Sasha Plotkin’s Deceit: It is 1972, and the Soviet Union has succeeded in planting a mole in the top echelons of the Central Intelligence Agency. Three years earlier, CIA officer Chris Holbeck took part in a failed mission to engineer the defection of a Soviet KGB officer who may know the mole’s identity. His name is Sasha Plotkin. When they were both stationed in Stockholm, Sweden, Chris and Sasha connected on a personal level. Then, on the day of the Soviet agent’s defection, Sasha was a no-show. Chris would soon discover the full extent of Sasha Plotkin’s deceit. Now Sasha has resurfaced and wishes to make another attempt to defect. Despite the risk to his life and his marriage, Chris answers the call of duty. If Chris succeeds in transporting Sasha to the United States—will the Soviet agent reveal the true identity of the mole? One thing is certain: the lives of the two men will be forever changed.
PRAISE FOR “SASHA PLOTKIN’S DECEIT”
“An espionage novel with ever widening circles of deceit reminiscent of John le Carré.” —Bookreporter.com
“Readers will be pleased with Sherman’s unpredictable plot and lively, credible spies. His liberal and detailed inclusion of Swedish history and culture, clandestine work, family dynamics, and the l portrait of Chris’s mother, Mor, are engaging.” —Publishers Weekly
“Smart, gripping and captivating. Vaughn Sherman writes with a depth and authenticity that remind me of John le Carré. I was lured into the story from the first page. Fantastic!” —Carla Neggers, New York Times bestselling author of Saint’s Gate
“Written from an insider’s perspective, this poignant look inside the world of spies kept me wondering until the very end.” —Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author 5 Stars:
“Any interest I would have in spy novels is definitely met with the writings by Vaughn Sherman. He is a masterful writer – clearly he is a master in his craft. The novel details so many aspects of the ‘spy world’ that I would never possibly have even considered – the twists and turns are bountiful; the suspense is incredible and I was constantly left on the edge of my seat. I found this book much like a chess game – hurry up and wait. This was a spy novel based on brains and patience versus (not to sound like other reviewers but I do agree) all the Hollywood spy hype. I was six years old during the time period of this book – although many of the references have real history in them, much of it was new to me. And I love learning history through the addition of fictional elements. That feature is what causes me to give this a 5 out of 5 star rating. Funny thing – in high school I hated history – but now I gravitate totally to historical fiction etc…and throughout this spy novel the family aspect is intertwined and really allows the novel to be great.” –The Stuff of Success 5 Stars:
“This isn’t a story of blazing guns and fearlessness. It’s an emotional rollercoaster of infidelity, deceit, lies, love and truth. Above all else, it’s a story of redemption and atonement. It’s a work of fiction but it’s deep and it feels real.” –The Top Shelf “I really liked the book, and felt the ending was wrapped up rather nicely. The author, himself a CIA agent, pulled from some of his own experiences in crafting the story. This added a great depth of realism to the story. If you are interested in the spy novels along the lines of James Bond, you won’t find that here. But if you are interested in spy novels set in reality, with the way a real spy would handle his job, I think this should suit you greatly.” –Rhodes Review
“An unpredictable spy novel with a big heart and a resounding ring of authenticity.” —Robert J. Ray, Author of the Matt Murdock mystery series
“If you’re a fan of classic spy fiction then I suggest you get Sasha Plotkin’s Deceit without delay. As I turned the pages of this book I was reminded of some of the best of them. The Le Carré’s, and Deighton’s; of classic East Vs. West espionage, with a troubled hero and an enigmatic foreign operator.” — Tonto Williams, Electronic Scrapbook
“A must-read for fans of the spy genre.” —Howard Ellis, retired CIA
“The world of espionage is filled with deception at every turn. Sasha Plotkin’s Deceit is a novel of mid twentieth century espionage on the backdrop of the Cold War. CIA agent Chris Holbeck is on the trail of KGB officer Sasha Plotkin, surrounding a potential defection that goes awry. Holbeck is split between his duty of tracking Plotkin, and his familial obligations, deciding if his family is worth the decision. Sasha Plotkin’s Deceit is a riveting pick for lovers of espionage fiction, highly recommended.” —Midwest Book Review
“An amazing look into the world of espionage and the effects it has on a CIA agent’s family. This great spy novel takes place in the 1960s and it is not at all Hollywood-influenced…. Once readers dive into this novel, they will recognize that the storyline is a fast-paced espionage thriller. The plot is character-driven and takes it back to the Nixon Era where it was a much more dangerous time. Author Vaughn provides richly textured and realistic accounts of a CIA agent trying to make a KGB officer defect. Vaughn’s vast knowledge of the genre and the fact that occurrences include real operations of the CIA and true events of the Cold War, it made the story authentically real. The plot delivers a dramatically-inclined storyline through its emotionally-driven characters and builds a one-of-a-kind climax. Sasha Plotkin’s Deceit is a triumphant story that is a must-read for not just fans of the spy genre, but for everyone.”. — Jean, The Book Nerd
“I liked this book and enjoyed reading it! The author worked for the CIA during the same time period as this story (late 1960′s early 1970′s). His experience and knowledge is evident in giving a realness to the story. I feel that I was given an education in how the real world of national security and counter terrorism and espionage works. It is not how it is portrayed on the big screen; but rather a waiting game requiring patience, counter-moving, wise choices, and knowing the enemy.” –Annette, Impressions in Ink.
“Even if you’re not old enough to remember the cold war, [Sherman] recreates that world and deftly immerses the reader within it ….this was a story that kept me reading right to the end, and which had me sincerely intrigued as to how it would all work out. The espionage elements were fascinating, as were the political aspects, and I quite appreciated how the story came around to its resolution.” —Beauty in Ruins Blog