This review is from www.Amazon.com: Redeye Fulda Cold: A War in the Cold Novel(Paperback Edition) July 2, 2014 – Martin Milco – 5.0 out of 5 stars on Amazon!
I served in Gelnhausen as 1st Platoon Leader. Bravo Company, 1st Battalion 48th Infantry. My time there did not overlap with the author’s, but this is an excellent, and at times humorous account of Cold Warriors whose mission it was to plug the Fulda Gap in the event of a Warsaw Pact invasion of Western Europe, I highly recommend this story for those interested in this period of history.
Although written as fiction, the novel does give a look and feel of what it was like for the two super-powers to stand eyeball to eyeball just a few kilometers apart for over 40 years. NATO forces were greatly disadvantaged in terms of personnel and armor versus its potential adversary. Consequently, planners and intelligence agencies were constantly devising and revising plans and operations to mitigate this enormous disparity.
Fortin’s novel focuses on a unique operation within the overall defense plan. Parts of this story are gleaned from actual NATO OPLANs while others are a pure figment of the writer’s fertile imagination. Which is which? Who but the author knows? There were many soldiers like the Character, Rick, some draftees also like the protagonist, others volunteers who stood a watch on one of the world’s most vital walls of freedom. The Cold War was won by these warriors. Read this novel.