Author Guest Post: Sourcing a Story-Line by Bill Fortin

Bill Fortin
Bill Fortin

Sourcing a Story-line

PERRYVILLE, MD 0700 WEDNESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER, 2010

Where do the ideas for the story-lines originate?
In my case it a combination of career, travel, and a wide selection of personal experiences spanning 20 years in the international marketplace. RFC (Redeye Fulda Cold), for example, literally washed over me like an ocean wave.

Are you familiar with the term Déjàvu?
After almost fifty years it was the simple wording on the highway signage that opened the floodgates. The saga of RFC had been silently running in the back of my mind for quite a while. Besides… I was told by my family doctor that it is important, from time to time, to confront all of our first near-death experiences. The year was 2012. We were transporting one of our horses on the interstate. We were on our way to the New Bolton Medical Center. His name was Quiot Handsome… because he was. The good news of the day was the very talented surgeon, who had recently worked on Barbaro, was going to operate on our Handsome. It was the signage displayed just past the toll booth that triggered the event. The flashback hit me like a ton of bricks. I had not contemplated this place and its unique situation for over 40 years. It was at that moment I made a decision. The saga of what happened to me and my team so very long ago would finally be told. RFC is the accounting of the silent combat fought in West Germany’s production of the Cold War and the experiences felt in a little known piece of real estate called the Fulda Gap.

Medellin: Acapulco Cold by Bill Fortin

Book Review: Medellin: Acapulco Cold (Rick Fontain Book 3) by Bill Fortin

Medellin Acapulco Cold (A Cold War Adventure with Rick Fontain Book 3)
Medellin: Acapulco Cold (Rick Fontain Book 3) by Bill Fortin

Blurb:

In March 1987, the CIA’s Operation Acapulco Cold took on the Medellín cartel. The journey would be dangerous. The alternative for not recovering the nuke would be too horrible to imagine. 
A theft occurs as a result of President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev’s treaty agreement in January 1986. Russian SS-20 medium-range missiles were removed from Eastern Europe and their nuclear MIRV packages removed. A shadow group inside the failing Russian government steals three of the nose-cone assembles. 
A Russian named Geonov is charged with selling one of these devices to the Medellin cartel. The asking price was $40 million dollars in cash. Pablo Escobar did not even blink when he was offered one. Operation Acapulco Cold is the detailed action taken by the CIA to address this life-altering situation.

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Medellin: Acapulco Cold (Rick Fontain Book 3) by Bill Fortin

Review:

A face-paced book that grips your attention from the very beginning. If you enjoy reading historical books, this book would surely entertain you. Fortin’s work clearly shows that an extensive research had been made to write this book, which revolves around the Cold War.

It’s hard to believe that this is a work of fiction, especially when the story features Ronald Reagan and a detailed setting of the 80’s. Truly an enjoyable read and it didn’t take a long time to finish the book, considering that the plot really hooked me into the story.

A 4.5 star !

Book Review for Stinger: Operation Cyclone (A Rick Fontain Novel Book 2) by Bill Fortin

Stinger: Operation Cyclone (A Rick Fontain Novel Book 2) by [Fortin, Bill]

Stinger: Operation Cyclone (A Rick Fontain Novel Book 2)

Book Review:

It is hard to believe that this is a work of fiction. It is so realistically written that it feels like a real adventure. I enjoy stories based on the Middle East and therefore this story is a good reading treat. The story dwells heavily with the military operation and how the supply of arms to foreign country is made difficult under the control of the USA. I like how the author described places like Afghanistan and Kuala Lumpur in detail that literally makes me feel like being transported to those places. Some parts of the book will require you to pay close attention to different timelines as the story jumps back and forth to different dates.

A great read and a well thought-out book!

A 4 star for this book

The books blurb:

Rick Fontain is back… A Cold War adventure that peers inside the exploits of Senator Charlie Wilson and CIA’s Task Force Chief Gust Avrakotos. Strange bedfellows they were… their alliance proved to be one of the most successful partnerships in the history of the CIA. Stinger: Operation Cyclone centers on the results of these efforts.

The adventure begins with the election of Ronald Regan in 1979. This was the same year that the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Early in 1982 POTUS called for a plan of action to arm and finance the Jihadi warriors known as the Mujahideen. Operation Cyclone was the code name assigned to this project.

CIA Officer Mike Vickers, not a participant in this story, was solicited by Avrakotos to help design and roll out the blueprint to equip the Mujahideen. Included in this Covert Action program was the Stinger guided missile. This weapon system would be credited as the major factor in the Russian withdraw in 1989.

General Gerald Bushman returns as the Director, Defense Intelligence Agency. Rick Fontain, who was now a Member, Technical Staff of AT&T’s Bell Labs, is brought in for his expertise with the Stinger technology. His familiarity with the Russian gunship, the Mil Mi24 was just icing on the cake.

Rick is re-united with his Redeye instructor, Andy Davis, and together they would lay out a plan to kill buku Russian aircraft. However, the operation stalls in 1982 and would not move forward until Rick thwarts an assignation attempt on one, Maalouf Torki bin Taisei. Mr. Taisei is a Malaysian government official. He is also the largest arms dealer on the Pacific Rim.

The KGB gets wind that the Pakistan ISI has agreed to support Operation Cyclone. Their attacks are fierce. However, the result was not what they expected. President Regan issued a change to the original operation requirements. The gloves were to come off. Rick Fontain is told to do whatever it takes to get Stinger into the hands of the Afghan Freedom Fighters.

In 1985 President Zia finally OK’s the American plan to provide the Stinger technology to the Mujahideen. American Special Forces, the Green Beret and DELTA, were assigned to the training center at the ISI’s Ojhri Camp. CIA’s, LTC Jim Pezlola and CWO Gary Larson, solicit the Mujahideen Command to provide students for the very first class of Stinger shooters.
Rick takes the graduating class into Afghanistan to the Russian airbase at Bagram. The rest… as they say… is history. Operation Cyclone may not have ended the Cold War, but it certainly had weakened the Soviet Union’s resolve. So much so… that in 1993 it financially collapsed.

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