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The Zenith Secret: A CIA Insider Exposes the Secret War Against Cuba and the Plot That Killed the Kennedy Brothers

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ISBN-10: 0975276387
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About the Author

Bradley E. Ayers joined the U.S. Army paratroopers at 18. In 12 years' of active duty he was promoted to captain. In 1963 he was selected by the DOD for a CIA undercover assignment. He was one of the first career officers to oppose the Vietnam War and its interests. His other works include, The War That Never Was, and Myths or Messages.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Vox Pop (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975276387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975276389
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 4.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,348,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eddie Kasica on February 14, 2007
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Like many of us, I've been waiting a long time for the release of Brad Ayer's book. And I'm certainly glad to have it. He tells his life story in a very engaging and likable way. I wish his life had worked out better. And the fact that it did not is just one more indictment of our increasingly dark and dangerous society.

However, as an assassination text, it's pretty useless. (With one major exception for which we should all be grateful. See below.) First off, the initial half of the 280-page book has almost nothing to do with Dallas. It tells a rather too-detailed -- and at times turgid -- story of Ayers's family and professional life. How his first marriage ended. How he smoked pot with a beautiful Cuban dish and then had the best sex of his life. (Pot will do that.) How he hooked up with his beautiful second wife. (Not the Cuban.) On and on. All told in print so tiny as to scare the editors of the Condensed Oxford English Dictionary. (Why? So the publisher wouldn't have to go to press with a 400-page book?)

In the first half of "Zenith Secret", Ayers is clearly an odd-man-out. He does not have any first-hand or documentary evidence about what was going to happen to Jack Kennedy. And then the murder occurs, Brad has his great sex, and his life moves on.

The second part of the book is truly heartbreaking. Bradley Ayers is clearly a very good man. And the people around him treated him like garbage, even refusing to acknowledge his existence at times. But he became a man on a mission -- the mission being to tell the story of his time inside the hive, inside the JM/WAVE station in Miami, and the jolly men he met there. But his mission goes beyond that, into chasing the Holy Grail of Dallas. This leads him toward a very strange direction.
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As others have noted, the size of the print is a problem, to the point that for me at least it was difficult, nearly painful, to read. If I weren't so interested in the topic I'd have never purchased the book due to the print size. It would have been better to cut some of the unnecessary verbage and increase the font.

I'm extremely puzzled by the author's identification of Gordon Campbell as the individual (from Veciana's description) drawn as Bishop for the HSCA. To my knowledge only one photo of Campbell exists, and it is the one the author refers to in his book--that appeared on the video that was available on the BBC in November 2006--if in fact that was Campbell. To me if that was Campbell, or if that person looked anything like the real Campbell, he doesn't look anything like the HSCA drawing of Bishop. Which makes me wonder about Ayers' other identifications.

Ultimately, the author really doesn't know any new details about the JFK case (although he may be correct about some of those involved), but his description of his involvement in the anti-Castro activities in the 1960s is worthwhile to those interested in every available tidbit about that, but be prepared to strain your eyes to be able to read about it.

I was looking forward to this book, but it disappoints, mainly due to the lack of any real evidence cited.
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First, the good news. Brad Ayers "The Zenith Secret" is the first inside look at the massive US JMWAVE operation against Cuba from Florida based CIA cover Zenith Technical Enterprises. Zenith served as a cover organization for logistics and training of Cuban exiles in Florida. The ultimate aim of the operation was the launching of an invasion force of Cuban exiles capable of securing a beachhead on Cuban soil, allowing the US to recognize and support a Cuban "government-in-exile" and the ability to provide open support to that "government" against the Castro regime. This would be done with the help of US military advisors who would train the exile force in destabilizing and toppling Castro's government. I think it is fair to say the above information has been confirmed by so many sources in and out of the government that there is not much controversy about it thus far.

Enter Brad Ayers, a US Military Special Ops guy with a whole lot of special training who maintains that he served as a key officer in the training of the proposed invasion force. He later wrote a heavily censored book about his experiences called "The War That Never Was", which I found entertainng, describing his activities in general terms, but disguised the identities of the key characters. The Zenith Secret is a total rewrite of TWTNW and includes the identities of such key players as Des Fitzgerald, David Morales, Ted Shackley, Johnny Roselli, etc. It is a terrific read, with Ayers describing not only his experiences in Florida, but a lifetime of mysterious breakins, betrayals, bewilderment and near dispair.
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I've been attempting to read this book by Bradley Ayers, a volume which I ordered a week ago, based on some very glowing reviews. Yet, this is a daunting task, as the entire book features microscopic (about 6 pt.) text. Then, there is the problem that Ayers provides no citations, whatever, nor a table of contents. The next problem is that--as I peruse a few pages here and there--I am finding myself very skeptical of the narrative Ayers lays out. Like many in the Kennedy assassination community, I'd wager, I was experiencing great anticipation in learning more about those CIA clandestine "ops" against Cuba, and how this might have impacted the murder of the president. Yet, this book does not deliver. What's more, as early as the introduction, I find that author Ayers claims that President Kennedy had a kind of personal vendetta against Castro, and that he had no problem--whatever--in supporting continued actions against the Cuban leader, so long as they were covert ones. Whoa!!

A read of a reliable source, such as "JFK and the Unspeakable" or "Brothers" will make it crystal clear that this is anything but the truth. Kennedy's position shifted radically toward the end of his term. Although he'd sported a "cold-warrior" mantle in the early years, over time he shifted to an active striving toward insuring world peace (and to fending off his barely controllable Joint Chiefs of Staff generals and admirals) as he began to establish "back-channel" communication with Khrushchev and Castro, and CIA operations against the latter were definitively ordered shut-down. These military men were appalled by his opposition to their call for all-out invasion of Cuba (and even bombing the Soviet Union "back to the stone-age"), and his strong lobbying for a comprehensive nuclear test-ban treaty.
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