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The Able Archers: A Cold War Spy Thriller

Brian J. Morra

As seen on CNN's Secrets and Spies and Netflix's hit documentary series Turning Point: The Bomb and the Cold War

From Netflix's and BBC's expert Cold War consultant

A Top 30 Best Military Thrillers on Goodreads

Winner of 16th Annual National Indie Excellence Award for Best Military Fiction

"Terrifying" -#1 New York Times bestselling author Jack Carr

"A revelatory thriller with edge-of-your-seat, end-of-the-world suspense." -Kirkus Reviews

"As compelling as it is informative and as entertaining as it is terrifying, the novel The Able Archers is a great read and highly recommended." -New York Journal of Books

"Real life always provides the best drama. Telling the story needs a careful narrator. . . . No surprise that this has been picked up for a film/series. I'm eager to experience again." -Madeline, Goodreads reviewer


A riveting story of how two men's lives intersect in the midst of an existential crisis, The Able Archers is told through the eyes of two key participants: a young American intelligence officer, Captain Kevin Cattani; and his more experienced Soviet counterpart, Colonel Ivan Levchenko. The story plays out from the skies over Siberia to the gritty, dangerous streets of East Berlin. The radically different worldviews of Cattani and Levchenko punctuate the deep divisions of the Cold War. The evolving relationship between the two men also highlights the humanity common to both sides.

Only by working together will Cattani and Levchenko find a way to prevent a global nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union.

"Morra does a masterful job in recreating the events which led us to the edge of nuclear Armageddon. The Able Archers is not for the faint hearted but is a must read." -Samuel G. Tooma, Oceanographer and Author

"Can send shivers up the spines." -Intelligence Officer Larry Cox

Book Details

  • Publisher: Koehler Books
  • Publish Date: Mar 22nd, 2022
  • Pages: 296
  • Language: English
  • Edition: undefined - undefined
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.67in - 0.96lb
  • EAN: 9781646635627
  • Categories: Thrillers - HistoricalThrillers - PoliticalThrillers - Military

About the Author

Morra, Brian J.: - Brian Morra is a highly decorated former American intelligence officer and a retired aerospace executive. An on-air expert in the hit Netflix series "Turning Point: The Bomb and the Cold War", he also contributed his extensive expertise to the CNN/BBC documentary "Secrets and Spies: A Nuclear Game". His award-winning Able Archers series of historical thrillers is based on true events and Brian's own personal encounters with different players as an intelligence officer.His debut was called "frighteningly relevant" by #1 New York Times bestselling author Jack Carrand "possibly the most important book to be published this year" by U.S. Retired Army GeneralBryan Doug Brown. The Able Archers tells the incredible story of the very real nuclear war crisis of 1983. And the acclaimed follow up, The Righteous Arrows, incorporates the true story of theCIA's role in supplying the Afghan rebels who fought the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.Brian was raised in southern Virginia and currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area and inFlorida. He earned degrees from William and Mary, the University of Oklahoma, and Georgetown University. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.Visit to sign up for Brian's newsletter and be the first to know about the next installment to his page-turning Cold War thriller series.

Praise for this book

"Brian J. Morra is 'the master craftsman'. The Able Archers is brilliant."

-Former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen

". . . a powerful reminder of the value of human judgment- and the continuing peril posed by nuclear-armed powers."

-Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense 2006-2011

"The Able Archers is possibly the most important book to be published this year."

-General Bryan Doug Brown, United States Army (Retired), 7th Commander US Special Operations Command

". . . a fast-paced ride through one of the worst crisis periods of the Cold War. . . . a terrifying yet factual story of how a few people prevented a global nuclear war. "

-Jack Carr, Former Navy SEAL Sniper, #1 New York Times Best-selling Author of In the Blood