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React: CIA Black Ops, a Novel
     

React: CIA Black Ops, a Novel

by Robin Moore, Chuck Lightfoot
 

In December 4, 1981, President Ronald Reagan signed Executive Order 12333, a document that prohibited assassination as a tool of the United States Government. Four years later, a CIA operation to assassinate a religious leader killed over eighty people in a Beirut mosque. CIA director William Casey’s “direct action” was undertaken in strict

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In December 4, 1981, President Ronald Reagan signed Executive Order 12333, a document that prohibited assassination as a tool of the United States Government. Four years later, a CIA operation to assassinate a religious leader killed over eighty people in a Beirut mosque. CIA director William Casey’s “direct action” was undertaken in strict secrecy - even from the highest levels of government - as retaliation for the bombing of the U.S. embassy in Beirut.
News of these direct actions has sporadically filtered out of the Middle East for many years, but the intelligence agencies of all the biggest players have always had plausible deniability and a veil of secrecy. Now for the first time, authors Robin Moore and Chuck Lightfoot have pieced together years of painstaking research and interviews to create a thriller that may be based more on fact than on fiction.
In React: CIA Black Ops, a composite character codenamed Nimrod relates his training in a mysterious section of the CIA’s stand-alone Covert Action section directed by “the Council,” a Star Chamber organization that ignores the president’s executive orders and has no congressional oversight. The Council gives Nimrod a target folder, an objective, and an order: to assassinate those whom it deems to be America’s worst enemies. In chapter after exciting chapter, Nimrod describes the perilous operations undertaken to preemptively rub out members of terrorist cells, and gives a plausible explanation of how the terrorists who planned the Lockerbie disaster and the Beirut Marine Barracks bombing may have met their fate.

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Moore (The Accidental Pope, 2001, etc.) and co-author Lightfoot offer a sort of Robocop of Black Ops, a composite character who describes in gory detail his starring role in most of the nefarious political assassinations and covert counterterrorism activities of the past 30 years. The action begins in June 1990, when the operative code-named Nimrod is ordered to report to Dobbins Air Force Base, where he is met by covert operatives from Joint Intelligence National Security Agency (NSA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and CIA, and a mysterious spook known as Mr. Muir. Nimrod's mission: Go into China near the north Vietnamese border to check on a cache of four SADMs (Special Atomic Demolition Munitions) he had placed there on a 1971 covert mission. One is suspected missing, possibly sold to Saddam Hussein by a member of the earlier mission. Once Nimrod finds the nukes, he's to recover them or "blow them in place." Nimrod was recruited by the CIA as a high school student, one of 26 young men chosen in 1966 for REACT, a newly formed unacknowledged stand-alone Black Ops cell within the CIA's Covert Operations Section "accountable only to itself." Nimrod is trained to kill, then sent to Vietnam, where he assassinates a Cambodian-Vietnamese warlord and a black-marketeer. In 1969, after Nixon plays the China card, Nimrod spends three months learning Chinese assassination techniques. From then on, he pops up everywhere: smuggling cutting-edge heroin technology from China to Colombia to set up a heroin trade that will serve as a CIA slush fund, then focusing on "Direct Actions"-the assassinations of a who's-who of real-life figures, including Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, Egypt's Sadat,four Arab terrorists suspected of bombing the Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, and others in counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan, Beirut, and Iraq. In the end, when dispatched to assassinate Saddam, Nimrod finds himself the target. A preposterous premise-that one man conducted nearly two dozen high-profile black ops-and loads of juicy technical detail: for the Soldier of Fortune crowd.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592284528
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/2004
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.24(w) x 8.92(h) x 1.14(d)

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Meet the Author

Robin Moore survived WWII as a nose gunner in a B-17. He returned to the U.S. and graduated from Harvard in 1949. He has written more than two dozen major books, including the best-sellers The French Connection, The Green Berets, and his latest New York Times best-seller, The Hunt for Bin Laden. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

Chuck Lightfoot is a graduate of the University of the Americas in Mexico and the American Graduate School of International Management in Arizona. He has written and published three books. He lives in Florida.

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