The System (Part IV)

Chapter Six:  Lietuvēns Kostya Rodionov served up some Solyanka soup to the four Prometheans, after which he poured a glass of vodka for each one of them. “Sobieski vodka for you, my good friends!  One of Poland’s finest!” Delta looked at Rodionov incredulously. “I would have thought that Russian Standard was your drink.  You seem to […]

The System (Part III)

Chapter Six:  Lietuvēns LENINGRAD, Saturday, 1st July 1989.  The Grand Tambov Hotel.  21:33 hours. “Okay, enough idle talking.  Drink your drinks but we’ve got to get started.  As you all know, Latvia is the focus.  I’ve spoken to our contacts in the Latvian Popular Front and I’ve met with their Estonian and Lithuanian partners and […]

The System (Part II)

Chapter Six:  Lietuvēns Kostya Rodionov was a relaxed and affable man in the autumn of his years.  There was very little about him that would betray his many years of service as a ruthless frontline agent of the Soviet KGB.  Nowadays, he preferred to divide his time between fishing and reading and other pursuits befitting […]

The System (Part I)

Chapter Six:  Lietuvēns “I am Peter Furneaux, foreign correspondent in Ventspils, Latvia reporting for Reuters World News” “I’m standing not more the 30 metres from the home of Latvian businessman, Aivars Lipšitzs, watching chaotic scenes evolve.  As I look behind myself, I see paramedics attending to one of the many security guards that patrol the […]

Agents of Retribution (Part II)

Chapter Five:  Lietuvēns I can’t help myself.  As a demon, I just love it when the plotting and scheming starts.  It’s a guilty pleasure of mine to watch and listen as somebody devises a deliciously naughty escapade against another individual.  Honestly, I don’t even care if its right or wrong. If dirty tricks could be […]

Agents of Retribution (Part I)

Chapter Five:  Lietuvēns In the grand scheme of human history, we don’t have to take a stroll too far down Memory Lane to find a time when Latvia was one of the richest countries in Europe.  Throughout the 1930s, Latvians enjoyed a standard of living that eclipsed Finland and Denmark.  Indeed, Latvians were the highest […]

The 9th of May

Chapter Four: Lietuvēns Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s time for me to tell you a tale that highlights the dangers involved when a man allows his “big head” to be controlled by his “little head”.  First, let’s flash back to a time well over seven decades ago. On the 9th of May, 1945, the final German […]

Vanquishing a Villain in Ventspils (Part II)

Chapter Three (continued): Lietuvēns Dita Kaķīte-Bezbikse strutted through the door, her Sophia Webster Evangeline white and rose gold leather sandals making a clopping sound across the Noir Belge marble tiles at the entry to the executive suite.  As usual for any visit she made to the Lipšitzs lair, her dark charcoal Versace v-neck dress sleekly […]

Delta, before he became Delta (Part III)

Chapter Two (continued): Lietuvēns Delta stood outside 1 Impasse de la Croix Pommier in Fontenay-sous-Boir, in the eastern suburbs of Paris.  Looking up at the arched hallway in front of him, he saw Fort de Nogent inscribed in the stone.  That’s what he was looking for.  Necessity, not ambition, had brought him to this place. The week […]