About The 231 Club Book

THE 231 CLUB: My Ten Year Journey From Therapist to CIA Courier and Sanctioned Kills is the true story of J Bartell, who, in his mid 30s, was a behavioral expert/lecturer and chief of staff of the California-based Hypnosis Motivation Institute. His clients at the institute included people from all walks of life, but it was his wo rldwide travels on behalf of affluent, private clients, including heads-of-state, that put him on the radar of CIA contractor Chauncey Holt. Holt thought Bartell would be a good candidate to do some courier work for the CIA, transporting documents and such.

After accepting the courier position, Bartell gets caught up in government intrigue far beyond what he expected. The courier work eventually lead to him becoming part of a small group that handled off-book assignments. This group was an extension of the CIA’s black ops covert operations division referred to as Executive Action which was created in the 1950s. Bartell essentially worked for Holt who was his “handler”. Holt, in turn, reported to higher ups within the network. At one time Holt was working and reporting to such people as Phillip A. Twombly, who was Vice President of Coca Cola’s Caribbean operations. As a result of Bartell’s increased involvement, he experiences everything from weapons deals and covert training missions to helping ruthless killers, hiding behind positions of power, get their due.

This recent CIA memoir true tale encompasses intriguing personalities, an examination of the psyche behind the storyteller, exciting and unique espionage adventures at a time when wits were at play more than gadgets.  It dissects how one man with a great career and fulfilling life takes a radical detour which turns his whole world upside down.

There have been many books about CIA black ops and books about CIA covert operations and espionage, but nothing quite like “The 231 Club”. Its members, which also included Michael Harries – originator of the famed Harries Flashlight Technique – went to other countries to train private armies and guerrilla forces in the techniques and tactics they were instrumental in developing which are now used worldwide by military and police forces. J Bartell used the therapy techniques he created to help people in the field control blood flow, pain and fear.

The main focus of this CIA spy book is not about intelligence gathering. It is about what happened after the intelligence was gathered. Is J Bartell giving up any secrets that could hurt our country? No.

Significance of the Title: Once Bartell becomes truly engaged in CIA covert opertions, Holt welcomes him into The 231 Club — “231” being the name of the gun powder for their weapon of choice, the 45 caliber Colt 1911.  Read about The Authors.