Alliance, Aug 2002, 24.95, 400 pp.
In 1998 St. Petersburg, Russia, GlobusBank official Alexei Sokolov heads to his meeting with officials from the European Development Bank. GlobusBank is partnering with the American firm Olen Europe to renovate a historical building. However, two Mercedes block the vehicle containing Alexei. Men leave the other cars, approach Alexei's auto, and assassinate him.
The cold-blooded killing of Alexei impacts the Russian presidential election. That in turn begins the potential toppling of the current delicate balance of global power like a series of dominoes if secrets are revealed. David Olen travels to Europe to prevent an international collapse. He knows first hand of the deal set in the 1970s between a clandestine American government agency, the Soviet Union, and the Vatican that chose the Pope. If the agreement surfaces global relationships and confidence could be destroyed.
On first look, readers will brush aside PROTOKOL: A NOVEL OF INTERNATIONAL INTRIGUE as the imagination of the authors. However, as the audience digs deeper into the action filled plot with ever increasing suspense, the readers will realize the premise is plausible and the details make one wonder did it really happen that way? The only reason not to believe it happened that way is inductive as this book is published with the writers still alive. Conspiracy thriller fans will love this exciting tale that substantiates many beliefs and demand Eugene Golub and Quinton Skinner look at Yalta next.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner