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Product Details

  • Paperback: 700 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (August 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 148267520X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482675207
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #794,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I enjoyed this book.

But let me be clear, while I never took the term "Betrayal" personally, I can professionally accept that many in the military and intelligence fields will never forgive Jeff his transgressions. I'm not one of them, but then, I've always approached investigations knowing the people I chased were at a disadvantage, sociologically speaking. They had flaws in their character that they were not able to overcome with common sense and intellect. The best criminals are very bright, but deem themselves brighter than those who follow society's rules.

I first met Jeff at a party when we were both assigned to Goodfellow AFB in Texas. I was an OSI Agent who was dating someone within his circle of friends and co-workers. Some time later, he came to my office to make a report of a contact with persons from a criteria country, as was the requirement at the time. Jeff and I were never friends. Merely acquaintances. I theorize that my suddenly becoming a peripheral part of his life, served to heighten his paranoia that he was being watched.

When his world began to unravel, because of his clearance being pulled, my office was made aware that his commander had some concerns. When Jeff fled to Mexico City, both my supervisor and I were convinced Jeff had been involved in espionage and defected. Oddly, getting anyone in the OSI Counter Espionage hierarchy to accept it, or for that matter, even entertain the notion, was like trying to break into Fort Knox. I've always felt that valuable time had been wasted with this ridiculous infighting and in the end circumstances bore that out.
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An excellent account of an amazingly exciting but ultimately tragic story. Carney was not the only American to have left The US for The DDR but his story IS the only one of its type and he tells it with sincerity and close attention to detail. It's a huge, oversized book that get's a little difficult to hold at times but it's well worth the juggling act. I also really appreciate Carney's intentional inclusion of the numerous short and long blocks of blacked-out text where the DoD censored a lot of material before letting him submit it for publication. There's a lot of stuff that our government STILL doesn't want to share with the rest of us. My only complaints are that there were no photos except for the one on the back cover. Also, there are lots and lots of typos but neither of these issues detracts from the story. It's a story that I was unable to put down and I think I read the entire, massive book in about 2 weeks. I plan to read it again at a more leisurely pace this summer. It's a little expensive and there aren't too many used copies available but it's well worth every penny no matter what you have to pay.
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Some enterprising literary agent should approach the author about making this into a mass-market book. The spy intrigues are suspenseful, interesting, and real. Even the exploration of Carney's childhood and training is well-written and interesting. This book comes from the heart.
That said, there are typos and grammar errors on every other page. There are references to acronyms or agencies that are never explained. A good editor could have trimmed about 200-300 pages, and improved the quality. Carney's narrative makes it reasonably clear that he resists authority figures and experts telling him what to do, so perhaps agents and editors have tried to talk sense into him but somehow he went his own way by self-publishing instead. That is a shame because this story deserves a larger audience. I'm glad I read this.
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Like Jeffrey Carney, I grew up in a Midwestern state (Indiana), entered the U.S. Air Force at the age of 17, and became a Cryptologic Linguist. I studied Czech (and Slovak), and went through training in Monterey, California and Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, Texas. I was assigned to a unit in West Germany that monitored communications in Eastern Europe, but this is where our stories diverge. I had access to a lot of the intelligence made available to Carney, but, unlike Carney, I did not betray my country. Along with the other linguists in my unit (Czech, Polish, German, and Russian) in both the Air Force and Army, I served my country to the best of my ability.

I bought this book out of curiosity. I had stumbled onto Carney's website and found photographs of familiar places (e.g. Defense Language Institute in Monterey). While the book is a decent read, despite the grammar mistakes, misspellings, and factual inaccuracies mentioned by other reviewers, it did not succeed in making me feel sorry for Carney. As a matter of fact, the old proverb about making your bed and lying in it often came to mind. Carney created his own problems, and although I give him credit for owning up to what he did, I'm not sure if I can forgive him his putting other lives at risk for his own personal gain. Throughout the book, Carney states that his motivation was not financial, and that he accepted no money from his handlers. (Other times he wrote that he did reluctantly accept hundreds of West German marks.) His motivation was ideological. It was also selfish. Looking for a better life for himself undoubtedly had a negative impact on the lives of others.

The book is also full of propaganda.
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