Selections from a few reviews
Arizona Daily Star,
Tucson, Sunday, October 30, 1994:
" . . . spy
catching was conducted by a variety of agencies at the beginning
of World War II. One of them was the U. S. Army's Counter
Intelligence Corps . . . [it] has been succeeded by the Central
Intelligence Agency. Edwards . . . in the Corps for four years .
. . has collected information about this little known group . .
. James Bond fans, this is the real thing." Reviewer: J. C.
Martin, Book Editor
[Association of Former Intelligence Officers], April 1996:
" . . . more than
just a history of CIC operations . . . It is an organizational
history - acknowledged to be 'unfinished' - of the founding and
demise of the Army CIC . . . The public still does not know that
the CIA is not only the child of OSS, but that CIC was also
involved in its inception . . . Mr. Edwards' efforts to capture
history and legacy of CIC are commendable, a reminder of how
much intelligence history is still to be written-." Staff
Military Intelligence PB,
US Army M I Corps periodical, April/June 1995:
"It starts just
before WW II and runs through the early Cold War years . . .
only one other book covers such a wide range of activities:
America's Secret Army, by Botting and Sayer. Many people
provided accounts . . . the author cleverly wove it all into a
fascinating bit of chronology . . . full of interesting and
detailed 'bigger than life' incidents." Reviewer: LTC Arthur
S. Hurlburt, columnist
Surveillant, Volume 4,
"Edwards . . .
tells how CIC operated in the Pacific Rim and how its agents
overcame problems with the enemy and with its own U. S. Army. By
VJ Day, [it] . . . had incarcerated over 5,000 Filipinos waiting
trial for espionage, sabotage, and betrayal. Four theaters of
operation are covered: the Southwest Pacific, the South Pacific,
Central Pacific, and China-Burma-India. He also discusses the
role of CIC in the U.S., especially . . . with the large
Japanese population in Hawaii." Staff Reviewer
Testimonials from Some of the Readers
" . . . one of the
most significant ever written about CIC, by one who lived
through the battles and fought the wars on the Pacific front.
His work will aid scholars and researchers alike in their quest
for facts and information on this little-known but highly
effective military group, with its special esprit de corps."
Dan Halpin, Dan's Cloak and Dagger
Books, Bedford NH
"I must say how
impressed I am, Duval, with your having produced such a
readable, interesting account of CIC's activities in the war
with Japan. It sits well with America's Secret Army."
Ian Sayer, co-author of America's
Secret Army, United Kingdom
"It seems like each
day the past is catching up with me, but I keep plugging along.
I read the entire book . . . and can say 'an outstanding job.'"
Lt. Col. Richard Sakakida, California,
CIC agent who survived capture and torture by the Japanese
"I became all-inspired
after an evening . . . of Spy Catchers. As I got into some of
the escapades I thought this is stuff for a novel. The
difference is you are stating facts. I can only look with awe at
the amount of research and interviewing you must have done . . .
and then to put it in book form . . . interesting to read."
Jim Anderson, Anderson Advertising
Agency Inc., San Antonio, Texas