Covert Ops (Mass Market Paperback)

The CIA's Secret War In Laos

By Jr. James E. Parker

St. Martin's Paperbacks, 9780312963408, 272pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 1997



Uncommon war. Uncommon bonds.

In 1972, U.S. soldiers battle the North Vietnamese. Behind the headlines, a secret war rages in Laos. Sky, a close knit cadre of daredevil CIA agents, spearheads a daring operation. These gutsy secret agents direct a fearless force of Thai mercenaries and native Hmong tribespeople-- fighting the enemy toe-to-toe.

Now Sky veteran James Parker-- codename "Mule"-- reveals the untold story of the covert war in Laos. Parker takes you inside the often mind-boggling world of extraordinary men living and dying on the edge. Covert Ops captures the brutal training and ferocious land and air battles of Air Force Ravens, Air America, and young Hmong pilots. Above all, this first-person account shows the remarkable bonds formed between American soldiers and a courageous people-- who valiantly fought their fierce enemies to the very end.

About the Author

James E. Parker, Jr., was born in North Carolina in 1942. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he served as a U.S. Army infantry platoon leader in South Vietnam from 1965 to 1966.

In the summer of 1970 he was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency's clandestine service and sent to fight the covert war in Laos. After Laos he was assigned to the CIA unit in the delta of South Vietnam. Prior to the April 1975 closing of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, Parker helped evacuate Vietnamese CIA agents and was one of the last Americans out of Vietnam. He continued as an intelligence officer, working abroad in Africa and Asia. Now retired, he lives in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Praise For Covert Ops: The CIA's Secret War In Laos

"Refreshingly honest."-- Behind the Lines

"A must read for all veterans proud to have served their country."-- Military magazine