Friday, 28 July 2017


It's finally here! Rasputin's Legacy is unleashed to the world to read and rave about! 

The Cold War. A backdrop for betrayal. A playground for power. A rogue Soviet general mobilizes to overthrow the Soviet regime and gain control of the USSR's military arsenal. The world is on the brink of war. To stop him, the US president sends covert operator Atcho deep inside Siberia. Failure could spell annihilation - and a relentless investigative reporter pursues him, certain that Atcho is the shooter in an assassination attempt. Worse yet, Atcho’s beautiful fiancĂ©e, a former CIA operative, goes rogue to save him. Don’t miss this nail biter that Carmine Zozzora, producer of Die Hard with a Vengeance calls “pure gold.”


    “Why didn’t you call me right away?” Atcho barely contained his exasperation. He had called Burly from another room so that Ivan would not overhear the conversation. Rafael would ensure that Ivan did not eavesdrop.
  “To tell you what?” Burly retorted. “Keep in mind, buddy, I’m retired. I’m in this because the president thought you’d trust me more than anyone else, particularly on short notice.” Irritation tinged his tone. “I called as soon as I had something to tell, which is that we
think Sofia is in Paris. She left a message for you.” He let that ride.  “The truth is the president is wondering how things went to hell so fast. This was supposed to be a quiet project. Now Rafael and KGB Ivan are there with you, Tony Collins is breathing down your neck, and Sofia’s gone rogue.”
Atcho fought to control his temper. “You tell Mr. Reagan that if his security had done its job, Collins would never have seen me and we’d have had more time to put nice, neat plans in place. On top of that, if I’d known Sofia’s status, we could have told her the truth. Maybe she wouldn’t have gone off half-cocked.  The fact is that Reagan hired an amateur who had to make fast decisions without support. If he wants me off the job, I’m done!”
Burly sighed. “I’ve already been over that with him. Let’s both calm down. I’ll tell you what I know.”
Despite being on the phone, Atcho nodded. Burly was a rare friend. He had gone to great lengths on Atcho’s behalf several times.
  “What’s Sofia’s message?”
  “When she called last night, she wouldn’t say where she was, but she was definitely in France and on a secure line. A good guess is our embassy in Paris. Surveillance cameras there picked up someone that looked like her, and the sign-in log has a scrawl that looks like it could be hers. It looks like it was deliberately obscured. Anyway, she said to tell you that Yermolov is headed to Novosibirsk in Siberia.”
  “To where? Why? What’s there?”
  “Novosibirsk. It’s in the south of Siberia. A good-sized Russian Orthodox congregation lives there. Some of those people are probably Rasputin followers. Sofia probably doesn’t know, but Novosibirsk is a large military center. And, it’s the headquarters for the KGB Border Troops.”
  “Good Lord! Yermolov will walk right into support by elements of the military and the KGB.”
They were both quiet. A question gnawed at Atcho. “How does Sofia know about Rasputin in all of this?”
Burly took in a deep breath. “Her intelligence instincts are well developed. She figured out Yermolov. As for Rasputin,” he groaned.   “That was my fault, my friend. I pointed her in the direction of the Rasputin biography. I hoped she would go after it in a bookstore or a library around Virginia some place, and we could nab her. Sorry.”
Atcho had to grin at the irony. “Sounds like we both have a lot to learn about Sofia.”
  “I ordered her home. She said she’d come in tonight, but I’m guessing she played me for time. I don’t expect her.”
  “What do we do now?”
  “Sofia said you need an ally in the field. I think she means she’s going to be out there helping you finish the mission.”
  “Any idea where she got the information on Novosibirsk?”
  “Maybe. We’re sending someone from the embassy to the Rasputin house to ask if anyone fitting her description has been there. Next time we speak—”
While Burly talked, Atcho’s mind flashed to the scene at the Rasputin house the day before. “Crap!” he exclaimed. “I think I saw her at that house.” He described the scene. “She looked right at me.”
  “It probably was her,” Burly grumbled. “When was that?”
   “Around mid-afternoon, yesterday.”
  “Great. Whatever she learned had to come from there. Man, she played me.” He chuckled. “You know, bud, if we get through this and you marry her, you’ll have one helluva tigress on your hands.”

Books On Fire Tours Review: They don't write books like this anymore, and though it took an agonizing wait of 3 years for me, it all paid off! I savored every word, as Lee Jackson's meticulous research, well developed plot, realistic characters, exact locations and plausible events took hold of me. Though this work of art is pure Historical fiction, Lee Jackson executed his story so well, it was hard to distinguish fiction from fact. Far from being just Histfic, the plot lines flowed effortlessly from one action packed scene into another, with ample twists, nerve wrecking suspense, intrigue and rich dialogue. One of the few books in my opinion that not only served as entertainment, but it was thought provoking and educational too. When the last page is turned you are left with a jaw-dropping ending and yet Lee Jackson left room for book three in the series too. The best part is that you don't have to read Book 1 in the Cold War Series to enjoy this book, but you wouldn't want to miss out on a beautiful father/ daughter story, now would you? 
So go on and splurge on an electrifying action packed emotional journey about a man who has to save the very country that betrayed him, all whilst staying one step ahead of his stubborn girlfriend and a relentless reporter. 

