A SPY AT HOME - Joseph M. Rinaldo

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?

My take - A truly wonderfully written story of Garrison Stonebrook and his life as a CIA operative with all of the challenges that you would expect in the world of CIA intrigue and suspense. How he must adjust to family life after he decides to leave the CIA and the consequences he must face when tragedy spills over into his life and what he must do to cope with it in the end.

A SPY AT HOME is a must read! Be sure to set aside time for yourself to finish this book, once you start you won't want to put it down. You will connect immediately with Garrison and his family so much so that you will find yourself sometimes wondering if A SPY AT HOME is a work of fiction or is it a real life experience.

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