©2008 Fred Burton; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
When retired clandestine-service operatives tell their stories, it can often go either way; a dry and barren account or a riveting spook-yarn. "Ghost", by Fred Burton, offers an authentic, well-written and very well-read glimpse into the day to day "police-work" of counter-terrorism. But here it's the real deal, never boring and always honest, real-life. Not since Robert Baer has an operative (and here it's the Diplomatic Security Service), told his story with such emotional and honest conviction. You'll never get the whole story, it's not possible, but Fred Burton does a masterful job of offering a sleeves-rolled-up account of the Ghost life and how it affected him; the lives saved, the lives lost. This book was read with a good flair for drama; voice inflection, dialects from the middle-eastern captured terrorist to the Columbian assassin. This is a must-read Audiobook for anyone from the history buff to the crime-fiction lover. Go for it, you will not be disappointed!
An Avid Reader.
Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent by Fred Burton is a great read about the sacrifices that the brave men and women waging the war on terror make on a daily basis. Burton is an expert in the field of counter-terrorism and reading his book is like taking an advanced class on the subject. Sadly, there still seems to exist the lack of teamwork amongst the agencies that are so needed to work together. Hopefully, with works like this readable book by Burton, people will wake up and realize the need to focus on the issues and not worry about obtaining glory or credit for stopping the threats that exist.
Burton is a hero and we should all thank him for the dedication and commitment he has shown to this country. A four star read. Enjoyable, informative, and scary.
The narrator does an excellent job.
I thoroughly enjoyed this. It's tough to turn it off and go to sleep, and when you do turn it off, you're likely to lay there thinking for a while. It can be very disturbing. I'm very grateful that we have these guys out there.
Burton's account of his own history in the DSS sheds light on some of the evolution and history of the State Department. It also demonstrates who really does the heavy lifting in terms of spycraft and the War on Terrorism. If only Burton could let down his guard and tell the WHOLE story.....
I did not read the print version, however, the accented areas and the pronounciations were something you would not get in a read, so probably.
I am not sure this really applies here, as it is autobiographical.
Uninflected, montonous, gravelly
The story is what counts here. It is a spellbinding account of real events and people, and dramatic for the times it occurred in and the events portrayed. If you are a fan of cold war and beyond real world workings of counterintelligence this is a must have.
I really enjoyed listening to this book...if you are into military history this book is for you. To me the most interesting part was the investigation of the plan crash of Pakistan’s leader in the 1980’s. This plan crash is mentioned briefly in several books I have read, including Charlie Wilson’s War, but never explained.
The writing is a little wooden and sometimes repetitive. But the book isn't supposed to be entertaining for it's literary style, it's fascinating for the inside perspective delivered personally by the author.
It's as if Fred is sitting in the living room over a bourbon telling you all about it. It's a truly personal "confession".
I really enjoyed it.
Yes, I found it a captivating book (having read the print version as well) giving an insightful awakening, if your are of an open mind, to an otherwise oblivious word view many people have towards the evils out there.
I am not sure this is applicable however he did have decent voice and I would listen to other books voiced by this reader.
yes it was
If you find you are sleeping too much and need to lose sleep may I recommend this book. This is a rather good, fairly frightening book on the history of our realization and progress combatting terrorism. Written by a counterterrorism specialist, It serves as a wake up call to those that take it for granted what men and women do on a daily basis to keep us safe. What is a basic look at the life of one agent who started out in an under funded under manned agency that was the DSS holds none of the flamboyance of a Fleming novel but more than its fair share of suspense and real life worries. The story of a real agency doing their best to keep Americans out of harms way. The only frustrating aspect of reading this book is the knowledge that there are those that still feel there is no terrorism and seek to ridicule those that fight for us.
I am taking this out of the book because I feel it sums up the point rather nicely:
"Maybe this country needs to get hit every few years. We're a complacent people with a short memory. Pearl Harbor. September 11th - they were reality checks for the country. They made us wake up and realize the dangers we really face." - From an unnamed WWII Pearl Harbor Survivor
Tom Weiner does a great job of narrating. I couldn't stop listening. Great inside on the "dark world"
I highly recommend this audiobook!
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