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“Wild but exciting. A grand job with plenty of irony.” – New York Times 

DERRING-DO 
is Book 3 of 
COLD WAR, HOT PASSIONS 
the epic saga of ten intertwined Russian and American families who live and die by their love of liberty and the searing passions their fight for freedom arouses in war and peace. 

THE GREATEST 
SECRET INTELLIGENCE AGENCY 
THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN 
BEGAN AS ONE MAN’S DREAM 

There was David, the Boston patriarch, comrade of “Wild Bill” Donovan and father of the intelligence mandarin Joshua. And Joshua’s friends. The roistering, confessing Richard, the last soldier-priest. Joe-Bob from the Louisiana swamps, who saw the power of politics, an artist with a knife. Hillel, the penniless Jewish refugee from Germany, equally handy with a pistol or a computer. Harvey McQueen, the permanent outsider, the greatest spy of all time, who exposed Kim Philby and dug the Berlin Tunnel into the heart of Russia’s darkest secrets.  

And their women. Virginia, the senator’s daughter. Nicole the Resistance fighter.  Giselda the German spy. Jen whom the pressure turned into a lush. Belinda the brain. Fiona the faithful. 

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There were two cars. One took away their jumpsuits and parachutes. They climbed into the other car. David sat beside the driver, a woman. He leaned over the back of his seat. ‘The Contessa de Grubelli drove racing cars before the war but I hope her skill will not be called upon tonight. I asked General Donovan to send me his very best men.’ 

‘To do what?’ Hillel asked. 

‘To take over a country.’ 

‘It had better be a small country, sir,’ Richard said. ‘There are only three of us.’ 

‘It is only a small country.’ 

‘Then between us and the sea we got them surrounded,’ the irrepressible Joe-Bob laughed. 

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