Reviews for ARGO
BURG - Weekley Entertainment Guide
For those lacking this particular history lesson, as I was, in November 1979, the American embassy in Tehran was overtaken by Iranian militants protesting America's involvement in allowing a controversial former government leader to stay in the United States.
The takeover was the beginning of a 444-day hostage crisis, with more than 50 diplomats held captive in the embassy. However, unbeknownst to their captors, six Americans managed to escape and eventually found refuge with Canadian diplomats, bravely willing to conceal their allies from a dangerous enemy.
Due to their relative safety with the Canadians, rescuing the six was initially thought to be less of a priority than the main issue of the hostages at the embassy. But Canadian fears that their involvement would be discovered and met with negative repercussions pushed the exfiltration of the six up the list.
Enter CIA agent Tony Mendez, who was tasked with finding a cover story to get them out. Read more... >
A solid choice for fans of thrillers and international intrigue.
"One of the most daring and courageous clandestine operations during my career involved efforts to rescue Americans taken hostage in Tehran after our embassy was seized on November 4, 1979. Six Americans managed to escape the U.S. compound and flee to the Canadian embassy, where they were hidden A very brave CIA officer, Tony Mendez, using commercial cover, entered Iran with false identities for the six and, using techniques that ought to remain secret so they can be used again, managed to get them out of Iran."
"This is a fascinating story about how Tony Mendez and the CIA used a bit of technical expertise and a lot of daring and courage to rescue American hostages in Iran. Tony is emblematic of the extraordinary men and women of CIA. Most of their stories cannot be toldbut fortunately, in Argo, Tony has been able to lift the veil of secrecy just a bit."
"James Bond's Q comes to life. This gripping, true story of a white-knuckle operation by a little known part of the CIA reads like a thriller. Full of authentic detail and characters, of bravery and drama, it's a must-read for all spy enthusiasts and CIA watchers."
"The CIA and Hollywood in cahoots, a painter turned spy, an impossible rescue mission with no guns and only one chance at successARGO has everything. This remarkable white-knuckle spy story is torn from the pages of real life, and will have you up past your bedtime to discover its thrilling endgame."
"Forget your spy novels, here's how this stuff really works: Two secret agents quietly enter the enemy camp, unarmed but for their wit and experience. Hiding in plain sight, they rescue six virtual hostages under the eyes of their captors, a covert operation seemingly devised in Central Casting. Now their story can be toldand it makes for one hell of read."
"This true spy story has it all: guile, audacity, and bravery in a struggle with a fanatic and lethal enemy, a crucial role played by a loyal ally, and a marvelous conspiracy with Hollywood."
"Artist-spy Tony Mendez paints a dramatic portrait of unlikely collaboratorsHollywood, the CIA and Canadaallied in the common cause of freedom. Mendez fills Argo with the drama, pressure and tension of one of CIA's most spectacular rescue operations. Argo is proof that espionage reality is more riveting than spy fiction."
"Tony Mendez is a spy's spy. His work saved my neck on numerous occasions. I laugh quietly to myself when I watch Hollywood's version of disguise technology in today's spy moviesbecause Tony did it better. What he did in the Argo operation was spine-tingling espionage at its very best."
Argo describes tradecraft at its best, the previously unpublished story of the courageous exfiltration of six American diplomats who had evaded capture when the American embassy in Iran was seized November 4, 1979. The development of "cover" including use of physical disguises and forged passports and documents under the direction of Tony Mendez, one of CIA's most respected officers, made their escape possible along with critical help from Canadian diplomats. This story is true and is a must read to understand how dangerous risks have been successfully managed by men and women like Tony Mendez operating in secrecy for our protection."
Reviews for THE RITE
"Baglio has strong storytelling skills, and... constructs a narrative that travels a long distance quickly."
"When Doubleday told me they were sending me a book on exorcism, my initial reaction was 'great, how bad is this book going to be?' However, to my complete surprise, The Rite was an excellent read."
"Truth is stranger than fiction... and far more terrifying. Forget what Hollywood tells you about demonic possession and exorcism; The Rite will open your eyes to the awesome truth about such things. I've been investigating paranormal events for some time, but this book taught me much that I didn't know about the timeless battle for the human soul waged between the forces of good and evil. Fascinating, inspiring, and scary, a great read."
"Matt Baglio's book is a wake-up call. It smashes the many myths created by Hollywood movies and other amateurs on the subject about exorcism and the role of the exorcist in the Catholic Church."
"The Rite is in my opinion one of the best books ever written on the topic of exorcism. I have read very few books that give a description as appropriate, as precise, or as detailed, and the author's deep knowledge of the subject makes it a true instrument of knowledge useful for many people."
"This story is an important one."
"The Rite illuminates one of the world's most long-standing and mysterious phenomena."
"The Rite gets it Right. [Baglio] is an objective journalist who did his homework. The book was fascinating... highly recommended."