His code-name is Atcho. He leads guerrilla fighters through the US-supported insurgency that rages at the Bay of Pigs in the early days of Fidel Castro’s Cuba. Captured and cast into the island’s worst dungeons, Atcho learns that a phantom-like officer of the Soviet KGB shadows him. Inexplicably released from incarceration and still dedicated to his country, he battles through the bowels of the Kremlin in Moscow, into the granite halls at West Point, and finally to highest levels in Washington, DC. Atcho’s rise opens doors into US National Defense even as the seemingly omniscient KGB officer holds unflinching sway over his actions. His public life clashes with secrets that only he and his tormentor share, isolating him in a world of intrigue among people whom he is determined not to betray – and then he finds that he is the trigger that could spark thermonuclear war.
Ready for some fast passed adventure and an exciting thriller? Curse The Moon by Lee Jackson is it ! From the first page you are thrown into troubling times right smack dab in the middle of the Cold War in Cuba.
Atcho is his code name, driven by his love for his country and even more for his family we meet a man that takes us right into the thick of things. While leading guerrilla fighters Atcho is captured and cast into the darkened dungeons where he fears the worst is to come, and he’s right. The worst has yet to come for him. As the book goes on you are taken back by the struggles and hardships endured by the Cubans and those around them , really getting a feel of what was going on during those times.
Throughout the book Atcho’s spirit is never once broken though. It was really inspiring to read actaully, you’ve got this man fighting for his life , fighting for his family, struggling through so much and yet the fight is still inside of him. The power behind this man shines through and the characters come to life on the pages. It really grabbed me from the start. You question whether he’ll make it through to the end, if he can keep going and pull through or no which kept me on the edge of my seat anticipating what may happen next. Curse The Moon is a thrilling story filled with a lot more than adventure and action, it’s filled with a surge of emotion and an intense amount of hope and that I really couldn’t walk away from .
This was done so well, I really couldn’t put the book down and look forward to reading more from Lee Jackson. If you enjoy a great plot with an incredibly well drawn adventure this book is for you. You won’t be disappointed.
Lee Jackson was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and grew up in Tangier, Morocco. When he was 12 years old, his family returned to the US, and when he was 20, he enlisted in the Army. A year later, the Vietnam war ended. Lee then attended and graduated from West Point, and served on active duty until June, 1982. In 2008, he went back to work for the Department of the Army, and deployed for 19 months each in Iraq and Afghanistan. There, his job was to go into towns and villages and learn anything he could about concerns relating to security, and recommend courses of action to meet military objectives without resorting to lethal methods. He returned to the US in 2013, lives in Texas with his wife, and is a full time writer of Historical Thriller Fiction, particularly surrounding the Cold War. ‘Curse The Moon’ is his first novel which was published in December 2013.
I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.