CAMELOT’S COUSIN by David R. Stokes

When a Dad tries to bury the remains of the family pet in his Northern Virginia yard, he chances upon something hidden years before—a mysterious briefcase.  Its contents include a journal with cryptic writing.  He turns to his friend—and boss—Templeton Davis, a former Rhodes scholar, now a popular national radio talk show host, for help.

They soon realize that they are in possession of materials that were concealed more than 60 years earlier by a notorious deep cover agent for the Soviet Union. And also clues to a great last secret of the Cold War—the identity of the most effective spy in the history of espionage. 

This man’s treachery reaches the pinnacles of power and politics. It's a story that begins just before the Second World War breaks out and ultimately impacts the decades-long stand off that followed.

With help from a dedicated team from Davis’s broadcasting production company, the trail leads to a picturesque town in Vermont, the streets of New York City, the corridors of power in Washington, D.C.—and Oxford, England, where Davis realizes that the beautiful city of spires on the Thames was once also a city of spies.

The Oxford spies may never have reached the level of public notoriety as those from that other British bastion of academia—Cambridge—but the story was never been completely known—or told. In fact, it was still a very dangerous mine in which to dig, a fact borne out by a couple of suspicious deaths left in the wake of Templeton Davis’s travels.

Davis will discover that when the world came closest to unparalleled disaster, secrets were being betrayed at the highest levels.  He would also learn the real story about a time of great sorrow for mankind.

At a crucial moment, Templeton Davis quickly develops a bond borne of necessity with a beautiful young woman from Russia—someone with her own secrets.  And when what she knows is combined with what the famous broadcaster has discovered, two unlikely heroes find themselves in grave danger, yet poised to rock the world.

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© 2012 David R. Stokes