Crossroads by Steven Nedelton Reviewed by Fran Lewis

January 11, 2010 at 12:37 am (spy) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Crossroads by Steven Nedelton

Reviewed by Fran Lewis

 

What if you had the ability to control someone’s actions and thoughts from a distance and they would be none the wiser? What if you could connect with another person from a distance telepathically and know what they were thinking, doing and what their inner-most thoughts were? What would you do if you were a major player in a government’s plot to find out the strategies of other countries at war and you were capable of controlling the outcome? You would be one of the major players in a groundbreaking novel that brings to light a very dangerous time in our history, The Cold War. For Mind Control and mind altering experiences frighten anyone into thinking: Who can you trust?

Is the Cold War over or just in another phase? Is Crossroads a novel way ahead of its time?  Those are the questions you have to answer for yourself after reading this novel…

Our world is full of curious eyes , as the saying goes–that is a given. Count on it even in your own loo, enclosed by four walls, a bare foot from your mirror, a few feet from your own bathtub. Think—is someone observing me right now? Am I truly alone? And you know something? You just might not be…

This novel is about spies and espionage for they were the main players in the Cold War game. These men and women, sometimes double agents, infiltrated the opposing secret services as well as their own, gained their confidences then stole their innermost secrets while spreading falsehoods and total confusion. 

Let’s meet them in our novel.

We have CIA agent Dave Tillman who is in charge of a group of men who are being trained in mind control methods and outer body experiences that would unable them to connect with someone from a distance and read and understand their thoughts. Dangerous, deadly and frightening  to say the least. The author enters the reader into a world most people are unaware of and unprepared for. 

Next, we have a Russian ‘agent-defector’ Mikhail.  A man sought by the Russians’ expert group for he is trained to spy on Americans. Tatiana, a woman in a powerful position in the KGB Directorate, is his control.

Then we meet Mme Benoit, a ‘double’ Mme Benoit. The Citizen Benoit who eventually discovers an agent can never be too comfortable in her position, never feel safe. What that meant for the good looking Benoit, you will have to read and learn for yourself.

Tatiana is a Russian doctor and a major player in this plot to find out what exactly the Americans are working on and how her former subordinate Mikhail is involved. She is also a seductress with hypnotic powers over her subjects, capable of erasing their thoughts, minds and controlling their every action and more.

Hypnotic mind control or mind controlled hypnosis: Do you believe in it?

Are you born with the ability to hypnotize someone and control their every thought and create situations for that person that they would follow your directions and wishes against their own will?

Tatiana did just that when she wanted a certain Colonel Volkov to forget everything he knew about Mikhail and his plan to eliminate him. She repeated the stunt with the Special Operations boss Sergey Sokolov. In this war or game, no one was indispensable and everyone’s life was on a thin tightrope, as thin or fragile as that of a spider’s web. 

Then there is an ex-cop, a hitman, hired by the Russians. The Director of Operations is killed, a photographer is murdered, a man is declared insane after going after Sokolov and then eliminated. What is going on? Some men are controlled by greed and others by a voice on the phone that hypnotizes them and paralyzes their very own will. What is the connection?

In Russia, a group of dissident leaders meet to discuss how to take down Gorbachev and regain control of their Communist Party’s ways and the people. But they don’t understand what is happening to the man leading them or what controls his mind and why are his opinions and ideals suddenly changing.

Then a young woman is murdered because she knows someone important? All of these lose ends and more will come together for you as you read more about a city that was once peaceful, sleepy and crime free, and known as Crossroads.

This book is mind stimulating and gives the reader reason to pause and think about what might really be happening behind closed doors when leaders of many countries have one goal and try to achieve it at all cost. Can this be happening under the watchful eyes of CIA, FBI and Homeland Security today as it did back during the Cold War?

What is the role of Project Sphinx? What part the mind controllers play in the plot to remove Gorbachev, in thwarting the coup you will have to read the book to find out? What finally happens to Tallman, Jack, Larry and Mikhail? What is the final fate of each of these brave men and others? Only the author knows and if you want to find out the unexpected ending with all its twists, turns and more, read this Five Stars novel from an author that I feel is equal to Daniel Silva, Steve Berry, Baldacci and other writers of exciting thrillers.

