Dunn's Conundrum

Dunn's Conundrum

by Stan Lee

Its the mid-1980s and the cold war hasnt thawed.

The Library, a super-secret U.S. espionage agency is keeping an eye on the Russians and everybody else.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 3.67
  • Pages: 404
  • Publish Date: November 1985
  • Isbn10: 0446341339
  • Isbn13: 9780446341332

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This book has an important message for our times.

However, with all due respect to the deceased author (R.I.P.), his obvious left-wing agenda does much to dampen my enthusiasm for this novel; anti-military, anti-market, anti-gun, anti-individualism. Mr. Lee liked to depict conservatives as mindless vicious warmongers, but was apparently forgetful of phrase "Pot, meet kettle." After all, Lee worked on LBJ's 1964 presidential campaign and was one of the brains behind the infamous "Daisy Girl" commercial which insinuated that the late, great Sen. Barry Goldwater was a vicious jingoist....yet it was LBJ who wound up escalating the Vietnam War and was ultimately responsible for the majority of our country's 58,000 deaths for whom the author sheds so many crocodile tears within the pages of the book. And the author also seemed to conveniently forget that it was GOP President Nixon who got us out of Vietnam, de-escalating LBJ's legacy while simultaneously fighting the Vietnam War much more effectively from 1970-72 and coming much closer to actually *winning* that war than most left-wingers in academia and media are willing to acknowledge. And for all of the efforts of the author (and protagonist Walter Coolidge and the fictitious Emersons peacenik group) to depict Reagan and other conservatives as hell-bent on nuclear war, it turns out that the Reagan Administration did a lot more to constructively engage the Soviet Union in arms reduction and thus reducing the scare of world nuclear annihilation (remember the INF Treaty, folks?). Entertaining, yes, prescient in some ways, yes, but with a political agenda that should be taken with a grain on salt by those of us who are students of Cold War history. 21: "....revival meetings in the War Room," haha, yikes. 62: "Office of Fiscal Foolhardiness, Office of Foreign Failures, Office of Federal Fuckups," all priceless, but the author left out "Operation Fontucky Freedom!" --p. 176: "Coolidge had made garbage respectable, had turned it into an instrument of national policy." And present-day Federal law enforcement agencies certainly appreciate the value of trash runs.

The book eloquently shows that there is a tremendous difference between the two, and in the end, as knowledge is informed by intuition and leaps into the unknown that then demonstrates new linkages and understanding, it shows that you cannot just rely on information. Intuition, is also linked to that gut feeling , and now that we know that humans have a mini brain in their stomachs, (see http://www.collective-evolution.com/2... https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-re...). Interesting how such scenarios, if well written, can stand the test of time. It also only works for single-occupancy households, not flats, as if you all share the same dustbins (UK word here) who know just who throw away the whiskey bottles? But in the scenario posited here in the book, they were monitoring single occupancy houses and presumably the servants had separate bins. Now in our flats we have different bins. And as stated in the book, the Hawks in the US can always tell a good story to try and convince John Doe.

Lee started his career as a writer of suspense novels with Dunns Conundrum a riveting espionage story about a covert US intelligence organization and the operatives who work there. Lees second thriller The God Project, follows an advertising executive working as a political campaign aide for the President. In addition to writing novels and working in advertising, Lee served in the army and the navy during the Korean War and worked as a design engineer and a technical writer.

A somewhat jumbled riddle to start and at the point of giving it up (I rarely do) it became interesting.

This is a political thriller that is scary that it is so realistic.

I am awed by Lee's ability to so beautifully capture the angst of the time and provide a detailed description of the people involved in the process. It's well worth your time to read it.