The Cardinal of the Kremlin, by Tom Clancy a book review & then some!
The Cardinal of the Kremlin, by Tom Clancy a book review & then some.
Calling all lovers of spy novels, military intelligence, and Cold War mysteries — this book is for you! (If you read The Hunt for Red October, you will recognize some of the characters.)
With The Cardinal of the Kremlin, The late Tom Clancy wrote a great action, stress-packed novel. There are plots and sub plots. And of course, there are the characters; and if you kept up with this time period, in real time you would clearly recognize the players. There are the usual events, Star Wars, nuclear arms reduction negotiations, Kremlin & Washington internal politics and Mujahedeen, Afghan Rebels, Spetsnaz troops, submarines, CIA covert operatives, scientists, double agents, deep cover moles, spies, spymasters, KGB and GRU.
Without giving away the plot, I am going to throw out a few names, all players that were matched in my mind as I read: Narmonov = Michael Gorbachev; the President of the US = Ronald Reagan; Filitov= a combination of two or more actual characters such as Oleg Gordievsky but primarily Oleg Penkowsky. You may even recognize Yuri Andropov, Konstantin Chernenko and even Andrei Gromyko – although not identified by name, but the fictional characters clearly represented them for me.
I am including a link here that will confirm to you that I am not imagining these parallels. Please click on it and read it. Once you do I would be interested to hear your thoughts if you read this book and this link http://nsarchive.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/president-reagan-meets-oleg-gordievsky-soviet-double-agent-who-reported-danger-of-able-archer-83/
I only wish that I had read this book long ago, because then I would have been able to discuss it in depth with my father. Keep in mind that we escaped from Communist Hungary (Cold War Hungary) in 1964.
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