My thrillers were inspired by Carmon’s sensitive undercover work for two decades. The U.S. government assigned Carmon with the worldwide responsibility (except for the U.S.) for gathering intelligence in matters that required work in more than thirty countries.
The thrillers describe CIA/MOSSAD cooperation where the protagonist Dan Gordon, a Mossad veteran now working for the U.S government in foreign intelligence gathering, discovers that seemingly routine cases he is handling are espionage or terrorist related.
To date, Carmon has written five novels in the Dan Gordon Intelligence Thriller series: Triple Identity, The Red Syndrome, The Chameleon Conspiracy, Triangle of Deception and Defection Games. Additional thrillers are on the way. AMAZON Publishing has acquired imprint rights and publishes and distributes Carmon’s thrillers, past, present and future.
In 1985, the U.S. Justice Department started retaining Carmon as its attorney to represent the government’s interests in its Israeli civil litigation matters, a task he continues to perform. Carmon is also the legal counsel to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, and in 2007, he successfully represented the European Union in civil litigation cases in Israel. He also represents business entities with transnational interests. He is a member of the U.S Association of Former Intelligence Officers.
Haggai Carmon, son of a banker and writer, grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel. Following a career involving international activities, he graduated cum laude from the Tel Aviv University School of Law. In 1986, he graduated from St. John’s University in New York with a Certificate in international law and Diplomacy and in 1987 with an M.A degree in Government and Politics.
During the 1984 general elections, Carmon was appointed as a member of Shimon Peres’ personal campaign team. When Shimon Peres became Prime Minister of Israel, he appointed Carmon as the Chief Delegate of the Israeli Labor Party to the United States. In 1985, Prime Minister Shimon Peres and Finance Minister Yitzhak Modai appointed Carmon as their representative to The Task Force, a 400-member organization of businessmen created to promote closer U.S – Israeli economic cooperation. In 1986, Prime Minister Peres dispatched Carmon as a special envoy to the Philippines to establish broader cooperation with the new Aquino government in combating terror. Haggai Carmon is married to Rakeffet his law partner. They have five children and live in New York and Israel.
Haggai Carmon’s Personal Message
My intelligence thrillers were inspired by my Israeli background, as well as by my twenty years of service for the United States Government. During those years, I had a publicly known “daytime” activity as well as a covert “nighttime” activity. Since 1985, I have been representing the United States government in its Israeli civil ligation appearing in Israeli courts in lawsuits to which the U.S was a party. However, away from the public eye, I was also engaged by the U.S government to perform intelligence gathering that required sensitive undercover work in more than thirty countries. Obviously, in my years working for the U.S. federal agencies, I could not share the hair-raising aspects of my work with anyone but my supervisors, and some adventures not even with them. Sadly, many of these events, which are sometimes more fascinating and breathtaking than the best fiction I have ever read, will never see the light of day. The story of Dan Gordon and his battle against the invisible FOE – forces of evil—is my idea of the next-best thing.
A globetrotting legal practice has left little time for hobbies. However, one night in a small hotel in a faraway country, I finally had the time to fulfill my urge to write. I was on U.S government assignment collecting intelligence on a particularly vile and violent organization. Earlier that evening, I’d received a phone call from the local INTERPOL contact. “You’ve been exposed. I suggest you stay in your hotel. We’ll arrange for your safe departure tomorrow morning.” Is it any wonder I couldn’t sleep that night, between jet lag and the rage that came from being unarmed and unable to leave the hotel without my hosts’ protection? I poured it all into the writing, and the result was Triple Identity.
That book turned out not to be a fluke; I wrote the sequels because I realized I still had adventures to recount, including about events surrounding that same long and sleepless night.
Readers have also asked since Triple Identity and the Red Syndrome’s publication whether the events recounted there really happened. One newspaper reviewer even accused me of writing “too authentic” a novel, while another reviewer praised me for it. How can you argue with that? My next thrillers may meet a similar reaction. As to how much of them is “true,” I leave it to my readers to decide. All my thrillers were inspired by my work for the U.S. government, but they are a work of fiction rather than autobiography. During my twenty years of undercover work for the U.S government, I have experienced adventure, fear, and most of the time, a great sense of achievement. During those two decades, I was assigned the demanding, sometimes-dangerous task of collecting foreign intelligence. That explains why sometimes, waking up in countless hotels in more than thirty countries, I had trouble remembering where I was. Walking in the long corridors of foreign airports, it was hard to remember whether I was arriving or departing.
More thrillers in the series are to follow. Although they are fiction, their authenticity is unparalleled, a fact attested to by the identity and words of the individuals who wrote the books’ introductions.
* For Triple Identity: Sarah McKee, former general counsel, INTERPOL, USA and an “Anonymous” former top MOSSAD executive.
* For The Red Syndrome: Brigadier General Ephraim Sneh, Israel’s former Deputy Minister of Defense and Minister of Health.
* For The Chameleon Conspiracy: Andre LeGallo, former top CIA operative.
* For The Triangle of Defection: Jacob Perry, former director of SHABACK, Israel’s internal security service.
* For Defection Games: David Epstein, former Director of Foreign Litigation at the U.S Department of Justice.
In my professional life, I have had enough adventures, frequently dangerous, to fill at least ten books, and those are just the ones I can talk about.
There’ a war being fought, but it’s just below the surface and away from the media’s gaze. It’s the civilized world against the theocratic pariah state of Iran — a race to stop their development of a nuclear weapon. That’s where Dan Gordon, anIsraeli lawyerand former Mossad agent now contracted by the CIA, comes in. […]Read More