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Of Our Own Device What do you do when you realize that the American Dream you ve been working for isn t enough if it s yours alone And what you re told to do will destroy the only true friend you ve ever had Summer ofJack Smith is a rookie CIA case officer posted at the American Embassy in Moscow Despite his gregarious nature, Jack is a lonely man not only is he a reluctant spy, he is also gay When he meets Eton Volkonsky, a talented nuclear physics student, Jack s bosses instruct him to develop the Russian as a future agent Their friendship deepens, and Jack is torn between his suspicion that Eton and friends are with the KGB and his attraction to the man But he continues telling himself and his bosses that he is just doing his job, developing his agent Only when he leaves Russia does Jack admit that he has been fooling himself He takes on assignments in various countries, with a hope that eventually they will get him back to MoscowAs introspection and growing doubts about what he does for living torment Jack,the world is buffeted by a whirlwind of dramatic events diplomatic and spy wars, the rise of AIDS, the Chernobyl catastrophe, the war in Afghanistan and the disintegration of the communist bloc Given a second chance, will Jack make the right choice


About the Author: M.K. South

M.K South has worked in international finance and development for over 20 years, living in or traveling to many countries including the ones featured in this debut novel Currently, M.K works in Eastern Europe and continues globetrotting, for work and to experience the world I was born a vagabond, says M.K., in a snow clad little place thousands miles way from the sun drenched city on the Black Sea my mother called home I then lived, studied and worked in other countries, poor, aspiring and rich I ve experienced poverty and war, as well as peace and prosperity, and I ve learned that you don t fully appreciate the latter, unless you ve known the former Today, I m still living in a foreign country, working in several others in the region, and traveling yet to others because I just can t get wanderlust out of my DNA.



10 thoughts on “Of Our Own Device

  1. says:

    I always find it very difficult to write a review of a book that deeply moved me I had a look at my reviews of my all time favorite books recently, and had to hold myself back not to make them disappear forever They sound like a disjointed mumbling of a ten year old girl who has jus


  2. says:

    4.5 It s 1985, Glasnost and Perestroika have come to Russia, AIDS, which had been steamrolling through the gay community, is making its presence known to the world at large, and the Year of the Spy is in full swing between the C.I.A and the KGB Welcome to the world compellingly and masterful


  3. says:

    I would like to share a few thoughts about this really OUTSTANDING book.To get to the point other reviewers were so right This is NOT a romance Rather, it s an EPIC, CONSUMING LOVE STORY Romance doesn t hit it too weak and to little to grasp what this book offered in its entirety It is so muchEven if


  4. says:

    This book is very well researched which in this case is both a good thing and a bad thing Let me explain The good part is that the facts as laid out in the book make you want to go and look fordetails, for pictures andfacts, a thing I did and enjoyed The bad thing here was that South was not curbed by a good


  5. says:

    Reviewed by Jenn for Diverse Reader Of Our Own Device by M K South almost felt like it was written just for me It has all the things I love all together mystery, suspense, history, spies, intrigue, and romance all rolled into one incredible book It s 1985 and we meet Jack Smith, a rookie CIA Officer, posted at the Ame


  6. says:

    Scene Two friends at a restaurant Friend 1 Wow, the food here is really terrible Friend2 I know And such small portions, too I m at a complete loss I don t know how to rate this book The espionage aspects were completely over my head, so essentially I skimmed 80% of it, looking for the love story parts When I got to them, I fo


  7. says:

    4.5 stars.Loved it If you love a love story, but need it to bethen a simple romance, you re going to love it If you love a story that is full of historical events that shaped our world as we know it, you ll love this book.But most of all I loved the characters I loved Eton s clever naivety, his quiet and total love He is the perfect ch


  8. says:

    Jack Smith is a somewhat reluctant CIA agent under deep cover in soviet era Moscow in the mid 1980s Preternaturally handsome, he is at heart a gay man, but as a spy he is whatever the company requires him to be as an American working in Soviet Era Moscow he does whatever is required to project an image of banal heterosexuality Jack is smart, sa


  9. says:

    Detailed and knowledgeable, but perhaps a little overlongAt 766 pages this is quite a long novel, but the characters are richly formed and keep you wanting to find out what happens in the end.The author does deliver huge detail to the daily life of an American spy in Moscow and East Berlin in the 80 s including the boring stuff such as report writing Th


  10. says:

    A Joyfully Jay review 4.25 starsOf Our Own Device is set during the 80s and covers most of the decade It primarily takes place in Soviet Russia and Germany Both nations faced massive turmoil during the 80s, turmoil that played out on American televisions and left an indelible impact on my own childhood Of Our Own Device covers everything from the AIDS crisis, t


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