Nonofficial Asset

Title:                      Nonofficial Asset

Author:                 William Sewell

Sewell, William (2013). Nonofficial Asset: The Iran Affair. Bloomington, IN: Authorhouse

OCLC:    864686389


  • Ostensibly he is a world-renowned security expert, but Peyton Stone’s real job is working as a contractor for the CIA when the government needs complete deniability.

Date Posted:      February 6, 2017

I seldom use reviews from bookseller web sites, but occasionally a reader-posted review hits it on the head. This review is by Kathleen Patel.[1]


I find myself looking over my shoulder as I write this. This whirlwind experience has left me a bit shaken. I have taken a trip with Mr. Sewell to some of the most dangerous, war torn parts of the world and have been privy to some incredibly frightening government secrets.

You see, Mr. Sewell has lived much of this story. A veteran clandestine contractor, he has applied his intelligence experience behind-enemy-lines. Many of these scenarios are real, along with all the government agencies, military staff and mind blowing technology

His tautly written, thrill-a-minute book takes you on the roller coaster journey of a lifetime. You’ll infiltrate and exfiltrate in and out of Islamabad, Iran, Shanghai, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Langley. The story is quick moving and danger lurks around every corner. The incredible detail and vivid descriptions of these locations and circumstances make everything seem a little too real.

Peyton Stone is spy, one of the best. He works for the CIA, but under the radar. They call him a nonofficial asset. He handles operations that may become so ugly that the government needs complete deniability.

He finds that there is a high price to pay when his past comes back to haunt him. He is barely over the shock of the murder of his best friend, when he finds his own life in danger.

Without any choice in the matter, Peyton is in the middle of a deadly covert operation. It’s the kind of scenario that nightmares are made of…a stolen nuclear weapon, a fanatical, rogue Iranian admiral and a plan to rule the world.

[1] Kathleen Patel, “The review I was afraid to write!,” posted to Amazon on October 31, 2012, for the Kindle edition format.