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Tower of Secrets: A Real Life Spy Thriller

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Tower of Secrets Is a thriller, filled with spycraft and intelligence techniques never before revealed, a true story that is more spellbinding than any work of fiction could ever be.Head of security for cipher communications worldwide, Sheymov has rare knowledge of the entire system. A star player, headed for the top, his contacts range from party elite to the dissident co ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published September 19th 2012 by Cyber Books Publishing (first published October 1993)
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ShelleyT
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a third-person autobiographical account by an intelligent, well-educated Muscovite who worked on the Soviet version of star wars program’s guidance system for satellite weapons, and his work later in the higher echelons of the KGB. Taking place before 1980 his account is saturated with energy and interest. His exceptional memory for and depth of details --of conversations and activities of his work in both institutions, his perceptions and observation of both his own country and, from h ...more
Ironman Ninetytwo
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Holy shit.

Despite a "sudden awakening" of anti-Soviet vitriol that seems staged, the stories of Victor's responsibilities in the KGB were informative and the hair-raising escape was quite incredible. Who knows what is true, but regardless - what a story.
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Richard E. Whipple
Excellant book.

The Tower of Secrets is fabulous book and what makes even more amazing is that it's true. Thank you to everyone involved.
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Robert A. Yaffee, Ph.D.
If you have to escape from Russia for any reason, put this book on your required reading list.
It is a story of how a high ranking KGB communications officer became disillusioned with the propaganda fed to the public as pablum by those in power to keep themselves in power.

It reveals the hyprocracy and dishonesty that people are compelled to l live with until or unless
they can tolerate it no more. It also shows what is needed to make an escape feasible.
It shows you how these people hope for libera
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Rita
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-as-adult
Very interesting view into the workings of the KGB but in novel format so it keeps your attention. Also the fact that it's a true story adds to the book. ...more
Jared Della Rocca
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Somewhat poorly written, though not entirely unexpected, as it is basically an autobiography set as a spy novel. The author, Sheymov, was a former high-level KGB officer who defected to the United States during the Carter administration. But the author, as a disillusioned Communist, goes to these great lengths to trash the communist system in extensive dialog that is both poorly written and totally unbelievable. I found myself skimming those scenes and chapters between Sheymov and his wife. What ...more
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Somewhat poorly written, though not entirely unexpected, as it is basically an autobiography set as a spy novel. The author, Sheymov, was a former high-level KGB officer who defected to the United States during the Carter administration. But the author, as a disillusioned Communist, goes to these great lengths to trash the communist system in extensive dialog that is both poorly written and totally unbelievable. I found myself skimming those scenes and chapters between Sheymov and his wife. What ...more
Dave
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A timely read! Literally a true life spy thriller.
Dimitre
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a very interesting story of what life was like in the midst of the USSR communist regime. ...more
Mike R
KGB cipher expert decides to defect when he realizes communist theory and practice are no where near the same.
Prasad Golwalkar
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Insightful on kgb
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