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The Iron Curtain (A Force 147 Novel)

The Iron Curtain (A Force 147 Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Jock Lewis
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The Cold War was never bleaker in this 36,000 word novella by writer Jock Lewis.

1970, West Germany. Sergeant Talbot, a member of the top secret army intelligence unit, Force 147, is ordered to infiltrate into communist East Germany. His mission: retrieve a stolen field crypto device and the U.S. soldier who delivered it to East German intelligence.

"You’re a thief, a first class shot and God knows what else. I need your skills, the section needs you, the army needs you. You want me to put it to music?”
“For how long sir?” I knew his answer wasn’t going to be to my liking.
“Until the Cold War ends or we both expire. Whichever comes first.” Mac smiled again. It was neither warm or cold. It was just the truth.

“He took the general’s jeep. It was found this morning in the 1 Kilometer Zone near the Tann Pocket.” I whistled. This did sound serious.
“He’s gone over the border, huh? What did he take sir?”
“A Vinson.” Mac fiddled with the slides in the projector. The thing never really worked. Maybe someone, someday would invent something better. I doubted it though.
“What the hell’s that?” My question was answered with a new slide.
“The KY-57, Vinson. The most sophisticated voice and data field crypto device in the world. Compared to the Vinson, Ivan’s using G.I. Joe walkie-talkies. The Warsaw Pact doesn’t have anything that comes remotely close to it. In fact, it hasn’t even been issued yet.”

To those who sent me over, it was nothing more than an academic problem, a simple algebraic equation. In truth, crossing the East German border or the Berlin Wall was a living, breathing nightmare. It didn’t matter how good the odds were or how you were getting across. Things never went according to plan and we were always a tripwire away from death.

My hand was throbbing and I could barely make a fist. It looked like any shooting I might have to do would be done as a lefty. And, no, I’m not ambidextrous. I needed to move around and get my circulation moving. I propped myself up off the ground and walked around in circles, jogged in place and did jumping jacks for about two to three continuous minutes. With my blood pumping, I walked farther into the woods. The sounds of the helicopters had long died. I wondered if the Vopos were still in a frenzy in Meiningen. It was possible, but they might be moving to the west, towards the border or they might be setting up a trap at the base. Or, and what I believed was the biggest possibility; the Stasi had carted Kemp and the Vinson off to Weimar or Moscow or Murmansk with my luck.

Whoever was operating behind that closed cell door, the Stasi or the GRU, or the KGB would beat the daylights out of him and then when they realized all he knew was the price of a Kenwood Hi-Fi set in the PX, they would ship him out. The governments of the East Bloc weren’t too friendly to golden boys either and they would give Kemp a one-way ticket on an eastbound train. Within days, Sergeant David Kemp would be walking in a winter wonderland…forever.

I pulled a Number 10 Delay Time Pencil from the plastic bag I was carrying and crushed the small copper tube. Next, I placed the time pencil inside the C4. I looked at my watch. I would have about ten minutes, but time pencils were notoriously inaccurate.

Jock Lewis served as a military intelligence officer in Europe during the Cold War.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 636 KB
  • Print Length: 95 pages
  • Publisher: Saber 2 Bravo Publishing (4 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058DUHS4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb spy thriller 15 Sep 2012
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After recieving a Kindle for my Birthday, I searched for spy thrillers to download and this one caught my eye, I must admit it was because of the price! Once I got into it i caouldnt put it down, now looking for more from this author!
Worth a read at this price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable romp in the Cold War. 30 Jun 2014
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A good quick read that I found enjoyable. Like the style of writing and found few errors in my download. The feel of East Germany and the era came over to me, Talbot is a fun guy and the action is good without being too silly. Would read more for sure.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining with some flaws 24 May 2013
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This is an entertaining book, and I speak as one who doesn't generally like stories that focus on people being shot or injured and featuring improbable escapes among other preposterous hair-raising events. What makes this succeed is the engaging narrator and the fairly believable backcloth.

There are some faults: Honecker was not in charge of East Germany in 1970, Ulbricht was. The author depicts an East Germany where the populace generally had telephones. He pictures a whole block of flats with the inhabitants reaching for their phones. This was never possible in East Germany - phones were rare and reserved for the few.

Other failings include some spelling mistakes, the worst being the number one being spelt as 'won'!

I got it for free and it was well worth the money I didn't pay. I may well read the sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Iron Curtain 18 Dec 2012
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This title enthralled me and so I am keeping it for spare time which I hope will be very soon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 26 Sep 2012
By Scott - Published on
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Like all great spy books, S-2: The Iron Curtain grabs you and drags you through the story by the collar. It is well written and relentlessly paced, definitely worth the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you want action, you'll get it here. 20 Sep 2011
By M. Vidinich - Published on
Well written and exciting novella moves quickly and leaves you wanting to know more about the main character, Sergeant Talbot. The cold war spy makes his way through his mission, to infiltrate East Germany and retrieve a much sought after device that has been stolen. This book will leave you wondering if he's actually going to live through it. This is the first time I've read a story not knowing if the author was actually going to kill off their main character. The story flows very quickly and keeps you hooked up until the end. I hope this is just the beginning of a long series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars lots of bad stuff, but I still enjoyed reading it 12 Nov 2012
By ilbob - Published on
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I got this for free a few weeks ago on a free day. It tells the story of a mission undertaken by Sgt. Talbott of the US Army. It is not clear just what unit he works for. Some kind of intelligence unit.

There were parts of it I liked and parts I did not. I normally assign two stars to books I finish but did not find especially good, but this one was better than the typical book I assign two stars to, so I gave it three.

First the bad parts.

The writing - there are some writing errors in the book. The most annoying to me were the places where the wrong word was used. I suspect spell check found a misspelled word and an incorrect word was substituted for the misspelled word.

Dialog - the book starts off with a conversation between the Sgt and his boss I never believed. I suspect it was mostly for the reader's benefit as a way of filling in some history, but I just didn't buy it. A lot of the dialog never sounded to me like the way real people would actually talk.

Pain. The Sgt gets shot, tortured, burned, drugged, and beat up, but it seems to only be a minor annoyance to him. I really hate that kind of thing.

The mission. Never bought into it. Any kind of infiltration mission into a hostile place is not going to be done in the way the book described. It would just about guarantee failure.

I never bought into the idea that he could get into the heavily guarded enemy HQ so easily and recover the top secret comm device he was sent after.

I didn't buy into the idea of secret military intelligence agency sending spies into East Germany either.

There was just too much stuff I never bought into for this to be a really good book.

So with all the bad stuff, why did I give it three stars? Well, I mostly enjoyed reading it despite the stuff I never bought into. Pretty much non-stop action, even if I never believed much of it was truly possible.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and furious 1 Oct 2013
By Wildfire - Published on
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Extremely readable. I found this book very difficult to put down. I loved the writing style. I'm looking forward to more Sgt. Talbot adventures.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 8 Feb 2013
By Haslacher - Published on
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I thought this was an interesting read. I'm not one for cold war books, but would recommend this to anyone who enjoys this period of time.
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