A Fine and Dangerous Season

A Fine and Dangerous Season The phone rings in the California home of businessman Nate Michaels before the sun is up on October An hour later he s on an Air Force jet to Washington Michaels hasn t seen or spoken to Pres

  • Title: A Fine and Dangerous Season
  • Author: Keith Raffel
  • ISBN: 9781477818206
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 theThe 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 A compelling story, written with a sure hand Raffel definitely has his game on Steve Berry, author of The King s Deception A rare historical novel, exciting and utterly believable, with Jack Kennedy as you ve never seen him Raffel is a master storyteller I loved A Fine and Dangerous Season Gayle Lynds, author of The Book of Spies

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    1. A well-written historical novel about the Cuban missile crisis. The narrator was very good, it's just a shame his Kennedy accent left a lot to be desired.

    2. Let me tell you the novelty of being cold and in the dark wears off after just a few days. Keeping sane during eleven days without power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy required a lot of patience, a good supply of batteries for my radio and LED lantern light, and my Kindle, which I could recharge during nightly trips into town to forage for a restaurant with power and food.This brings me to Keith Raffel's "A Fine and Dangerous Season", set during the Cuban Missile Crisis fifty years ago. This is [...]

    3. Historical fiction is a challenging genre. An author not only faces the difficulty of creating a narrative, but he or she must also examine how much "truth" to actually put into the work. It is fiction after all. But if a writer is going to use history as his or her framework, then something of that history must be accurate. In A Fine and Dangerous Season, Keith Raffel reexamines the Kennedy Era through the Cuban Missile Crisis. Kennedy is a subject just ripe for fiction authors and Raffel dives [...]

    4. Keith Raffel is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Last year I read “Drop by Drop” and it ranked as one of my favorite books of the year. It was on my list of one of the top 10 books for book clubs to read. Raffel’s new book, “A Fine and Dangerous Season” is equally as good.Keith Raffel based the title of this book on a quote from the theologian Thomas Merton who wrote, “October is a fine and dangerous season in America.” Keith Raffel in his book “A Fine and Dangerous S [...]

    5. What I liked most about this book is the way it showed how history is made by real people, with all their strengths, weaknesses, flaws, old grudges, resentments, grace, loyalty, faithlessness, idealism, and cynicism--sometimes all in the same character. Keith Raffel does a great job of portraying his people, both historical and fictional, so that you care not only about what happens to the country (which you probably already know) but what happens to them. That's what makes the best historical f [...]

    6. This was an interesting historical novel: a fictional, close-up look at the Cuban missile crisis. What spoiled it for me was the overbearing, egotistical, competitive tone of the protagonist, who, in the book, was a college friend of President Kennedy and who was holding onto a decades-long grudge against him. But that's okay, when the call came, our hero was willing to help save the world anyway. Ugh! This guy personified all that is so crazy about white male culture the whole "mine is bigger [...]

    7. A book that had a lot of promise but ended up silly and unbelievable. I was looking forward to a good historical fiction / suspense novel and found an unbelievable plot with little sense of history. President Kennedy, in the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis, calls upon his ex-friend from college (whose girlfriend Kennedy slept with, hence the ex-friendship), to help solve the crisis. This ex friend, has a friend in the KGB and that is his connection to helping solve the problem. Someone doesn't [...]

    8. Keith Raffel's tightest work to date, his fourth book combines the tension of the Cuban Missile Crisis with the suspense of a masterfully written thriller novel. The story of a young man, Nate, who befriends and then falls out with JFK before the war, is woven into the factual events of the time, setting up Nate to save the world or die trying, despite his personal disdain for the president. I screamed so fast through the final chapters to learn Nate's fate, I was out of breath and caught comple [...]

    9. From beginning to end I was hooked, and it kept me reading into the late hours. The portrayal of Kennedy was perfect, and totally believable. I loved how the author captured Jackie also very realistic.The Russians--oh my, they were so real it made me shutter at what could have happened.If you were a Kennedy fan, you will love this book. I'll be watching for this author to soar to the best-sellers list.

    10. The Cuban missile crisis is an interesting period of time in our history and with a president that I always like to know more about. But although this was about political intrigue and behind the scenes, so to speak, novel, it did mot feel real. I know at the end he talks about the research he did, the story was not convincing. It was a fun, light read, and I know that it is a novel,but I did not take anything away like I have into her similar books.

    11. John F. Kennedy was the ultimate tragic figure -- so great but so flawed. This book captures that essence. The book is a good way to learn more about Kennedy (who knew he attended Stanford?), about the Cuban missile crisis, about the Mad Men era. But it's also just a great way to relax, to live in a different (more exciting!) world. The only "problem" was not wanting to turn off my Kindle when I should, but to keep reading instead.

