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Operation Blackbird: A Cold War Spy Novel
October, 1952. The war is over, but for CIA officer Miriam Becker, memories of the horrors she witnessed remain jagged in her mind. While vacationing in Argentina, recovering from a mission that nearly killed her, she’s seeing more ghosts from the past than the sights. When a longtime family friend and fellow operative, Jake Devlin, tracks her down, Miriam is forced to push everything to the back of her mind for the next mission: help a highly prized and heavily guarded rocket scientist defect from Soviet-controlled East Berlin—right out from under the KGB’s nose.
Well aware that one wrong move could spark World War III, Miriam, Jake, and the team plan their strategy to the last detail. But when a betrayal brings everything crashing down, Jake’s quick thinking creates the diversion to get Miriam out alive—but leaves him trapped behind the Iron Curtain. Unsure of whom she can trust, Miriam must complete the mission by relying on contacts outside of the agency, even though her heart longs to return to East Berlin to rescue the man who is the last link to her to her troubled past … before the KGB gets to him first.
A companion to the internationally bestselling novel, The Brass Compass, Operation Blackbird takes the reader on a spy adventure from South America to Europe during a time when the yoke of Communism is tightening the reins on an unwilling people.
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Swindler’s Revenge ~ Karina Cardinal Mystery, Book 5
Karina Cardinal and Mike Finnegan are splitsville, but when the FBI claims he took a $1.2 million bribe? No and no and no. When a mysterious burner phone shows up in her pocket, she knows it’s from Mike, who’s deep undercover and so far off-grid, he needs help to figure out who’s framing him-and why.
Classic Karina, she jumps in with both feet, ignoring the dangers. The trouble with leaping before you look? You can land in a world of dirt. And when an old enemy starts playing hardball, you can end up six feet under it.
“Butler keeps the plot barreling ahead. Fans of intelligent escapism will look forward to more.” – Publisher’s Weekly Magazine
“Ellen Butler’s “Swindler’s Revenge” is an unputdownable adventure that will take readers on an electrifying yet light-hearted and humorous journey.” – InD’Tale Magazine
“Each installment of the Karina Cardinal series just keeps getting better! Absolutely loved and wish I could give more than 5 stars!” – Affaire de Coeur Magazine
“Karina is at it again. One of my favorite things about this series is seeing Karina as the fish out of water amateur, but one who isn’t catastrophically stupid.” –Award-winning Author Melanie Jackson
“Look for mystery, suspense, and romance in this rocking adventure that will keep you reading until the end.” – Author Terry Ambrose
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