A real-life version of James Bond will speak in North Platte in early April as part of the Town Hall Lecture Series.

Marc Ruskin is a retired FBI special agent with 20 years of experience in undercover operations.

He will speak at the North Platte Community Playhouse at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2.



Ruskin has been awarded five commendations from the director of the FBI for his work. A native French and Spanish speaker, Ruskin has worked at U.S. embassies in Paris, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Asunción, where he was given a letter of recognition from the minister of the interior for the rescue of a kidnapped former Miss Paraguay, Mariangela Martinez.

Among his other claims to fame, Ruskin successfully infiltrated a New York City mafia crime family, an ethnic Chinese Malaysian heroin organization, a Wall Street trading exchange, right-wing terrorist groups and worked on espionage cases.

Although those cases and others received much media coverage, neither Ruskin’s name nor any of his dozen aliases could ever be mentioned.

Since his retirement from the FBI in 2012, he has divided his time between a law practice in New York and extended sojourns with his family in Liaoning, China, where he writes and studies Mandarin. He also lectures at universities and law enforcement academies as an FBI-certified instructor.

His book, The Pretender, My Life Undercover for the FBI, was released in June 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books. It received extensive domestic and international media attention as a memoir and exposé of the inner workings of the FBI.

Admission to Ruskin’s presentation is a $70 membership to the lecture series.

Memberships can be purchased online at nptownhall.com, through Betty Guynan at (308) 530-8448 or at the door.

The presentation will be followed by a luncheon, featuring a question and answer session at the Quality Inn and Suites. All luncheon attendees must be season ticket holders. The cost of the meal is $17, and reservations must be received by March 26.