The remote control job

The remote control job

ABOUT Haim Kadman

Haim kadman
A few words about myself: being a native of a small country whose waist is seventeen kilometers wide in a certain area; and in seven to eight hours drive one can cross its length, I was amazed on my first tour abroad by the vastness and distances I've met with. I could have seen it on maps More...



About eighteen months before the “Tet offensive”, Nick Spree a U.S. marine lagged behind his squad during a night patrol in the South Vietnamese part of the jungle; and fell into an ambush of a pair of Viet Cong warriors.

He was captured in the Hue vicinity, and was led by his captors northwards, across the border into North Vietnam; there he was interned as a P.O.W in a reeducation center two and a half miles south of the capital Hanoi.

He is the sole captive in that well camouflaged jungle citadel; its previous detainees might have perished by torture and executions. or freed or evccuated for some enigmatic reasons, which Nick simply could not have any idea how and why.

But in any case instead of solitary confinement, and day and night harsh interrogations combined with torture, Nick is met with bearable conditions and an unexpected treatment.

A young beautiful Eurasian comrade Lee Chen Woe her name, was chosen to conduct his brainwash operation in a peculiar and sophisticated process.

However, the process progress is slow, the reeducation center’s commander and his staff are frustrated, and the hated Eurasian free hand with Nick, the backup she has by the head commissar is a thorn in their eyes.

Meanwhile the war enters a further step, – the escalation. The American air force B52’s raid the North Vietnamese capital. During this time Lee Chen Woe convinces Nick that she is not his enemy, he starts to believe that she has hidden ties with the South – that she might land a chopper in a nearby jungle clearance to rescue both of them. According to her ambiguous instructions he tries to escape during one of the air raids and fails. He is caught in a deserted jungle shack where he waited for her to join him.

During the short clash with the reeducation center's staff, which were sent out to catch him and bring him back, he loses his consciousness and he loses Lee Chen Woe just as well.

After a few days of solitary confinement Nick is sent southward through the Ho Chi Min trail, to serve as a living decoy, to tempt his fighting comrades into deadly traps. In an unexpected almost miraculous escapade he manages to escape at last, and he is rescued by a pair of patrolling choppers. He spends a week in an army hospital in Saigon, tormented by his doubts and fears, and by a terrible longing for Lee Chen Woe (Nicole, as she introduced herself to him in his cell). Did he stir her father’s blood in her veins? Was that the reason? Was she behind his successful escape? Or was she arrested as a traitor herself and she suffers interrogation and torture? He wonders desperately, crushed almost by his doubts and fears. But above all, will he ever see her again? The only woman he ever adored and worshiped; the blue-eyed living myth, which was just nineteen years old when he met her in his cell. These thoughts kept haunting him, while he was interrogated by the army intelligence unit and the C.I.A branch in Saigon. 

He is dishonorably discharged according to the C.I.A Saigon branch recommendations and flies back home. Eighteen months later a KGB agent, contacts him in New York City, and offers him to meet Nicole again. The infatuated Nick travels to Montreal, to join a Russian spy ring headed by his ex lover and tormentor Nicole Lorain alias Lee Chen Woe.  After several days of getting to know his new surroundings, he meets Nicole and becomes her assistant and fiancée. Things were running pretty well at the beginning but while Nick is being prepared for his next mission, there is a turn of power in Moscow; Nicole is summoned back by her new KGB boss, but instead of rotting in Lubianka’s torture dungeons she decides to flee and takes Nick with her.  Thus this thriller's and exceptional love story plot, which commenced in a jail near Hanoi with stages in New York, Montreal ends up in Lima Peru.