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The Man Who Fooled SAVAK [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Roberts
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

If you liked ARGO, you will love The Man Who Fooled SAVAK! A similar story and based on actual events!

The Man Who Fooled SAVAK is a harbinger of the Arab Spring. Doug Roberts is ahead of his time!

IT'S 1971. As a former anti-war activist against the war in Vietnam, Doug Roberts now a draftee in the U.S. Army is assigned to the classified message center in Tehran, Iran, where he uncovers evidence that the regime is corrupt and propped up by one of the most brutal secret police forces in modern times – SAVAK.

HE KNOWS THIS BECAUSE his Iranian girlfriend's family is feeling SAVAK's repression and later he nearly loses his life as he also is targeted by SAVAK. Now, he’s caught in the middle. What to do?

He launches a thrilling and dangerous plan to smuggle his girlfriend and her mother out of the country. What transpires is a romantic thriller of love and freedom and what one man would do to have both.

Inspired by true events!

Product Details

  • File Size: 1187 KB
  • Print Length: 378 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982993129
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Outer Banks Publishing Group (June 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00562OAT4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #985,687 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book Too Real September 17, 2011
By Mina
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This is a special book for me. I wish it could have more stars.

Maybe it is too real. After I read it, the bad dreams come back about SAVAK. Now I see my therapist again. It's OK. It needed to happen. I'm already better.

I feel much love from this book. Fari is my sister. I think she must to be a very special person. I hope I can be like her.

I am glad to read this to the end!!

God bless Iran. Hope to be free soon.

Sorry my English is not so good.

Love, Mina.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man Who Fooled SAVAK January 24, 2012
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as somebody who has lived in the middle east for more than 25 years, i found The Man Who Fooled SAVAK to be very well written. Doug puts his heart and soul into a very down to earth book. He describes to heart the feelings of all of his characters in his book. I feel as if i am friends with Doug and Fari and i can't wait to be together with them in the outcome! Doug gives us a good look as to the freedoms that us as americans truly have or had compared to other countries in the world. i hope that all people can live as free and prosperous. Thank you for your book Doug as it sheds light on the lives of others not as fortunate to love and to live in peace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Douglas Roberts is a Writer August 9, 2012
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An enjoyable story and educational peek at a culture and a way of life abnormal to the majority.
We hope Roberts continues creating scenarios; witty, surprising and educating!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Appreciate his love of Iran November 21, 2011
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I appreciate the author's love for Iran but I struggled with this book. If I had not lived in Iran with my family during about this same time, I would have put the book down early on.
He may have had an Iranian girl friend, but local life is not in here. Where is their weekend? It wasn't Saturday and Sunday, as it would seem from reading this (it was Friday and Saturday, although a soldier may have worked US days.) Fari starts with broken speech then suddenly speaks great English, as does her mother. Character development is not why we are reading here.
But my biggest problem was with Doug himself, when I read that he and other US soldiers - American citizens - were dealing in the black market in American goods for which those of us who lived off the local economy in Tehran drooled over. This made me very angry. This was was totally dishonest; did he somehow think he was just 'cheating the Shah?' When my children wanted decent peanut butter, how did I get it? - buying an American brand at a hugely inflated price! THANKS, DOUG! When someone had a party, where did we get scotch? that Johnnie Walker Red? ...until someone realized why it didn't taste right. The clever Iranian end of the Black Market had cut the bottom out of Johnnie Walker bottles, careful not to disturb the seals on the top, and watered down the liquor to make more money.
His story is true, though, that we all did know in those years that the Shah hung on only through his use of Savak and the fear it inspired. It didn't take the message center at the US Military to know that, either (and the looseness of that operation was enough to make me shudder...but maybe not all of what he writes there is true.) We all assumed everywhere was bugged, all phones - I was always amazed at the times Doug writes of conversations where he doesn't consider this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a fun read, with mild historical significance May 22, 2014
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The tale,itself was quite enjoyable, although the situation seemed to have been displaced in time. All told things weren't as bad when I was there from 75-78. The situation didn't really start to deteriorate until late 78.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read May 6, 2014
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Loved this book. I hated to have it end. A good mix of romance, suspense and history. Very well written. A page turner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, well told December 29, 2013
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A hippie turns soldier in the Vietnam-era, ends up in Iran, and then falls in love with an Iranian woman whose family and associates live under an especially dark cloud of the dictatorial Shah's regime. Mysteries, chase scenes, military and intercultural follies, along with who-can-we-trust and espionage dilemmas ensure the reader a gripping progression of tense subclimaxes and climaxes. Will there be final deliverance of a measure of justice for freedom-minded Iranians? Will the love affair be validated and a damsel in distress rescued? Read this to find out, and also enjoy some important needed stereotype adjustments in the process. (One discomfort -- author uses real names for a story with a fictional narrative. Not sure I like that for characters in a fictionalized reality who are/were not public figures in real life, but it is still a worthy story based on real people, in a real time and place.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Love Story in the Shadow of SAVAK
Doug Roberts in "The Man Who Fooled SAVAK", shows us American military life in Tehran, Iran in the early 70s when the country was still firmly in control of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi,... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Anthony Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing and Authentic
I lived in Tehran in the 1970's, and the cityscape Roberts describes is familiar to me. However, the perspective from his personal experience was quite enlightening. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Christine Westberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Stirring
Easy read...gives you a "back-door" look at Iran in the early years leading up to the Revolution. Robert's text places you in Tehran just as the pot starts to boil. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lew Shuman
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book!
This is a real page turner which is very hard to put down. It took me back three decades to a time when the Shah was still in power, and made the culture of this fascinating... Read more
Published 18 months ago by R. Ratliff
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this
A book you can't put down. Kept me on the edge all the way to the end. A story of romance and drama. A very good read...
Published 19 months ago by Laurie Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Remember The Time Of Not Trusting Anyone Over Thirty...You...
Boy! this was good! I loved meeting the parents, trying to outrun his memories in the park ...takes me back to those times, the music and love, anger and rage over politics and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jan
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I didn't always enjoy writing. But something happened in my senior year of high school. The teacher told us she would be teaching us college preparatory English and it would be a lot harder than standard high school English. I thought that sounded pretty sucky and wanted to drop out. I only got a C- in the course.

