C Street – By Claudette Walker – Book Review
“Men like us believe that we are gods” is the hint of the belief of CIA agents woven into the plot of C Street, a novel by Claudette Walker.
Possessing absolute power with unlimited resources from the government’s Central Intelligence Agency, Jacqueline Bovia Rosenberg (having shortened her name to Jacqueline Rose) is being watched as she traces the previous path of her late husband’s career working within the underground organization. Solomon Rose had accumulated evidence of the agency’s illegal and unethical activities throughout many international operations, and had a secret collection of audio tapes for his wife to retrieve in the event of his death. Although her death came naturally, Jacqueline remained under CIA surveillance and investigation until the agency was able to seize this revealing and possibly incriminating series of audiotapes. Unfortunately for Jacqueline, the CIA was not the only government seeking to obtain these secrets and get to her!
From her home in London, Jacqueline traveled to the United States; first to Tampa, Florida, and then to Manhattan on a mission to retrieve the tapes. She constantly looks over her shoulder, takes precautions, and thinks she’s not being followed until she meets Solomon’s Israeli colleague when they hand her new identification documents; surprisingly showing a photo of her taken without her knowledge. Knowing very well that she shouldn’t trust anyone, she finds herself drawn down the stream of people with power and influence, deep into a world of sex and violence, murder and betrayal with characters who have no self-interest in mind.
Claudette Walker takes the reader on a very detailed journey through the secret methods of misrepresentation within the secret operations of the government intelligence organizations on C Street, revealing fascinating new methods of how our history has been manipulated by those. in the power. Walker masterfully develops and maintains a clever level of suspense throughout his novel, capturing and holding the reader hostage while in full control of the information revealed. Unlike authors who use quick “snippets” of narration to create a series of fast-moving action scenes in the reader’s mind, Walker embellishes his scenes with descriptions based on his research and experience. She remarkably narrates how she looks through Jacqueline’s feminine mind’s eye, complete with the combination of vulnerability, her fortitude of fortitude and instinct for self-preservation.
Her novel is clearly written in a way that lends itself to her screenplay adaptation, which I think is readily available, and would certainly win countless praise from audiences, especially for having her female character, Jacqueline Rose, yet appear once. more and it’s so memorably articulated. C Street has it all, and done in a way that you’ll be looking over your shoulder when you read this extraordinarily entertaining book.