|Publisher:||Oddbalz & Mayhem Press|
|Author(s):||LRH Balzar & Pat Foley|
|Cover Artist(s):||Warren Oddsson|
|Fandom:||Man From U.N.C.L.E.|
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A story set back in time, but should be read after Collection: Year One. June 1961: A young Soviet agent, trapped in an existence he could no longer endure, whispers to Alexander Waverly, "Please help me. Let me come work for you." Two weeks later, he was abducted and 'murdered'. He was dead. He was free... But that was the easy part. America was in a Cold War. America was not ready for Illya Kuryakin . . . But then, neither was Illya Kuryakin ready for America. 
In published order:
- The Dutch Blitz Affair
- The Defector From Leningrad Affair
- The Collection: Year One
- Kolya's Son
- My Brother's Keeper
- The Collection: The Summer of '65 Affair
- The Northern Lights Affair
- Haunted Nights
- The Changeling
- The Time Bomb Affair
Reactions and Reviews
Set in the summer of 1961, this is a story about Illya Kuryakin's first weeks in the United States. He is convincingly portrayed as a traumatized young man desperate to escape from the Soviet intelligence agencies that have controlled him since childhood.
As Alexander Waverly deals with the U.S. intelligence bureaucrats who are reluctant to allow a Soviet to become a North American U.N.C.L.E. agent, a confused and mistrustful Illya is sent to live with an American family with ties to his past. The anti-Soviet mentality of the early 1960s is realistically depicted, as is Illya's psychological turmoil as he struggles to adapt.
Although Napoleon Solo does not appear in the novel, interesting characters abound, including the members of the Graham family with whom Illya is sent to live, and two U.N.C.L.E. physicians, one favorable to Illya and the other opposed.This is a well-written, believable novel about a neglected topic in U.N.C.L.E. fan fiction : Why and how did Illya come to the United States? It paints a convincing picture of what the experience may have been like for him.