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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 / covert operations 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.  This exciting true story CIA spy tale is available for sale at Amazon in book paperback and Kindle formats.

A Few Thoughts From J and Others

"The only currency that you alone can devalue is your integrity."

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

"Faith should be tempered with logic and reasoning."

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

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

“Trophy hunters are like politicians, they both like to pull the trigger from the comfort of a safe distance.”

"Some people say, just surviving isn't enough. I think it's a hell of a lot better than the alternative, and it gives you something to build upon."

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

"The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war."
- Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than speak and remove all doubt."
- Mark Twain

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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