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Mission Compromised: A Novel Hardcover – September 1, 2002

Book 1 of 4 in the Peter Newman Series

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  • Hardcover: 605 pages
  • Publisher: Broadman & Holman Publishers; 1st edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805425500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805425505
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

It's hard to figure out just what North has in mind here: a little payback, perhaps, for some of the controversial ex-Marine's treatment by the Beltway establishment? A Christian tract disguised as a topical thriller? An attempt to use every single governmental abbreviation-from AmCits (American citizens) to WHDB (White House Data Base)-in one book? This giant novel (the first in a projected series of three) fits every one of those criteria, and also has a plot so convoluted that a snake might get motion sickness and characters so thin they make Tom Clancy look like Jane Austen. After flashbacks to three sets of killings in 1986, the narrative skips to 1994, when a career Marine Corps officer, Maj. Peter Newman, arrives at the Clinton White House to head a special projects office that hasn't been manned since another Marine-Oliver North-was booted out in 1987. "Look, if you think I'm going to accept a job only to go down in flames like he did, you'd better think again. I'll resign my commission first," Newman growls. But the major, who lost a younger brother in the military disaster at Mogadishu recounted in Black Hawk Down, takes the job when he realizes it will let him go after the warlords (including a rich Saudi called Osama bin Laden) responsible for that debacle. In a preface dated December 14, 2001, Fox News reporter North writes from aboard a U.S. warship with troops bound for Afghanistan, thanking coauthor Musser for his "gift for words" that "has made my military phraseology comprehensible to civilians." Perhaps those thanks were premature.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

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.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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After you read this book, you will know what I am talking about.
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He puts together an exciting story with plenty of actions and situations that will keep the reader interested throughout the book.
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WIth a great mix of fact and fiction, Oliver North tells a story that leaves you wondering what is fact and what is fiction.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wilson on September 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
After reading the Publishers Weekly review I was uncertain about diving into a book of over 600 pages. Nevertheless, the sharp-looking cover and intriguing liner notes sucked me into the story...and, boy, am I glad!
Despite a few minor speed bumps, "Mission Compromised" is a fast-paced military thriller. We follow the mission of a Marine, Peter Newman, as he coordinates secretive, UN-appointed teams for quick response in global hotspots. He is particularly motivated to see one team become successful in its assignment to assassinate Aidid, the man responsible for the Mogadishu disaster as documented in "Black Hawk Down." Newman's brother was a victim of the massacre, and Newman wants revenge. He also wants to repair his failing marriage, but has few tools to do so. As the story progresses, other factors--Russian, Iraqi, and American--come into focus and threaten Newman's teams, not to mention his very existence.
"Mission Compromised" is a solid thriller. The scope of the characters and plot never equals the scope of a Tom Clancy novel, but the global ramifications of the story do. To call the plot 'convoluted' is to claim amateur status as a reader of espionage novels. With Joe Musser's co-writing, North communicates clearly and effectively, though never oversimplifying the entanglements of any government operation. North's intimate knowledge of his subject matter adds to the breathlessness of the book, particularly in the last third. Sure, the ponderous military parlance might seem overwhelming, but it also underlines the veracity of the story as a whole.
As for speed bumps? Sections of the story do become evangelistic, but they are tame and far from overwhelming. Characters are believable, but never deeply studied.
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58 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Eric S. Mccoy, Sr. on October 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Who is better qualified to write a novel about covert missions overseas? Colonel North does an awesome job of explaining military procedure in terms that a civi like me can understand.
The premise of the book circles around covert mission involving the elite British & U.S. Special forces. Their mission: to eliminate terrorists and Saddam Hussein. Their obstacles, besides being killed, corrupt U.N. officials and politicians.
This is also an excellent Christian novel. Colonel North does a realistic job of explaining how a few of the central characters come to know Christ.
If your looking for a novel of full of suspense, action, military missions , and a strong Christian message.... this is the book for you.
Great show Ollie! Look forward to your next work of fiction.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Judith E. Hanhisalo on September 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Ollie North has written a tremendous book, packed with excitement, human interest, a detailed knowledge of the way things work at "the top," and a deep Christian faith. He and Joe Musser combine these elements into a thriller that keeps you up at night. Moreover, the characters are believable and they grow and develop throughout the book, which is pretty unusual in thrillers of this genre. Mission Compromised is an eerie blend of fact and fiction, leaving the reader unsure which is which. Well done all around.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I read Clancy, Ludlum, Follet and the rest. This was a great book that ranks right up there with the best of the genre. It held my interest right to the end of a 600+ page thriller. It opens at a fast pace and keeps you hooked all the way through. Some North East liberal media reviewers just can't get past Ollie's politics and admit that this is a great read. As for me, I can't wait for number two!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dwight D. Milleman on November 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed many things about this book, the development of characters, the story line and especially the lack of profanity. I thought North got his points across very well, without 4 letter words, and this was refreshing. I did have to remind myself that it was a work of fiction; however, so much was based on real life that I had a bit of trouble sorting events out.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John R. Linnell on August 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
After ordering The Jericho Sanction, I figured I had better read this book first as it is the lead novel in a planned trilogy. I am currently reading the 2nd book and can report that it is much more smoothly written than the first, but that reading the first was helpful. Oliver North certainly knows from first hand experience the perspective that Major Peter Newman, USMC brings to his job at the National Security Council, because Newman is the first person to hold the position that North used to have since the Iran-Conta dust up. Newman is put in charge of a covert UN force who are authorised to bring to justice international lawbreakers. His immediate superior, the president's NSA as a deceitful SOB who is in league with a former Russian KGB agent and general who is now a Deputy Secretary General at the UN. He is also involved with selling nuclear weapons to Iraq, among other things, and it is the Iraq factor that leads to the deliberate sabotaging of Newman's mission to Iraq, by both of Newman's supervisors.

The timing of the novel is set during Clinton administration and if you are a fan of that group, this story will go down with some difficulty for you as there is little to be proud of in the way the US government conducts itself. The claim that Sandy Berger was stuffing classified documents into his pants in order to remove them from the National Archieves is child's play, compared to the activities of the NSA in this novel. There is, as others have noted, a heavy dose of Christian evangalisim in parts of the book. It is part of the plotline and gives the rationale for some of the actions that take place. It could have been done with a lighter hand, but I did not find it offensive or distracting. All in all, I was glad I read it as necessary homework for the books that follow.
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