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The facts within the fiction

_DSC3194 copyIt is and has always been my top priority to develop captivating stories that people will want to read and talk about. But I also want my stories to give readers a deeper understanding of issues that may — and possibly already have — invaded their world. There is truth within every fiction if you know where to look. All of my stories, and the characters within them, are based on my experience and imagination. The events and people in these stories are not real but blend in with actual files. Like I have always said since my days in the CIA, were I permitted to talk or write about real-world intelligence activities, the tales would be similar. It is up to the reader to participate in the planning sessions and share the action and adventure with the characters.

Run to Freedom

The beginning of the Brandon family saga. Discover how the foundation of strength, strategy, and love was built, and prepare to fall in love yourself with the Brandons.

“A fast-moving page-turner.”

“The characters were so well developed.”

Justice Beyond Law

Everything you want from a good book is right here, from the classic good versus evil with some romance mixed in, as well as intrigue, wit, and a plot that will make you wonder, “Could this really happen?”

“Never knew the wheels were down on my flight. I was so consumed.”

Justice without Mercy

The Brandon family action continues and their mettle is tested when they need to find the balance between national security and tracking down a serial killer.

“My husband won the fight to read it first. He loved it.”

Shades of Justice

How far would you go to stop evil? Is there anything you wouldn’t do to protect the innocent? The Brandon family will be forced to answer these questions as they take matters into their own hands when a human trafficking ring hits close to home.

“Combines real-life experiences with a great imagination.”

“I liked the tradecraft and planning, it gave me an insight into your world.”


Quiet Justice

When terrorists try to take down innocents on U.S. soil, the Brandons take the fight to Fallujah.

“The reader is able to remember who each character is from the outset.”

“It was always an effort to put it down.”


Blood Justice

This book “is enough to wrap ice around your heart to see how similar the plot is to real-life radical terrorism.”

“Characters were wonderful.”

“Plot developed enticingly.”

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My most recent novel, “Blood Justice,” reviewed in daily newspaper

My latest novel, “Blood Justice,” has recently been reviewed by the local newspaper, The Sun News. Check it out in its entirety below and be sure to share your thoughts of my books with me on this website or on Amazon.


Blood Justice Front CoverIn his seventh Jack Brandon novel, “Blood Justice,” author Barry Kelly uses fiction, strong characters and an action-packed plot that seems to be two steps ahead of the current news about ISIS, terrorist attacks and the radicalization of America’s youth.

In “Blood Justice,” Jack Brandon, the hero of seven of Kelly’s novels, along with his team of behind-the-scenes warriors, works with the CIA to battle jihadists in America. But mostly, the team seems to do as it chooses, with Brandon’s guidance. That includes finding terrorist camps where young people are being radicalized and stopping the attacks that they are meant to perpetrate.

“Blood Justice” brings to light some of the dangers of political correctness when dealing with ISIS, and, from the viewpoint of its characters, offers some insight into why and how young Americans are radicalized to the point of being used to carry out suicide missions and mass attacks against their country.

In “Blood Justice,” the Brandon team encounters one of its most formidable foes, a terrorist operative called Tracker, who almost manages to outsmart the team as they fight to prevent mass terrorist attacks in America.

There is no shortage of adventure and action, which kept me turning the pages and following the twists and turns of a well-contrived plot with good descriptions of people and places that reflect Kelly’s imagination and his life experiences.

“Blood Justice,” like all of Kelly’s books, has been reviewed and approved by the CIA to prevent disclosure of classified information. Kelly, a former CIA agent with years of deep-cover experience, blends his creativity with his knowledge of espionage, counter-terrorism, black operations, the inner working of the government security apparatus and much more to create his Jack Brandon novels.

His years in the CIA, the Navy and on the National Security staff as a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan, along with the rest of his rich history of service, education and awards that is shared in the About the Author section of “Blood Justice,” enhances the reader’s perceived credibility of his stories.

Kelly’s descriptions of people and places are signs of his years of watching people, his knowledge about disguise and his travels as he worked with the U.S. government in places around the world.

Jack Brandon and his team are experts when it comes to killing, but unlike their enemies, they only kill when it appears to be absolutely necessary to keep them and the country safe.

Brandon’s team always includes a highly trained canine, a Bouvier des Flandres, Kelly’s favorite breed. “Blood Justice” is dedicated to Gideon, Kelly’s dog who was the inspiration for the canine character in it. Gideon, also shown training with Kelly on the back cover, died of cancer prior to the publication of “Blood Justice.”

As Jack Brandon and his team carry on their war against terrorists in Kelly’s fiction stories, attacks like the ones he writes about are being planned and carried out by terrorists in America and around the world.

Other novels by Barry Kelly are “Justice Beyond Law,” “Justice without Mercy,” “Shades of Justice,” “The Justice Trilogy,” “Run to Freedom” and “Quiet Justice.” All of his books are published by Prose Press of Pawleys Island and are available online and at most book outlets.


You can purchase this book and all my others directly from my Amazon Author Page or from Barnes & Noble. Merry Christmas!

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I’m getting ready to publish my first non fiction book, “INSIGHTS — THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICA” Is This What We Fought For?” The message in this book is clear. The transformation of America is happening now and most of our population doesn’t understand what is happening or what to do about it.

This book will make the process clear for anyone who reads it. Although my four action novels are mainly tales from a storyteller, they also contained a messages that help readers understand the law and order process and how terrorists and intelligence operatives go about their missions. This increased awareness will help readers recognize dangerous situations before they happen.

My first novel, Justice Beyond law, shows how a renegade KGB officer uses an abandoned network of KGB agents infiltrated into America years ago.

