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The Spy's Demise by [Wygant, Jim]
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  • Publisher: Lycetta Press (8 Jan. 2011)
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  • Language: English
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In Cold War Era Moscow, the KGB worked relentlessly to infiltrate the American intelligence services with spies and informers in an effort to obtain whatever data they possibly could. One day, Valery Sevastoposky got lucky, and snagged himself a big fish in the CIA codenamed "Badger". For years, Sevastoposky operated as Badger's handler, receiving information about the Americans as well as any KGB informers that the Americans had managed to turn. When the Soviet Union fell at the end of the Cold War, Sevastoposky decided it was his time to get out of Russia and find a new start in America.

With a change of name, some stashed cash, and a little luck in the form of a woman named Midge, "George" managed to find his way to the U.S. without any incident from the Russians. Unfortunately, George's luck doesn't last long. From the moment George arrives in New York, he runs into trouble. He manages to find a job, but it's a less that honorable post working as a thug for a Russian gang. He manages to make a friend, but doesn't truly trust anyone he works with, since he knows the FBI has informers. If the FBI discovers who he is, his information could pass to the CIA, where Badger will discover his whereabouts. Being outed as a KGB mole in the CIA would be bad news for Badger, so George has to keep a low profile or risk becoming a target. Unfortunately, George doesn't have much opportunity to live the American Dream before he comes home to find he has received a letter from Badger. Now, George has to work fast and tap into his training as a spy in order to outsmart Badger before it's too late.

If you love espionage, you'll love this book! It's got a lot of excitement- it's action-packed and you never know who to trust!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x91db8eb8) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x925fecd8) out of 5 stars The Cold War Spy 29 Nov. 2010
By TicToc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Throughout the "80's" during the cold war, both Super Powers had agents, as well as counter agents, feeding information both real and fabricated. Valery Sevastoposky came to Washington D. C. to work in the Soviet Embassy as a case officer. His job was to hang around hoping to encounter someone with value as an asset to the KGB. It became a game getting bits and pieces of information, sometimes through greed, other times given due to a certain ideology. Most of what was learned had little of significant value in comparison to the amount of time entailed in the retrieval. There was one exception to this, a mole in the CIA known only as Badger. Valery was his handler though his years in Washington, but when he was sent back to Russia that duty fell on others of the KGB.

In the "90's" everything in the Soviet Union began to fall apart. Beginning with Gorbachev, and moving on to Yeltsin, things began changing quickly. For months Valery could see that things were not going well for the KGB, and he prepared himself. Making his escape just before the coup of both the military and the KGB, setting up a broken trail so as not to be followed, he made his way back to the Washington D.C. area to start a new life. His journey leads him to Little Odessa, and he begins working with the Russian Mafia. It is here that he meets the man known only as Fungo on the streets, who becomes his best friend and confident. Beginning his new life calls for a new name, and he has prepared himself well, he is now known as George Seevast.

Little Odessa has quite a reputation and during his tenure working in the area, George has been approached first by a police officer, looking to get information on Little Odessa gang network, fighting amongst themselves leaves some heinous crimes on both sides and the police are anxious to solve the murders. He is also approached by the FBI who has tagged him as a former Soviet spy which he denies, leaving him in the sights of both organizations.

Living under the radar he has had no concerns with the previous entity known as the Badger, but now that he has had contact with two different agencies it creates concerns for George. The Badger is high up in government; George knew that rather then risk exposure, Badger would kill him. It all comes down to a phone call, one directly to him from Badger. Has George escaped his country only to be hunted down and terminated here on American soil? Will he be able to use his new contacts to help him dig up Badgers identity before it is too late?

Jim Wygant takes us back to a time when worry and fear were the daily meal of the day. The two largest superpowers fought for supremacy trying at all costs to outdo the other. He has introduced a plot, one that could have very well played out in this time in history. Valery, now known as George, has worked and believed in the KGB his entire career. In The Spy's Demise, you follow the trail of an Ex-KGB spy and learn about him, not as a product of the Soviet Union but as a man. He is initially almost invisible, not much of a personality, but as the story unfolds his personality changes and grows stronger. As he begins to use his background to unlock the secrets of the Badger, he again takes on the role of a spy. His entire goal now is to flush out this mole to save his own life, and to close a channel that is long past due. He uses his new resources in the FBI and the Police more as a sounding board, having difficulty getting anyone to believe him.

The plots and plans he puts together are cagey and imaginative, but he is in a new country on his own, going up against a top government official. His life is in danger at every turn. You have to admire his tenacity, and hope that he makes it though.

I enjoyed the book, though it started out slow for me. The beginning was filled with a great deal of detail, but as soon as George left Russia, I began to get interested in what he was doing and where he was going. As he grew and gained more character the book just took off, keeping the pace tight and fast.
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HASH(0x929d4b88) out of 5 stars A quick, fun, and totally absorbing read. 18 Dec. 2010
By bouleroller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Reading fiction is rare for me, but spy novels detailing "tradecraft" and the internecine world of interlinked conspiracies are a tempting change from biographies and histories of Roman conquests, or the like.

About 20-30 pages into the book, I was drawn in and the more pages I turned, the longer were my sessions with the book before putting it down to attend to chores.

