Author of the five works of non-fiction: The CIA as Organized Crime (2017), The Strength of the Pack (2009), The Strength of the Wolf (2004), The Phoenix Program (1990), and The Hotel Tacloban (1984); the novel TDY (2000); and a book of poems, A Crow’s Dream (2011). Also editor of the poetry anthology With Our Eyes Wide Open: Poems of the New American Century (2012).

This novel by Douglas Valentine, author of the nonfiction bestseller The CIA as Organized Crime, is based on a true story, one told to him by a Vietnam veteran and barely, yet grippingly, fictionalized here.In early 1967, a bored, adventurous photojournalist on an Air Force base in Texas is offered a Temporary Duty (TDY) assignment somewhere overseas. The mission is steeped in secrecy, but Pete is promised a large bonus and hazardous duty pay. So he agrees.He and a small group of photojournalists, each with a special skill, are isolated on a Special Forces base where they are kept under constant surveillance by a group of highly trained and menacing soldiers.The small band of twelve men is flown overseas on a transport plane large enough for 120 men. They are never told where they are going, until they arrive. And when they finally reach their destination, the mission that unfolds is terrifying beyond anything Pete ever imagined. The secret would haunt him for the rest of his life.TDY shows how “black operations” are organized and conducted. Meticulous in detail, and accurate in every aspect of “over the fence” missions deep into enemy territory, it reveals for the uninitiated the skill, determination, and self-sacrifice of American soldiers.In stark contrast to the honor and commitment of these soldiers, TDY reveals the unimaginable duplicity and corruption of powerful men for whom American soldiers and civilians are pawns in a ruthless game.Written in sparing prose, TDY is a story of Pete’s journey through the underworld and his awakening to the reality of the Vietnam War and the CIA role in Southeast Asia.

Soleimani’s Assassination: An Act of Psychological Warfare – Global Research

Douglas Valentine is the author of “The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World.” His rare access to CIA officials has resulted...

Inside the CIA: An Interview with Douglas Valentine – Global Research

In the following interview, Valentine reflects on a variety of issues including the Phoenix Program, plausible deniability, paramilitary wars, drug trafficking, sabotage, blackmail, propaganda, Operation...

The CIA: Keepers of the Hit Lists. War Crimes as Policy – Global Research

This article was first crossposted in May 2013. In February the Guardian and BBC Arabic unveiled a documentary exploring the role of retired Colonel James...

Narcotics and Covert Intelligence: How the CIA Commandeered the “War on Drugs” – Global Research

Federal drug law enforcement’s relationship with the espionage establishment matured with CIA’s predecessor organization, the Office of Strategic Services. ...

The CIA: Seventy Years of Organized Crime – Global Research

Lars Schall: 70 years ago, on September 18, 1947, the National Security Act created the Central Intelligence Agency, CIA. Douglas, you refer to the CIA...

The Deep State As Fake News – Global Research

First published in March 2017 The deceptive nature of the concept of a “deep state”; The state is knowable if enough time is spent studying...

Vietnam War: The Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer – Global Research

The Vietnamese perspective is rarely found in English language books about the Vietnam War, especially regarding the CIA’s “liaison” relationship with South Vietnamese police and...

“Democracy” versus “The Institutional Ideology” of the CIA. Conversation With CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou – Global Research

John Kiriakou is widely known as the former CIA case officer who, in an interview with ABC News in late 2007, confirmed that the CIA...

Charlie Hebdo and the “Wild West” – Global Research

Innumerable Hollywood films begin with or contain scenes that can be roughly described as follows: family of settlers (whether pastorally or agriculturally engaged) are found...

The CIA and Drugs, Inc.: a Covert History – Global Research

Gary Webb was a good investigator. He linked a drug dealer in Los Angeles, through Contra suppliers, to CIA officers and Republican politicians. His editor...

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