Book Title: The Black Market Concierge: Sanction Busting, Smuggling & Spying for America
Author: Barry Oberholzer
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 177 pages
Release date: November 2016
Tour dates: Sept 25 to Oct 13, 2017
Content Rating: PG (Violence)
Barry Oberholzer’s secret life as a confidential informant, infiltrating international organized crime syndicates and sanction-busting activity hit headlines in 2012. Oberholzer reported an array of vital intelligence to the CIA and multiple intelligence agencies across the world. For years, he has worked across the Middle East and behind the scenes as a confidential informant making connections, extracting valuable intelligence, and facing off against America's greatest enemy at every turn.
In The Black Market Concierge, he opens a window into his double life as an informant; informing on the role of key players including major corporations, crime syndicates, politicians and government officials in high-value international smuggling operations.
After exposing corruption at the highest levels of government in South Africa, he is ready to give a no holds barred account of what it is like to live the life of a high-level, confidential informant.
His memoir is a searingly honest account of a boy aviation enthusiast who cascaded into the world of international espionage and how it ultimately sent him in search of salvation in his devout Christian faith. It is a testimony that will move even the most cold-hearted.
The Black Market Concierge is a must-read for any enthusiastic reader of espionage novels or the illegal global trade market. From smuggling cigarettes and drugs to military goods, this book will entertain readers who want to know more about the inside story of contraband.
When reading espionage novels, one always wonders how much in the story is real or just based on the author’s inventiveness. This memoir, however, is Barry Oberholzer's personal account of his real experiences as an informant. Barry was not initially trained by government agencies to investigate illegal global trades. Instead, he began as an ambitious young man who was following his dream of entering the aviation industry only to be recruited by government middlemen whose purpose was to circumvent trade sanctions. From there, his name spread to the global black market and soon he was contacted by smugglers of narcotics and eventually military goods.
This book was an eye-opener on the black market's inner workings and how governments make key arrests and seizures. While governments have huge resources at their disposal, the information of an informant is clearly indispensable at times. The dangers for an informant is clearly seen in this personal account.
I would easily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys memoirs about people who have done extraordinary things and who have made big changes in their lives. It was a page turner for me and would be for anyone who likes action adventure based on real-life experiences.
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Meet the Author:
Born in Houston, Texas, a former professional rugby player and current CrossFit and Ironman athlete, Barry is the founder of TerrorMate app and is a counter-terrorism and intelligence expert. Formerly Barry served as a confidential informant for Department of Homeland Security, Joint Terrorism Task Force, Belgium Customs Intelligence and HM Revenue & Customs Intelligence in the United Kingdom.
One of his most impactful successes was in his identification of Iranian sanction busting syndicates who smuggled US manufactured aircraft and parts to Iran which led to the arrests of several prominent international businessmen. He also had numerous successes in major illicit cigarette seizures in Europe.
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