The 231 Club

Reviews are in for “THE 231 CLUB: My Ten Year Journey From Therapist to CIA Courier and Sanctioned Kills – A True Story  – a riveting espionage book about a CIA black ops / covert operations team – by J Bartell (with Ginger Marin)

After a successful behavioral expert is recruited to become a courier for the CIA, his ordered world descends down a dark path leading to sanctioned kills and questioned loyalties, forever altering his concept of self and country. This is the basis of The 231 Club, a non-fiction account of J Bartell’s life to where he became a man with 23 confirmed kills. In the course of his roughly ten years of work in black ops for the CIA, J experienced many life threatening events and he was often called upon to use his therapeutic skills to aid both himself, his partners and other assets in the field.

“A fascinating expose of the life of an agent of the CIA, who was involved in many different kinds of ops. He worked with Chauncey Marvin Holt, the third of the three tramps in Dallas (often mistaken for E. Howard Hunt), whom I met after he watched my 4.5 hour documentary of the assassination of JFK (“JFK: The Assassinationm the Cover-Up and Beyond” 1964) and called me up at 3:30 AM to tell me he had been up all night watching it and thought I got it right! That was pretty high praise from soneone who was actually involved by preparing 15 sets of forged Secret Service credentials for use by others who were involved. I have also met J Bartell, with whom I had lunch in North Hollywood years ago. I greatly enjoyed reading this book and am going to feautre J on my video show, “The Real Deal”, produced by MBC (Media Broadcasting Center), the archives for which can be found on-line. I recommend this for a look into the dark side of life.” – James Fetzer (11/24/2015)

“All in all, this book is an effortless read and a real gem of a page-turner. If you want a view from a real “spy with a license to kill” then stop watching Bond films and have a read…it will surprise you.” — Richard Ricciardelli (4/8/2015)

“The book is an easy and fast read and the selection of photos adds to the storytelling. The 231 Club is categorized as a CIA memoir and it certainly is that but I’d also put it in the action-adventure category with a bit of self-help thrown in to boot!”– Andrew (4/6/2015)

“Forcefully written and easy to read … I can’t wait for the movie.” — Jeff S. (4/3/2015)

“It is rare for me to start a book and read the whole story in one sitting, but I could not put this one down. … I rate this book a 5+++++. It is not only a very action filled story, but it made me look at the fact that the choices that we make in our lives affect our very souls.” – Rhea Mullen, Psychotherapist. (4/1/2015)

J has been interviewed by award winning investigative reporter Judd McIlvain, a winner of eight golden mic awards and multiple Emmy Awards and award winning investigative journalist/crime reporter Peter R. de Vries of The Netherlands.  This exciting true story CIA spy tale is available for sale at Amazon in book paperback and Kindle formats.