A Time of Lies

A novel of romance and adventure. A love affair is shattered when a Naval Intelligence Officer finds himself in North Korea.

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1 CNN Washington DC – 2007

Christiane Amanpour: “Okay, Brandon, cameras are rolling. I know these lights are bright. Just look at me or into the camera and you’ll be fine. In a few seconds, I’ll get a signal to start. I’ll make a brief introduction and then give you a chance to tell your side of the story. Are you ready?”

Brandon: “I think so.”

Christiane: “All right. Here we go: … Good evening, I’m Christiane Amanpour with a CNN exclusive interview. I’m sitting here with Brandon McCarty, brother of Lieutenant Christopher McCarty.

“Despite everything we’ve seen and heard about Lt. McCarty this month, Brandon remains convinced of his brother’s innocence.

“Brandon, there’s every indication your brother betrayed our country. Why should we believe what you have to say is anything other than family loyalty in the face of overwhelming evidence? How do you respond to that?”

Brandon: “Look, I understand why people are angry, I’ve seen the same footage, but they’re wrong. They don’t know my brother; they don’t know the half of it. I know his heart, and I can tell you Christopher McCarty loves America and would never to do anything to harm it.

“Suddenly, he’s accused of treason, his career and reputation are ruined; his wife and child are under siege. Our own mother can’t even leave the house without reporters converging on her like a pack of wolves.

“It’s completely unfair. No matter what you see in those videos. It’s snap judgment, and it’s wrong. I just wish people knew his side of the story.”

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