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The New York Times bestselling novel from controversial military legend Oliver North.

Major Peter Newman, US Marines, was a highly decorated hero, content doing his job – leading his troops into harm's way. He was good at it. But the White House has other plans for him.

When Newman is handpicked for a dangerous clandestine operation as the head of the White House Special Projects Office, his orders are clear –...

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Overview

The New York Times bestselling novel from controversial military legend Oliver North.

Major Peter Newman, US Marines, was a highly decorated hero, content doing his job – leading his troops into harm's way. He was good at it. But the White House has other plans for him.

When Newman is handpicked for a dangerous clandestine operation as the head of the White House Special Projects Office, his orders are clear – hunt down and eliminate terrorists before they attack the United States with weapons of mass destruction.

From the corridors of power in Washington to the heart of the Middle East, Newman finds himself on an assignment so sensitive that it's known only to a handful of officials, as he becomes entangled in a nightmarish web of intrigue, revenge and betrayal.

When the mission is compromised, Newman embarks on a personal odyssey that threatens his career, his life and his loyalty to Corps and country.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It's hard to figure out just what North has in mind here: a little payback, perhaps, for some of the controversial ex-Marine's treatment by the Beltway establishment? A Christian tract disguised as a topical thriller? An attempt to use every single governmental abbreviation-from AmCits (American citizens) to WHDB (White House Data Base)-in one book? This giant novel (the first in a projected series of three) fits every one of those criteria, and also has a plot so convoluted that a snake might get motion sickness and characters so thin they make Tom Clancy look like Jane Austen. After flashbacks to three sets of killings in 1986, the narrative skips to 1994, when a career Marine Corps officer, Maj. Peter Newman, arrives at the Clinton White House to head a special projects office that hasn't been manned since another Marine-Oliver North-was booted out in 1987. "Look, if you think I'm going to accept a job only to go down in flames like he did, you'd better think again. I'll resign my commission first," Newman growls. But the major, who lost a younger brother in the military disaster at Mogadishu recounted in Black Hawk Down, takes the job when he realizes it will let him go after the warlords (including a rich Saudi called Osama bin Laden) responsible for that debacle. In a preface dated December 14, 2001, Fox News reporter North writes from aboard a U.S. warship with troops bound for Afghanistan, thanking coauthor Musser for his "gift for words" that "has made my military phraseology comprehensible to civilians." Perhaps those thanks were premature. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
North's debut thriller, the first of a three-novel series, is set in the mid-1990s and revolves around Maj. Peter J. Newman, a U.S. Marine assigned to a top-secret National Security Council staff position at the White House. (Guess whose old job and office Newman occupies.) Newman is ordered to coordinate a covert operation to eliminate a group of international law breakers including Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. When the mission is compromised, Newman and his personnel are left hanging, and a series of events unfolds exposing God's hand in Newman's life. While there will be strong demand from North's legion of fans and where T. Davis Bunn is popular, this novel is an irritating act of hubris. By having his character conveniently discover evidence that proves North acted with the full authority of the White House in the Iran-Contra scandal, the author uses fiction to clear his muddied name and get his version of the truth out to the public. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060555849
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/6/2003
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Oliver North is a combat-decorated Marine, a syndicated columnist, the host of a nationally syndicated daily radio talk show on the Radio America Network, and the host of "War Stories" on the FOX News Channel.

North was born in San Antonio, Texas, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and served twenty-two years as a U.S. Marine. His awards for service in combat include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for valor, and two Purple Hearts for wounds in action. Assigned to the National Security Council Staff in the Reagan administration, Lt. Col. North was the U.S. government's Counter-Terrorism Coordinator from 1983 to 1986. He was involved in planning the rescue of medical students on the island of Grenada, and played a major role in the daring capture of the hijackers of the cruise ship Achille Lauro. After helping plan the U.S. raid on Muammar Gaddafi's terrorist bases in Libya, North was targeted for assassination by Abu Nidal, one of the world's deadliest assassins.

North's first two books, Under Fire and One More Mission, were international bestsellers. North is the founder of Freedom Alliance, a foundation which provides scholarships for the sons and daughters of service members killed in action.

Joe Musser has authored or co-authored more than forty books and twenty screenplays. He is the co-author with Oliver North of Mission Compromised and The Jericho Sanction.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Glossary xv
Prologue: The Assassins 1
01. Duty Station: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue 15
02. Massacre in Mogadishu 31
03. Vengeance Is Mine! 64
04. The Special Projects Office 77
05. Rachel 98
06. Baghdad 111
07. Andrews Air Force Base 127
08. The Device That Betrays 175
09. Learning Too Much 197
10. Heating Up 213
11. The Postcard 229
12. The Mission Changes 262
13. Mission Doubts 293
14. Bartering Lives 323
15. Mission Compromised 357
16. Disaster! 389
17. Closing the Door 418
18. The Believer 468
19. Ambush 512
20. The Goode Messenger 563
Epilogue 595
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First Chapter

Mission Compromised

Chapter One

Duty Station
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Office of the National Security Advisor
The White House
Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, 29 November 1994
1000 Hours, Local

Major Peter J. Newman, U.S. Marines, reporting as ordered, sir."

