Bullets for the Bridegroom by David Dodge

By David Dodge

Quiet, peaceable honeymoon? no longer in your lifestyles, except bouncing baby-faced blondes, disguised G-men, espionage, night-clubs, and eventually homicide are quiet and peaceful-James Whitney and Kitty discovered themselves enthusiastic about the efforts of the F.B.I. to trace down a mystery instant station after they went to Reno to get married; first there has been the atypical habit and odder associates of ‘Pop’ who used to be to marry them, moment the leech-like attachment of Jess Caldwell and his good friend Gladys, and 3rd, the mysterious habit of Casey, Whit’s outdated buddy. All this led Whit to get Swede, a difficult cop, to assist him clear up a secret which ends up in a large-scale gunfight and the ultimate defeat of the enemy agent.

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In 1973 an Israeli warplane shot down a Libyan passenger plane after it deviated from its flight path toward Israeli territory. Such premature firing is characteristic of states who live on the edge of real or imaginary panic. The American response in the case of the downing of the Korean Air Lines jumbo jet was swift. President Reagan announced: “This was a Soviet attack on the entire world,” and the incident developed into an international crisis. It can be assumed that the US was aware of Jilin’s flights with his bombs, but this knowledge did not decrease suspicion and hostility.

Dudnik’s immediate response and that of the people around him was not exactly one of joy at the prospect of war. ” Dudnik is still convinced that the world had really been on the verge of nuclear confrontation. However, other top Soviet players differ. Dobrynin, Leonid Zamyatin, and Valentin Falin, then deputy director of the Communist Party’s International Department, recall the operational alert of Soviet airborne divisions, but do not recall any decision to intervene in the Middle East and they doubt if such a decision would have been taken.

We knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that even during the Vietnam war there were those in the US government who suggested dropping the bomb—so who’s the crazy one? Who’s the one making irresponsible threats? McFarlane’s office in the center of Washington is thousands of miles away from Lubov and Moscow’s President Hotel. Having served as President Reagan’s national security advisor, McFarlane recalls that “what worried [us] most was the nuclear factor. It was the basis for our strategic planning.

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