An Affair of State
On Sale: July 25, 2017
Featuring: Jeff Baker; Susan Pickett
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From Pat Frank—author of the classic apocalyptic sci-fi
novel Alas, Babylon—comes a political thriller set,
and written, at the dawn of the Cold War, now back in
In Pat Frank’s riveting, insightful, and thought-provoking
novel, young, outspoken Jeff Baker comes out of World War
II determined to work for the State Department. When he
lands his assignment in 1949, he becomes the third
secretary of the US embassy in Budapest, an observation
post behind the Iron Curtain.
Jeff’s experiences as a soldier fighting on a hill in
Italy left him scarred and instilled in him a hatred for
war in all forms—including the emerging Cold War. But when
he is assigned to the "Atlantis Project," a top-secret
mission for organizing an underground resistance in
Hungary, he grapples with his beliefs and his loyalty to
his superiors. And when he meets Rikki, a dancer in
Budapest, he also finds himself torn between this new love
and Susan Pickett—the love he left back home in
As he becomes more immersed in the Atlantis Project, Jeff
must decide what he is willing to risk for a chance to
strike a blow for peace.
Part cloak-and-dagger adventure, part high-voltage
romance, and part biting satire, Pat Frank's writing and
sense of detail takes readers back to a time of intrigue
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