Here is the first season of Cool Gray Dawn, an espionage series I have created about the Central Intelligence Agency. With a focus on the early days of the Cold War, Cool Gray Dawn features the exploits of CIA’s Domestic Operations Division and their Special Operations Team, nicknamed “mandarins.” This first season focuses on the years 1959 and 1960.
As the Cold War pit the rival superpowers of the East against the West, bringing the world to the brink of nuclear annihilation, CIA’s Domestic Operations Division not only found itself embroiled in deadly battles with the KGB, but also with its NATO allies, the FBI and other U.S. government agencies—as well as divisions within CIA itself.
Each episode, based in the context of historical fact, features Warren Latham, spymaster and head of Domestic Operations. An American version of John le Carré’s George Smiley at MI6, Latham displays the guile and genius, intelligence and wit, ruthlessness and charm that formed the free world’s last line of defense.
Each title is a hyperlink to a PDF file. The finale of Season One, “Control,” is a two-hour episode. I hope you enjoy them all.
Episode #1: The First Casualty
Episode #2: A Finesse Strategy
Episode #3: Marginal Value
Episode #4: Loyalty
Episode #5: Little Dove
Episode #6: A Passive Provocation
Episode #7: Everybody Wins
Episode #8: Training Purposes
Episode #9: The Devil Is In The Details
Episode #10: The KUBARK Way
Episode #11: The Canard
Episode #12: Raising The Bar
Episode #13: Something’s Wrong Here
Episode #14: The Last Refuge
Episode #15: Control