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After A Successful Therapist 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 The Club Encompasses Intriguing Personalities, An Examination Of The Psyche Behind The Storyteller, Exciting And Unique Espionage Adventures At A Time When Wits Were At Play 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 J Bartell Was An Instructor, Lecturer And Chief Of Staff Of A Large California Based Therapy Institute Whose Clients Included People From All Walks Of Life But It Was His Worldwide Travels On Behalf Of Affluent Clients, Including Heads Of State, That Put Him On The Radar Of The CIA What Started Out As Simple Courier Work Eventually Lead To Bartell Becoming Part Of A Small Group That Handled Off Book Assignments, Meaning No Record, So There S Plausible Deniability The Group, Consisted Of Bartell, His CIA Handler Chauncey Holt And Former US Marine, Michael Harries, Best Known For Having Created The Famous Harries Flashlight Technique Used By Law Enforcement Around The World For Handling Arms In Low Light Conditions Additional Support To The Group Came From Master Gunsmith Jim Boland And Jeff Cooper, Who Is Considered To Be The Father Of Modern Combat Shooting And Tactics The Significance Of The Book S Title Is That Once J Bartell Became Truly Engaged In Black Ops, His Handler Chauncey Holt Welcomed Him Into The Club Being The Name Of The Gun Powder For Their Weapon Of Choice, The Caliber Colt This Group, And Others, Was An Extension Of The CIA S Black Ops Division Referred To As Executive Action Which Was Created In The S As A Result Of Bartell S Increased Involvement, He Experienced Everything From Weapons Deals And Covert Training Missions To Helping Ruthless Killers, Hiding Behind Positions Of Power, Get Their Due

10 thoughts on “The 231 Club

  1. says:

    I co authored The 231 Club and I don t feel comfortable reviewing it as if I were some casual reader of it However, I do recommend it as a very interesting read for those wishing to understand from where the CIA recruited some of its assets back then.

  2. says:

    It is apparent from the get go that J Bartell lead a colorful life, whether as a young man, as a therapist, in the military or certainly via his connection to his CIA handler, Chauncey Holt described as one of the so called three tramps , undercover CIA, arrested in Dallas on the day President Kennedy was assassinated , and the assignments and other events that came of it.As a writer, Mr Barell displays an easygoing fluid style.I found the author s decision making process convincing when he describes having to decide about becoming a subcontractor for the CIA That is to say, he was not employed directly by that organization I enjoyed his description of first contact with the First Earth Battalion That in itself is very unusual and not too many people know about the concept And he has some good stories to tell about his trips to Morocco That fluid style, though, serves him especially well when he describes his Paris and South America CIA authorized assignments This is an appealing memoir with enough name dropping and action to keep anyone from ever getting bored.

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    How many times do you look at a person across a room and wonder what they do for a living or what kind of life they ve lead up to that point When he was quite young, J Bartell felt the pangs of having been bullied He grew to becoming a therapist and helped others with their various troubles and explained his theories and work structure to other medical professionals Then another professional came calling looking for answers to pain management and that professional happened to have been someone from the CIA That in itself is unusual So from that first meeting, which turned out to be a bit of coincidence in itself as you ll discover , J Bartell met the man, Chauncey Holt, who was going to help turn his life upside down I say help turn his life upside down because J Bartell managed to do that quite a bit himself.What s very interesting to me is the hows and whys of that life upheaval It takes a very unique person to go the route that Mr Bartell went and he paid the price in many ways I understood his needs and I came to understand the loss of self over the years Did he ultimately do good in the world when he was out in the field doing what some CIA agents did back then As far as the operations themselves, it sure sounds like it But when it comes to protecting our agents through his therapy work, I would say most definitely yes, yes and yes.

  4. says:

    A friend of mine suggested that I read this true story because it had so many unusual elements in it Mr Bartell is a very interesting person and I liked how he began with a bit about his earlier life so we could understand his journey But he never took it to the extreme His book is interesting in all its aspects, from his military background, to him being a therapist with his left and right brain theories, to his getting into black ops work with the CIA The tales he tells are adventurous and he has some good humor added where it counts I especially liked how he named some of the characters he came across in his field work All in all the book was very fluid and easy to read.

  5. says:

    Shocking revelation of a real CIA subcontractor unit.An exciting read about a real CIA subcontractor unit hired out to do odd and plausible deniability jobs from 1970s to the 1980s J Bartell lead a double life in the known world he was a respected psychotherapist and hypnotherapist whilst in the dark world, he was a covert courier and assassin There is no Hollywood magic to this story, this memoir is brutal in its honesty and details and surprises me on how little we know how intelligence and counter intelligence units work in the world As the last man standing in his former unit, J Bartell portrays a good tribute to his fellow and fallen brothers Highly recommended read.

  6. says:

    The 231 Club is well written and I certainly appreciated the author s voice and the casual style It also made me think what I would have done if I were in his shoes Take the safe road and stay in my day job of therapist or take the one going left to the big unknown with plenty of risks along the way Fortunately I was in my armchair enjoying the dilemma All in all, the book is very interesting, both in the author s background as well as in the various stories he tells of life in the fast lane The author s adventures make for very good reading especially when you know they are true tales of CIA exploits What may have started as high level thinking about the jobs that needed to be done in South America or Latin America during this time period was soon relegated to the people who actually had to carry them out and they often did so with very little resources or help from the upper level suits.This was a very interesting read and I would highly recommend it.

  7. says:

    This memoir is an effortless read, amazing tale about the author s experiences working for CIA It explains how a therapist Mr J Bartell become a CIA agent leaving his old life behind In some things written in the book it is almost hard to believe, but everything is delivered in a very matter of fact and honest way, exploring J Bartells emotions while he is doing the job.The book has a little bit of everything action, adventure, drama I highly recommend reading it

  8. says:

    J Bartell s The 231 Club is as much a book offering insight and life lessons and the thinking process from a therapist s point of view as it is about him becoming involved with the CIA For that reason, this is a valuable resource as well as a pleasurable reading experience that offers exciting adventurous black ops assignments.

  9. says:

    Humdinger of a book Loved it and highly recommend to all fans of CIA, memoirs and general nonfiction interested in how a life gets derailed.

  10. says:

    An undeniably interesting life all well told The 231 Club is also exciting in parts when the author describes his dangerous missions on behalf of the CIA I liked the inclusion of his therapy method and descriptions of events that also included his therapy while out in the field It comes full circle when he explains how his vibrant earlier life had been devastated by the choices he made to get involved with black ops.