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Caught in a Cold War Trap by Miller Caldwell

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Listening to a Radio Moscow broadcast on holiday on Jura, Glasgow schoolboy Robert Harvie finds errors in the programme which he reports to the Russians. Then, as a student, the Soviets give him a grant, and so Robert is inadvertently compromised. His first job takes him to Ghana, and soon he has murder on his hands. How can he escape Soviet attention?


This is a fascinating and unimaginable story based on true events. While on holiday in 1967, a teenage boy is thrown into a Russian espionage plot to gain information during the Cold War.

Robert Harvie’s good intentions as a teenager, unfortunately, placed him in a web of lies to mold him into a Russian spy. After graduating from college funded by the Russian government, he is asked to pay the piper by working undercover as a manager of a peanut factory in Ghana, West Africa. What he thought was a simple visit to drop off a gift to a Russian spy disguised as a Spaniard turned into a disaster leaving Robert to change his identity and flee to the Russian Embassy in the capital of Ghana.  When Robert’s fiancee, Morag, comes to work as an intern in a nearby hospital, he realizes the mess he is in is threatening more than his life so he makes a plan to escape the Russians.

This is a fast-paced thriller that kept me reading into the night. The chilling way the Russians lured Robert into their trap was unbelievably simple and frightening to read.  I was impressed with Robert’s cool head and careful planning during a dangerous time. I was also happy to see his fiancee, Morag, was supportive through such a trying time.

If you like espionage thrillers based on true stories, give this one a try.  Recommend highly!

Thank you to Mr. Caldwell for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Miller CaldwellI  retired at the age of 53 as I found I had mild cognitive impairment MCI. This is a condition that gives me a poor memory but a sharp mind. It was difficult to find work that would take me and so I decided to write books. Sixteen years later, I have written twenty-three books with another two yet to be published. I have learned the book writing skills through writing clubs and writers magazines. Over the years I find my writing is much better received. I am seen as a novelist but I have three illustrated children’s books, several biographies, and three self-help books as well. My website sags with the volume. But I cannot be pigeon-holed. It depends on what theme obsesses my thinking, as that will be my next book.

I have been on the committee of the Society of Authors in Scotland and have been their Events Manager. I am due to speak at next year’s Wigtown Book Festival as A Reluctant Spy will be a documentary by then. That reminds me I have an agent. A Literary as well as a Film agent in Mathilde Vuillermoz. With her on board, I will release some of my self published books through her. Without an agent, it is becoming more difficult to attract traditional publishers. So I remain optimistic and find like a graph, my trajectory is currently on an upswing.


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