"You don't have to call me, 'sir,' Major. I'm a civilian," replied the President's National Security Advisor seemingly absorbed by the papers on his desk. For more than a minute he never looked up.

Major Peter Newman was a startling contrast to the bloated and disheveled man in the two-thousand-dollar Armani suit seated before him. The Marine stood just over six feet and was trim and muscular. He was thirty-eight but looked much younger. His only "blemishes" were a broken nose that he'd earned during the second round of a Naval Academy boxing match and a two-inch scar above his left eyebrow made from a piece of hot shrapnel during the Gulf War. Major Newman stood at rigid attention in front of the desk.

Dr. Simon Harrod looked up at the ramrod-straight Marine standing in front of him, eyes fixed at the wall in the space above Harrod's head. Harrod was annoyed. Apparently letting this military martinet cool his well-polished heels for two hours in the West Wing reception lobby hadn't done much to instill timidity. He decided to put this Marine in his place right away.

"Look at me when I'm talking to you, not the wall! In this administration, we don't go for all that military mumbo jumbo!" Harrod barked.

"Whatever you say, sir."

It wasn't that Simon Harrod, Ph.D., disliked military men. Like the President, he loathed them. He'd had his fill of these close-cropped, cleanly shaven boneheads when he had been a professor of international studies at Harvard's Kennedy School. Now the grossly overweight, rumpled, former antiwar activist had a dozen high-ranking Army, Navy, and Air Force officers toiling for him on the National Security Council staff. And he knew that behind his back, they contemptuously referred to him as "Jabba the Hutt." He didn't care. He was content that now they had to dance to the beat of his drum or their careers were finished.

"Sit down." The Marine did as ordered, and Harrod went back to perusing the Officer's Qualification Record and Confidential Personnel Summary before him in the disarray of his desk. Newman's "short" bio ran seven pages, and the National Security Advisor took his time with it even though he already knew everything he needed to know about the officer now sitting as stiffly as he'd been standing. Without looking up, Harrod ticked off the high points: "You're a regular military machine aren't you, Newman? Father is a retired Army brigadier ... mother was an Army nurse ... born at the post hospital at Fort Drum, New York ... graduate of the Naval Academy ... served in Grenada, Beirut, Panama, Desert Storm." Newman said nothing as Harrod continued reading.

"It says here that you didn't want this assignment, Major Newman. Why?"

"I'd rather be commanding Marines, sir."

"I told you not to call me 'sir.' I thought Marines were capable of following a simple order."

"What do you want me to call you -- Mr. Harrod?"

"Dr. Harrod will do," said Jabba the Hutt. Newman nodded but said nothing, so Harrod went back to the file and the Personnel Summary and started asking questions to which he already had the answers.

"You're married. What does your wife do?" asked Harrod in a more conciliatory tone.

"She's a flight attendant."

"Children?"

"No."

"You talk to your wife about your work?"

"Not if I'm not supposed to," replied the Marine.

"Well, here you're not supposed to. You got it?" Newman nodded, knowing as he did so that he and his wife were barely speaking about anything of significance anyway, so this directive hardly mattered.

"What year did you graduate from Annapolis, Newman?"

"Class of '78."

"What was your class standing?"

"Number 143, top 15 percent."

"It says here you were 'deep selected for captain and major.' What's 'deep selected' mean?"

"I was promoted early, as they say, 'ahead of my peers.'"

"Is that because you have the Navy Cross and a Purple Heart from Desert Storm?" Harrod asked with a thinly disguised sneer.

"I don't know."

"Well, I'm not impressed. If you guys had done the job right, we wouldn't have this mess on our hands with Saddam Hussein."

Once more Newman didn't reply, so Harrod again buried himself in the officer's paperwork for a full five minutes. The Marine looked around the well-appointed office. Thick carpet. Nice furniture. Three phones. Large mahogany desk covered with piles of paper, many bearing classified cover sheets labeled TOP SECRET. Several bore the additional admonition EYES ONLY FOR THE PRESIDENT. On the walls, an eclectic collection of what appeared to Newman's unschooled eye to be original artwork: he recognized some of them -- a Wyeth nude, a Remington landscape, and several modern pieces that he didn't recognize. Behind the cluttered desk was a watercolor of uncertain origin, depicting what could only be the grisly violence of General George Armstrong Custer's final moments at the Little Big Horn.

The National Security Advisor looked up to see Newman staring at the painting. "It's by a Native American artist. I got the idea from Hafez al Assad. In his presidential palace in Damascus, he has a painting of Saladin and the Saracens butchering crusaders. It reminds his visitors whom they are dealing with. I put this one here to remind all you green- and blue-suit types how stupid and costly military operations can be."

Harrod glanced down at the file and then back at Newman ...

Mission Compromised. Copyright © by Oliver North. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2006

    Wow, great Book

    That book was so good. I was reading it all the time, and as soo as I was done I had to start hte next book. When I first started it I was not sure if I would like ti, but it did not take long till I know that it was one of the best books I have ever read. I think it need way more then five stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2006

    One of the best Christian Novels I have read!

