Herald Square

Herald Square New York September When Dennis Collins arrives at Madison Square Garden for the Friday night fights he is on top of the world His career as the man about town columnist of the New York Sentinel

  • Title: Herald Square
  • Author: Jefferson Flanders
  • ISBN: 9780615643687
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Paperback
  • New York, September 1949 When Dennis Collins arrives at Madison Square Garden for the Friday night fights, he is on top of the world His career as the man about town columnist of the New York Sentinel is on the upswing his beloved Brooklyn Dodgers are contending for the pennant and a lover who had jilted him years ago has unexpectedly agreed to drinks and dinner at theNew York, September 1949 When Dennis Collins arrives at Madison Square Garden for the Friday night fights, he is on top of the world His career as the man about town columnist of the New York Sentinel is on the upswing his beloved Brooklyn Dodgers are contending for the pennant and a lover who had jilted him years ago has unexpectedly agreed to drinks and dinner at the Stork Club Collins is sure that his luck has turned for the better.But at the Garden his closest childhood friend, Morris Rose, approaches him for help Rose asks Collins to safeguard microfilmed documents that he says will prove his innocence in a State Department loyalty investigation Out of friendship, Collins reluctantly agrees to hold the microfilm for a week.When Rose disappears from the scene, and FBI agents begin asking hard questions, Collins must solve a puzzle that somehow involves his friend, a shadowy former OSS officer, and a beautiful refugee, Karina, with a troubled past.When Collins discovers that both American and Soviet operatives desperately want the documents he is holding, he is drawn into a twilight struggle between intelligence agencies that will challenge his loyalties and test his courage.Rich with historical detail, Herald Square tells a story of intrigue and deception, of ordinary people propelled into a dangerous, clandestine world where duplicity reigns and any misstep can have dire consequences.

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    1. This novel does an excellent job capturing the post World War 2 era of Cold War espionage. The writing is smooth and easy to read and of the highest professional standards. The character of the protagonist journalist Dennis Collins is fascinating. He is no cardboard character. He is flawed yet idealistic. He is comfortable with his middle class background in a local bar,yet seeks to reconnect with an old love with outings at the Stork Club where she is more at home. He fears governmental intrusi [...]

    2. A really good cold war era mystery/thriller. Good plot, good characters, good read! This is the first book in a trilogy.

    3. Extremely slow spy story with clunky dialogue. While the historical period seems well researched, the constant references to boxing and baseball matches (the "hero" is a newspaper sports writer and columnist) just dragged the plot out by about 100 pages longer than it needed. The real action doesn't kick in til the last 70 pages and I'd guessed the ending long before then. Sorry, but I just found this book boring.

    4. I was skeptical when I decided to read this espionage novel, since so many awkward and inaccurate attempts by marginal authors litter the discard bin in my library. This book captivated my interest, with an air of historical accuracy & attention to detail typical of the period (post-WWII New York City). Collins is our protagonist, a former Golden Gloves boy who spent the last two years of the war as a correspondent in the Pacific Theater. It's 1949, and he's a column writer for a Big Apple d [...]

    5. A historical mystery set in year 1950 with the main character a newspaperman, writing on the upcoming World Series race, who becomes inv0lved with the threat of Russian espionage (history repeats aka Putin). I would recommend this book especially enjoyed because I lived during this period.

    6. Just finished a fine novel by Jefferson Flanders, Herald Square. Set in New York City in the late 1940's, the novel is about a newspaper reporter who receives a canister of film from a boyhood friend who is running from the FBI. He is told to hold it for one week. What a week that turns out to be. Filled with great intrigue, Russian spies, a CIA agent, a Polish mystery woman, it is a page turning thriller.

    7. This review is from: Herald Square: A novel of the Cold War (The First Trumpet Book 1) (Kindle Edition)My intent as I read Herald Square by Jefferson Flanders, was to rate it with three stars. It had been one of those books that was interesting, but very " Put-down able" to coin a phrase, meaning that it would not keep me reading past my bedtime.Sure, it had an espionage plot set during the early Cold War days involving a NY sports writer, and his old boyhood friend, a Washington diplomat with " [...]

    8. (I received this book from a giveaway which in no way influences my review.) Ever since I learned to read, I've always been a part of the book I am reading, not necessarily the main character, just part of the crowd, an observer. About three-quarters of the way through this book I realized it was in black and white, an old grainy film starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Ingrid Bergman. There was occasional mention of color - a blue bow tie. But primarily the colors were "dark" or "taup [...]

    9. A pleasant surprise!To be honest I wasnt sure if I was going to like this book, but I was in the mood for something different so I entered the giveaway for this book and was delighted when it actually arrived. Although it is written in during a time period that I dont have not read much about and there was quite a bit of baseball references in it (sorry, but I HATE baseball), I still enjoyed the book very much. The main plot of the book is a well woven tail of mystery that held my attention unti [...]

    10. Enjoyable Spy StoryEnjoyable Spy StoryThe author was able to capture the atmosphere of post WW II in New York city as well as the early Cold War espionage. Although the baseball info and some of the moralizing slowed the pace for me, it was over all an enjoyable and atmospheric spy story.

    11. Great book! Gritty and unsentimental. This is a story that is truly crafted with a credible, complex plot and strong, memorable characters. The backdrop of the cold war, baseball in New York, and boxing sets a tone you can feel as you read.

    12. The book takes place during the cold war shortly after the end of WWII. A newspaperman unwittingly gets pulled into the govt. investigation into espionage. He thinks he is doing a favor helping a friend prove that he is not a spy for the Russians. He soon begins to doubt that his friend is innocent.

    13. Herald Square is a mix of historical fiction and espionage. it is a great success as historical fiction. The espionage could have been tighter and the dialogue between Collins and his girlfriends could have been omitted altogether. It is interesting, but shorter would have been much better. I will read the second in the series.

    14. a good readI particularly enjoyed the baseball references - although I am a Red Sox fan. The ending was real - not fairly tale. I enjoyed this book very much.

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