Counterfeit Lies by Oliver North with Bob Hamer, although written as a novel, is fact based. The realism comes from Oliver North’s expertise regarding military matters and national security while retired FBI Special Agent Bob Hamer relays his experiences as an undercover agent. It is written as a message to Americans of what is happening regarding Korea and Iran’s nuclear program as well as an eye opener as to how the men and women on the ground must battle not only the enemy but also bureaucrats.
The action packed plot takes off from the very first page. Veteran undercover FBI agent Jake Kruse is investigating a Korean counterfeit smuggling ring. Kruse finds himself embedded into the deadly underworld of North Korean espionage, Hezbollah terror, and the sinister deception Iran uses to acquire nuclear weapons. He needs to determine if he should follow his orders or do what is right to keep America safer.
There are three parts to the storyline. The first has the authors educating Americans on how the North Koreans use counterfeit hundred dollar bills to fund its nuclear program. Oliver North explained to blackfive.net, “We gave the Intaglio Presses to the Shah of Iran. After the bad guys took control of Iran they gave it to the North Koreans. These Supernotes, hundred dollar bills, are so good no bank teller in America would be able to tell the difference between a real bill and a phony one. The only way to tell is that the phony ones have absolutely no errors. Most countries will not take these bills because they are worried about them being counterfeit. Why do you think the US Government just put out a brand new $100 dollar bill that has additional security? But mark my words, North Korea as we speak is in the process of creating a duplicate. This administration is doing nothing to crack down on Korea’s counterfeiting.”
The second part is a warning on how Iran will achieve a nuclear bomb while using the façade of cooperating with the international atomic energy nuclear inspectors. The Iranians will achieve a nuclear program by having the North Koreans build nuclear warheads and ICBMs for them. A powerful quote in the book shows why this administration has dropped the ball, “The nuclear arms deal with Iran is the only diplomatic claim to fame this White House has left. If this treaty goes down the tubes, so does the President’s legacy as a great statesman.”