Operation Smokeout.

Author:Kellogg, Alex P.
Position:Brief article - Book review

Operation Smokeout by Anthony P. Jones Allen Publishing Company, October 2005 $25.95, ISBN 0-880-53951-8

The best writers of political thrillers aim for a high degree of plausibility. That is where Operation Smokeout, Jones's debut, falls short. The book's opening sequence is itself unbelievable.

Harold Cosby, the President's Chief of Staff, calls Shaffer O'Grady, a former Secret Service agent turned Washington Post reporter, because four CIA agents have been caught in Cuba in the midst of some ill-conceived plot to remove Castro from power. Cosby thinks O'Grady can help the United States avoid an unnecessary war, but before the two can meet (at midnight, at the Lincoln...

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