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OPERATION: Beer and Gasoline
The top-secret facility perched in a remote part of the Mojave Desert is known as Camp X. It's a high-walled compound bristling with antennas and satellite dishes, and is the brainchild of James Jesus Angleton, the long-serving CIA Chief of Counterintelligence.
Angleton dispatches his most trusted aide, posing as US Army Lt. Dick Nolan, to Needles, California, to investigate the strange death of the man who disposed of Camp X's highly-classified refuse.
Lt. Nolan's initial inquiry indicates that the trash hauler's 'accidental' death was an elaborate KGB assassination. However, further investigation with a maverick crew of desert locals, suggests otherwise.
As the bizarre story of Camp X unfolds, Lt. Nolan begins to suspect that his boss may have succumbed to the demons that often plague the CIA Chief of Counterintelligence — more commonly known as The Paranoid in Chief.
This is a very satisfying read.
A standout espionage tale that not only delivers a riveting plot, but a stellar presentation as well.
If you enjoyed the mystical journeys of the magical characters in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, and Joseph Heller's Catch-22, they you will surely take delight in reading John Knoerle's spy jaunt in the desert, Beer and Gasoline.
Beer and Gasoline by John Knoerle is a kick and a half in the spy genre. Read, enjoy, laugh...and send kudos to author Knoerle.
John Knoerle's Beer and Gasoline is a riveting, and unorthodox, espionage novel culled from the bloody headlines of 1968 — and today.