Carmine Zozzora, Producer of Die Hard with a Vengeance and Color of Night. "Pure Gold! Atcho grabs you at the beginning, and won't let go."
Bill Thompson, Editor of Stephen King's Carrie and John Grisham's The Firm. "With this page-turning thriller, Lee connects the brooding mystic Rasputin to the Cold War, traces his dark influence into the present, and makes it relevant to today's churning world events. Stunning!"
Lieutenant-General Rick Lynch (Retired), former Commanding General, 3rd Infantry Division during the Surge in Iraq. "Clearly one of the best books of historical fiction I have ever read. Extremely entertaining and educational at the same time."
Joe Galloway, NYT Bestselling Author of We Were Soldiers Once...and Young (adapted to a Mel Gibson movie) and We Are Soldiers Still. "Wow! The story is gripping and plausible, the warning real. A must read."
Kris "Tanto" Paronto, Hero of Benghazi, Bestselling Author of The Ranger Way. "Riveting! Lee Jackson takes you on a thrilling ride through the intrigue of the Soviet Union as it races toward its final days. Feel the fight of those reaching for freedom against the chaos brought on by Rasputin. Couldn't put it down."
D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review. "It takes a deft hand and clear mind to weave past and present events together in such a manner that several possible future paths become crystal clear, but the main strength of Rasputin's Legacy lies in its ability to introduce a cast of characters that swirl around Presidential politics and dangers without becoming confusing or overly complicated. Thriller readers who enjoy stories of espionage, subterfuge ... will find high-octane action throughout Rasputin's Legacy, with the special note that its exceptionally swift pace does not translate to an iota of confusion, and its conclusion is absolutely stunning.... (It) will keep readers guessing and on edge ... from start to finish.

Lee Jackson is a bestselling, award-winning thriller author. He was an Infantry officer with a front row seat on world affairs, and spent 38 months in Iraq and Afghanistan. Book 1 of his Cold War Series, Curse The Moon was published in 5 countries. Book 2, Rasputin’s Legacy, is due to go on pre-order on June 28, and will be fully released by July 28. Curse The Moon follows Atcho, a counter-revolutionary leader in Cuba turned unwilling spy in the U.S. The odds he faces seem overwhelming as he must choose between saving the world from nuclear holocaust – or his daughter. In Rasputin’s Legacy, he faces a surreal challenge: he must save the country that enslaved his own, or deliver control his personal desire for revenge? Lee Jackson lives and works with his wife in Texas.
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The Cold War. A backdrop to betrayal. A playground to power. When his daughter is kidnapped, Cuban-born, West Point Graduate Atcho must be a sleeper agent to men he'd rather kill. Atcho's rise opens doors into US National Defense even as a seemingly omniscient KGB officer holds unflinching sway over his actions. His public life clashes with secrets that only he and his tormentor share, isolating him in a world of intrigue among people whom he is determined not to betray. His choice: save his daughter, or save he world from nuclear holocaust.

When the darkness of night is your only camouflage, you learn to Curse the Moon. Get your copy here now.

Curse The Moon is the first book in Lee Jackson’s Cold War Series. The sequel, Rasputin's Legacy, will be released in late-April 2017.

In the tradition of Robert Ludlum’s page-turner, The Bourne Identity, Atcho fights against overwhelming odds, bleeds when hurt, and won’t back down. Think: Jason Bourne meets Dr. Zhivago.

To experience the violent intrigue of Cold War Cuba and Russia vs. the United States, get Curse The Moon today.

Book and Press Guild Reviewer: Natasha Johnstone
Curse The Moon: Cold War Rising
Lee Jackson
Stonewall Publishers, LLC

Atcho is known by many names but his only goal is to find his daughter who was kidnapped by a Russian General called Govorov. All he wants to do is find her and flee to the US where he was a former student at West Point when he was younger. His friend Juan convinces him to go to a secret meeting with members of the CIA who wanted their help to rise up against Castro and might help him find her.
In a cruel twist of fate, just as he hears of her release, he is thrown into the middle of the Cuban Revolution where actual events are true and based on fact. He leads the revolutionaries through the battle of the Bay of Pigs, but things don’t go as planned and he gets caught where he spends fourteen years in the Boniato prison. He is sent to the Isle of Pines prison for another five years. He goes from planning and training men for revolution to planning and training men to escape out of prison. Though, he did not escape it was not in vain as years later one of the prisoners he helped escape is responsible for his release. Just when he reunites with his daughter, who’s own story is gripping, he finds himself working for the very same General Govorov and the Soviet Union to once again keep his daughter save.
Curse The Moon is an action packed, deeply moving story about a man’s desperate struggle to reunite with his daughter amid political, social and personal change. It grips the reader from the starts as depicted in this excerpt from the first paragraph: ‘Atcho slouched against a wall, alone in a small plaza illuminated by the dim yellow light of a single streetlamp. His eyes probed the surrounding darkness. His fine, aristocratic features were hidden behind a week’s growth of unkempt beard, while his normally well-groomed hair fell in shaggy brown locks below his ears. Since state Security Police, commonly referred to as G-2, had never seen Atcho, at least not as himself, they knew him only by reputation. Tonight, they would be looking for his messenger. Atcho’s ears strained for the sounds of approach. His powerful frame ached to be released from its tense stance. “For Isabel,” he muttered.
From there, the mystery and intrigue incorporated into this action packed book by the ever present General Govorov in Atcho’s life ensures that the pages turn themselves!

But, there is more to this book than a thrilling personal story with a political backdrop. This remarkable book with very deep rooted plot lines portrays a very emotional story, which had a huge impact on me. The book integrates both the history of a country and a man, in an intelligent and gripping manner as well. In this beautifully written book, and in the ever changing landscape that is Atcho’s life, the only constant remains the moon as taken from this excerpt,  “You’re always there,” Atcho murmured to the moon. “It seems you are the only benign constant in my life.” His mind drifted. (sic)

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