- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Potomac Books Inc. (March 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1597971898
- ISBN-13: 978-1597971898
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,766,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ruse: Undercover with FBI Counterintelligence Hardcover – March, 2008
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“…fast-paced, absorbing, and a must-read for anyone with an interest in espionage.”
“Like juicy tales you hear from someone sitting at a seedy bar on a lazy afternoon…Its plot as intriguing as a James Bond movie and its style as straightforward as journalism.”
"In Ruse, a self-described 'maverick freelancer' who worked nearly a decade for FBI counterintelligence has spun an irreverent and timely tale of international intrigue and deception. Robert Eringer's adventuresinclude his unsuccessful attempt to lure CIA defector Edward Lee Howard out of Moscow to face American justice. Instead, he encounters a dysfunctional federal bureaucracy that fails to act before Howard dies--or was killed--in Vladimir Putin's Russia. It's a story that Eringer suggests holds some intelligence lessons for September 11, 2001."
"Ruse encompasses both the unique mind-set of intelligence officers and their lexicon. Eringer's true-life account offers first-hand insights into their communication, thought process, and terminology. Truly an insider's book!"
About the Author
Robert Eringer has had a wide-ranging career as a private intelligence consultant, undercover operative, journalist, novelist, editor, and literary agent. Before going undercover for the FBI, he was an investigative reporter, once infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan. Since parting with the Bureau, Eringer has created and directed an intelligence service for Prince Albert II of Monaco. He divides his time among London, Monte Carlo, Washington, D.C., and Santa Barbara. His website is www.roberteringer.com.
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Kudos for Mr. Eringer's book, an excellent sequel and denouement for David Wise's Spy Who Got Away! Eringer closes his book by telling us what to expect from Putin's Russia, providing us another sequel to Alex Goldfarb's book, Death of a Dissident: The Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko and the Return of the KGB.
This book is highly recommended for those who, like me, prefer cold war, historic non-fiction, real-life spy thrillers to imaginary fiction, cloak and dagger potboilers!!!
Miguel A. Faria Jr., M.D. is the author of Cuba in Revolution: Escape from a Lost Paradise
The author takes us through a number of "sting" operations [ruses] aimed at capturing a notorious American CIA traitor living in the then Soviet Union and now Russia, a sidebar series of actions extracting information from the Cubans, and an episode leading to the extradition from France and capture of a murderer. All these activities were done for the author's client, the FBI.
Of greater significance than the sting operations is the insight provided into the FBI, the US Justice Department, the KGB and its successor the FSB. The bureaucratic paralysis and CYA culture in Louis Freeh's FBI and Janet Reno's Justice Department, under the Clinton administration, are both appaling and disappointing. The puffery of the ex-KGB operatives involved is humorous, but, if even half of what they said is true, somewhat sobering. The FSB under Putin is truly scary.
All in all, Ruse is a quick read and will be enjoyed by followers of the international intelligence genre.
It's a quick, easy read, and it is immediately clear the author doesn't take himself too seriously. When it comes to the task at hand, however, the sting, or ruse, is pursued with a serious, inward diligence as he sets up the likes of Edward Lee Howard, Vladimir Kryuchkov and others without diplomatic immunity.
I have a hard time not liking anyone who refers to Vladimir Kryuchkov as "Uncle Vlad"--wry, irreverent and metaphorically accurate.
For readers of the intelligence/espionage genre, there are several takeaways.
1. It contains new information, if not in huge quantities, certainly from the original perspective as a freelancer outside of (but loyal to) the U.S. and its intelligence community. It begs the question of the future role of commercial intelligence providers. Give me Stratfor or give me death.
2. The author's anecdotes sum up the adage: "Counter-intelligence with penetration is like shooting fish in a barrel; counter-intelligence without it is like knife fighting in the dark." -JJA.
3. The onset of paralyzing, initiative and spirit crushing bureaucracy in the FBI's middle management is fatal. One hopes a copy of the book is sent to Robert Mueller, his Directors and Deputy Directors on down through the ranks of Division Five. And maybe a senator or three.
Two last points.
The story, by its nature, is hard to corroborate. The man whose cover and lure was a book publisher now publishes his own book...a last ruse? The editors can help by including a foreword or pithy endorsement on the jacket, perhaps by Former Spymaster or some such. Something to vouchsafe character and credibility. Trust but verify.
Sadly, there is no index.
- Note to Editors: it was Russian journalist Artyom Borovik, not Borovin, that died under suspicious circumstances (referenced in the epilogue). RIP.