Johnston, Beau The Red Hat

ISBN 13: 9781889131405

The Red Hat

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9781889131405: The Red Hat

The Red Hat is a novel of adventure and romance. The hero is a 47-year-old 'top gun' jet fighter pilot in the Russian air force. He is one of two pilots sent up to interdict the progress of Korean Airlines Flight 007 in 1983. The flight had strayed off its course into soviet air space. His name is Colonel Yuri Lwoff. Yuri realizes the aircraft is not a spy plane and fabricates an excuse so he doesn't have to shoot it down. However, the other pilot destroys the Boeing 747 with the loss of 269 innocent lives. The two pilots are told to lie at a hastily called news interview. When they are exposed as not being truthful the interview is abruptly terminated and both pilots are transferred back to Moscow and put under the 'control' of the KGB. In Moscow Yuri is reunited with his best friend who he originally entered basic training with. They have remained close friends over the years. More importantly, Yuri meets the ' love of his life', Stasha. Yuri plans to take early retirement and raise strawberries at a farm he owns in his native Ukraine. Stasha is an army nurse. Unbeknownst to her the director of the hospital she works at, Dr. Yagoda, harbors a salacious obsession for Stasha. With the help of his friend, KGB director Beri, Dr. Yagoda is able to 'control' Stasha. Is there some way for Yuri to break this control?

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In the pre-dawn hours of September 1, 1983 Korean Airlines Flight 007 strayed over 300 miles from its filed flight plan to Seoul from New York City. This deviation put the plane over Soviet territory for two and a half hours. The last two jet fighters sent up to interdict the flight shoot it down resulting in the loss of 269 innocent lives.

At a hastily called news interview the military is caught lying about the fate of the plane. As a result the two pilots are assigned to new duty in Moscow and put under the control of the KGB. Thus begins our story of Adventure and Romance. One of the two pilots did not shoot at the doomed plane on purpose. His name is Colonel Yuri Lwoff and he is the "top gun" fighter pilot in the Soviet Air Force. In Moscow Yuri is reunited with his best friends, Katrina and Ghennady Ivanov. He also meets the "love of his life," Stasha. Everything seems to be going well for Stasha and Yuri. However the perverted Dr. Yagoda and his evil friend, KGB director Beri, have also noticed the Lovely Stasha.

About the Author:

Beau Johnston was born and raised in Western PA. He went to high school in Ellwood City, PA and then spent one year at the Phillips Exeter Academy in NH. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a degree of Economics. Beau was an industrialist in the Pittsburgh, PA area until 1991 when he moved to Palm Harbor, Fl to pursue his true love WRITING.

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