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February 8, 2015
Jake Kruse is a former Marine and currently an undercover FBI special agent. The story opens with Jake being examined by a psychologist with the FBI. We soon realize this interview takes place after all the events in the book.
Jake was working on a case involving an Asian organized-crime ring in the Los Angeles area. They were smuggling counterfeit jeans, watches and money across the Mexican border.
In addition to that, the reader is introduced to Islamic members of a mosque who are intent on destroying the United States, an attorney who hires Jakes to kill his pregnant girlfriend, and a myriad of good guys and bad guys.
This is a story with many twists and turns which keeps the reader intrigued all the way through to the end.
There were many acronyms. Perhaps most readers know what they are, but a list with their meanings would have been helpful to me.
Oliver North and Bob Hamer in their new book, Counterfeit Lies published by Threshold Editions introduces us to Jake Kruse.
From the back cover: Veteran undercover FBI agent Jake Kruse is investigating a smuggling ring in southern California when his assignment is cut short. A prominent criminal defense attorney wants to hire Jake on another kind of mission: to kill the daughter of a local crime boss.
What began as a contract killing soon captures the attention of the CIA, the U.S. Secret Service, and high-level officials in Washington. The undercover agent is plunged into a deadly underworld of North Korean espionage, Hezbollah terror and the sinister deception Iran uses to acquire nuclear weapons. Caught in a web of international intrigue that goes to the top of the U.S. government, Kruse is forced to confront the ultimate moral quandary: doing whats right when everything seems wrong.
Counterfeit Lies is a fast paced military thriller. Jake is working undercover to try to crack a counterfeit operation. That is the beauty of the title counterfeit is fake and lies arent the truth so what do you have to trust in? That is the situation that Jake finds himself in. They have him running in all directions and the intrigue is building and building until it is ready to explode. Danger, mayhem, thrills and murder all figure into this highly complicated plot. Jake and the others are fascinating characters that seem very real and you root for the good guys to win. Counterfeit Lies is loaded with twists and turns that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. Mr. North has provided us with a fairly exciting book.
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A couple months back I decided to read a novel written by Bob Hamer called Targets Down. I ran across the author and his writings while a friend and I looked for novels to read. Most of the time we are asked to review books for authors or publishing companies, but I felt drawn to read this one. Both authors have military experience and have gone to great pains to research the latest tale, although most of those who helped couldnt be named. When I finished the book, I was reminded how we can be encouraged by the many unknown men and women who live lives on the edge in order to protect this nation. To them I say thank you and God Bless!
There is so much I could share about the suspense-filled, military, political and mysterious elements that are part and parcel of this tale. On one hand there is an undercover agent named Jake who has infiltrated a market thought to be about buying and selling many counterfeit products, but it grows into more than either Jake o r the FBI hierarchy are aware. When the undercover agent gets deeper into dark recesses of the crime syndicate, the tension escalates. The tension becomes even more palpable when the bureau threatens to pull Jake off the street and operation because of the pressure passed down from other government leaders.
If I say too much it might ruin your enjoyment of discovery as you journey with Jake to uncover the leaders of two rival gangs who run Korea town in L. A. There is more to the story than just taking down the bad guys such as when Jake wrestles with orders that are contrary to the moral compass within his heart. Jake is still healing from losing his wife a year earlier and therefore his relationship with the Lord is just becoming alive again when this operation becomes extremely dangerous.
The tale is fast-paced and action-filled from the word go! I found it hard to put the book down even to give my eyes a rest as I wanted to see how the authors unwound the many layers of the action. I wanted to find out who the real string-puller was in the story and if he/she was actually calling the shots or if it was one of the characters I was introduced to earlier in the story. If you love this type of genre where all aspects of action include the political and military side along with a great thrill ride, you wont want to miss this novel!
I highly recommend Counterfeit Lies and am more than glad I bought it to read. Im sure you will be too!