Harold Robbins and Women in Intelligence Operations

Agha.H.Amin I first started reading the adventurers at the age of 15. It is a fascinating book interlaced with a lot of sex which enables a young person to keep reading it. More than that it is a fascinating account of how US diplomacy worked in South America. Here Robbins is a fierce critic of US policy in South and Central America as practiced in 1920s, 1930s and as late as 1980s. The book as far as I can understand is set in Central America. Lakes in that country take me to Nicaragua. Dax whose full name is Diogenes Alexanderos Xenos the hero is something of a Casanova. His sexual adventures with Sue Ann a very lusty young woman are the spice of Robbins. More important is Robbins portrayal of how Machiavellian intrigue, duplicity, mixed or divided loyalties work in low intensity conflicts. In that age in mid 1970s we called it guerrilla warfare. When you end this most powerful novel you become something of a Noam Chomsky in criticizing US policies in the Latin America. Robbins takes us into the real, harsh, brutal and ruthless world of guerrilla warfare where no quarter is given or accepted. He does it brilliantly by mixing it

with more sensuous accounts of Dax's encounters with Sue Ann and many other tigresses. Harold Robbins can stir you into the highest levels of passion not only at the sexual level but also at the political level. Despised by some detractors as vulgar, Harold Robbins in reality was a far greater man who had an excellent knowledge of history as well as human nature. My other favorites are his novels on the prohibition years, Stone for Danny Fisher, Stiletto and 79 park Avenue. This is in the memory of a man who taught us about history and human nature mixed with Sue Ann! But that is what life is! Everything in the life of a young man my instructor in the School of Infantry and Tactics Quetta, back in November 1983, Captain Zareen Khattak stated revolved around a c____t! I would say around the life of all men of all ages! The old being more enthusiastic and eager! My commander officer in the 11 Cavalry Mian Colonel Liaquat Shah in 1984 remembered his instructor in the tank gunnery wing at the School of Amour in Nowshera Captain Ejaz Alam (killed in action at Battle of Bara Pind Jarpal in 1971) using some playboy pinups on sliding blackboards before the beginning of each lecture in tank gunnery to arouse the attention level of his gunnery students! The role of sensual instincts in history is a much neglected subject!

The employment of women has done miracles otherwise impossible! Thus ISI Brigadier Tirmizi recollected in his book Profiles of Intelligence how the Soviets used a fat ugly looking Slav blond and a few bottles of vodka to buy sensitive state secrets from a Pakistani naval officer who was later court martialled! As recent as 2004-10 I saw closely how women worked espionage wonders in the Afghan war! Kabul was oveflooded with Chinese and Central Asian prostitutes and the US Army finally actually started physically raiding Chinese restaurants in kabul which in reality were 200 percent whorehouses. The most lethal were Tajik, Uzbek and Kyrgyz women! I think the Russians had given them good sex education in a 100 or 200 years of occupation! The Afghans were equally effective although not as sophisticated and advanced as the central Asians ! An Afghan friend one day brought a maid for employment! A stunning looking lady! On inquiry we found that she was getting 1100 USD in a top 100 US company in Kabul where she worked as a cleaner! The power of crude sexual instincts I discovered in Kabul when an Afghan high class prostitute got four Afghan passports made in record time, just because she was catering for the tastes of a senior Afghan intelligence colonel who had limited effectiveness, just by fantasizing on a cell fone in sessions which lasted for long hours! She was charging a hefty 700 USD per passport from her clients! She was ugly looking but she knew the art of fooling men! The hits in her list of trophies included professors, generals, ambassadors, EU senior most

officials, NATO, USAID, USACE, JICA, CIDA, SIDA and you name it! She could get anything done by almost any embassy in Kabul!

An Afghan intelligence colonel recollected over some hard drinks that use of women was an important subject in the Soviet Intelligence School at Tashkent which he attended in early 1980s. That’s what history is! After all Monica Lewinsky brought a US president real close to being impeached! Agha.H.Amin



Anybody who's read Robbins' recent work like "The Raiders" and "The Predators" would write him off as tawdry, degrading sex and that's about it. But not when you get this far back, gang. In those days, a Robbins book had a story--one you could sink your teeth into. And this one is one of the best. Nothing depresses me more than a book where the protagonist is the least disgusting of a number of slimeballs, and Robbins makes you like this one. Robbins was always best at stories that covered most of his main character's life. "Adventurers" is the epic story of the rise of a Latin American generalissimo from an embattled childhood through a playboy young manhood to the rule of his country. It's a great story, but one word of warning--Robbins has slight deficiencies in portraying nationalities not his own. In the early stages of the story when it's largely set in rural areas of the ficticious South American nation "Corteguay", characters tend to sound like a cross between Speedy Gonzales and Baba Looey. Dax's caretaker/ mentor Gato Gordo ("Fat Cat"), before he was played by Ernest Borgnine in the movie, made me think of the comical Sergeant Garcia from the Disney Zorro series. You almost expect policemen to declare that they don't need no steenkin' badges. In my opinion, once you tune that out, you've got a story on your hands of a magnitude that Robbins himself can't seem to manage anymore.


Harold Robbins (1916-1997) was an American author. He is considered one of the most popular novelists of all time.


Victory (2003) Novels:

Never Love a Stranger (1948) Dream Merchants, the (1949) Stone For Danny Fisher, a (1952) Never Leave Me (1954) 79 Park Avenue (1956)

Stiletto (1960) Carpetbaggers, the (1961) Where Love Has Gone (1962) Adventurers, the (1966) Inheritors, the (1969) Betsy, the (1971) Pirate, the (1974) Lonely Lady, the (1976) Dreams Die First (1977) Memories of Another Day (1979) Goodbye, Janette (1981) Spellbinder (1982) Descent From Xanadu (1984) Storyteller, the (1985) Piranhas, the (1986) Raiders, the (1994) Stallion, the (1996) Tycoon (1997) Predators, the (1998) Secret, the (2000) Never Enough (2001)

Sin City (2002) Heat of Passion (2003) Betrayers, the (2004) Blood Royal (2005) Devil to Pay, the (2006) Series: Carpetbaggers Betsy, the Predators Victory

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