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Extensive supporting cast grounds complex conflict in this fast-paced historical thriller. "The story and setting of The Librarian are based heavily on Whitson’s own experience as a member of the United States Air Force, stationed at RAF Greenham Common UK in the 1980s. He is very proud of the role he later played in the treaty that dismantled such bases in 1987. After an accomplished professional career, Whitson finally found the time and passion to begin working on The Librarian in 2011, refining the story over the course of several years. This is Whitson’s first novel, and he is currently working on a second, set during the American Civil War."
"I lived there during the time CND women camped outside RAF Greenham Common. I knew many military men who could easily have been Wes Forrest and acted as he did. Writer hit the target on accuracy and believability. I closed my eyes, I had returned!"
"Well written, good story and interesting characters. Historical fiction is my go to book and this did not disappoint."
"A wonderful book about the USAF deployment of GLCM deployment to England by the great Ronald Reagan."
"This is full of suspense as the characters, who are so well developed, interact with changing and unexpected situations of war time."
"A great read for fans of cold war/espionage novels. The author obviously knows his subject matter based on his own military experience, and knows how to craft a good story."
"Characters are engaging and the story is fascinating, especially from our modern day perspective. A great read!"
"Thoroughly enjoyed this spy thriller set in the 1980s. It did a great job of capturing the Cold War period when the US and UK and Russia were all players in the nuclear power struggle. The characters are well drawn and the fast paced plot kept me reading to the very end."
"When events in history are the subject, listen to those who have been there. W.F. Whitson's tale of cold war games fits the bill; the story has color and drama.
The nuclear race between Russia and the United States is played out on British soil when cruise missiles are to be stored at a military base. This invites impassioned resistance of an 'occupying force' of mothers and peace activists who launch a years-long encampment around RAF Greenham Common. [continued in next block...]
"...Many are the actors: the Pentagon, NATO, Russian spies and British military — a rich mix of heroes, villains, lovers and those who would like to be.
The writer has a fine ear for actions on the ground, the voices of the people who are pawns in the game of superpowers. The climactic scenes are presented in a fast-paced staccato that might get approving nods from the greats of the genre.
W. F. Whitson is an accomplished writer who has a story to tell. "
In the 1980s the Cold War was heating up. NATO is countering the Soviet buildup of SS-20 missiles with the deployment of American Cruise Missiles to RAF Greenham Common Air Base, UK. Spies, sleeper agents, dirty bombs, and Women's Peace Camp protestors. Don't miss the exciting conclusion.
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I was in Europe in December 1979 when NATO made the “Duel Track Decision” regarding nuclear weapons, including deployment of the American ground launched cruise missile (GLCM) in Europe. I was the first missile officer at the first GLCM base (RAF Greenham Common UK in 1982) and was privileged to play a small part in the development of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty agreement that dismantled GLCM and Pershing II missiles signed by US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in December 1987.
As a former prosecutor, W. F. Whitson knows the ins and outs of the legal profession. He is working on a thriller set in the Florida legal system.
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