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The Thin Wall: A POW/MIA Truth Novel by [West, R. Cyril]
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A character-driven portrayal of the 1968 Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, brought to life through the conflict between an intriguingly cultured, yet conniving KGB colonel and the people of a small village who courageously (and sometimes timidly) try to resist oppression.

Midnight, August 20, 1968: the sirens of Prague are sounding. Without warning, Russian tanks have crossed the frontier and are pouring into the city. The Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia has begun. Arriving with the troops is Colonel Grigori Dal, a seasoned KGB officer and coldblooded killer. While the country slips into chaos, Dal uses the fighting as cover to apprehend an American prisoner-of-war from a military prison in Prague. Within days, only a cursed woman and a troubled war hero will stand between him and protecting the Cold War’s darkest secret: proof U.S. servicemen were secretly transferred to the Soviet Union.

R. Cyril West’s unforgettable novel of tragic love, suspense, intrigue, and the dangerous machinations of the human heart—The Thin Wall.

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About the Author

R. Cyril West studied Arabic and International R. Cyril West writes about the POW/MIA issue. His first novel, The Thin Wall, received the B.R.A.G. Medallion Award for fiction. His next POW/MIA Truth novel is scheduled to be published in summer of 2016. He lives in Happy Valley, Oregon, with his Wife and Children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Molon Labe Books; First edition (Jan. 16 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I1KF59C
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We are proud to announce that THE THIN WALL: A POW/MIA TRUTH NOVEL by Cyril West is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6aa08d8) out of 5 stars Great read, interesting, tugs at the heart: most importantly, raises awareness. July 25 2014
By Ryan J. Dejonghe - Published on
Format: Paperback
I’m keeping this shorter than my other reviews, but that doesn’t lessen the impact this book had on me. If anything, it increases with brevity. The story was exciting, and at times, heart-wrenching. All around, author R. Cyril West has brought about an excellent book: the other reviews, the blurbs, the map—but what created the most effect on me was after reading the book, going back and re-reading the intro by William Beck and reading the end-book historical notes from the author. To realize other human beings, let alone Americans, have been held in secret…well, it is agonizing to think about. Our recent news only highlights how much government involves themselves in covering of secrets that deal with human life, and carnage.

I will add this: I appreciate the author’s involvement with Czechoslovakia in his story. Similar to me recently learning about Chechnya in A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA, so I learned about so much in West’s story. To read this is to raise awareness of many things outside our protected boxes of information.

Thank you to the author for reaching out to me and providing an electronic version of this book for my review.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6aa092c) out of 5 stars Very well done Sept. 17 2014
By Sunshine Somerville - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I equally enjoyed and was moved by this book. Though fiction, the events and people portrayed seemed entirely plausible, historically. Having previously known very little about Czechoslovakia of this era, I appreciated this glimpse into an unknown culture. It's also very easy to believe that the Soviet Union's actions in this part of the world could have involved these very atrocities. The ending is both heartwarming and tragic, which made this story again feel like it could be a very real piece of history.

I will say that the POW/MIA aspect is more of a device that serves in the background. The main focus of the story is on Anya and the native people who are trapped under the boot of the increasing mad Soviet colonel with plans of his own. The character of Milan was the most interesting to me, and through him this all ties together. The love-triangle aspect didn't feel entirely necessary to me, but it works fine. Some of the characters, I'm mostly thinking of young Jiri, sometimes do or say things that don't seem quite natural but move the action where the author wants, but it's forgivable. I really liked that the dialogue often sounded as if it had been translated, adding to cultural tone of the story.

As far as this book's general worth as a book, the story moves along with a well-paced plot. The characters are interesting, believable, hated when they're supposed to be, and cared about when they're supposed to be. Everything that happens is believable, for the most part. The tension builds to a climax where I couldn't put the book down until I was done. The writing itself flows well and isn't distracting by showing off what the author can do, instead letting the story stand for itself.