This would seem to be an ideal book for a long flight entailing a few nights away from home in a motel. Those familiar with NYC will enjoy the descriptions of Manhattan and surrounding boroughs that our protagonist travels through in his quest to discover the one who hunts him.

And discover him, he does, though he is shot in the process, but he's a tough guy and is ready to be placed in the sequel to this novel.

My guess is you'll enjoy this one and pass it along to a friend.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x925fe780) out of 5 stars Just a regular, pretty nice guy being sought by the KGB, FBI and the CIA 8 Nov. 2010
By Frances J. Berg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The bleak Soviet landscape and weary routines of the KGB bureaucrat to keep one step ahead of his superiors in the first chapter don't even hint at the quick pace and rhythm that follows. As the Soviet Union breaks up, the hero breaks free of his monotonous existence and begins a journey to the U.S. and a new life.

His name becomes George and the story engages us through his simple, human encounters with people he meets by chance. His basic decency and quick wits create a sympathetic character, but there is plenty of action as well as emotion.

George is ratted out, followed and shot at. He makes a few friends, meets some women, but mostly it is the story of a regular person caught up in a sinister world. Couldn't put it down. Glad there's a sequel!
HASH(0x91d9ef9c) out of 5 stars A promising start for this author! 19 Feb. 2011
By Lindsay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In Cold War Era Moscow, the KGB worked relentlessly to infiltrate the American intelligence services with spies and informers in an effort to obtain whatever data they possibly could. One day, Valery Sevastoposky got lucky, and snagged himself a big fish in the CIA codenamed "Badger". For years, Sevastoposky operated as Badger's handler, receiving information about the Americans as well as any KGB informers that the Americans had managed to turn. When the Soviet Union fell at the end of the Cold War, Sevastoposky decided it was his time to get out of Russia and find a new start in America.

With a change of name, some stashed cash, and a little luck in the form of a woman named Midge, "George" managed to find his way to the U.S. without any incident from the Russians. Unfortunately, George's luck doesn't last long. From the moment George arrives in New York, he runs into trouble. He manages to find a job, but it's a less that honorable post working as a thug for a Russian gang. He manages to make a friend, but doesn't truly trust anyone he works with, since he knows the FBI has informers. If the FBI discovers who he is, his information could pass to the CIA, where Badger will discover his whereabouts. Being outed as a KGB mole in the CIA would be bad news for Badger, so George has to keep a low profile or risk becoming a target. Unfortunately, George doesn't have much opportunity to live the American Dream before he comes home to find he has received a letter from Badger. Now, George has to work fast and tap into his training as a spy in order to outsmart Badger before it's too late.

If you love espionage, you'll love this book! It's got a lot of excitement- it's action-packed and you never know who to trust! Just when you think something is going to happen one way, Wygant surprises you with a twist that completely alters the situation. The book is well written, with a very straightforward plot. There are no sub-plots to the story, just George moving to the U.S. and unsuccessfully trying to stay off of the KGB radar. I love that there aren't a lot of frivolous descriptions and details, such as George's appearance (unless he's putting on a disguise), because it ensures that the book is nothing but the story. I never found myself becoming bored with what I was reading, and towards the end, I couldn't put it down! From the descriptions given, I was able to imagine all of the things George was doing and seeing. For some reason I imagine George as a cross between Lucas North (from BBC's Spooks) and Niko Bellic (from Grand Theft Auto IV). Wygant's writing is simple and straightforward, but paints a vivid picture of life in Little Odessa and all of George's activities.

This book has a gritty side- no romance or close friends in this story! George is primarily a loner aside from hanging with Fungo, another gang thug. His marriage in Russia was in tatters, and his relationship with Midge was formed purely out of necessity. George uses women as a means to an end on more than one occasion, lies compulsively, and throws others under the bus (figuratively) in an effort to preserve and advance himself in life. Wygant emphasizes the solitary nature of George by spending very little time on character development for the other characters in the book. Most characters are introduced long enough to serve their purpose and are otherwise rarely mentioned in the story. Fungo is the only exception to this, as he becomes the only friend that George has throughout the book. Everyone else is merely an expendable asset, serving some purpose and then no longer of use to George, so there's no point in getting to know them.

This book was my first foray into the espionage/thriller genre of books, and I don't think I could have had a better introduction! This book is packed with paranoia and suspense that'll have you eager to find out what's going to happen next. I will definitely check out the sequel to The Spy's Demise, and look forward to future works by this author!
HASH(0x9328b288) out of 5 stars Hunted in the City 21 Oct. 2010
By Rodney Richards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As Phil Collins once said, it's no fun being an illegal alien. Valery Sevastopsky decides to become an illegal alien on the day Boris Yeltsin mounted a tank in Moscow. Sevastopsky had been an agent for the KGB for years running a mole in the CIA. As the Soviet Union breaks apart he decides to run to the United States and start a new life. With his experience as a spy he is able to almost effortlessly travel to the U.S. and takes up residence in Brighton Beach and starts to blend into the Russian community there but his past catches up with him and he is being hunted by the high ranking mole he once handled. He is able to evade him and work with the FBI to bring him down.

I picked this up because the author is a friend of mine, a fact I thought of as I began to read but the deeper I got into the story I forgot who the author was and enjoyed the story. This was an exciting novel with great characters and an awesome story, it was a fresh look at the cold war and its aftermath. What a fun ride! I am looking forward to the sequel with anticipation.
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