EIGHT DECADES OF INSIGHTS 58

SCHOLAR SPY

My family and friends have told me I should have been a teacher. The family is well represented by teachers. Mother, brother, sister-in-law, nieces, and nephews are teaching or have taught. I’ve enjoyed teaching but different arts; martial arts, lifeguarding, surveillance and counter-surveillance, clandestine communications, physical security and agent handling were my specialties. My knowledge of the craft of espionage, covert action, paramilitary operations, and counter-terrorism comes from my CIA career and two years in the late 1980s as a Special Assistant to President Reagan. I was his National Security Staff officer serving as point on all intelligence, counter-terrorism, and narcotics areas. I learned from the best. I’m a much better spy than I would’ve been a scholar.

These opportunities have given me a foundation to write fictional stories that expose no secrets but give my readers a peek at what the planning, preparation, and execution of clandestine operations requires. Beyond looking at maps, satellite images, and checking some facts, I do no research. Interview no one. What you read comes from my experience in the Cold War and an active imagination. Each Jack Brandon novel is a tutorial in espionage, terrorism or crime. Justice Beyond Law is about KGB infiltrating long-term spies into America, especially in the Cold War era. Cover stories, communications, financing, and the constant need to be ready to start over with a new identity are all part of this novel.

In Justice Without Mercy the same attention to detailed planning and execution is given to al Qaeda terrorist attacks on soft targets in America. The plot is complicated by the tensions between law enforcement officials and intelligence organizations. I have used a serial killer to call attention to the two different missions.

Shades of Justice focuses on the world of human trafficking. Fighting crime and terrorism require similar disciplines and the experience to make the right decision at the right time. Here, Jack Brandon and his team build their mission around saving victims rather than the slow careful gathering of evidence to make a case that will hold up in court. They believe the law and order pendulum has swung too far to protect the accused at the expense of the victims. The law and order approach will never defeat terrorism but it is a necessary element of our democracy. It just needs some readjustment to shift more toward the lives and rights of victims. In the meantime the Brandon team and the great dog, Shadow, will keep trying to keep the wolves at bay. At last I have been able to combine the worlds of the spy and the scholar.

By the author of the Jack Brandon novels                                     http://www.factsandfictions.com

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3 responses to “EIGHT DECADES OF INSIGHTS 58

  1. John Nugent

    Dear Barry: Hi. Shades of Justice arrived yesterday. I cannot wait for the weekend and another good read. John

  2. Ron Petrie

    Barry
    Finished Shades last weekend. It I’d the best of the three I believe. John will get into it like I did no doubt.
    Ron Petrie

  3. jjennifer McCay

    Dear Mr. Kelly, I am curious to know if you are writing a new book and how it will relate to the others described in this blog? Jennifer McCay

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