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Oliver L. North

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Lieutenant Colonel Oliver L. North, USMC (ret.) “is a combat-decorated Marine, author, founder of a small business, inventor who holds three U.S. patents, syndicated columnist and former candidate for the United States Senate. Assigned to the National Security Council staff in the Reagan Administration, North was involved in planning the rescue of 804 medical students on the island of Grenada and played a major role in the daring capture of the hijackers of the cruise ship Achille Lauro. After helping plan the U.S. raid on Muammar Qaddafi's terrorist bases in Libya, North was targeted for assassination by Abu Nidal, the world's deadliest assassin.”

 

Lieutenant Colonel Oliver L. North is the author of War Stories: Operation Iraqi Freedom; War Stories III: The Heroes Who Defeated Hitler; Under Fire: An American Story; and, The Jericho Sanction. He is also a co-author of Mission Compromised; American Heroes: In the Fight Against Radical Islam; The Assassins; A Greater Freedom: Stories of Faith from Operation Iraqi Freedom; and, True Freedom: The Liberating Power of Prayer.

The Library Journal said of Mission Compromised, “North's debut thriller, the first of a three-novel series, is set in the mid-1990s and revolves around Maj. Peter J. Newman, a U.S. Marine assigned to a top-secret National Security Council staff position at the White House. (Guess whose old job and office Newman occupies.) Newman is ordered to coordinate a covert operation to eliminate a group of international law breakers including Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. When the mission is compromised, Newman and his personnel are left hanging, and a series of events unfolds exposing God's hand in Newman's life. While there will be strong demand from North's legion of fans and where T. Davis Bunn is popular, this novel is an irritating act of hubris. By having his character conveniently discover evidence that proves North acted with the full authority of the White House in the Iran-Contra scandal, the author uses fiction to clear his muddied name and get his version of the truth out to the public.”

Publisher’s Weekly said of War Stories: Operation Iraqi Freedom, “North is a retired Marine infantry veteran of Vietnam and was a key player in the Iran-Contra affair. This book is a mostly workmanlike presentation of his experiences as a war correspondent for FOX (which shares copyright on this book) as the U.S. invaded Iraq. Any political uproar it may cause is likely to stem largely from Pavlovian responses to the name of the author, a response that ignores that he has written both fiction and nonfiction as well as having been a Marine officer. So it is hardly surprising that he does excellent work covering a Marine aviation unit, one appointed to transport assault troops and evacuate wounded in aging helicopters-never without risk and sometimes with bloody incidents. These are vividly and knowledgeably described, as is the Marines' courage and professionalism. Nor is it surprising to witness the empathy between a retired Marine about to become a grandfather and younger Marines about to see combat. The briefer coverage of the armored units of the 4th Infantry Division is a little frustrating, and the polemics against antiwar journalists and politicians, while unlikely to offend readers who share the author's views, feel redundant. So does the capsule history of Iraq in the appendix, although well-written enough to give the author credibility as a popular historian. Even the larger issue of the linkage between a correspondent, a network and a publisher who are all politically simpatico can hardly be made into anything especially sinister without the same kind of political partisanship that the book exhibits in its less inspiring moments.”

The Library Journal said of Under Fire: An American Story, “Written in secret as if it were a covert operation, then suddenly released, this is unquestionably the "event" book of the year. Here, finally, we might expect to get answers to our questions about what became known as "Iran-contra." Was Marine Lieutenant Colonel North a "loose cannon" on the National Security Council, making U.S. foreign policy on his own? And just what did President Reagan really know about Iran-contra? North writes that Reagan "knew everything" about Iran-contra's covert operations. So too did Vice President Bush. Unfortunately, there is no specific document in the book proving that. What there is, however, is a preponderance of material that leads to an inevitable conclusion: North was a hard-working, well-trained, loyal Marine incapable of undertaking a covert operation without approval by his superiors. For the first time, we hear of and read a document sent to Reagan by North's lawyers, setting forth a sound legal argument for a presidential pardon for North. The letter, we learn, was never acknowledged. There are a number of such chilling moments in this important book.”

According to the description of The Jericho Sanction, “When his cover is blown and his wife is kidnapped in Jerusalem, Lt Col Peter Newman realizes he may have to pay a catastrophic price for his participation in a secret government mission to uncover Iraqi nuclear weapons.

 

Newman has always been willing to put his life on the line for his country. As concern that Iraq may already possess nuclear weapons grows, he once again puts America first and agrees to undertake a clandestine mission to uncover the weapons. But when his cover is blown and his wife is kidnapped in Jerusalem, Newman discovers that his courage has put more than just his own life at risk.

Matters become even more complicated when Israel discovers that Iraq has nukes, and plans a pre–emptive strike on Baghdad with Jericho missiles – an event that could have unprecedented consequences. Newman is the only man who knows all of the pieces to the puzzle, and the only one experienced and brave enough to prevent full–scale nuclear war. But as time ticks away, will he be able to both save his wife and prevent Armageddon, or will he have to make a terrible choice?”

