Although a work of fiction, North says “Counterfeit Lies,” which he’ll hold a signing for at the shop at 7 p.m., is full of truth about the United States’ talks with Iran to help the Middle-Eastern country skirt anti-nuclear weapons agreements.
“This book is about the next big scandal,” North said in a telephone interview, citing other controversies for the Obama administration, such as the IRS scrutiny of certain political groups, the military drone program and the 2012 attack in Benghazi. “This is all about how the Iranians are going to cheat on this so-called ‘international agreement’ — and it’s actually happening as we speak.”
North is a decorated Marine who received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for valor and two Purple Hearts. For three years of President Ronald Reagan’s tenure, North served as the U.S. government’s counter-terrorism coordinator on the National Security Council. He also hosts the documentary series “War Stories” on Fox News.
The novel, which came out Tuesday, follows undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Jake Kruse, who begins investigating a smuggling ring in southern California but finds himself in the middle of “international intrigue,” North said.
North, a staunch critic of President Barack Obama, said he hopes the novel will bring awareness to the situation with Iran he says is mostly not known in the public.
North said sources in the military have told him the United States is actively involved in “secret talks” with Iranian officials about nuclear weapons. Media coverage on the talks for Iran to come to an agreement on its nuclear program, though, don’t touch on what North asserts.
“The secret talks are how the Iranians get around the agreement and still get nuclear weapons,” he said. “It’s shameful, it’s scary and this book is how it’s happening and how it’s discovered. If people bothered to read Adolf Hitler back in the 1920s after he finished ‘Mein Kampf,’ they’d know exactly what he was going to do, because he wrote it all down. The Iranians have written it all down. They’ve said exactly what they’re going to do and they’ve been carrying it out.”
North said the book is a work of fiction, because it takes place in the future, as he and his co-author, Bob Hamer, illustrate the potential consequences of the situation. Also, he said he can’t name his sources and uses some information he’s learned but signed agreements not to disclose.
“If you look at the very front end of this (novel) you see I can’t even reveal the names of the people who told me how the Iranians are avoiding the agreement,” North explained. “In order to avoid violating the non-disclosure agreements or the promise I’ve given to others, you change enough of the dates, names, times and places, and you call it fiction. I ran this by them and they were comfortable with it.”
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