    12. The title doesn't do it justice; this is a very good historical novel.I read this over the course of a day and a half. Riveting and realistic, recognizable historical characters, iconic figures from my early teenage years -- hard to put down! Only two predictable scene moments, but maybe I just guessed right.

    13. Yes, this is historical fiction, but it is a riveting thriller as well. And yes we did come very close to a nuclear war with the USSR. Thank God the cooler intellect of our commander-in-chief prevailed at that time Unfortunately 13 months after the Cuban Missile Crisis, 50 years ago, the US military industrial complex murdered him.

    14. This book began with an interesting premise and some good writing; it sadly ended in chase scenes and gun battles on the streets of Washington DC. Books that devolve into movie scripts are just not for me.

    15. Fantastic suspenseful work of historic fiction set in the Cuban Missile Crisis. Using JFK's fall in Stanford in 1940, the author takes us behind the scenes as JFK calls on an old friend to work back channels with the Russians. Highly recommend for lovers of historical fiction.

    16. I loved this story, the real facts fit perfectly within the fiction and the story keeps you moving. I thought it was just as much a romance as thriller. Something for everyone with a sprinkling of America's royal family.

    17. One of the best! Well written, detailed thriller based on realityOne of the best! Well written, detailed thriller based on realityI was born in Cuba, lived through the missile crisis, a Pedro Pan child in the U.S. Thanks, Keith Raffel

    18. Exciting - another book hard for me to put down. I enjoyed the possibilities that could have takien place during those times.

    19. An enjoyable fiction wrapped around historyThis was a very good story wrapped around Kennedy and the missile crisis. Action packed. Drama. A fast and good read.

    20. Good readEnjoyed it. I really don't want to review this book and feel I should not be required to meet a minimum requirement.

    21. A Fine and gripping story!I have always been a student of military and political history after living in DC and working at NPIC mentioned in the book. It is a wonderful tale with enough facts to be truly believable. I recommend it to anyone interested in the JFK years. It would make a great movie!

    22. Forgetting the past isn’t easy when it calls and has the moniker of Commander and Chief. Nate Michaels served his country and had settled down with his wife and two boys in California when he gets a call in the middle of the night. The White House is on the line demanding that Nate head to Washington D.C. to help an old friend and the current president, John F. Kennedy. Nate’s experience in war and his acquaintance with the Russian Maxim Volkov makes him a key asset in Kennedy’s attempt to [...]

    23. I enjoyed this fictionalized account of the Cuban Missile Crisis, told from the point of view of Nate Michaels, a Hewlett Packard engineer called to Washington DC to help the president with the delicate negotiations between the US and the Soviets. Nate and the President Kennedy are old friends--or at least they knew each other before the start of World War II and long before JFK became president. At this point, Nate wants nothing to do with the man for reasons that become evident as the novel pr [...]

    24. I am not as enthusiastic as many of the previous reviewers. I'll agree that as a piece of historical fiction based on Kennedy and the Cuban missile crisis it's an intriguing topic. I had trouble from the start though with the premise of the call out of the blue from the White House to someone that the President hadn't been in touch with for over 20 yearsd further, he's then privy to everything! I had difficulty with that and so could not take much of the book at face value, let alone any deeper. [...]

    25. Students of history will like this. JFK pulls in an old acquaintance who he ummmrewed (figuratively) during WWII, to help him out with the Cuban Missile Crisis. His friend is an acquaintance with a high KGB official, and can provide a backdoor way of communicating with Khrushchev to resolve the crisis. But there are people on both sides of the problem who don't want it solved, who want a nuclear war. It's a plausible scenario, and it's actually well written. I don't say that condescendingly, bec [...]

    26. Just as many others have said, a really good book ruined by a ridiculous ending. The Cuban Missile Crisis is tension filled enough, that had the author restrained himself from the boring old shoot em up at the end, the book would've been a really good weekend/beach read. Instead what you have is a passable novel that only scratches the surface of what it could've been. A word should be said of the writing style however. The author is well written and avoids the hard boiled cliches in his word ch [...]

    27. Really well done mix of history with a fictional character as a major player. The author did a great job in his research of the Cuban missile crisis. The fictional character is believable as a old friend of the president's from his time at Stanford in 1940. This brief time period Kennedy spent there is well researched and a perfect way to introduce the fictional character, Nate. The author does a good job of expressing the intensity of October 1962 and Nate's involvement with the crisis taking p [...]

    28. And to think I almost stopped reading this book. I was a little young during the Cuban missile crisis, but we know so much about that time, and I kept telling myself this was a novel, not real history. After I got past the first 50 pages, it was hard to put it down. Sure, the missile crisis was real, as were the fly overs and the give and take between Russia and the US. But the attempts by the GRU and the American generals - were they real of fiction?You decide. Makes you think.

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