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The Man Who Fooled SAVAK by [Roberts, Douglas]
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  • File Size: 1191 KB
  • Print Length: 378 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Outer Banks Publishing Group (June 14, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 14, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00562OAT4
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By Mina on September 17, 2011
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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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A hippie turns soldier in the Vietnam War 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 follow, along with who-can-we-trust espionage dilemmas which ensure the reader a gripping progression of tense sub-climaxes 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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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, the Shah of Iran, and this control is maintained by the 'Organization of Intelligence and National Security', the fearsome SAVAK. Doug Roberts' story, which he tells us is loosely based on his time in Iran, stretches across multiple genres: part "You're in the Army Now", part "Love Story", part "political thriller/escape caper'. You can feel both the emotion and the politics of the author throughout the book. This novel is a love story about a young G.I. and a local Iranian girl. As their relationship deepens, the author learns how her family, and so many other Iranians, suffer under the iron-fist of SAVAK, whose name has become synonymous with torture and murder, and the overpowering symbol of the Shah's corruption and downfall.

As a slice of history, "The Man Who Fooled SAVAK", shows us a part of the world that America was intricately involved yet few Americans know about. America's establishment of the Shah in 1953 via CIA organized coup is the thorn in the side of the Iranian psyche that eventually leads to the 1979 revolution and the taking of the 52 American hostages. SAVAK was the organization that America helped create so the Shah could initially 'weed out' the communist influence in his own military forces, but as the power of SAVAK grew the deadly mission extended to all threats against the regime both external and internal. In Roberts' book, we are still 8 years from the revolution but the seeds are sown. Another interesting aspect of this novel is the author/character's backstory. Before arriving in Tehran as a draftee, Doug Roberts is a student anti-war activist at Kent State University.
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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 THE WAR....I kept trying to blink myself back to the present. So deep I had to take breaks from the story to center myself. WOW!
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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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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 country much more understandable to this mid-western American. I'd recommend it for anyone who likes a good romantic thriller, or has an interest in recent Iranian history.
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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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