Crooked Cross Factor unfolds in 1969 and much of the world is in turmoil. The Vietnam War rages on in Southeast Asia and NATO is still focused on the Bear - The Soviet Union. Into this arena arrives Derek Smith, site security chief for the US Embassy in Reykjavik, Iceland. Held responsible for the failures at the US Embassy in Saigon, South Vietnam during the Tet Offensive, Smith has been transferred to Iceland as punishment.Then one night the picture becomes blurry. Soviet commandos break into Smiths apartment by "mistake" and so sets the stage for a battle against time. Embroiled in this conflict are the mutinous crew of a Russian submarine, a sunken WWII U-boat loaded with gold, secret agents from countries around the globe and innocent players wrapped up in the conflict.Into this diplomatic crisis comes Derek Smith, a security specialist in the doghouse, who is actually the chosen solution to prevent an escalating nightmare. Smith has a checkered past - once a collegiate fencing champion, graduate of The State Departments Diplomatic Security Service, and scapegoat for the failings at the Embassy in Saigon, he is spiraling into a conflict seemingly out of his league. To complicate things even further, Smith falls in love with the Icelandic Minister of Roads, a woman gifted in many ways and who seems to be other than she claims.Take an action-packed, roller-coaster ride into the shadowy back-room of embassies, nations pushing the brink of war and agents betraying innocent, or not so innocent, bystanders. Crooked Cross Factor will hook you with its historical events, then entertain you with counter move and double cross.Once again, adventure author Derek Hart brings riveting action, but this time in a cold war espionage novel filled with twists and surprises. Crooked Cross Factor will not only entertain you with hero Derek Smith, but youll be asking yourself if perhaps all this really happened.