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Steel Menace

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May 3, 2013
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9781301950102
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In the early 1950's the new T-54 tank was an unknown commodity to the West. The success of the T-34 of WW II was well known. NATO and Israel were afraid the Russian had come up with another world beater. The fifth book in the Steel series takes us on a mission behind the Iron Curtain in 1956 to learn its secrets. The main characters, Fletch, Carl and Rachel end up in the middle of the Hungarian rebellion in 1956, their mission to steal a T-54. Not an easy ask when the fighting in Budapest explodes around them.

All the books in the Steel series can be read as a stand alone, but there is a progression in time and development in the series.

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Pubblicato:
May 3, 2013
ISBN:
9781301950102
Formato:
Libro

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Jorgen Flood resides in West Chester PA, with his family. He is a member of Brandywine Valley Writers Group. A writer of several magazine articles, he has pubished two books about the Viking age: "Twilight of the North" and "To Live and Die in 1030." Last mentioned book is not yet available as e-book."Armageddon Coming" is the first of five adventure stories dealing with Tank Warfare in WW 2 and following conflicts. Book two in this series, "Steel Queen," can be downloaded for only $0.99.

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Steel Menace - Jorgen Flood

STEEL MENACE

Tank Spying during the Cold War

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Published by Jorgen Flood at Smashwords

Copyright 2012, Jorgen Flood

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Books by Jorgen Flood:

MEDIEVAL

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- To Live and Die in 1030

- The Twilight of the North

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20th. CENTURY

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- Steel Armageddon

- Steel Queen

- Steel Vengeance

- Steel Trek

- Steel Menace

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COVER PAGE BY

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Jorgen Flood

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MOSCOW 1952

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He was boxed in like a rat. Quite appropriate in a way. Most of his life he had been forced to live like a rat. It was the way it was in Stalin’s paradise of the proletariat. Unless you were among the chosen ones, the communist bosses, the secret police, the party members, groups better known as the ‘apparatchiks,’ life was hard and unforgiving. The majority of the population only existed to let these privileged few live in their own utopia, the labor governed state, the earthly heaven. But it was not heaven, nor was it the people who governed. It was only another dictatorship, and one on an even par with the worst dictatorship in recent history, the Third Reich. His parents had been arrested and sent to the Gulag, after he witnessed against them. Not because he wanted to, but because he was forced to. His parents told him to go along with whatever the secret police, the NKVD, said, when they realized they were about to be arrested.

Say whatever you have to Nikolai, we want you to save yourself. Don’t worry about us, we will manage.

They wanted to save him, their only child, the last of their blood line, even if it meant their own end. He was in reality the only thing they had left. So the NKVD fed him lies about them, lies that he had to retell at their trial. And they disappeared forever, their worn out bodies buried in an unmarked grave somewhere in Siberia’s frozen soil. Unknown and anonymous like millions of other faceless victims, people who for one reason or another did not conform to the rules of the worker state. He hoped his parents had found the peace they wanted in death, they certainly had not found it in life.

So well had he told his lies, so well had he hidden his true emotions, that he was hailed as a ‘Hero of the Working Class’ following his betrayal. His good looks, blond and tall, made him a fine choice for the propaganda ministry, and he was often featured on posters and films as an inspiration to the communist youth brigades. But the reality was different. He hated the apparatchiks with intensity for what they had done to his family, and he wanted revenge. Step by step he became a spy for the west. Willingly. Anything to hurt Stalin and his cronies. His hero status, combined with a sharp mind, allowed him a top engineering grade, and that made it easier for him to gain access to secret information. Now he could finally get back at the party and its puppets, the betrayers of humanity, and also the betrayers of his homeland, Hungary.

To do that he first and foremost had to get the drawings and other information he had stolen to a western embassy. But now it would not happen, not if he remained down in the basement. Ever since he left his contact in Tankograd he had felt it in his bones, and now he knew. He had been betrayed. The NKVD had been hot on his heels, and now he was surrounded. His options were limited, he was trapped, but he still hoped they would not find him.

Suddenly dogs started barking outside the building, and he knew it was but a question of time before the dogs discovered his hiding place. It was a bitter end. He certainly did not want to die here, not so close to the salvation of a Western embassy. Yet he knew it was too late, he would die here, alone. The embassies were only a couple of miles away, but they might as well have been on the moon. Those damned animals had sensed him, and followed his trail, probably ever since he left the train station. He could not let himself be caught alive, they would force the truth, and everything else, out of him. Nobody resisted the torturers and sadists employed in the headquarter of the NKVD, the Ljubljanka. Not for long anyway. He could not let that happen, they would roll up the rest of the network, and many of his friends would die. He knew he would perish whatever happened, so this was as good a time and place as any. The papers he carried consisted of drawings for the new T-54 tank, smuggled out of tank plant 75 near Kharkov. Unfortunately this important technical information would now be retrieved by the NKVD. If he had been successful the weak spots of the T-54 would have been revealed to the West and allowed NATO to develop countermeasures.

Stalin had big plans, it seemed, both in the Far East, in Europe and in the Middle East. There were rumors that the Soviets were building up their forces just outside Korea, and were planning a big push to finally throw the UN forces into the ocean. Other rumors told of additional takeover attempts in Europe. All the actions would be spearheaded by the new T-54 tank which was rolling off the production lines in increasing numbers, and had been in service since 1949. It certainly looked like it was superior to anything the West possessed. They had to be warned. He looked at his hand gun again. It was a Tula Tokarev TT-33, 7.62mm, standard issue in the Soviet Army from 1944. Reliable,

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