According to the description of The Assassins, “With this suspenseful, action-packed finale, Oliver North concludes the trilogy that has included his best-selling novels Mission Compromised and The Jericho Sanction.

In 2007, soon after the sixth anniversary of the September 11th attacks on America, Jihadists attack multiple targets in Saudi Arabia, destroying oil pumping equipment, crippling pipelines, and assassinating most of the royal family. In the U.S., gas prices soar to over $6 a gallon along with hyper-inflation across the world financial markets. "Non-business travel" in the U.S. is limited to no more than 500 miles per week.

The UN Security Council authorizes an international intervention force, and in a closed session of Congress the "Assassination Bill" is introduced. General Peter Newman is assigned to head a new "Threat Mitigation Unit," and he is given authority to recruit and train up to 100 specialists for the ominous task at hand--to assassinate terrorists.

 

It is discovered Iranians plan to detonate a nuke in Washington. Newman and a team are dispatched and a chase across Europe and international waters ensues. Newman hunts his illusive nemesis to Mexico and Cuba, but the Iranians have a backup plan in place and ready a plane repainted as a FedEx cargo jet and armed with a nuclear weapon--headed for Washington.”

According to the description of War Stories III: The Heroes Who Defeated Hitler, “It was the Greatest Generation’s greatest moment: when heroes at home and abroad united in common purpose as soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines, under the leadership of generals like Patton, Eisenhower, Marshall, and Bradley, rescued Europe from the tyranny and genocide of Adolf Hitler.


War Stories: Operation Iraqi Freedom
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War Stories III: The Heroes Who Defeated Hitler (with DVD)
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War Stories III: The Heroes Who Defeated Hitler (War Stories)
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American Heroes: In the Fight Against Radical Islam (War Stories)
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A Greater Freedom: Stories of Faith from Operation Iraqi Freedom
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Under Fire: An American Story
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Mission Compromised
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The Jericho Sanction
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The Assassins
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According to the description of American Heroes: In the Fight Against Radical Islam, “What is a Hero? New York Times best-selling author Oliver North says, “Real heroes are selfless. Those who serve America in harm’s way in the war against radical Islam have that quality in abundance. And so do their families and loved ones at home. Yet, they rarely get the attention or coverage they deserve.

 

“Despite the way they are presented by too many in the press and politics, the men and women in uniform today are overwhelmingly good. I never cease to be amazed at the self-discipline of these brave young Americans. They can endure the adrenaline-pumping violence of an enemy engagement, and then, just minutes later, help school children get safely to their classes . . . No nation—ours included—has ever had a military force better than the one we have today. I’m proud of them. You should be too.”

In American Heroes (a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post best seller), North offers an inspiring, first-hand account of the extraordinary men and women defending America against radical Islamic terror from his perspective as a forty year member of the United States military, a member of the National Security Council staff and serving as the U.S. government’s counter-terrorism coordinator from 1983-1986. This patriotic book also pulls in new reports and exclusive full-color photographs from War Stories, the award-winning FOX News Channel series hosted by North.”

According to the description of True Freedom: The Liberating Power of Prayer, “This original approach to prayer shows how it leads us to the powerful freedom that is ours in Christ. Honorary National Day of Prayer chairman Oliver North illustrates the freeing effects of prayer through engaging stories and scriptural truths. Seven key points describe how prayer helps us escape disconnectedness, anxiety, and sin - and frees us to hear God's voice and to become what we were meant to be. With the powerful biblical concept of freedom in their minds and hearts, readers will come away motivated as never before to spend time with God in prayer.

 

Do you see prayer as a burden? Does it tie up your time? Take another look. Prayer may be your way out of captivity. Sharing his personal experiences and the engaging stories of others, Lt Col Oliver L. North USMC (Ret.) uses scriptural truths to illustrate the powerful liberating effects of prayer.  As you escape isolation, deception, anxiety, and sin in your own life, you’ll find freedom to fulfill God’s great purpose for you.”

According to the description of A Greater Freedom: Stories of Faith from Operation Iraqi Freedom, “As an embedded Fox News correspondent during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Oliver North witnessed first hand the courage and spirit of the men and women of America’s armed forces.

 

North crafts an intensely personal foreword in A Greater Freedom: Stories of Faith from Operation Iraqi Freedom, a moving tribute to those who put their lives on the line for one another, as well as the Iraqi people. Told by Sara Horn, whose reporting took her aboard the USS Harry S. Truman during the height of the conflict, the stories offer a rare glimpse into the spiritual side of the battlefield.

In War Stories III: The Heroes Who Defeated Hitler, Marine combat veteran Lt. Colonel Oliver North gives you a chance to revisit the front lines with infantrymen slugging their way up the boot of Italy, bomber pilots threading the shell bursts over Germany, and sailors of the U.S. Navy and Merchant Marine dueling German U-Boats in the icy Atlantic. The whole panoramic spectacle of the war in Europe is here, from the perspectives of American, British, Russian, French, and even German individuals who saw history unfold before their eyes.”

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