A Naval Academy graduate and a Cold War carrier pilot, Chet Nagle flew in the Cuban Missile Crisis. After a stint as a navy research and development project officer, he joined International Security Affairs as a Pentagon civilian -- then came defense and intelligence work, life abroad for twelve years as an agent for the CIA, and extensive time in Iran, Oman, Bashkortostan and other interesting places.
Along the way he graduated from the Georgetown University Law School and was the founding publisher and editor of a geo-political magazine, the Journal of Defense & Diplomacy. JODD was read in over 20 countries and had a monthly circulation of 26,000.
At the close of his work in the Middle East he was awarded the Order of Oman for his help in that allied nation's victory over communist Yemen.
These days he writes, speaks, and consults to government and industry, often appearing on television and radio.
He and his art dealer wife, Dorothy, live in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
The cover got my attention. The rivetting story within kept it until the last sentence, when I consoled myself with that glass of wine Dehesh was so fond of. Chet Nagle's Iran Covenant spooked me! It is a fast moving thriller, but also an urgent warning to the West to take heed of events in Iran, to challenge those who lust for power at any price, in the guise of religion, or the consequences for the free world will be dire. I identified with the characters and really cared what became of them, which is the mark of a fine writer. Iran Covenant is ever the more relevant these days when Iran's ruling clergy are tightening the screws and the stakes couldn't be higher for Israel. A very convincing story.
Chet Nagle has written a page-turner of a political thriller that is entirely believable. The characterization, including that of the villain, is excellent. In particular, the scenes between the two major characters, the American Adams and the Israeli Karlski, are wonderful, full of humor and fast-paced dialogue. The torture scenes were vividly, nauseatingly horrible and I can't imagine anybody condoning torture after reading them. From that perspective, perhaps this book will help those who support the so-called "enhanced interrogation" techniques realize they are war crimes and should be prosecuted.
The swiftly-moving plot propelled by its ticking clock is chilling. The author's expertise in the operations of the U.S. Defense Department and his insider knowledge of the Middle East convinced this reader of their authenticity. The subject matter -- US/Iran/Israel relations -- could not be timelier. One only hopes that the situation Nagle has fictionalized remains just that -- fiction.
This is an action-packed and exciting novel. It has the expertise of the early Tom Clancy stories. I was impressed with Chet Nagle's detailed knowledge of munitions and bombs, but on the other hand, given his background, he would be expected to be an expert. The story moved as rapidly as a Daniel Silva novel, all of which I have found to be cliffhangers. And, for a change, this novel is not about Arab terrorists trying to kill Israelis and CIA operatives. The author has introduced Iran into the equation at just the right moment in time, even though I hope Dehesh is not a prototype for everyday Iranians. At a time when some may be going soft on Iran and its nuclear ambitions (I won't say who), this story snatches us back to reality. Nagle also paints a realistic picture of Israel and its players.
This was a spell binding book about an area that few Americans know about or even care about. I would strongly recommend it for reading pleasure and for learning about the Middle East. The Author even tricked me concerning his "mole"!
The author has skill, the plot moves along nicely. The quibble I have is that, in his initial plot setup he bends credulity to the breaking point in the actions of his principal protagonists, and in his interaction with his colleagues. Unfortunate, as perceptive readers will be put off by the lack of realism. Second half of the book improves on the realism substantially, so there is hope for the author in future works. Still a fun read.
This book made me hit my snooze button several times every morning this week because I stayed up too late each night reading. Nagle is a talented writer who presents a terrifying account of a scenario that is not beyond the realm of possibility. The memorable main character, Jay Adams, is the new Jack Ryan. Make sure you read Woolsorter's Plague, Nagle's first book, before you dive into Iran Covenant.