If you think you will read a great spy book, you're totally mistaken. 80% of the book is describing the different characters involved in the bombing and their superiors, relatives, colleagues, etc ... The actual story can be told in not more than 1 hour. There is even a chapter about targeting Osama bin Laden, which has of course nothing to do with the book.
Totally not worth the time spent.
The book "black flags" for the same author, is by far a better choice.
This book is a fascinating tale that most Americans have no idea about. The narrator was excellent, as he properly pronounced Arabic and Pashtun names and cities.
The story, at times, seems to stray more to narratives of accessory characters, but they are fascinating and important nonetheless. In the last chapters, I thought I'd cry at the way it turned out and because of how beautifully written it is.
I have not read the print version, but the narriater of ths book brought the story to life. He captured my attention completely.
Humam Khalil al-Balawi, the main character was extremely crafty and difficult for his handlers to understand.
Sunil Malhotra has an excellent reading voice and adds emotion to his reading of the story.
I think that books of this nature cannot be captured in film successfully
After listening to the first few chapters, I found that the story was so complex that I returned to the beginning to hear it again. I was very happy that I did as I subsiquently was able to follow the entire tale.
The author made an effort to present real people with their weaknesses and strengths their desires and sacrifices, teamwork and moral dilemmas. The role of women in CIA, difficulty to build up a career, their struggle to grow, to become relevant, to maintain family lives, etc. were shown with striking honesty. The fanatics' psyche explanation, witnesses interviews, etc. made the story feel real. The author was very gentle with stories of people who sacrificed their lives not to take advantage of their deaths to popularize the book, but rather draw the real heroes to stick in the readers' memories.
It is s good story, but in some parts, specially the narration of non American parts such as the parts of the agent's interaction with his family and with the terrorists, sounds more as a story than as history.
Since most of the names are middle Eastern it can be very confusing at some points.
overall, it's a very interesting story, but with some facts that are too good to be true.
Great insight into modern history. Narrator also did an excellent job. If you want keen insight into major events in the war on terror and to better understand the real sacrifice some are making, then this book is a must read.
Yes, Provides a lot of insight to the workings of the CIA that I've not read before.
Can't say....It would be a spoiler. Even though you know the general story and what ultimately happens
Narration is excellent but a little fast in a few places. There is a lot of detail provided and a lot to take in.
Yes, finished this book in 2 sittings
Looking forward to his next book "Black Flag", which comes out later this month
Both books examine how the CIA makes decisions regarding promotions and the selection of personnel as it relates specific assignments.
Excellent speaking voice.
What made the book interesting to me was the authors examination of how the CIA makes personnel decisions. Like any other organization, the CIA has to make important personnel decisions, and like any other organization they get caught up in political correctness instead of putting the best person in the job-
This was a better than average, but not a great listen. The basic premise was intriguing but the story failed to deliver in the details. Overall though, I'm glad I bought the book.