Mission Compromised

“There are a lot of heroes who never received recognition for what they did to protect this country. Within the limits of what can be divulged without violating non-disclosure agreements, this is my tribute to them.” — Oliver North
Ollie North’s 1st novel: ‘Mission Compromised’ provides fresh insights from behind the scenes Weaving a nightmarish web of intrigue, revenge, and betrayal, “Mission Compromised” flows from Oliver North’s experiences to provide fresh insights to the War on Terrorism from the corridors of power in Washington to the heart of the Middle East.
As President Reagan’s point man for crisis manage- ment and coordinator of U.S. counter-terrorism efforts in the mid-1980s, North was involved in highly classified covert operations. Much is known about what he did or didn’t do while serving the Reagan Administration’s National Security Council. Now North tells more of that story in the only way he can — as a work of fiction.
“Mission Compromised,” published by Broadman & Holman ($24.99), is the first of a three-novel series. Set in the mid-1990s, it focuses on U.S. Marine Major Pete Newman, assigned to a top-secret National Security Council staff position at the White House. It’s Newman’s job to orchestrate the most sensitive covert actions the U.S. has ever attempted.
North connects the past to current events in the Middle East, delving into issues all the more relevant in light of the 9/11 attacks the links between Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, Iraq’s program to obtain weapons of mass destruction, the likelihood that at least some nuclear weapons were stolen in the chaos following the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the inevitability of those weapons eventually finding their way into the hands of nations that sponsor terrorism.
In the wake of the failed mission against Somali warlord Mohammed Farrah Aidid in October 1993, the United States, in partnership with the UN Security Council’s executive committee, launches an operation to eliminate individuals who have refused to accede to international law — to have them removed as threats to international order. But when the intended targets of Newman’s first mission, including Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, are tipped off, Newman’s men pay a terrible price and he is left to find out what happened and why.
The sense of realism at the heart of North’s debut novel comes from his continuing contacts with a network of active-duty military personnel, intelligence officers and field agents, as well as his own military and covert government experiences. Integral to the story are events tied to North’s years on the NSC staff and his involvement in the two linked covert operations that came to be known as Iran-Contra. Among the revelations in “Mission Compromised” are the exploits of William P. Goode, an alias used by North when he traveled overseas during the ’80s, but also a real individual who worked with North, though he was never revealed during the congressional Iran-Contra hearings.
This book is better than Clancy, because it adds a spiritual component that makes the characters more complete. I could not put it down. Whether you buy this for yourself or as a gift, you have to get it.


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