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Ted Halstead


Ted Halstead served twenty-five years in the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer, most of it overseas, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service after his second tour at US Embassy Riyadh. His tours included four years at US Embassy Seoul, and two years at the East Asia Pacific Bureau in DC. He is a National War College graduate, and served for three years at a regional US military headquarters.

Books by Ted Halstead

The Indo-Pakistani War. Book by Ted Halstead. Book cover
Russia has learned that the theft of two Pakistani tactical nuclear missiles will be used to spark a nuclear war between India and Pakistan. And that’s a problem. Because Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has left it with just two friends among the world’s leading countries. China and India. Years ago, Russia secretly promised India support if China or Pakistan attacked it with nuclear weapons. Much more recently, Russia made another secret promise, this time to China.
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China Invades Taiwan by Ted Halstead. The Russian Agents Book 6. Military Thrillers. Book cover.
China’s military leaders have decided to invade Taiwan. With the Communist Party’s grudging support. Russia seems more enthusiastic, selling China billions worth of military hardware and all the fuel China’s planes, ships and tanks will need. Russia, though, fears the invasion could lead China to war with America. And if the war goes nuclear, could Russia stay uninvolved? So Russia sends its best agents on a mission to sabotage China’s war effort.
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The Second Chinese Revolution by Ted Halstead. Book cover
China’s President faces many problems. Some, like conflict at the Indian border and in the South China Sea he created for himself. Others, like pending disasters at the Three Gorges Dam and China’s oldest nuclear plant, just happened. But the biggest threat to Communist rule is revolutionaries with Internet access through American satellites. Access that lets them spread propaganda, organize free of government surveillance, and launch cyberattacks.
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The Russian Agents Box Set by Ted Halstead. Box set
What if Russian agents were – mostly – the good guys? Find out in this discounted collection of four unabridged thrillers spanning the globe, with hundreds of 5-star reviews. Includes The Second Korean War (2018), The Saudi-Iranian War (2019), The End of America’s War in Afghanistan (2020), and The End of Russia’s War in Ukraine (2020). Note that The Second Korean War and The Saudi-Iranian War were both Amazon Prime Reading selections.
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The End of Russia’s War in Ukraine by Ted Halstead. Book cover
Three Russian agents have just learned that a thermonuclear warhead was stolen from Soviet forces in Ukraine decades ago. Their mission is to find it, since at 500 kilotons the warhead has enough power to level a major city. Even worse than that, though, is that America suspects the warhead wasn’t really stolen. Instead, the American President believes the warhead’s detonation might be a pretext to let Russia seize Ukraine.
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The End of America’s War in Afghanistan by Ted Halstead. Book cover
Pakistan tested its first nuclear weapon in 1998. The Taliban have dreamed about stealing some of those Pakistani nuclear weapons to use against American forces in Afghanistan. But how could they, when they are so heavily guarded? One Taliban leader has a plan that he began working on in 2002, the year after American forces came to Afghanistan. If it works, the Taliban will have eight nuclear weapons to help them return to power in Kabul.
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The Saudi-Iranian War - Book cover
Iran has long wanted to overthrow the Saudi monarchy, so it can control Mecca and Medina. Will three nuclear weapons and an armored invasion let them succeed? The two Russian agents introduced in The Second Korean War have orders to stop Iran’s plans, but to even partly succeed they’ll have to get the help of the General in charge of Russian forces in Syria. Convincing the General will require a persuasive, in person account by someone with direct knowledge of Iran’s nuclear program.
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The Second Korean War by Ted Halstead. Book cover
Two Russian agents discover a missing nuclear weapon was hidden in an American city by North Korea. Another nuclear weapon nears Seoul in a tunnel built by North Koreans. And North Korea's new military dictator launches an all-out invasion. Will Seoul or Pyongyang be the new capital of a united Korea?
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