A Fine and Dangerous Season by Keith Raffel

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An exceptional read for history buffs or for anyone who is looking for a fast-paced action-packed mystery. This book will keep you reading with clenched fingers until you’ve devoured it 
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The phone rings in the California home of businessman Nate Michaels before the sun is up on October 24, 1962. An hour later he's on an Air Force jet to Washington. Michaels hasn't seen or spoken to President Kennedy since they met at Stanford in the fall of 1940, but now JFK needs his help to defuse the threat posed by Soviet missiles in Cuba. In both the Pentagon and the Kremlin, pro-war generals want a showdown, not a humiliating compromise.

As the world races toward nuclear holocaust during a fine and dangerous autumn, Michaels finds himself spinning in a maelstrom of statecraft, espionage, love, and betrayal.

 

About Keith Raffel

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Born in Chicago, Keith Raffel has lived in Palo Alto since he was eight. As a boy growing up there, he remembers eating with his parents at JFK’s old haunts like L’Omelette, long gone, and selling soft drinks at football games at Stanford Stadium, since rebuilt. He watched as local orchards filled with cherry and apricot trees were replaced by tilt-up buildings filled with software engineers and MBA’s. He founded UpShot Corporation, Silicon Valley’s first cloud-computing company which won numerous awards. In the fall of 2003, UpShot was purchased by Siebel Systems, which in the way of the Valley was itself swallowed by Oracle two years later. In addition to his career as an entrepreneur, Keith has been counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, a college writing instructor at Harvard, a candidate for Congress in California’s 12th District, a professional gambler at Bay Area horse tracks, and chief commercial officer at a DNA sequencing company. (He seems to have career ADD, doesn’t he?) A recent trip to Paris and Normandy showed that with lots of accompanying gesticulation, he can still make himself understood in French. An avid reader of crime fiction since picking up his first Hardy Boys mystery, Keith became a published author in 2006 with Dot Dead which Bookreporter.com called “the most impressive mystery debut of the year.” These days he stays busy following the San Francisco Giants and writing his thrillers just around the block from where he grew up.
 
Published November 5, 2013 by Thomas & Mercer. 272 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Crime. Fiction
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An exceptional read for history buffs or for anyone who is looking for a fast-paced action-packed mystery. This book will keep you reading with clenched fingers until you’ve devoured it 

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