Highly recommend for anyone interested in historical fiction with a plausible, political "conspiracy theory" twist.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6aa0d64) out of 5 stars An Intoxicating Thriller Sept. 28 2014
By Believer - Published on
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"The Thin Wall" by R. Cyril West is a powerful and emotionally-charged blend of tragic love, deception and fierce determination that begins with the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. In the village of Mersk Colonel Grigori Dal a KGB officer, and his troop have seized the mayor's villa, his intent is not only to control the town and its populace, but to secure an American prisoner of war that he's ransoming to Cuba for a sizeable reward. What he doesn't expect is to have his authority thwarted by a beautiful woman who's shunned by the villagers and by a doctor looking for salvation from a mistake of the past.

In a story that is intensely riveting the threads of the plot not only bring to light Dal's destructive path in trying to subvert the citizens of Mersk , but the tragic incarceration and suffering of American POW's held in captivity after the Vietnam war. Although fiction the plot is build on historical fact - the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia and the fate of "American service personnel listed as missing in action during the Vietnam war." With stark intensity and mounting suspense R. Cyril West builds a plot that centers around a woman ostracized because of her mixed bloodline, and a hero haunted by his past; both stand like a" thin wall " between the weak and the strong. Feeling cursed because of premonitions that predicted the death of her lovers Anya Sahhat refuses to be thwarted by the vicious tongues of the villagers or the lascivious overtures of a demented KGB officer. Similarly Dr. Milan Husak, a man whose American connection could mean death if discovered, refuses to be coerced into a deadly rescue until circumstances propel him into setting aside love for deliverance. Woven into a plot filled with violence and cruelty there are strong elements of courage, love, forgiveness and self-sacrifice.

The core characters, like the plot are well-developed and complex, each one driven by either fanatical principals or dark secrets. Ayna Sahhat a child of Czech and Azeri blood stoically suffers the villagers harassment as well as the pain of rape as a teen. Feeling cursed because of the sudden tragic deaths of her lovers, she buries her emotions in the music of her beloved cello. Yet for all her troubles she's feisty, stubborn, headstrong and courageous. Anya is intensely protective of Jiri her difficult and impulsive son who shuns school to play football in the streets. Dr. Milan (Mickey) Husak during WWII gave up his American roots to remain in Czechoslovakia as a doctor and has climbed the rungs of success in the Ministry of Health. A war hero troubled by a dark secret is humble, unselfish and empathetic. Gunnery Sergeant Russell Edward Johnston is the brave POW, a hero who has been abused and tortured yet remains silent in adversity answering every question with his name, rank and serial number.

Yet it is the realism of the antagonists in this story that sends chills down your back and keeps you wrapped up in the story from the first page to the last. Colonel Grigori Dal is a merciless Russian killer who's an arrogant, smug and intimidating hardliner. Under the pretext of peaceful co-existence he bullies the villagers with threats, a heartless murder and a tank aimed at the steeple of the church. Yet for all his Communist principals he will lie and cheat to selfishly get what he wants. His henchman Sergeant Gurko is just as cruel, vicious and merciless. Like all the personalities they add power, drama and passion to this intoxicating tale that brings to light the tragic imprisonment of POW's still considered missing in action.

I thoroughly enjoyed this captivating story and highly recommend it with its sheer intensity, stark honesty and high-powered suspense. My only small criticism is that I would have liked to have known what happened to Anya and the Mersk villagers after all the death and destruction
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa60e5048) out of 5 stars Ever American should read and be aware Jan. 25 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book very much, and found it to be very informative. It is indeed a sin what our country has left undone, and I sincerely hope this novel will bring awareness to our American citizens.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6c8e8e4) out of 5 stars Informative! Feb. 19 2014
By Jim Hill - Published on
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. I didn’t know that much about POWs or the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia before reading. Told in an interesting way, with characters I could relate to! Would highly recommend.