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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
At the height of the Cold War, a beautiful Soviet nuclear engineer devised a plan code named Rustler. Zelta Rensky is a Russian Jewish woman who rises in the ranks in spite of her past. She is Russia's resident expert on nuclear submarines and submarine warfare and is about to go on a mission that will not only put her career on the line but also her personal life. Operation Code Name Rustler involves highjacking the USS Alabaster, a US nuclear submarine. It is an ambitious plan that will bring Zelta Rensky face to face with a long lost brother that she has given up for dead a long time ago. She attempts to outwit the Russians, Americans and the Cubans in a deadly game where torture and death await those who fail.
"Code Name Rustler" is a thriller that is set in 1965 when the arms race between Russia and the United States of America is at its peak. And authors Sipple and Wolstenhome have certainly captured the tension and conflict at that time. This is a fast-paced novel that is filled with action and adventure that makes the reader breathless and gasping for breath after every chapter. I like the way how the tension is maintained throughout the story with all the twists and turns. All the elements of an interesting thriller can be found in this book. And when the denouement comes at the end, the timing is just perfect. This narrative brings us to the exciting but dangerous world of espionage and it does seem to be very real. This is a book I can definitely recommend to my family and friends.