Redeye Fulda Cold: A Rick Fontain Novel

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Redeye Fulda Cold by Bill Fortin is a different type of war novel. This piece of history is set in 1969 West Germany. The reality of what happened in the Cold War on the border between the opposing forces of East and West makes this a great read; it's an important part of our military history. Rick Fontain, the main character, is found just out of high school working for Bell Systems when he is summoned by his friends and neighbors. During his induction into the US Army he is given an aptitude test. The test results change the path of his life forever. He is encouraged to become an officer but the extra time, in addition to his two years, is a no go for Rick. He opts for training on the Redeye, the first ever hand held surface to air missile system designed for close combat for the infantry. What Rick doesn't know is that he is being watched from afar. His progress is being scrutinized and he is being evaluated for recruitment into the CIA. The style of the author, Fortin, is written in the first person. We travel with Bill on a journey that follows the army life of Rick though short snippets of his, at times, humorous and MASH-like journey. The style of headers detailing the timeframe of where and when things were taking place are unique and are always appreciated by the reader always pushing to find out where and when what would happen next. His journey from boot camp continues when he is stationed near the Fulda Gap. Not a well known place, but its stragetic position to the free world was an important post that kept Europe safe during those tense 30 plus years. Rick and his team would become one of the greatest deterrents to an invasion from Mother Russia. Fortin brings all the key elements together to make a fabulous story: mystery; intrigue; love; suspense; bravery and reality. It is a snap shot in history back to when the world was at the brink. Redeye Fulda Cold is a historical expression of our military tradition. The story ends leaving the reader wanting to see a sequel novel to find out where Rick goes next. Author Bill Fortin has deftly combined fictional characters and people he served with in the United States Army to recount some important but little-known events during the Cold War. His story takes the reader to the people and places of the late 1960s European Military Community and a series of carefully crafted CIA military operations designed to thwart a possible Russian invasion through the infamous Fulda Gap.

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Bill Fortin served in the United States Army, 3rd Armor Division, from April 1968 to April 1970. Retired from Bell Labs in 2001, he is currently the CEO of IBS, Inc., an international marketing and systems engineering company. He holds a Masters Degree in Management Sciences from the University of Baltimore. A native of Maryland, he and his wife Judy reside in the rolling hills of Westminster, with a host of furred and feathered friends.

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"With a smooth, wry touch, Bill Fortin spins a page-turning Cold War tale capturing both the great bravery and the occasional comic moments -- some intentional, some classic SNAFUs -- of U.S. military intelligence saving the world from Russia invasion." -- W.E.B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth IV, #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Authors

A suspenseful, hard-hitting and astonishing piece of military history!, January 26, 2016 By C.R.PUTSCHE "RedEye: Fulda Cold is a suspenseful,hard-hitting and astonishing piece of military history that is set in1969 West Germany and explores the reality of what happened on theborder between the conflicting forces of East and West that I knew verylittle about until now." walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

Rick Fontain tells us about his exciting adventures through a first personnarrative that allows the reader to travel with Rick from his initialinduction into the army, following him on his journey where he and histeam are stationed near the Fulda Gap to prevent an invasion or attackfrom Russia.

As a reader, I felt that I could connect easily with Rick on his incredible journey as he takes you by the hand and doesn'tlet it go until the last page. Fortin does a remarkable job ofdescribing the people and the landscape of the late 1960s, whilethrowing more light onto the tactics that the American military deployed to contain Russia in the Cold War. I certainly hope that this isn'tthe last we have heard from Rick Fontain, and do hope that there is asequel in the near future, as I cannot wait to read more of this younghero's adventures and more of his infectious good humor.

Finally, I would also like to add that Fortin has put together a remarkably well written story with a vast amount of meticulous research and footnotesthat detail the time frame of when and where things take place. I foundthis to be tremendously helpful as it strengthened my understanding andadded to my reading pleasure.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

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