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Book Review and Interview: The Black Market Concierge by Barry Oberholzer

So a spy thriller that involves smuggling and spying…it involves the USA, the Middle East, South Africa-what’s not to like?

Imagine living a life like this? I’ll pass-I prefer a quieter life, but Barry sure makes it sound intriguing, fascinating, and interesting and all in the form of doing what one’s country asks you to do-doing your duty, doing your service.

I like the story, it keeps me interested and I know my other half will read it as well as if you like James Bond style movies, Netflix shows like Fauda or Narcos, than you will like reading a book about smuggling and spying.

The only negative I have to say about the book is the editing. I really dislike seeing grammatical errors when I read a book-words smooshed together, misspellings, improper grammar…

What I like about the book is the human behind the story. The why someone would choose to be a spy. The sense of honour for one’s country or government. Also, to choose this lifestyle when one is married and expecting a family. Imagine a double life? Imagine the danger? The potential thrills and the potential ‘catch the bad’ guy (s)?

Men will certainly like this book and I think many women will as well.



Tour schedule is: September 25 to October 13, 2017!

Book Details:

Book Title: The Black Market Concierge: Sanction Busting, Smuggling & Spying for America
Author: Barry Oberholzer
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 177 pages
Genre:  Memoir
Publisher:   Amazon
Release date:  November 2016
Format available for review:  print & ebook (gifted Kindle copy, PDF)
Will ship print books to:  USA & Canada only
Tour dates: Sept 25 to Oct 13, 2017
Content Rating: PG (Violence)

Book Description:

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 informant making connections, extracting valuable intelligence, and facing off against America’s greatest enemy at every turn.

In The Black Market Concierge, he opens a window into his double life as an informant; informing on the role of key players including major corporations, crime syndicates, politicians and government officials in high-value international smuggling operations.

After exposing corruption at the highest levels of government in South Africa, he is ready to give a no holds barred account of what it is like to live the life of a high-level, confidential informant.

​His memoir is a searingly honest account of a boy aviation enthusiast who cascaded into the world of international espionage and how it ultimately sent him in search of salvation in his devout Christian faith. It is a testimony that will move even the most cold hearted.

Buy the Book:
Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble


Meet the Author:

​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.

One of his most impactful successes was in his identification of Iranian sanction busting syndicates who smuggled US manufactured aircraft and parts to Iran which led to the arrests of several prominent international businessmen. He also had numerous successes in major illicit cigarette seizures in Europe.

​Connect with the Author:  Website  ~  Twitter



What do you read for pleasure?
To relax and get a new perspective in my day I like to read trough motivation books like Who Says you Cant, You do by Daniel Chidiac or memoirs like The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort.

What are your five favorite books, and why?
I like to read a broad spectrum of books. It’s partly because I just love books and always looking for new ideas — but partly because most great people always have had a book that they found to be super-useful and like sharing with others. You can catch me reading anything from Tom Clancy to Joel Osteen and Brian Houston or any motivational entrepeneurship book by Richard Branson or Robert Kiyoski.

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I’m an Apple man so I use my iPad with iBooks and the Kindle app.

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you? 
I prefer using social media. It gives you the opportunity to target your audience more specifically and a range of marketing apps allow you to broaden your reach.

Describe your desk 

Books, iPad, iPhone, Pens, Writing pad and of course some bills.

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?  
Born in Houston, Texas as son of a diplomat we moved to South Africa. I think the education I got from the schools I attended assisted me in developing my writing skills. However, I never really knew I had a writing talent until I started blogging a few years ago.

When did you first start writing? 
I started blogging after some personal developments in my life, and prior to my first Ironman competition in 2013.

What’s the story behind your latest book? 
The book is a memoir of my work as a confidential informant for intelligence agencies. After being arrested and detained in squalid conditions I found salvation in God and dedicated my life to Him. The book recounts all of these life changing events.

What motivated you to become an indie author? 
I think after my first few blog entries I got some good responses from family and friends who motivated me that I must write a book someday, especially those who knew I was working for intelligence agencies. After going through some ups and downs I think the best way to illustrate myself and tell my story is through writing. It has some sort of soothing feeling to recount these stories.

What is the greatest joy of writing for you? 
The greatest joy for me is that I will be able to leave some sort of legacy to my two daughters when they are old enough to read, to see what I had gone through in life and to be a inspiration to them and others. To reach so many people worldwide by using writing as a platform and even perhaps changing their lives by your words is something that puts a smile on my face.

Barry H. Oberholzer, Jr.
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