The Facts

Barry Kelly is no stranger to the world of espionage, counter-terrorism, weapons, deep cover, and the inner workings of the governmental security apparatus. His immersion in the Cold War began with enlistment in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Following his discharge, he earned a BA

Barry Kelly shakes hands with President Reagan in the White House.

Barry Kelly shakes hands with President Reagan in the White House.

from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree from Duke. His career in the CIA included deep cover operations and overseas experience, primarily in South and Southeast Asia. He has been awarded the Certificate of Merit with Distinction, the Intelligence Medal of Merit, the Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal and the Intelligence Officer of the Year Award. After retiring from the CIA, Kelly served as a special assistant to President Reagan. He holds a first dan black belt in hap-ki-do.

Meeting with President Reagan, Vice President Bush, Deputy National Security Adviser Frank Carlucci and General Colin Powell in the Oval Office.

Author Barry Kelly talks to a Rotary Club in South Carolina. Photo by Lloyd Mackall.

Author Barry Kelly (far left) shakes hands with President Reagan. Kelly served as a special assistant to the president for two years in the 1980s.

52 responses to “The Facts

  1. Jackie Marrison

    Hello Barry! My question is this: why stop at 3 books? I absolutely loved JUSTICE BEYOND LAW. And JUSTICE WITH MERCY was even better! Even though these masterpieces are fiction, it is mesmerizing to get a glimpse into your past life as a spy. Encore! Bring on the next… and the next…

  2. Jackie,
    If I get enough comments like yours, I’ll bring the Brandon team to life again.

  3. Jim Hebrank

    Hello Barry, I enjoyed your book Justice Beyond Law. I had an idea come to me after reading it. You mention the towns of Greensburg and Latrobe, but not your home town of Jeannette. I think it would be great to name a character Jeannette in your next book. Sorry to hear about your sister-in-law’s medical problem. We never miss our good health until its gone. I wish you continued success.

    • Jim,
      My 3rd Novel, Shades of Justice, will be published in 3 to 5 weeks. It has several pages about a tour of Jeannette by Jack Brandon who wants his wife, Kathy, to see the type of town that built this country,

  4. Nancy Van Buren

    Hi Barry–was this a way for your wife to screen women fans? or just my lack of computer skills? of course you should not “take Jack down” after three books!!! He is the hero. You have great stories to tell and why not do it all. (did I stop painting after it got going?) Keeps us young pal!! I agree with your fan Jackie —You can have a short hiatus then “back to Jack”

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      • Dana,
        Thanks for your comments. I have a sales manager for my novels who is very good at developing sites. Most of the credit goes to her.
        Best to you,

  5. Terry Minda

    When Joan posted on “Bouvier & Friends Social Club” I immediately went to Amazon and ordered “Justice Without Mercy”! I have not read any books about spies and espionage (and did not know if I would like them) so I decided to read this one first and if it “caught” my attention read “Justice Beyond Law”! I immediately liked the characters and of course Shadow, so I savored the book–I am always disappointed to finish a book I thorougly enjoy–to me a hallmark of a really good book! After reading the last page I was “hungry” for more, so I ordered your first book! I wanted to know more about Jack & Kathy & Shadow, so reading “Justice Beyond Law” was like a flash-back! While I savored “Justice Without Mercy” to make it last I devoured this one–I think I read it in one day! Now I am “straving” for book number 3 !! I also have a name for the new Bouvier puppy–Gideon which means warrior, he could be called Giddy for short!

  6. T Allen Winn

    Merry Christmas to Barry abd his merry band of followers from Road Rage and Dark Thirty, T. Allen Winn wishes you the best.

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    • Thank you for your comments. I love writing about things I’ve picked up over the years.
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    Barry, I just found out about your books from Sylvia. I’m Fred Bohn’s middle daughter. I’m going to buy them for my 3 sons who will love them. Lexie says to say hello.

    • Laurie,
      Thank you. Your father, in my early years, was like a big brother to me. In fact many of my clothes were hand downs from Fred. I”m very sorry the last years of his life were so difficult for all of you.

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  27. Egad

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    I worked for Barry when he was head of the CIA’s Office of SIGINT Operations back in the day and was very, very impressed with the way he handled that job. Not least in negotiating a treaty with NSA in how clandestine SIGINT operations were to be handled. Amazingly enough, he rose above bureaucratic rice-bowl considerations and did things that were right for the country. I also much enjoyed and frequently profited from his stories about life as a Real Spy in his earlier days.

    Would there were more like him.

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