Book review: Three Minutes To Doomsday

The year is 1988. FBI agent Joe Navarro picks up a typical assignment, an interview with ex-US soldier Rod Ramsay who has been linked with espionage in Germany.

Joe Navarro

Bantam Press, hb, £20;

ebook, £9.99

What followed was a year-and-a-half investigation that revealed the worst security breach in US history. A breach so catastrophic it could have led to all-out war with the Soviet Union.

After finding success with bestselling books about body language, Three Minutes To Doomsday is Joe Navarro’s personal retelling of this remarkable case.

What starts out as a routine interview soon spirals into a cat and mouse game with Ramsay, a dishevelled loner who just so happens to be a genius with a photographic memory.

A gripping page turner, the clarity that Navarro embeds into the story is remarkable. He remembers details from almost 30 years ago like it was yesterday.

For anyone who enjoys cold war or spy thrillers, this is a great read.


Lifestyle

Fiann Ó Nualláin follows in the footsteps of the Fianna as he explores a province’s hills and vales.Munster marvels: Plants that are unique to a province

Cupid must be something of a motoring enthusiast, as he had most definitely steered his way in the neighbourhood when Amie Gould and Shane O’Neill met at the Rally of the Lakes 12 years ago.Wedding of the Week: Cupid steers couple to right track

When it comes to podcasting, all it takes is one idea — and who knows where it can take you.Podcast Corner: Crimes and creatures rule at Cork’s first podcast fest

Claymation meets science fiction in this enchanting film, writes Esther McCarthy.Latest Shaun adventure is out of this world

More From The Irish Examiner