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The Soviet Comeback

Jamie Smith

In 1981 the Soviet Union is failing, and in a country where racial tensions run high, nobody would dream of a black Russian spy, least of all their Cold War opponents, the United States of America.

At least, that is the logic of Colonel Andrei Klitchkov when he steals Nikita Allochka, the teenage son of Nigerian immigrants, away from his loving family. Nikita must survive years of rigorous and often cruel training, for the purpose of becoming the KGB's most covert and deadly spy, embedded in a trusted position in the USA. Nikita enters a world of global espionage, bloody assassinations, Novichok poison and racial discrimination where friends, comrades and enemies are difficult to distinguish between.

Before long he finds himself caught between two superpowers, two romances and a conscience grappling with the awful things he must to do to protect the people he loves.

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Jamie Smith was born and raised in Birmingham, and studied history and journalism at the University of Wales, Bangor, before working as a journalist in Wales, Australia and Warwickshire. He then bounced around London and Brighton for several years and qualified as a therapeutic counsellor. Now living in Oxfordshire with wife, Anne, and daughter, Órla, when not working or parenting, he can be found playing and watching too much sport, pottering around at his allotment, travelling and cooking (with mixed results!).