books. Durell is sent to Russia to stop a renegade general known only as "Z' from launching WW3. His mission brings him into contact with a group in the underground who are loyal comminuists looking to stop Z.
The 50s mix of dedicated American agent working with loyal Communists is a nice switch from the usual red-hatng fiction of the era. Aarons does a good job of maintaining suspense until the end when Z is finally finished and Durell is trapped by the MGB (50s KGB).
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The dangerous chase of a girl that lived on the moon. 31 July 2011
By Ironmike - Published on Amazon.com
The Russians want her. The Chinese want her. The Iranians want her. The US wants her and sends Sam Durell after her and into a dark world of murder and suspense and torture. Durell is caught in a danger filled adventure that has many enemies and few friends and those he is unsure of. Was the lovely Tanya really on the moon and returned? Find out as Sam faces several foes and falls into the hands of the sinister Madam Hung for the first time. And this was written in 1976 - two years before the US landing on the moon. Good stuff. I give it five .38 Specials.
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