New Fiction Novel Tells the Story of a Soviet Spy Near the Heart of the Kennedy Administration
As the world marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis this month, a new novel called Camelot's Cousin, by Wall Street Journal bestselling author, David R. Stokes, may change the way many think about what really happened during the Presidency of John F. Kennedy. From the Bay of Pigs, to the Berlin Wall, to the tension of October 1962, and even what happened in Dallas a little more than a year later, Camelot's Cousin, weaves together fact and fiction in a compelling way.
"I have always found that era fascinating and as I read books and dug around I found some very interesting circumstantial clues and coincidences that I used to write the book," Stokes says. "Of course, Camelot's Cousin is a novel and clearly a work of fiction, but many who have read it have asked if I've used a fictional medium to tell a non-fiction story. The answer is no. But I love the question, because it tells me that the story has captured the imagination."
When a Dad tries to dig a hole in his Northern Virginia yard to bury The Remains of the family pet, he chances upon something buried years before-a mysterious briefcase. Its contents include a journal with cryptic writing. He turns to his friend-and boss-Templeton Davis, a former Rhodes scholar and popular national radio talk show host, for help.
They soon realize that they are in possession of materials hidden more than 60 years earlier by a notorious deep cover agent for the Soviet Union. And buried with the materials were clues to a great last secret of the Cold War-the identity of the most effective spy in the history of espionage.
Long a mere footnote in history, the story of this man's treachery reaches the pinnacles of power and influences the course of geopolitics. The trail leads to a picturesque town in Vermont, the streets of New York City, the corridors of power in Washington, DC-and significantly, Oxford, England, where Davis realizes that the beautiful city of spires on the Thames was once also a city of spies.
The spies of Oxford may never have reached the level of public notoriety as those from that other British stronghold of academia-Cambridge-but clearly the story has never been completely known-or told. And it is a very dangerous mine of detail in which to dig, a fact borne out by a couple of suspicious deaths left in the wake of Templeton Davis's travels.
Davis discovers that at a moment when the world came closest to unparalleled disaster, secrets were being betrayed at the highest levels. He will also come to understand that what he has learned connects to a time of great sorrow for mankind.
At a crucial moment, Templeton Davis quickly develops a bond borne of necessity with a beautiful young woman from Russia-someone with her own secrets. And when what she knows is combined with what the famous broadcaster has learned, the two unlikely heroes find themselves in grave danger, yet poised to rock the world.
Camelot's Cousin, an espionage thriller, is available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com, as an e-book ($4.99 – all formats) and quality soft-cover ($16.95). For more information, go to http://www.camelotscousin.com.
About David R. Stokes:
David R. Stokes (56) is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, ordained minister, commentator, broadcaster, and columnist.
His articles and columns regularly appear at places such as The Daily Caller, Townhall.com, and American Thinker. His work has also been published in The Intelligencer: Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies, The Jewish Press, The Cold War Times, The Richard Nixon Foundation, and History News Network.