Mission Compromised is a 605-page thriller about US Marine Major Peter Newman’s attempt at justice and revenge. Oliver North expertly intertwines his own experience and knowledge with current events to compose a work that leaves you wondering where fact and fiction separate. His obvious dislike for the Clinton administration and politics in general is apparent in the portrayal of key, although unnamed, officials and the way in which policy is determined.
The basic plot of the story deals with a joint US/UK/UN secret mission to assassinate terrorists and others who blatantly thumb their noses at international demands (Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, etc.). The mission is compromised at the highest levels and Peter Newman is left to clean up the pieces. The plot is not overly intricate until the players all converge at the end of the tale.
Technology and the inner workings of the military and government play a huge part in the book. It is filled with jargon that at times is hard to follow, but it does lend to the credibility and style of the book. At times there is more information given than is really necessary. Throughout the book you also follow Peter’s wife, Rachel, as she deals with her husband’s undying loyalty to the Marines even at the cost of their marriage, her affair, and her realizing that Jesus Christ is the only answer for her condition. The sub-plot of Rachel balances well with the action and intrigue of Peter’s dealings.
North is writing for a general audience but slanted for Christians. The book is not preachy, but not subtle either. It is a very good option for those who want the feel of Clancy, but without the vulgar language and sex. The sequel “The Jericho Sanction” follows the characters as they battle evil and grow in their faith.