Fran Lewis:

Reviewer

www.SNEDELTON.com

 

Novels by Steven Nedelton:

Crossroads

The Raven Affair

Fear Factor

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Sleeper Cell By Ralph McNeal, Sr.

August 6, 2009 at 1:58 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Sleeper Cell Final CoverIntroduction:

 

     A “Sleeper Cell” is agents or spies who are placed in a target country or organization, not to undertake an immediate mission, but rather to act as potential assets if activated at a later point in time.  They have infiltrated into the target country and ‘gone to sleep’, sometimes for many years. That is, they do nothing to communicate with their sponsors, or any existing agents, or to obtain information beyond that from public sources. They can also be referred to as deep cover agents. They acquire jobs, attend schools of higher learning, get married, and have families, and identities-ideally ones which will prove useful in the future-and attempt to blend into everyday life as a normal citizen. In a sense, the best sleeper agents are those who are not paid by their sponsor as they are able to earn enough money to support themselves. This avoids the possibly of tracing payments from abroad. In such cases, it is possible that the sleeper agent might be successful enough to become what is sometimes termed an agent of influence.  Those sleeper agents who have been discovered have often been natives of the target country who moved elsewhere in early life and been co-opted (perhaps for ideological or ethnic reasons) before returning to the target country. This is valuable to the sponsor as the sleeper’s language and other skills can be those of a ‘native’ and thus less likely to trigger suspicion.  Choosing and inserting sleeper agents has often been problematic as it is difficult to predict which target will be appropriate some years in the future. If the sponsor government (or its policies) changes after the sleeper has been inserted, the sleeper might be found to have been planted in the wrong target.

 

About the Book:

 

THIS IS A FICTIONAL NOVEL OF ADVENTURE, CONSPIRACY, FOREIGN INTRIGUE, DEAL MAKING, FINANCIAL STRATEGIES AND THE ISSUE DU JOUR–TERRORISM.   

 

     Jonathan Wainwright Skyler, a U.S. soldier, befriends Ben Kalib Ali, a seven year old orphan in Iraq.  After eighteen months of duty, Jonathan “gyros” back to the U.S. and musters out of the National Guard.  He goes back to work for a wall street firm and in the ensuing years becomes a successful venture capitalist. While having lunch with clients, he notices a young man, dapperly dressed, having lunch with a group of diners.  The young man looks familiar, they look at each other and eventually they meet in the restaurant’s restroom and begin talking.  Jonathan says hello to Ben Kalib Ali, a strapping young man, handsome and well spoken. Ben tells Jonathan that he was adopted by a California family and sent to the US. After arriving, he completed his primary, secondary schooling and finally University of Southern California. There he majored in chemical engineering and later finished law school at Georgetown University.  Ben also said that he was newly married, employed as an attorney with a New York Wall Street firm and was living in Westchester, taking the train everyday to Grand Central Station and then by subway to his office on Wall Street.  Little does Jonathan know, but Ben has been programmed to be a “Sleeper Cell” destined to carry out one of the most devastating events in New York City.

     The story takes place in the years 2000 – 2024.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author:

 

            This is Ralph L. McNeal, Sr’s first novel.  He has spent most of his professional life in the Venture Capital Industry. He has authored a novel that brings into play global financial considerations and futuristic financial uncertainties.  Ralph has been employed in financial and management capacities in both the public and private sectors.  The author is a graduate of Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio.  He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and served his country as an officer of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, 50th Armor and the 102nd Armored Cavalry (Essex Troop) Regiment. Ralph is currently working on his next fiction novel “The Venture Capitalist,” a sequel to “Sleeper Cell.”

     Mr. McNeal has written articles appearing in the “US Congressional Record” and the “Planning Executives Institute” magazine.  His bio has appeared in the Marquis’ “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in Finance and Industry.”  He is a recipient of the 2000 US Small Business Administration’s New Jersey Small Business Financial Services Advocate of the Year Award,” and the Brown and Williamson Tobacco Companie’s “1992 Kool’s National Achievers Award.”

