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The 231 Club


Reviews are in at Amazon.com 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 team - by J Bartell (with Ginger Marin)

"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." -- RR

"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

"Forcefully written and easy to read ... I can't wait for the movie." -- Jeff S.

"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 M.


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.  Read more about The Book.

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.

A Few Thoughts

"The only currency that you alone can devalue is your word."
- J Bartell

"For a lone soldier on the battle field, skill increases the odds of
living over dying." - J Bartell

"The courage of a soldier is heightened by his need to protect
his fellow soldiers."
- J Bartell

"If you want to see God, simply look into the eyes of an animal".
- J Bartell

"Developing expertise is more important than any modification".
- Jim Boland

Copyright © 2005 - 2015 "The 231Club" & J Bartell and Ginger Marin.  All Rights Reserved.
The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal.

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