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Altogether superior. Tight, fluidly written. Carmon obviously knows whereof he writes. --Booklist --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Carmon is an Israeli-born attorney who has represented the US Department of Justice for two decades and has worked for several federal agencies in legal intelligence-gathering outside the US. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


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Product Details

  • Series: Dan Gordon Intelligence Thriller
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books; Original edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843961910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843961911
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,587,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My intelligence thrillers were inspired by my Israeli professional background, as well as by my twenty years of service for the United States Government. During those years, I had a publicly known 'daytime' activity as well as a covert 'nighttime' activity. Since 1985, I have been representing the United States government in civil ligation, appearing in Israeli courts in lawsuits to which the U.S was a party. However, away from the public eye, I was also engaged by the U.S government to perform intelligence gathering that required sensitive undercover work in more than thirty countries. Obviously, in my years working for U.S. federal agencies, I could not share the hair-raising aspects of my work with anyone but my supervisors, and some adventures not even with them. Sadly, many of these events, which are sometimes more fascinating and breathtaking than the best fiction I have ever read, will never see the light of day. The story of Dan Gordon and his battle against the invisible FOE ' forces of evil'is my idea of the next-best thing. To keep in touch, I finally joined the U.S Association of Former Intelligence Officers.

A globetrotting legal practice has left little time for hobbies. However, one night in a small hotel in a faraway country, I finally had the time to fulfill my urge to write. I was on U.S government assignment collecting intelligence. Earlier that evening, I'd received a phone call from the local INTERPOL contact. "You've been exposed. I suggest you stay in your hotel. We'll arrange for your safe departure tomorrow morning." Is it any wonder I couldn't sleep that night, between jet lag and the rage that came from being unarmed and unable to leave the hotel without my hosts' protection? I poured it all into the writing, and the result was Triple Identity, my first thriller.

That book turned out not to be a fluke; I wrote the four sequels because I realized I still had adventures to recount, including about events surrounding that same long and sleepless night.

Readers have also asked whether the events recounted there really happened. One newspaper reviewer even accused me of writing "too authentic" a novel, while another reviewer praised me for it. How can you argue with that? My next thrillers may meet a similar reaction. As to how much of them is "true," I leave it to my readers to decide. All my thrillers were inspired by my work for the U.S. government, but they are a work of fiction rather than autobiography. During those two decades, I was assigned the demanding, sometimes-dangerous task of collecting intelligence in many foreign countries. That explains why sometimes, waking up in countless hotels in more than thirty countries, I had trouble remembering where I was. Walking in the long corridors of foreign airports, it was hard to remember whether I was arriving or departing.

More thrillers in the series are to follow. In my professional life, I have had enough adventures, frequently dangerous, to fill at least ten books, and those are just the ones I can talk about.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Leigh Ann Lemire on April 20, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Like many people, I like reading a good "who dunnit" mystery story. When I first started the book, I wasn't sure that I was going to like this book - by the time I got into the second chapter, I was captivated! I didn't want to put the book down, I stayed up late just to read it and I put off production to get through this book.

This story takes you on a trip to many different countries, describes the different cultures so that you feel as if you are there and has many near escapes that will keep you turning the pages. In this story, the author gives you intrigue, unexpected plot twists and turns, and such a very real picture that you wonder at times if this is truly fact or is it really just fiction.

Dan Gorden, the main character, is very good at reviewing evidence and finding information that was overlooked by others. When he takes on the Chameleon Case, it had stumped international law enforcement for twenty years. His ability to zoom in on the points that had been missed by others leads him to more information which leads him into some very rough times. Seems he also has a knack for getting himself out of the tight binds he finds himself in - with the help of many friends along the way.

Does he live through his escapades? Does he help to solve the case? Well, you are going to have to read this wonderful page turning book to find out!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Peek VINE VOICE on May 2, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a fast paced story from start to finish.

It is a globe trotting story although most of it is set in the U.S. and Iran. Dan Gordon is a Justice Department investigator who is looking into financial crimes allegedly perpetrated by the 'Chameleon', a mysterious figure who has stolen millions of dollars while portraying himself as a variety of different people.

Much of the investigation ends up being focused on Iran where Gordon faces enormous barriers in his search for the malefactor. It contains lots of very interesting cultural insights of the nation upended by the 1979 revolution and the enormous changes resulting from that. This part is so interesting that the book would be pretty good even without the thriller elements, although it has plenty of those as well.

I have not read any previous books by Haggai Carmon, but I certainly intend to do so. This is very well done and this writer is one who should get lots more attention.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DJMaven on September 29, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Chamelon Conspiracy is another welcome addition to Haggai Carmon's growing list of Dan Gordon adventures. It makes for excellent reading and when reading it I keep seeing Tom Cruise doing the lead role in a Dan Gordon movie...

The plot could not be more appropriate for our times and wnen reading you keep asking yourself on many sub-plots - are they only a figment of the author's imgination or were they real? More than that, bearing in mind when the book was written, there are some uncanny descriptions of scenarios yet to come. See just these two:

p.18-19: "... The promised rate of 14% gave a significantly higher yield than the interest paid by the usual securities... when customers wanted to liquidate their holdings, Ward's company promptly paid the bank, which in turn credited the customer's accounts... The end was inevitable. The bank became insolvent ans was seized by regulators." - Shades of Bernie Madoff!

p.284: " Neyshabur is also the ultrasecret future birthplace of the Iranian nuclear bomb..." " I read someplace that their plant is in Natanz." " Natanz is for the UN inspectors to visit, Neyshabur is the real plant.It is built 500 feet deep into the ground." - Who needs the CIA & the Mossad? Carmon seems to know everything...

So read it and enjoy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Owens on July 30, 2009
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I've discovered that I really enjoy political/government thrillers, thanks to Jack Bauer & 24, as well as Vince Flynn. I definitely was not disappointed with The Chameleon Conspiracy, though let me tell you the story is almost overwhelming!

Haggai Carmon clearly knows his stuff, as the book is filled with so much detail with regards to the government, its agencies, and covert operations. Actually, I think I have a whole new respect for agents who go undercover after reading this book. There are many intense scenes that made me wonder how anyone can successfully assume a new identity--let alone have to do that all the time for their job. Even Dan Gordon commented once about keeping all of his identities straight--he dreaded running into someone he might have met from a previous case because he doubted he would know what name he had given them. To tell you the truth, I couldn't tell you how many different aliases he had in this one book!

If you enjoy thrillers, particularly anything involving terrorism and state relations, then I definitely recommend this book. I will say that at times I got bogged down in all the detail--sometimes the writing was a little too dry or informational to pull me into the story. But overall, I enjoyed it and was glad to have this opportunity to discover a new-to-me author. The Chameleon Conspiracy is the third Dan Gordon Intelligence Thriller, so I have a feeling I'll be checking out the first two, as well.
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