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Full Name: Oksana Volkova
Nationality: Russian
Organization: GRU
Occupation Agent

Creator: Patrick Trese
Time Span: 2019 - 2019


Oksana Volkova is an agent of the GRU.

One might almost call her a spymaster for the way that she spends most of her time manipulating the people she encounters to further her schemes. One blurb regarding her described her as "a ruthless double-dealing Soviet Army intelligence officer" and considering her actions in these series of actions, that might have been a bit kind.

The series is subtitled Red Army Spies and the Blackrobes. The latter term refers, in my opinion, to the black garments routinely worn by Catholic priests and specifically to those of the Society of Jesus, aka Jesuits.

Formally, when we first meet her, the year is 1956 and she is Captain Oksana Volkova of the Chief Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Red Army. She has already been an officer in that division for a few years and had earned her promotions. Now she had come up with an audacious plan that she boldly took to the Director and gotten permission to put it into action.

Interestingly, while the stratagem she devised would take place in the United States and play with of two powerful subject matters, politics and religion, her overall target is the unseating on the newly selected Soviet Premier, Nikita Khrushchev. Her boss at the GRU, General Michail Andreyevich Kalenko had been fearing the rise of this man for some time but had hoped that the men in charge after Stalin's death, Molotov, Malenkov, and Beria, would stop him but it was not to be. That is when Volkova's plan was authorized by him.


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2019
Last Appearance:2019

1 Death & Duplicity Death & Duplicity
Written by Patrick Trese
Copyright: 2019

The year is 1956. The Cold War is about to get even hotter with Khrushchev recently taking control. Oksana Volkova of the GRU is given the go-ahead for her bold plan by the director of that bureau and heads to the States for research. The tale then jumps to 1961 and the first parts of her scheme.
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2 Days of Danger Days of Danger
Written by Patrick Trese
Copyright: 2019

The year is 1962. As the plans of Oksana Volkova get further along, so does the danger. Also getting more dangerous is the state of relations between the US and USSR. "Two people in America soon learn that humanity is on the brink of World War III. One of them is Oksana Volkova".
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3 Death & Discernment Death & Discernment
Written by Patrick Trese
Copyright: 2019

The year is 1963. The assassination of John Kennedy has thrown everything in Charley Coogan's plans at the Milford Novitiate and Oksana Volkova has to tread carefully. A Jesuit visitor from Rome could cause tremendous problems.
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3.5 Red Army Spies and the Blackrobes Red Army Spies and the Blackrobes
Written by Patrick Trese
Copyright: 2019

Omnibus collection of the three previously released novels:
Death & Duplicity
Days of Danger
Death & Discernment

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I would not want to have to go up against Oksana Volkova. Ever. I would lose each time and would almost certainly be so enchanted by her along the way that I would either not notice I had lost, I might not have cared that much at the time. Spookily enchanting woman, Ms. Volkova.

Also enchanting, well, certainly mesmerizing, is the prose that the author uses to recount to us the actions of this wonderfully dangerous foreign operative. The man knows how to tell a story. Strangely, I can find nothing more than this trilogy by this fellow, except the wonderfully oddly named Penguins Have Square Eyes.


My Grade: B+


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