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Written by: Joseph Rinaldo
Genre: Fiction
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A retired CIA operative comes to believe he wasted his professional life not only promoting questionable American policies, but missing life with his family. To ease the pain he diverts millions that the CIA expected him to use funding a coup attempt that would establish a pro-American government in an African country. Seeing the coup would fail, Garrison decides to save the money for himself. You, the reader, can decide if he's a villain with evil intent, a hero with altruistic motives, or a regular guy sick of working for peanuts in a dangerous environment.

Back at home he and his wife look forward to their golden years being luxuriously comfortable and opulently relaxed. Unfortunately, after his wife dies in a tragic accident, he must learn all that she knew about caring for Noah, their mentally retarded son. After a life of planning for contingencies, the former spy must deal with the possibility that he may die before his son. Who will care for the son when the dad spent a life out of the country and now has no one to lean on?

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anonymous's picture

It sounds like an interesting story line, I like it.

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5* Review The Inscrutable Life of a Spy, January 24, 2011
By Citizen John (USA)This review is from: A SPY AT HOME (Kindle Edition)

The Number One lesson for a band, it is said, is to get off stage while the audience still wants you. A Spy At Home is like a Grisham novel exiting stage right just as the subconscious mind tells you this is not really fiction. I'm ready to read more by Joseph Rinaldo.

Spies like Garrison, the protagonist, have a tendency to become their legend, their claimed background or biography. They support it by documentation, memorization and years of life experience. They live what they project. One of Garrison's tradecrafts is moving and hiding large funds clandestinely. However, Garrison assumes caregiver responsibilities and that changes everything.

I was unsure whether Garrison is an unusually caring man or if so much of his time was window dressing. He could not easily have selected a better cover story to convince observers that what they are observing is genuine. My suspicions were confirmed that there would be a wet job well into the approximately 125-page story. Even now I think about this story and wonder where reality ends and fiction begins.