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Barry Oberholzer's secret life as a confidential informant, infiltrating international organized crime syndicates and sanction-busting activity hit headlines in 2012. Oberholzer reported an array of vital intelligence to the CIA and multiple intelligence agencies across the world. For years, he has worked across the Middle East and behind the scenes as a confidential infor ...more
Paperback, 187 pages
Published November 25th 2016 by Black Box Entertainment
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Aletha Pagett
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an account of an unbelievable and adrenaline fueled life that few of us can even conceive. Hopefully this is not the last we hear of Mr Oberholzer. I would enjoy learning more about his extraordinary experiences and would also enjoy hearing more about his spiritual journey.
Sue
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won this book from Good Reads.

If the South African prison system is as poorly run as this book claims, its worse than the US system which is definitely broken! Fascinating story, quick read, moves right along.
Dave Bensette
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thanks for a great book!!
Sarah Rehmatullah
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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The novel is fast paced and shares such in depth details that ones mind is expanded from each paragraph within each chapter. As a former reader of Dan Brown’s novels, and an avid watchful eye on conspiracy stories, the opportunity to review an insiders story was as griping in reality as was in my original imagination of such.
The author propels you directly into the flight path of key events and his own attraction to the glamour of this life:- exotic travel, charming people who are extremely int
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David Watson
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Most people don’t know what it’s like to work as a spy or a confidential informant. It’s the type of lifestyle that you would only expect to hear about in an action movie or a mystery novel. For Barry Oberholzer the dangerous world of international espionage is real. When I started reading The Black Market Concierge my first thought was that this has to be fiction but it’s real and it gives a glimpse into a world that few of us know about.

Barry’s story begins with his birth in Huston Texas durin
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Laura
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Black Market Concierge is a fascinating memoir. Told through true events, it is an account of what led a young man who loved the world of aviation to cross paths with businessmen in the Middle East interested in buying helicopters and military arms. Eventually, Barry Oberholzer’s close connections, reputation and knowledge of smuggling in the black market led him to work as a spy for the US government.

The memoir chronicles Barry Oberholzer’s life between 2007 and 2016. It reveals little abou
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Angela Thompson
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Author takes us into a world most of us will never explore. The author navigated a world that many of us have never even read non-ficitional accounts of at all as he tells his life's story. I read many thrillers and books focused on international espionage and political corruption--but, this book takes you into the author's real-life years as a confidential informant to intelligence agencies throughout the world. Oberholzer's experiences and insights as he relates his story really serve to open ...more
Marilyn Wilson
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
How does one become a confidential informant on the international stage? I am sure the answer to that question is as varied as the people who step into that role. The Black Market Concierge is a memoir of author Barry Oberholzer's time working as a CI, mainly for the U.S. government.

Trying to build a small aviation business in South Africa meant being creative in finding clients and filling any void that arose. Barry was a master at building connections and had a talent for selling the company's
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Cheryl
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Mr. Oberholzer does a great job of providing me the reader a brief inside depth into the world of confidential informants. I say "brief" only because as you can imagine Mr. Oberholzer can't share inside details about his cases. Yet, I still got a good visual picture of what it must have been like for Mr. Oberholzer to be an informant. As Mr. Oberholzer states in the beginning of the book, some informants do it for the money but I do truly believe that in the autho ...more
Dawn
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Barry Oberholzer has written a fascinating memoir. He explains how smuggling works, such as supplying plane parts to buyers in Iran. Because of sanctions, they couldn't just purchase them anywhere so sellers like Barry would find them for them. He was originally in it for the money but when he was approached to be a Confidential Informant, he had no problem with working with the
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Margaret Tidwell
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
FTC: I received a free copy of this book from iRead Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

The Black Market Concierge by Barry Oberholzer was a fascinating book. I am always a sucker for books like this because I love reading books about things that actually happened. I loved this book right from the start of the book. I was able to get through this book in about a day because
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Damo
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sort of book that becomes a movie. Very interesting to read the behind the scenes politics of countries and their rife bribing to get what they need.
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Born in Houston, Texas, a former professional rugby player and current CrossFit and Ironman athlete, Barry is the founder of TerrorMate app and is a counter-terrorism and intelligence expert. Formerly Barry served as a confidential informant for Department of Homeland Security, Joint Terrorism Task Force, Belgium Customs Intelligence and HM Revenue & Customs Intelligence in the United Kingdom.

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