Standoff, How The Cold War Really Ended

Rated 4.96/5 based on 23 reviews
What if everything you thought you knew about how the Cold War ended was wrong? Forget about Reagan, Gorbachev and the Pope. When the superpowers decided they couldn't blow each other off the face of the Earth, other plans had to be created. Think of Dr. Strangelove meets Barney Fife meets Angie Tribeca while wagging the dog. Standoff is the participants' story...and they are sticking to it! More

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About Rick Karlsruher

I have led an usual life. Shortly after graduating from college I decided to be a writer. After several years of trying I thought I was on my way only to find it would lead to a Homeric odyssey.

The impact of those two years took me away from writing for more than twenty years. After much cajoling, I succumbed to literally hundreds of requests to write my story that became A Story Almost Told.

Doing so has led me back to this passion.

Now comes Standoff, How the Cold War Really Ended. If you thought you knew, you were wrong. A simple detective story morphs into a spectacular satire on power and arrogance.

Paying homage to Jonathan Swift, Dr, Strangelove, Rowan & Martin and Jon Stewart, Standoff will inform you and create laughter.

I am a graduate of Wake Forest University.

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Review by: TiraGP on July 19, 2017 :
This story has a really twisted plot and a good bit of humour. I was able to follow most of it, but there were several historical references that I didn't understand. There was a good balance between action and plenty of funny surprises, although there was quite a bit of long dialog with characters talking through many plot points.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
Review by: jwhartwell on June 26, 2017 :
I read a lot, but almost exclusively science. I occasionally read travel, particularly journals that recount careful observation. I almost never read humor or fiction. Life is full, and days are short.

So I didn't rush to this book when others recommended it. In fact, had they not later asked how I liked it, I might have quite forgotten. The loss would have been mine. It's a good book, and I am happier for having spent the evening with it.
(reviewed 51 days after purchase)
Review by: Chuck Boyer on May 23, 2017 :
Rick actually sent me an advance copy to read, so I didn't really have to buy it, but want to support him. After reading his first book, I knew this would be a must have! I love his sense of humor, adventure, & imagination. Always entertaining.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Nancy Hartwell on May 16, 2017 :
Hilarious book, a belly laugh a page. Love it.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
Review by: michdeac25 on May 12, 2017 :
I read Rick's previous offering "A Story Almost Told" and really enjoyed the hilarious happenstance stories that the author experienced. But a story is only as good as the person telling the story. Thankfully, Rick knows how to tell a story. I haven't yet finished "Standoff" yet but the author's penchant for story telling is on full display again. It's a page turner and time flies by when you're reading it.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
Review by: SJLancaster on May 8, 2017 :
I agree with Debbiea99. I like that the women in the book are leaders and capable. Lauren and Lucy were also young which was cool. They were very, very funny. Every time I didn’t think I could laugh harder I was proven wrong. What a great read!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Review by: Win Joyner on May 3, 2017 :
Couldn't put it down unless I was laughing too hard. Great read. Rick is a talented writer. I'll be suggesting this to anyone.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Bessem Enonchong on May 1, 2017 :
I love this book. In Cameroon we love seeing the little guys rake in the money while the big guys are preoccupied with other things. I'm going to get a bunch of them as gifts.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: Ophilea Jay on April 29, 2017 :
Great read and a funny guy! Loved his style of writing.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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