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A true behind-the-scenes story of an undercover CIA agent! Recruited for a perilous mission, counterterrorism operative Assad wondered: Can I do this job? Did I misunderstand God's calling on my life? Do I have what it takes to survive? Join her as she faces a life-or-death decision---and discovers a faith greater than her fears. Hardcover.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 1496419596
ISBN-13: 9781496419590

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A real-life, can’t-put-down spy memoir.
The CIA is looking for walking contradictions. Recruiters seek out potential agents who can keep a secret yet pull classified information out of others; who love their country but are willing to leave it behind for dangerous places; who live double lives, but can be trusted with some of the nation’s most highly sensitive tasks.

Michele Rigby Assad was one of those people.

As a CIA agent and a counterterrorism expert, Michele soon found that working undercover was an all-encompassing job. The threats were real; the assignments perilous. Michele spent over a decade in the agency—a woman leading some of the most highly skilled operatives on the planet, secretly serving in some of the most treacherous areas of the Middle East, and at risk as a target for ISIS. But deep inside, Michele wondered: Could she really do this job? Had she misunderstood what she thought was God’s calling on her life? Did she have what it would take to survive?

The answer came when Michele faced her ultimate mission, one with others’ lives on the line—and it turned out to have been the plan for her all along. In Breaking Cover, Michele has at last been cleared to drop cover and tell her story: one of life-or-death stakes; of defeating incredible odds; and most of all, of discovering a faith greater than all her fears.

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  1. ruthshow1
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing woman, amazing assignments
    April 1, 2018
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    Michelle grew up in a conservative family in a little town in central Florida. National Geographic magazines at a neighbor's house piqued her interest in cultures far different from her own. From missionaries who visited her country church and through student-led mission trips, she also encountered foreign language and countries. Following her passion for foreign cultures, she pursued a master's degree in Arab Studies and a political science degree.

    Michelle's love for the Middle East started when she met and married, Joseph Assad, who was born in Egypt. Almost on a whim, or as Michele says, she heeded a deep urging from God, she is led to a send a resume to the CIA. Joseph and she both become agents and the book describes the grueling assignments they serve in Iraq and other war zone countries, of which she still does not have the freedom to disclose the location. Besides living close to danger, another obstacle was being a woman.

    Her CIA training helped prepare her in some close calls. Cut off from family and friends because of the secretive missions, she battled loneliness and the nature of the work was wearing and difficult. After ten years in the CIA, God's directed them to leave. A door opened for them to work as freelance security consultants. Michelle felt a call to tell her story.

    Perhaps one of the most significant stories in the book for me was the last adventure Michelle shares about the rescue she and Joseph led for Syrian and Iraqi Christians displaced by ISIS invasion. The story showcases their passion and love for suffering believers and their honed skills through experience and training that gave them the tenacity and wisdom to accomplish the mission.

    I enjoyed reading the book, but had trouble with Michelle's style of writing that felt self-serving at times; yet she also gives credit to God for the advantages that have unfolded in her life.

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  2. Eyes on Jesus and Shining
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    She's a Spy?
    March 7, 2018
    Eyes on Jesus and Shining
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am an avid fan of spy stories and watch a couple of TV series such as Homeland and The Americans. The mystery and intrigue mixed with a bit of danger and adventure catch and maintain my attention regularly. So, when I saw a real-life CIA secret agent story in the Christian book offerings I lunged for it. Michele Rigby Assad did not disappoint either. Though I've finished reading her fantastic tale of small-town Christian girl turned spy working undercover in some of the most dangerous places in the world, I'm still chewing on the enormity and sovereignty of God to work out the details for His greater plan! I'm not going to ruin the end. No spoiler alert! But you've got to get to the end to catch the whole big vision of God. Be encouraged to live even the mundane days of your life on purpose because God's got an amazing plan. Ordinary people do extraordinary things under God's authority! Go read...
  3. susanwalkergirl
    Orange, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Breaking Cover by Michele Rigby Assad Fascinating, Intense & It May Keep You Up Late
    February 14, 2018
    susanwalkergirl
    Orange, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    I love a good mystery filled with suspense and intrigue. Thats why I wanted to read author Michele Rigby Assads new book Breaking Cover My Secret Life In The CIA and What It Taught Me About Whats Worth Fighting For.

    Have you ever wondered how in the world someone ends up working for the CIA as spy? Its not like you take a class in school or get a degree in spying. What type of person is well suited to become a spy? As a Christian, how do you reconcile the deceptive practices that are necessary for spying with your Christian values? Those are just a few topics that Michele talks about in her book Breaking Cover.

    It was sobering to learn about what Michele and her husband Joseph experienced when they were in field. They endured a lot, from the bureaucracy within the CIA, the transitory secretive life that being a spy necessitates and the ever-present perils that surrounded them. Not just once and a while, but every day their lives were on the line.

    Reading about what Michele endured, because she is a woman, gave me a greater respect for the work that she did and the sacrifices she and Joseph made to help protect our Country from those who sought to do us harm. I couldnt have done what she did, I would have quit! There was one scene in the book that left a lasting impression on me. Michele was driving to work in Iraq, not exactly a safe and friendly place for women. She was at a stop light when all of a sudden some very evil men took notice of her. Not goodnot good at all. How in the world was she going to get out this situation alive, much less unharmed? That was just one of the many stories that gripped me and kept me up late at night to find out how things were going to turn out.

    As intriguing as their ten-year careers were, it was interesting to see how they transitioned out of the CIA into regular life. Its not like you can fill out a resume and list your jobs and give references. Michele shared that there is a high recidivism rate for CIA agents. They end up coming back to work for the CIA because the transition can be too hard.

    What I appreciated most about Michele and Joseph Assads story was how God had gone before them and was using the incredibly trying and difficult circumstances they lived in for ten years to prepare them for a greater mission. They learned and honed their skills, talents, abilities and discernment. One day, they would be called upon to employ all they had learned and much more to help bring to 150 Christians from war torn Iraq to safety.

    I came away from reading Breaking Cover more grateful for the Country we live in and freedoms we have. I have a greater appreciation for the work that people in the intelligence community do to keep our Country safe.

    Breaking Cover by Michele Rigby Assad is fascinating, especially from the unique perspective of a woman being a CIA officer and a counterterrorism expert in the Middle East. I highly recommend this book, but be forewarned, you may be staying up late at night because its too intense to put down.

    I would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of Breaking Cover in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.

  4. Kendra
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Breaking Cover
    January 28, 2018
    Kendra
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Growing up, the last thing Michele Rigby would've thought was that some day she would be a spy. In this book, she tells the story of how she and her husband became CIA agents and some of their experiences serving in the Middle East. She also shares how their time in the CIA prepared them for their "life work"--rescuing Christian refugees from Iraq.

    I found the glimpse into the workings of the CIA fascinating. I appreciate the sacrifices the Assad's made to serve their country and Christian refugees, and their ongoing humanitarian work.

    I always hesitate to critique memoirs, because a person's story is just that--their story. That being said, I cannot agree with Assad's reasoning for how being a spy (and all that accompanies that position) does not go against Christian morals/values ("For me, the ends justify the means if what is being done is in the best interests of those involved in the transaction." pg. 20). Neither did I appreciate the strong feminist tone that came through numerous times. I wouldn't rate the book highly in the theological or spiritual enrichment areas, but again, its a memoir. If you're looking for an inspirational, easy-reading life story, this book might be what you're looking for.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher (Tyndale) in exchange for my review.
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