The Earth Endures by L. H. Knickerbocker

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“The Earth Endures” portrays the terror and agony of Argentina’s revolution. It covers the period before and after Juan Peron’s removal from office.
Argentina in the mid-1950s is in chaos. The army, the church, and the communists each have a plan to save the nation. The only issue they agree on is that Perón must go. Into this fray comes a German-born CIA agent, Argentina’s chief spy catcher, an ambitious police detective, a teenage courtesan, a spoiled American debutante, and a female assassin. All of them are caught up in the revolution.
CIA agent Kurt-Gustaf von Arnheim arrives in Argentina to engineer the removal of President Juan Peron. If von Arnheim succeeds, he can walk away from the CIA with enough money to replace his family’s vineyards now lost behind the Iron Curtain.
Von Arnheim promises CIA support for a military coup headed by Argentina’s chief spy catcher. A shared love of winemaking leads to a friendship between the two men, despite their different backgrounds. When von Arnheim is drawn into competing plots to unseat Peron by the communists and a secret group in the Catholic Church, he becomes everyone’s target. The coup fails and the CIA blames von Arnheim. He refuses to go quietly. The CIA dispatches a female assassin to terminate him, not knowing he is the man she loves.

"A riveting explosion from the first line, can’t put it down. The melding of an important historical era with the intrigue of a spy thriller, coups and counter-coups, combined with sex and romance."

“I have read lots of books and this is such a delightful one that I am finding hard to put down….loved it!! A good story and some twists and turns to keep my interest. Loved the ending.”

“Reading this book, I can almost believe the characters, the situations and the settings are true, and in some way, the author has experienced or knows of them.
The story portrays Argentina then and now, containing a sense of the unreal, the absurd, the sad, the unfulfilled, the missed opportunities, the underachievement – all in contrast to the harshness yet beauty of the country. It is a cracking good story – fluent, sexy,exciting.”

"Couldn’t put it down, a page turner.”

About L. H. Knickerbocker

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L. H. Knickerbocker is a retired military man who has been in and out of Argentina for the past three decades. His military career sent Knickerbocker around the globe in assignments including clandestine activities and special operations. Along the way, he earned advanced degrees in management, political economics, and economic forecasting. Returning to civilian life, he taught at the university level, held a management post with a Fortune 500 corporation and founded an international consultancy. Now blind, he writes full time and is completing his third novel.
Published October 31, 2011 by L.H. Knickerbocker. 339 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Knickerbocker presents a period thriller rife with riots and bloodshed, spies and assassins, where no one is really what they seem to be.

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