It Happened First in the (Fictional) Cold War

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've noticed how vaccines have been in the news of late. Once again, a Nick Temple File plot about a fictional Cold War operation finds its way into the contemporary news. You see, the reappearance of polio in young men and women who'd been given the polio vaccine lies at the heart of the plot of Silent Vector. And after the publication of Silent Vector, it was revealed that the CIA operated phony polio vaccination stations in Afghanistan. In other words, polio was at the heart of a CIA operation just as it was at the heart of a Nick Temple File. And about a year ago, Russia flexed its muscles in Ukraine effectively taking over the Crimean Peninsula, a southward thrust that gave it greater control of the Black Sea and, potentially, a greater naval presence in the Eastern Mediterranean. Well, in The Heraklion Gambit, the Soviet Union plots to take over Crete, another southern thrust aimed at potential naval hegemony in the region. It's important to note that the books came out before the contemporary news stories. Spooky, eh? In my latest Nick Temple File, The Flemish Coil, the deployment of American forces away from the European theater during the mid-1960s to the remote battlefields of Vietnam is the catalyst for a plot on this side of the Atlantic to reverse that trend by sparking a hot war between the Cold War's primary adversaries, the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. Now something similar hasn't happened yet, but given the track record of the Nick Temple File plots, it's probably just a matter of time. I wouldn't bet against it.