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Review of One Came Back by Phil C.:

"A Tense thriller.  A worthy final installment in the trilogy.  Required reading for Joe Smiga's international thriller fans.  Congratulations." 

Review of One Came Back by Bruce Birnberg:

See my book review at:


I also put it on Amazon, where it will appear shortly. 


Bruce :}

Review of Memoir:

Hi Joe, it has been fascinating reading. I wish I had more free time this week. Your ability to remember and in such great detail! I was so sad, reading about your family relationships and I know you were buffering. Utterly fascinating read! I am blown away by your ability to embrace different literary styles.   Kathi S.

Wow Joe,

After building the plot effectively in the first half the last half blew me away.  Up to midnight finishing which is something that I do very rarely.  Your writing talents have been hidden but you will take your place with the majors.  A much better plot than the Cussler and Griffins. 

When you get your book in front of the major reviewers you should hit the big time. 



 You covered every angle and left no loose ends.  It's totally amazing that a first time author could write such a powerful thriller demonstrating a grasp of human nature, politics, espionage, and amazing military knowledge. 

You totally blew me away.  It's better than I ever expected.  I could not put the book down for the last 150 pages.  I sat totally absorbed by the suspense and was surprised by my own emotions as the story evolved.  You did a phenomenal job and now you need to start writing the script for the screen. It will make Tom Clancy take notice that he met his match.

Put me down as your number 1 fan and please get back to work ASAP with a sequel.



An intelligent, interesting, and sobering story. This intricate, well-researched plot serves as an important cautionary tale. 

The reader is reminded of Clancy and Ludlum. 

This is a novel that should be read and discussed. 

Phil C.



What a book. “Behind The Lies,” is one of the best books that I have ever read. I was quite impressed, and agree with the first testimonial review; add my name to that one. 

Jim T. and I were class mates in high school. After ordering a hard cover of my book he has ordered five soft covers to be sent to friends with the following message. 

From Jim T__________ for your years of friendship. This author was a high school classmate who has written one of the most timely and effective books and should soon be a best seller.


 I can’t put the book down, I’m so into it.    


You must have been a spy in the past; you have a great understanding of three distinct cultures.  


I won’t let my husband start it until I am finished with it.


This is for the movie industry, I can’t put it down.  


Anyway I continue to be amazed that anyone has the imagination to fill in the details to make a book such as yours become such an intense living thing when you are reading it.



“I haven’t been into a novel this much since I read, Angels and Demons. The detail and character depth keeps my interest going.”


This book is fantastic! It is so relevant to today’s current events. I hope what you are writing doesn’t really happen. I haven’t been able to let it sit for long periods and am almost to the end.  


Less than two weeks ago I received a book in the mail from a friend. It was an unexpected gift as it came from the author and was autographed with a message. I opened it on the day of my 2nd cataract surgery and when I noted the number of pages I visualized a month of on and off assault on the text.  That did not happen. Instead I found a compelling story of NOW that I could hardly put down. This book proposes a scenario of the building tension between us and the fundamental leaders of Iran. There was, of course, an overlay of the posturing within Israel that, along with the events in Iran, seemed it could have only been written by a true insider. It provides a very plausible progression that seems far from unrealistic and captures you with the intrigue, inside machinations and final disposition of program to seek world dominance.  

This is not a book you will likely find in your local library as it seems to be self-published but it is a read worthy of your time. In fact, it may well be one you want to have and then have copies sent to your friends.  If you want to check it out the name of the book is "Behind the Lies" and the author is Joe Smiga.  He was the high school classmate of a good friend.  You can get more info at www.joesmiga.com. Great Story - Great Gift. 

Bruce M.


Joe, I need to purchase your book.  I had a friend tell me it held him spellbound!