In the top ten books I have listened to. Usually, military history is tough to listen to. Too many places and names. This was well written, and well read, and because I had a significant background in the topic it was easy to follow.
If you are like me and watched movies like Patton and The Big Red One as a kid, this book and its predecessor puts it all in context. For military enthusiast, this book is a must.
I devoured this series in a few weeks. Be warned, this is an addictive set of stories! I love Vikings, and Cornwell's Viking Chronicles were a joy, I was glad to find something in the sub genre.
People who have no concept of reality and can suspend rational thought will enjoy this book.
Books in this genre are at their best when they are somewhat believeable. When the reader keeps rolling their eyes and thinking "dear god this is a bunch of BS" the genre is at its worst. There were so many times in this book where I found myself thinking "does the author have any idea of how the military and government actually works?" I would pass. The Harvath series are a much better read.
The "inside baseball" made this a lot of fun. The characters were well developed, and there were very few times when you felt the author stretched the limits of plausibility. I was impressed by how well the author made the Russian female spy the main character and let the US spies recede into the background. His supporting characters were very real and likeable or detestable (as intended)
If you liked "The Company" you will like this book. Its a modern look at the US-Russian competition.
This book was supposed to be a collection of Chomsky's articles. I guess that this is technically correct, but you will find the collection is very repetitive. After you have heard one article you have heard them all.
Pass on this. Read Nemesis instead. That was worth the time.
I wouldn't recommend it. It was something I got on sale, but I wouldn't threaten my credibility by recommending it.
It could have justified a follow up, but the one the author wrote was AWFUL.
I really enjoyed the description of life in Germany before, during and after the war. I found it fascinating that this man was in Hitlers bunker at the end, and his description of events is memorable.
This guys voice would bore you if he was reading Penthouse Forum. He is monotone and just plain bites.
Even if you disagree with the man, you have to respect him. If you are a believer in the unbelievable you should listen to his arguments and see if there is something there.
I used to say that Truman was the last noble soul in American politics. I changed that to say Bob Gates holds that title. But more than that, there were times where I was laughing outloud and times where I got choked up listening to this. I lived through these times, and from the day Rummy left and Gates came in I felt there was someone looking after me. As someone waaaay down the food chain, I knew that Gates cared and would do anything in his power to get me and everyone else in uniform home safe.
You should read this book.
His honesty. The man worked his heart out.
Its in the middle. But what I loved about it was that it tracked very closely the books on Roman history that I have read, but made that history come to life in a way that I remembered the facts.
You could write a John Wells novel on toilet paper and I am going to read it. This is my favorite character in the genre. I will likely listen again on my runs.
If you haven't listened to Guidall, do yourself a favor: START NOW! He is hands down the best voice on audible.
I just love Vinnie Doudo.
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