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Gerald Hammond is the exception to the rule; an honorable spy, whose lofty principles have brought him nothing but loneliness and isolation. With the war in Europe at an end, Hammond returns to Washington only to find his unit disbanded and his wife moved out of the marital home. Ostracized by the Washington elite, publicly humiliated by an unfaithful wife, and scorned by former friends and colleagues, he is forced to take a mundane job with an insurance company.
But then comes the call. Tim Allen. He spent the first few years of his life in anorphanage, before adoption brought a new home and a change of name. Unhappy at home, Michael joined the armed forcesas a boy apprentice. He trained in telecommunications, and subsequentlytransferred to a specialist mobile-communications unit.
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Over the ensuing years he travelled the world;living and working in environments as exotic, hostile, and diverse as the LibyanDesert, Europe, the Australian outback, South-East Asia, and Central and SouthAmerica. In the late seventies Michael moved into thehigh-tech industry. He worked predominantly on international consultancy, forNorth-East U. Book Series. Is this feature helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention cold war folks at fifty-eight michael patrick great read patrick clark spy novel twists and turns well written state department gerald hammond good read look forward post wwii spy thriller makes you think storyline plot twists difficult to follow reluctant hero fast paced.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. State Department. He was an excellent spy and field operative, even at age He has continuous nightmares about one of his last operations when he was forced to rescue a foolish bureaucrat from the hands of the Gestapo before being tortured until he revealed the forthcoming date of D-day.
Hammond with a few men did managed to do this, but they had to kill every man they met in this raid, many of whom were asleep and unaware. Hammond was always haunted by the faces of those German soldiers who were mercilessly slaughtered without a chance to defend themselves.
The Cold War was in full force and a former colleague of his, Marcus Allum, State Department head of Occupied Territories, procured him to work in his department, thus utilizing all of his experience to stay one step ahead of Russia since it had more than its share of Berlin and also to keep one step ahead of them during these chaotic times of the Cold War.
The crux of the story consists of several sub-plots involving American politicians and military, and those of Stalin and his Russian military and spy net work, plus some English involvement. Added to the plots are the wives of some of these men who are either sexually promiscuous or are using their sex as tools to help their husbands. A young, beautiful woman, perhaps age 19 is an enigma to Hammond and the mystery surrounding her is buried deep in this novel. There is much fact twisted with fiction from those times to entice the reader to stay with the story to its end.
For those readers who like spy thrillers, I recommend it.
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Set in Washington, DC, Moscow, London, and the Bay of Pigs Invasion, this is a steadily building thriller with reluctant hero Gerald Hammond, and a cast of believably flawed supporting players pay extra attention to NYC detective Gabriel.
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Plus, for those who like a little steam, the sex scenes are reminiscent of the old Harold Robins novels of yesteryear. Hammond, a former OSS operative and CIA agent, is plagued by nightmares from one of his last operations as they rescued a bureaucrat from the Gestapo, killing a troop of defenseless German soldiers. But, that's only the tip of the iceberg. Clark does a wonderful job of weaving a fictional plot against a historical background. His writing is fast-paced and he has an eye for vivid detail.
This is a darkly graphic page-turner right up until the end. The Folks at Fifty Eight, seems to me in many ways like a traditionally written British spy thriller a la John le Carre. The difference being the author is writing about the CIA rather than the British establishment. It has 4. Gerald Hammond is an honourable spy, whose lofty principles have brought him nothing but loneliness and isolation. Catherine Schmidt is the beautiful young daughter of an assassinated spymaster, whose quest for vengeance has left her at the hands of the infamous Head of Soviet State Security.
On a secret operation, in Soviet-occupied Germany, Hammond has no knowledge of the forces that support and oppose his mission.
Set against a factual background of government conspiracy, and one of the most audacious espionage coups in history, the Folks at Fifty-Eight is a beautifully paced tale of seduction, betrayal, blackmail, and murder that blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction. He spent the first few years of his life in an orphanage, before adoption brought a new life. Michael joined the armed forces as a boy apprentice, and over the ensuing years he travelled the world. In the late seventies Michael moved into the high-tech industry. After twenty-five years, made the life-changing decision to move to Spain, and write novels.
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This is the first novel I read from this author. I look forward to purchasing the next one! It is well worth the read. I do hope there are more books and it turns out to be a series. It has a 4. Gerald Hammond is the exception to the rule; an honourable spy, whose lofty principles have brought him nothing but loneliness and isolation. Catherine Schmidt is the beautiful young daughter of an assassinated spymaster, whose murderous quest for vengeance has left her at the hands of the infamous Head of Soviet State Security.
He only knows that he must somehow save her to save himself, but, as ever-more disturbing revelations arise, begins to wonder which poses the greater threat; the enemy he runs from, or the friend he runs to? Set against a factual background of government conspiracy, and one of the most audacious espionage coups in history, the Folks at Fifty-Eight is a beautifully-paced tale of seduction, betrayal, blackmail, and murder that blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction.
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