The first of a three-novel series, Mission Compromised introduces Major Peter J. Newman, a U.S. marine assigned to fill a top-secret White House National Security Council staff position. In these novels, Newman discovers secrets such as how covert missions are being compromised, why high-ranking FBI and CIA spies rarely go on trial, and why the United Nations has a military command center.
In this first book, a mission to the Middle East to eliminate top terrorist leaders, including Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein is compromised when a top official tips off the intended targets. Everyone on the mission is killed except Peter Newman. Now Newman must find out what happened—and why.
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.
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For those who served the story is all to plausible. I couldn't put it down. It wasn't the Russians or the terrorists that kept me on the edge of my seat. It was the hubris of the REMFs making my blood boil. Unfortunately I'm afraid history may be repeating itself now!
Couldn't put it down
Before this book finding a book that I felt I couldn't put down was unheard of. I will caution there is a considerable amount of acronyms the protagonist uses, some well know ones like CIA but there are others u will have to reference from the back of the book.
An exciting read
So, is it true or fiction? Or is true enough that it could be true? Either way, it is an excellent read for anyone interested in current-times military and geo-political history. Well done.