But when I started college in the fall at Rio Grande College in Rio Grande Ohio, I received an A on my first English compostion paper and was told by the instructor to see the teacher in charge of publishing the student newspaper. I was instantly made the assistant editor and writer of the college newspaper during my freshman and sophmore years. Every week I would drive our newspaper advisor's Chevy II to Ravenswood, West Virginia and deliver it to the printer where we would go over last minute details. Nothing like that had ever happened to me before.

When I returned from the Army in 1972, I enrolled in the graduate school of journalism at Kent State. I wrote pieces about my time in Iran and also about the oil politics of the Middle East. A couple of them got published in the Daily Kent Stater.

The best job I ever had was as the editor/photographer/writer for an arts newsletter called ArtReach News. ArtReach was one of the pioneering arts organizations that sparked the movement to create an arts district in Columbus, Ohio's Short North district.

Prior to this book I guess my greatest claim to publishing fame was poetry. A self-publisher of several hand-made chapbooks, my inspiring poems of Sufi and Zen themes found acclaim when they were published no less than 16 times in Heart and Wings Journal.

But as a former anti-war activist I felt a growing need to come out of "retirement", inspired by the 2009 phony elections in Iran which sparked an (as yet) unsuccessful uprising. I figured that back in the 1970s I was pretty good at fomenting dissent, shutting down campuses, and pissing off U.S. leaders who defended the lost cause of the Vietnam war. "But did I still have that kind of mojo?" I wondered.

After giving it some careful thought, I figured that with careful wording I could create a three-fer:

1. Tell the world about getting drafted and being sent -- not to Vietnam -- but to Iran where I worked in the Classified Message Center in the equivalent of the Iranian Pentagon. I wanted to spin a nail-biting yarn exposing the repressive era of the Shah.

2. To re-visit some of my own lingering Vietnam era issues in the story; and last but certainly not least

3. Stick my thumb in the eye of Iran's current ruling elites.

Conclusion: My mojo's still there and stronger than ever, if I do say so myself.


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