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Under a False Flag

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October, 1972. Will Porter joins the CIA's secret war against Chile's Marxist president, Salvador Allende. Working under cover, Will's job is to manage the dirty money going to fund the opposition and to disrupt the Chilean economy. As protests, general strikes and paramilitary terrorism bring Chile to the brink of civil war, Will learns just how far the CIA will go to ach ...more
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Published June 4th 2012 by The Taciturn Press
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My interest in Chile began in the summer of 1973 when I met a girl from Chillán who was an AFS exchange student. She told me how she arrived in the United States the year before with almost no money: Chile's foreign exchange restrictions prevented a 16-year-old traveling overseas alone to take with her more than $25. Imagine that! Shortly after we met, the Tancazo (the failed putsch of June) took place, and only a few days later she returned home to a country that was about to change forever.

Sean Dexter
Under a False Flag by Tom Gething is a spy novel, but don't expect James Bond. The protagonist, Will Porter, is a working man's spy. He is a young man enamored with the idea of serving his country by joining the potentially glamorous world of the CIA. But life is not a roller coaster of thrills for the young spy…not until he is caught up in the 1973 U.S. backed overthrow of Chilean president, Salvador Allende. As the historical inevitability unfolds and spirals out of control, Will is torn betwe ...more
Britt Skrabanek
Wow, how refreshing! Historical fiction done right.

Gething knows how to throw the reader into another time and place like a natural. For those who think historical fiction is a snooze, this is a prime example of creating a piece of work that both pays tribute to an important historical moment and easily entertains the reader from start to finish.

In Under a False Flag, we're thrown back to Chile in 1972.

A rookie CIA agent, Will Porter, is our main character. His romanticism for serving his countr
M.L. Rudolph
2012. A gripping story of a rookie spy who played the role but never bought in with his soul.

Caught in the turmoil of the 1972 Chilean revolution, young and earnest Will Porter learns his trade by living and working undercover. He inserts himself into the community, makes friends, and even falls for a local girl. But his life is a lie, and to perform to his boss's satisfaction, and to the ever-shifting commands from a Washington DC in Nixonian political turmoil, Will struggles to reconcile the d
Uppity Q
First, a disclosure: I know the author, Tom Gething. Now I'm an honorable person (take it from me) so knowing an author wouldn't cause me to lie and say I liked a book that I didn't. However, it would cause me to pick up a book I might not otherwise read. In this case, I'm very glad to know Tom, because, if not for that, I might have missed this little gem altogether. And that would be sad.
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I received this book as part of the Goodreads first reads giveaway. I enjoyed this book for it's realism and how it gives a personal insight into the life of a CIA operative during the early 1970's. In the end what I liked about the book overall is the cause and effect that different characters had with each other and also how the actions you take can have unforeseen consequences.
Excellent story line; fluid and believable. When will this become a movie? This book is moving around work and getting rave reviews: "couldn't put it down" - "extensive research that allowed the reader to stay enthralled until the end" -" wow,the ending took me by surprise" - "the historical events that took place perfectly blended with the storyline"
Dorothy Hottensen

I loved this book. Tom Gething is a natural storyteller. This period in Chile's history came alive so vividly and I fell in love with the characters who were real. Bravo!
Under a False Flag is an amazing first novel by Tom Gething, whose wonderful blog posts (at led me to this novel. It brilliantly delves into the character of a young CIA operative who is posted in Chile and participates in his own small way to engineer the overthrow of the Allende regime. Tom Gething's writing is as easy to read as it is nuanced.

Highly recommended for for anyone seeking to read historical fiction, or understand the US foreign policy and the work
Maya EVHS  Gonzalez Paredes
It was a compelling novel that showed how the U.S. took part in bringing about the 1973 coup in Chile against their Marxist president Salvador Allende by following the under cover life of a false flag CIA operative.
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Tom Gething received a B.A. in English literature from the University of Arizona in 1975. He spent a career in international business before pursuing fiction writing in earnest. His stories have appeared in The Soundings Review, The Barcelona Review, and other publications. Under a False Flag is his first novel. Though primarily based on historical research, it builds on his experience living, wor ...more
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