 

Reviews:

 

 

 

Our conspiracy theories were right, April 4, 2009

By  T. Norwood (Virginia)

One of the good things about Sleeper Cell is it’s ability to make you look over your shoulder and wonder about the person next to you. You also begin to see the potential for bad in everyone, even a small child. The story spends a lot of time talking about the short relationship between the soldier and the boy and even gives you glimpses of Ben’s “all American” life after the tragic death of his family. The frightening part is how the author can take the scenes of triumph over tragedy and pieces of normalcy and sew threads of plotting and evil into everyday life.
The down side to this story would be a lack of the “seat of your pants” type of chapters that make you want to continue reading. The histories of the two main characters are a good setup to the horrible final chapter but it takes too long to get to that point. Overall a good book!

 

”Foreign Intrigue: Friend or Terrorist?,”  April 9, 2009

By  RSeifert

In this novel the author displays the ever increasing multitude of problems the world will face as it enters into the near future. We also learn of some of the solutions that might take place if we set our minds to correcting the problems. One of those solutions is designing our cities to operate in an environmentally friendly manner. A case in point would be to develop such a plan for the rebuilding of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina.
This story centers around sleeper cells (a person or group of people that are positioned around the world by an organization, who then wait for a call to action from a command center. Usually to perform an act of terrorism.) This story reminds us that if we do not resolve our hatred for one another in a very short period of time, advancement in technology will ensure that those that wish the rest of humanity dead will have the means to do so.

 

 

 

 

 

Robert A. Harris  (New Hampshire)

Readers Review 

Author     Ralph L. McNeal Sr.

Begging For a Sequel.”

 May 2009

Title        Sleeper Cell

            Every so often, a writer is able to capture the moment with a story that address current day issues, events and circumstances which all readers, both young and older, can identify. Mr. McNeal’s’ Sleeper Cell delivers a hard hitting written tapestry that brings to life in bold strokes the good, bad and ugly on an international stage with a style that reminds the reader of novels written by the likes of Nicholas Pileggi, Tom Clancy, John Grisham and Norman Mailer.            Sleeper Cell takes the reader to familiar places and while there introduces characters that could be your next door neighbor or business associate. Consequently, scary thoughts are made to enter ones’ mind when the curtain of secrecy is unveiled as you course through this novel. As you read, you will often pause in contemplation of the people you met during your travels and wonder if they might have been those who are the principal characters in Mr. McNeal’s story.   As I write this review, I am tempted to provide some detail, but that would steal the books thunder. Thus the reader will have to “find out” on his or her own.

            Although relatively short, this book is loaded with action and begs for a sequel.

            Congratulations.. This one is a winner.

 

MLowery (Columbus, Ohio)

Believable–could happen?

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Posted June 15, 2009, 1:07 AM EST: This is a lively and readable novel of action, and situation, the narrative moves along at a great rate, dialogue is particularly well crafted. The characters are completely believable in the parts they play, and the end result is strong and effective. The story is able to keep you in suspense through its twenty-four years of activity, with today’s situations and circumstances soothsaying into the future. The international settings and places added to the foreign intrigue, deal making and conspiracy undertaking are strengthened by the strong and realistic drawn characters of Jonathan and Ben Ali. The futuristic financings and financial strategies dovetailing into today’s environmental needs set the stage for sequels to follow. A Sleeper Cell is agents or spies placed in a target country to be activated at a later point in time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PhyllisPW  (Hurdle Mills, N.C.)

Ralph McNeal’s Sleeper Cell

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Posted July 11, 2009, 1:46 PM EST: Mr. McNeal’s Sleeper Cell is intriguing and so current that I had a hard time putting it down. He uses refreshing far-reaching knowledge of the various directions his book takes. Specific references of sports activities, the internals of the corporate environment, the military, even up to the Green Zone in Baghdad, all of which added to the excitement of his book. As a woman, his descriptions of the hotel rooms and the restaurants jumped out at me – so thorough that I could visualize details of the rooms. His excellent use of familiar attractions in various U.S. cities added pleasant memories. The descriptions of international projects brought a new interest that is both promising and unnerving, while the characters were believable and exciting. In his book, Mr. McNeal appears to draw from some of his own life experiences – all in the spirit of objectivity. I am anxiously awaiting the sequel with the hint of promised intrigue. This is a winner.

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