by Garry Matheny
GOD & SPIES: Based on a True Story. Author GM Matheny was a US Navy saturation diver on the nuclear submarine USS Halibut, involved in Operation Ivy Bells. America's most important and most dangerous of the Cold War clandestine operations. If you like espionage, diving, adventure, history, and good old-fashioned American bravado, you will enjoy this book.
GOD & SPIES is a firsthand account of America's greatest intelligence coup! Operation Ivy Bells was not a onetime intercept of foreign intelligence but an ongoing operation of multiple Soviet military channels. Another reason for the high interest in our operation was the audacious nature in which it was done—with not one person risking his neck but the crews of two US Navy nuclear submarines which rendezvoused in Soviet territorial waters.
“How did I end up as a navy diver, four hundred feet down in a frigid Siberian sea? After making my dad totally upset, I set out to make him happy. 'Honor thy father' - I struggled with a decision to serve God. Lord, I will give my life to you and serve you if you let me make this dive. But I had the impression God only wanted to know one thing: ‘What if I do not let you? Will you serve me anyway?’”
Dr. John S. Waldrip wrote:
5.0 out of 5 stars American Bravado in one of America's Most Important Espionage Operations!
God and Spies
Author served in the Navy as an elite saturation diver. He was involved in one of America’s most important (and dangerous) clandestine operations.
He does a marvelous job of weaving recently declassified information regarding the operation, the record of an intelligence analyst spending the rest of his life in prison for selling the details of this operation to the Russians and his own eyewitness account of the operation itself.
If you like good old fashioned American bravado, espionage and American history, you will enjoy this book.
Clifford Douglas Hart III wrote:
5.0 out of 5 stars Spying on the Soviet Union
This is not his first book, but it is the first he has written to my knowledge that is autobiographical. I find his writing style conversational and very easy to read. This is a wonderful book that will make a great gift to anyone who enjoys reading about military exploits, espionage tales, and Christian testimonies. I heartily recommend it.
Mack Sanders wrote:
5.0 out of 5 stars important period of America
Well written, tells of the dangerous heroic events to keep us out of war with Russia, the dangers of the very brave young men risking their lives for months at a time tells of the authors finding redemption and faith in God
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting story
I enjoyed this book. I had no idea this was going on and found it interesting . It is a good read for Christians and anyone else.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
A great Christian based story of how God changed a life and protected him.
I am so glad to have read his story.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Garry Matheny was a navy saturation diver on the nuclear submarine USS Halibut SSN 587 and received the Legion of Merit for a special operation. He graduated from Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in 1979 and has authored eight books. He and his wife, Nancy, were called to the mission field, and they’ve served as missionaries in Romania since 1991.
You can read more stories by Garry here.