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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597971898
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597971898
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,673,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In Ruse, a self-described 'maverick freelancer' who worked nearly a decade for FBI counterintelligence has spun an irreverent and timely tale of international intrigue and deception. Robert Eringer's adventuresinclude his unsuccessful attempt to lure CIA defector Edward Lee Howard out of Moscow to face American justice. Instead, he encounters a dysfunctional federal bureaucracy that fails to act before Howard dies--or was killed--in Vladimir Putin's Russia. It's a story that Eringer suggests holds some intelligence lessons for September 11, 2001."—Don Bohning, author of The Castro Obsession: U.S. Covert Operations Against Cuba, 1959-1965
(Don Bohning)

"Ruse encompasses both the unique mind-set of intelligence officers and their lexicon. Eringer's true-life account offers first-hand insights into their communication, thought process, and terminology. Truly an insider's book!"—Robert Burton, bounty hunter and author of Top Secret: The Dictionary of Espionage and Intelligence
(Robert Burton)

“Like juicy tales you hear from someone sitting at a seedy bar on a lazy afternoon…Its plot as intriguing as a James Bond movie and its style as straightforward as journalism.”—Santa Barbara News-Press
(Santa Barbara News-Press 2008-05-22)

"Fast-paced, absorbing, and a must-read for anyone with an interest in espionage."—Santa Barbara Independent
(Santa Barbara Independent 2008-05-27)

About the Author

Robert Eringer has had a wide-ranging career as a private intelligence consultant, undercover operative, journalist, novelist, editor, and literary agent. Before going undercover for the FBI, he was an investigative reporter, once infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan. Since parting with the Bureau, Eringer has created and directed an intelligence service for Prince Albert II of Monaco. He divides his time among London, Monte Carlo, Washington, D.C., and Santa Barbara. His website is www.roberteringer.com.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Cawley on March 23, 2008
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It's a first person narrative of the author's various stings and counterintelligence gambits working with, but outside of, the FBI. An interesting and worthwhile story in most respects.

It's a quick, easy read, and it is immediately clear the author doesn't take himself too seriously. When it comes to the task at hand, however, the sting, or ruse, is pursued with a serious, inward diligence as he sets up the likes of Edward Lee Howard, Vladimir Kryuchkov and others without diplomatic immunity.

I have a hard time not liking anyone who refers to Vladimir Kryuchkov as "Uncle Vlad"--wry, irreverent and metaphorically accurate.

For readers of the intelligence/espionage genre, there are several takeaways.

1. It contains new information, if not in huge quantities, certainly from the original perspective as a freelancer outside of (but loyal to) the U.S. and its intelligence community. It begs the question of the future role of commercial intelligence providers. Give me Stratfor or give me death.

2. The author's anecdotes sum up the adage: "Counter-intelligence with penetration is like shooting fish in a barrel; counter-intelligence without it is like knife fighting in the dark." -JJA.

3. The onset of paralyzing, initiative and spirit crushing bureaucracy in the FBI's middle management is fatal. One hopes a copy of the book is sent to Robert Mueller, his Directors and Deputy Directors on down through the ranks of Division Five. And maybe a senator or three.

Two last points.

The story, by its nature, is hard to corroborate. The man whose cover and lure was a book publisher now publishes his own book...a last ruse?
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Helene F. Bidwell on March 16, 2008
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Fighting the good fight, writer warrior Robert Eringer has served his country well not only pursuing and gaining the confidence of the CIA traitor, Edward Lee Howard, who defected to the Soviet Union in 1985 giving up important US secrets to the KGB, but Eringer also managed to wind his way through the tangled bureaucracy of the FBI , to bring to American justice psychopath Ira Einhorn, who had been hiding out in a small town in France after murdering his wife,Holly Maddux, and, on top of that, to achieve his goals in his own wry way which included traveling first class,staying in the finest hotels, enjoying great wines and good food and laughs no matter that he sometimes faced the devil himself. His book RUSE, due out in April is a great read with a couple of laugh out loud moments and it proves once again that truth can be stranger than fiction.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Van Stein on March 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Ruse is fascinating! A page turner to the end. The author's keen intellect and abundant patience in setting up and orchestrating the various scenarios is intriguing and enlightening. There are several amusing, irreverent and even laugh-out-loud moments in the book. It is interesting to note that I have known the author personally for 7 years and knew very little about this part of his life. He lives the mystery that he is so practiced at masterminding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wiser Investor on November 18, 2008
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Ruse is a well written account of the use of deception in counterintelligence.

The author takes us through a number of "sting" operations [ruses] aimed at capturing a notorious American CIA traitor living in the then Soviet Union and now Russia, a sidebar series of actions extracting information from the Cubans, and an episode leading to the extradition from France and capture of a murderer. All these activities were done for the author's client, the FBI.

Of greater significance than the sting operations is the insight provided into the FBI, the US Justice Department, the KGB and its successor the FSB. The bureaucratic paralysis and CYA culture in Louis Freeh's FBI and Janet Reno's Justice Department, under the Clinton administration, are both appaling and disappointing. The puffery of the ex-KGB operatives involved is humorous, but, if even half of what they said is true, somewhat sobering. The FSB under Putin is truly scary.

All in all, Ruse is a quick read and will be enjoyed by followers of the international intelligence genre.
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