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.
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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.
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