Review: Sasha Plotkin's Deceit, A Novel by Vaughn Sherman

Author Vaughn Sherman
Chris Holbeck a Central Intelligence Agent is involved in the defection of a Soviet KGB agent named Sasha Plotkin. The time period is the late 1960's to early 1970's. The CIA is aware they have a leak in their agency, they believe the Soviet KGB coerced an agent. Chris is working to help defect Sasha and uncover the mole in the agency. Meanwhile, Chris and his wife Lisa become emotionally entangled with Sasha Plotkin.

Over-all I liked this book and enjoyed reading it!
The author worked for the CIA during the same time period as this story (late 1960's early 1970's). His experience and knowledge is evident in giving a realness to the story. 
I feel that I was given an education in how the real world of national security and counter terrorism and espionage works. It is not how it is portrayed on the big screen; but rather a waiting game requiring patience, counter-moving, wise choices, and knowing the enemy.
More than half the story is personal. Specifically how Chris Holbeck and his wife Lisa work to preserve their marriage and family. His lengthy travels and deployments over-seas takes a toll. Lisa is lonely and weary of Chris being absent. She wants a partner in every sense. Chris's mother worries about his safety, and the sanctity of his marriage. Chris is torn between the responsibilities of his job, and his responsibilities as husband and father.

Thank you to the author Vaughn Sherman and Partners In Crime for my free book in exchange for an honest review.

Published by Camel Press August 1, 2012



  1. Thank you for sharing your review of this book. Great job!!

  2. Good book to learn more about the cold war.


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