    Filled with suspense and intrige this novel keeps your attention from page one. It is a must read for anyone interested in Millitary or government!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    Good read!!

    I dislike reviews that are so involved that there is no reason to read the book, let me aimply say that the book is a good read.

    Let me add that the reviews of the so- called professionals are biased because of their obvious dislike of the authors involvement in Iran-Contra. To them I say "grow up!".

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  • Posted November 8, 2010

    Unforgetable

    I really liked this story. The character were very real. the story had a christian overtone but don't off, it doesn't hit you over the head with it. But the story is very suspenceful and fast paced, and very very scary when you think it might be true as implied in the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2005

    Loved it

    Great book. Reading 'The Jerico Sanction' now and will get Assissins next. Semper Fi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2005

    Wow! Packed with suspense and intrigue!

    While I enjoy watching news channels and being up-to-date on current affairs, I normally wouldn't have picked up a military fiction book. However, I am hooked! I disagree with the critique that basically says the use of military acronyms is too much. There is a definition section at the front of the book, and really the use of the acronyms pulls you into this special world of military family and makes you feel as if you've been given top secret info. In fact, it seems so plausible (given Col. North's background and experience) that you wonder just how much of this story was actually lived out in bits and pieces. I believe Col. North was unjustly served ANYWAY through the Iran-contra hearings, so if he should choose to insert a portion into a fictional book that says the truth without really saying the truth.....good for him. And as far as the spiritual aspect of the book..I don't see how any armed serviceman could go through situations like what the main character experiences in the book and NOT have some sort of desire to have a connection to God. Way to go Col. North!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2004

    Go Ollie!

    This book as well as 'The Jerico Sanction' is a great primer for international politics and terrorism. So real in fact, that i question the fictional status. He writes in a way that is both informative and exciting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2004

    great book

    One of the best books I have read. You have a hard time putting it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2004

    Awesome reading

    This story has to make you wonder how often this happens to our military personnel around the world! Awesome storyline, christian beliefs of the Corps and the brotherhood of the Marine Corps 'Always Faithful' motto! Great Reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2003

    11 year old genius with 159 IQ

    Oliver North did an exquisite job with Mission Compromised, it is an action packed thriller. The book will keeps you on the edge,if you love war stories this is the book for you!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2003

    Olie hits it right

    Olie North is a great marine but a great storie teller I loved it and couldn't put it down. I can't believe it's fiction but it is. It gives you lots of information the peronoid might even think the story is true. Well IS IT? Way to go Olie can't wait to read The Jericho Sanction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2003

    A Great Book!

    This book has a great plot and it is the type of book that you can't put down. I realy think that everyone should read it. Oliver North IS a true American Hero!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2003

    Most 'Realistic Fiction' I have ever read

    Oliver North provided a necessary and vital function for this Country. Covert operations will always be needed by free nations and those who desire freedom. One can only wonder how much of this story parallels Col. North's own experiences, especially when he appears in his own novel. Theological interjections provide a welcome divergence from the standard intrigue novels. Well done, Col. North

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2003

    North out Clancys...Clancy

    Happened to have read The Teeth of the Tiger just before Mission Compromised. The background for these stories, the formation of secret action groups to fight terror, would lead me to believe Clancy read this book too, before writing his. North's story is packed with more action and intrigue throughout the book. The book is a winner and it is surprising it never made the best seller list. Probably just not having Clancy's fan club.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2002

    You won't be able to put it down.

    Far and away better than 99% of any military related reading I've done, save Tom Clancy, and this just might top him. The book is incredible, the details meticulous, the fiction oh-so-close to being fact, the plot outstanding. A MUST READ.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2003

    Fiction or Non Fiction?

    Oliver North wrties this book in a way all Clancey fans dream, short, concise, and action on every page. The catch is, when the books over you have to wonder if Oli is writing from personal experience. Great Read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2003

    What a great book

    This was an excellent book and I am glad that I read it...The ending was predictable,but I kept hoping that it wasnt gonna end that way....I cant wait for the next book in this series to come out....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2003

    Fact and Fiction - perfect marriage

    Colonel North has hit a grand slam with his first novel. For those of us old enough to have vivid recollections of the '80's ordeal he went through, just knowing who wrote this and the perspective of the author, is enough to make the pages turn rapidly indeed. Some will compare him to Clancy, but Clancy never came close to acquiring the total immersion experience of Col. North which qualifies him to speak of the intrique and brutality of dealings with regimes, friendly or otherwise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2002

    Contemporary Intrigue - A Real Winner for Col. North

    Modern relivant and effective story. Did it really happen, could it have happened, will it happen? Col. North weaves a deeply troubling story of betrayal through ignorance, greed, and arrogance. Morality is placed squarely in front of the reader. Way to go Col. North, good shot right out of the box! I am already looking forward to the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2002

    AMAZING!!!!!

    This book is wonderfully written! Mr. North's story is as good or better than Tom Clancy's works, but without the foul language that the critics so love. That Mr. North has the courage to bring the Gospel into this work is even more awesome. Thank you so much, Mr. North. I pray that this book will reach many who are yet to meet Christ.

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