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Stinger: Operation Cyclone (A Rick Fontain Novel Book 2)

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Rick Fontain is back… A Cold War adventure that peers inside the exploits of Senator Charlie Wilson and CIA’s Task Force Chief Gust Avrakotos. Strange bedfellows they were… their alliance proved to be one of the most successful partnerships in the history of the CIA. Stinger: Operation Cyclone centers on the results of these efforts.

The adventure begins with the election
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Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published February 12th 2018 by Cold War Publications
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Grady
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Those of us who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”- Santayana

Maryland author Bill Fortin has worked for Bell Labs and is now the CEO of IBS, Inc. specializing in systems engineering, having earned his Master’s degree in the Management Sciences from the University of Baltimore. But more pertinent to this, his second novel in the Rick Fontain Series is the fact that having served in the US Army 3rd Armor Division from 1968 to 1970 he understands and has witness the horrors of
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Stanley McShane
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is shortly after the election of Ronald Regan in 1979 that the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, but it was not until 1982 that POTUS set in motion Operation Cyclone. The Afghani people are locked in a desperate attempt to avoid total annihilation by an occupying Russian force. Severely out-gunned and with very limited resources they are resisting one of the strongest armies in the world. Embedded within a number of US Corporations such as AT&T are middle management people who serve dual ...more
Bookgirl86
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Accidentally stumbled across this book via my Amazon recommendations and I've never been so happy to be surprised.
Going into it, I didn't realize that it is the second book in a series. I wasn't sure if I wanted to purchase the first one as well, so I went ahead and started reading this one and was pulled in immediately. I never felt lost or confused because the author kept the reader informed and referenced back to the first book seamlessly.
I did end up going back and buying the first book bu
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Robert Enzenauer
Well, I really like this Book 2 in the Rick Fontain series by Bill Fortin. Bill Fortin is a US Army veteran himself, and has chosen to write some excellent “cold war” fiction, describing the day-to-day implementation of “Charlie Wilson’s War” which described the US assistance to the Afghan mujahideen. I agree with other readers who reported that this book felt like reading history. The first person narrative is as lively and engaging as the depiction of the Battle of Gettysburg in KILLER ANGELS ...more
Toni
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Let me preface my review with the statement that this is a novel that is out of my genre box but with that being said, it was quite interesting as I do like historical fiction. This is a part of history during the Vietnam War that I knew little about so now I feel much more informed about the Cold War with Russia and how our military, as far back as 1986, were trying to train, help and teach survival to the Afghan Freedom Fighters. So, in light of that, Stinger was a good historical fiction nove ...more
Sherry Lynn
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A guys book. Written by guy. But sometimes girls like 'em too.
Stinger Operation Cyclone was a page turner from page 1.
I was swept in and ended up on a fast paced ride to the end.
Bill Fontin knows how to weave a story with the details, descriptions of people and places to intrigue the reader and keep you engaged. Fontin writes expertly about the Middle East and military topics in a way that your drawn in and unable to put the book down.
I enjoyed Stinger Operation Cyclone much more than I expec
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Jay Williams
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a docu-drama concerning the time when the Russians were trying to conquer Afghanistan. Most of the characters are drawn from real life. The story combines political intrigue with violent action. The book supplies a depth of detail far beyond what might be required for a good story. It is a great, historically-accurate story told in excruciatingly boring detail. The style of writing makes me wonder why some actions get a broad brush while others go into nano detail. I am happy to have rea ...more
Craig
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great!I wonder how autobiographical this book is?

Another great read by this author! Fun and funny, historical and well written it grabs you by the neck and doesn't let go.
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Bill Fortin, a native of Baltimore, Md., retired from Bell Labs in 2001 has served in the United States Army, 3rd Armor Division, from April 1968 to April 1970. Currently he is CEO of IBS Inc., specializing in International Marketing and Systems Engineering. Fortin holds a Master Degree in the Management Sciences from the University of Baltimore. He and his wife, Judy, reside in Westminster, Md.