"Justice Beyond Law"

“Justice Beyond Law”

The method Yuri, the renegade KGB officer, uses to turn his network into a profit-making enterprise and to manage his diverse network with agents of different skills is more than plausible. The methods he uses strain the traditional law-and-order approach to terrorism. The traditional approach involves the collection of evidence that will stand up in a court system bound to provide the protections of our Constitution and the rules of due process to all residents, legal or illegal. The collection period is followed by an indictment, the issue of warrants, an arrest and finally a trial. An immense effort over a long period but a very important element of our individual rights. The heroes of this novel believe when dealing with terrorists who are in the country illegally, sometimes the safety of our people requires faster action then the law and order process allow.

The second novel, Justice Without Mercy, shows the process an extremist muslim group like al Qaeda might use to set up a series of

Justice without Mercy

Justice without Mercy

terrorist acts in America to weaken the resolve of the people and lessen their trust in government to protect them. The plot in this novel is more probable than most people believe. Traditional law and order process is not capable of dealing with the fast-moving action of terrorism in the homeland. The law and order process pushed by the Obama administration, particularly by the attorney general, is more political than an effective counter-terrorist approach. There is a war brought by Islamic jihadists against us. It needs to be fought with a similar approach. Foreign jihadists don’t qualify for the protections of our constitution.

shades of justice cover copyShades of Justice deals with human trafficking that can be a profit-making business both for terrorist organizations and criminals. Readers of this novel will see how simple it is to set up a human trafficking business in nearly any large city. They will also come away with an understanding of how  the traffickers operate their business from the spotting and selection of targets, to the capture, movement, holding, and marketing of the victims. The ‘good guys and gals’ in this novel understand and attack all aspects of the human-trafficking process. As you read this, note the challenge human trafficking poses to traditional law and order forces.

My latest novel, Run to Freedom, is the prequel to the Jack Brandon adventure series. In this story I rely heavily upon my knowledge of the old USSR

Barry Kelly's fourth novel

Barry Kelly’s fourth novel

and its KGB intelligence apparatus. The story starts in 1920 in Siberia, with a little known excursion of American troops,  just as WWI was wrapping up. In this novel the readers will travel from Russia, to Poland, to Canada and several cities in America as Peter Brandon, Jack’s father, tries to escape the KGB in America. The forces the KGB deploys in America to capture or kill Peter are entirely within the capabilities of Russian intelligence in 1970’s America, as are the methods Peter uses to escape the dragnet.

All stories have some truth to them; within fiction lies reality. I hope you are able to read and understand, and take to heart, the messages in my fiction novels and will want to find out the message in my first non-fiction novel. Thanks for reading.




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Barry Kelly's fourth novel

Barry Kelly’s fourth novel

My fourth novel, “Run to Freedom,” has been published and is now available for purchase as an ebook with the paperback edition to follow in a few days! This novel is a prequel of sorts, following the story of Jack Brandon’s father, Peter, and how he fights to escape from the control of the KGB.

It occurred to me while musing over my first three novels featuring Jack Brandon and his team that the story of Jack’s father, Peter, had been neglected. Here was a man who was a fast-track KGB officer who escaped from his masters and re-established the Brandon family in America. How did he manage to flee the KGB? How did he come to live in the U.S.? What was his life like in the Soviet Union? Who was Jack’s mother? What was she like? Where did the name Brandon come from?

Run to Freedom is the beginning of the Brandon family story.

It’s fast-paced, like my other three novels, and full of action with a bit of romance thrown in, in the form of an Irish gal that readers of “Justice Beyond Law” are sure to remember. You can purchase “Run to Freedom” from Amazon.com or Barnesandnoble.com. If you’d like to order a signed copy, click here. As always, I’d love to know what you think of all my books! Please feel free to leave me comments on this website, on my Facebook page, or on Amazon.

Has anyone ever written a fiction novel that was 100 percent fiction? I doubt it. Some truth always makes its way onto the pages the readers see. My characters are a combination of truth and imagination. None are actual people.

My novels contain a lot of detail. In the worlds of espionage, detail is king. Without it, any operations plan is useless. You may have to ignore pieces of the plan to deal with reality but scrambling from a plan is better than no plan at all. Detail also is necessary when devising and using aliases. Knowing when to change an alias is a learned skill. Bear with me as my hero changes identities multiple times over his journey.

For the intelligence operative, changing identities often requires a matching change in behavior. It is not easy to keep all this change straight. I’ve personally used many identities. Some lasted only a few hours, others months. The longer you use an alias, the more you slide into being someone else and the greater the impact on the real you.

I try to take few deviations from the truth when dealing with geography, distance, travel time, and various hardware items. Weapons used by the Brandon team and their capabilities are real. Distance shooting scenes are probable. Hand-to-hand combat is from my own training in Hapkido and the choreography of those scenes is correct. The firefights are plausible. Serving with CIA in I Corps Vietnam in 1968 and ‘69 gave me some experience with small-scale firefights.

The operational planning is real as is the casing of targets. The execution is based upon first-hand knowledge with a varying amount of fiction. Knowledge of the KGB is from study and two years in Moscow as the CIA Station Chief. The KGB is a worthy opponent and I added to my lore of tradecraft by that experience. Whatever skills I have in planning operations, I owe to excellent training by the CIA.

I want my readers to follow along with Peter Brandon as he tries to escape the KGB and feel they too are in the action. There are no superhuman actions. Many of you with the proper training could turn the clock back and face the same challenges.

My knowledge of the Irish Republic Army is slight. I hope I haven’t used too much imagination and too little fact in writing about it as it existed in the 1970s.

I hope my readers will enjoy the story of the early Brandons as much as they like reading about Jack and Kathy. Buckle your seat belt and enjoy the action!


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