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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well I really liked this book. It was bit slow gettstartedrted but I really enjoyed that he investigated Morales and his connections to the assassination of JFK. Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by R. Bozzuto
Not much new for the JFK assassination buff and not the place to begin for the assassination beginner. Read morePublished on April 14, 2010 by Bunnymom
I was one of the people involved (at the very end stages) with this book. I had a short while to look at it (in all its minuscule type-face) for the publisher as it was being... Read morePublished on August 22, 2008 by C. Fiehn
This book is written in fine print which means that reading the book is like reading only the "legal notices" or disclaimers on a website. Read morePublished on November 9, 2007 by Helge Jacobsen
Captain Ayers is the primary researcher of the life and career of career CIA rambo David Morales. This alone makes The Zenith Secret a must read for anyone interested in... Read morePublished on August 11, 2007 by William Ney
I am 2/3's the way thru Bradley Ayers' excellent book, "The Zenith Secret". Interesting in itself, its 2006 edition by VoxPop (voxpopnet. Read morePublished on April 10, 2007 by Nathan M. Gant