The Black Effect. The day the Cold War turned Hot.

The Black Effect. The day the Cold War turned Hot.

‘The Black Effect’ – Available on Kindle in 16 days time!


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The Black Effect

An economy on the verge of collapse, demands from their allies for funding to continue the expansion of communism, and a conventional Army, Navy and Air Force costing the country 20% of its GDP… The Soviet Union is in trouble. Where should they turn for a solution?

Their answer: the capitalist West. On the 4th July 1984, the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact launched a massive preemptive conventional strike against the West, sending the NATO forces reeling.

Follow Jacko and Bradley and their allies as they fight off the Soviet Union. Can the NATO forces recover and hold their ground? Will the Soviet Union succeed? Or will it end in an outright defeat? Follow the series of gripping events in The Black Effect, the second installment in Harvey Black’s Cold War trilogy.

The first novel in my ‘Cold War’ trilogy, The Red Effect, published by SilverWood Books, is now available. Thoroughly enjoyed writing it, as i do with all my novels. There will be three books in total, covering the hypothetical invasion of West Germany, the Federal Republic of Germany, by the Warsaw Pact in the mid 1980’s. Book 1, ‘The Red Effect’, encompasses part of the intelligence build up leading to the initial Warsaw Pact strike against the NATO forces lined up against them. The purpose of the next few posts is to give the reader some additional background information to enhance their reading experience.




‘The Red Effect’ by Harvey Black – Available now. The Cold War that became a Hot War.

‘The Blue Effect’ is already poised at the tip of my pen…..It will be bloody and longer, finishing off my Cold War trilogy with a bang!

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  1. Cold War Civil Defence in the UK. Hi Harvey is their any chance of you including a chapter or two on the UK´’s Civil Defence measures. That is UKWMO and the Royal Observer Corps Nuclear Monitoring posts with it´s band of volunteers – in your Alternative History narative of the Cold War, turned Hot. Theirs such a wealth of Cold War scenario´s including the above and the Regional Seats of Government, that needs mentioning.

    1. Hi John. Just started writing The Blue Effect, Book 3. Without saying too much about the content, it would make sense to include the UKWMO. Do you have any info or links that I would find useful? HB

      1. Hi Harvey,
        Thanks, I’m glad your including the UK’s Civil Defence measures in your book. You will find most if not all the information you need in the following post entitled. The Cold War as seen from the ROC Posts of Britain. It goes without saying – I have a soft spot for the Royal Observer Corps during the Cold War and hope you can include a little scenario about one such band of ROC volunteers called up during TTW to man their ROC Post in the middle of the countryside or some remote Hebridean Island.

        THe Cold War seem by the ROC Posts of Britain

        ROC Post Database:

        Places to Visit – The York Cold War Bunker

        Kelvedon Hatch Bunker in Essex

        Broadway Tower, Worcs. ROC Post Restored

        On top of that a number of Cold War nostalgia enthusiasts – have bought and
        restored their own local ROC Posts, that also hold Open Days from time to

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