Start: 7:30 pm
Keith Raffel Tuesday, December 3, 7:30 p.m. A Fine and Dangerous Season The phone rings in the California home of businessman Nate Michaels before the sun is up on October 24, 1962. An hour later he's on an Air Force jet to Washington. Michaels hasn't seen or spoken to President Kennedy since they met at Stanford in the fall of 1940, but now JFK needs his help opening a back channel to defuse the threat posed by Soviet missiles in Cuba. In both the Pentagon and the Kremlin, pro-war generals want a showdown, not a humiliating compromise. As the world races toward nuclear holocaust during a fine and dangerous autumn, Michaels finds himself spinning in a maelstrom of statecraft, espionage, love, and betrayal. "It's been half a century since the Cuban Missile Crisis brought us to the edge of the abyss. It's about time we got a page-turning thriller this good about it. The stakes are incredibly high, the action swift and chilling, the writing sleek and smooth. And the historical characters, from JFK to General Curtis LeMay, leap off the page. It may be fiction, but you'll believe every word of it." --William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Harvard Yard and The Lincoln Letter. As counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Keith Raffel held a top secret clearance to watch over CIA activities. Since those days, he has run for Congress, supported himself at the racetrack, founded an award-winning Silicon Valley software company, worked at a DNA sequencing company, and written four novels.