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Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent | [Fred Burton]

Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent

For decades, Fred Burton was a key figure in international counterterrorism and domestic spy craft. As a member of the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service in the mid 1980s, he was on the front lines of America's first campaign against terror. Now, in this hard-hitting memoir, Burton emerges from the shadows to reveal who he is, what he has accomplished, and the threats that lurk unseen except by an experienced, world-wise few. Told in a no-holds-barred, gripping, nuanced style, this behind-the scenes account of one counterterrorism agent's life and career is a riveting listen.
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For decades, Fred Burton was a key figure in international counterterrorism and domestic spy craft. As a member of the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service in the mid 1980s, he was on the front lines of America's first campaign against terror. Now, in this hard-hitting memoir, Burton emerges from the shadows to reveal who he is, what he has accomplished, and the threats that lurk unseen except by an experienced, world-wise few. Told in a no-holds-barred, gripping, nuanced style, this behind-the scenes account of one counterterrorism agent's life and career is a riveting listen.

©2008 Fred Burton; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Lew Cedarhurst, NY, United States 06-16-08
    Lew Cedarhurst, NY, United States 06-16-08 Member Since 2013
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    "A Masterful, Real-Life Glimpse. Brilliant!"

    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!

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Happy Chappy Elk Grove, California 07-31-08
    Happy Chappy Elk Grove, California 07-31-08 Member Since 2007

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    "Great Audiobook"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Centennial, CO, United States 11-03-09
    Ron Centennial, CO, United States 11-03-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent Read"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Medford, OR, USA 02-10-09
    Martin Medford, OR, USA 02-10-09
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    "In the Trenches for Real"

    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.....

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    William 01-17-13
    William 01-17-13
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    "Great content, a bit dry of a reader however, but"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ghost to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I am not sure this really applies here, as it is autobiographical.


    What three words best describe Tom Weiner’s voice?

    Uninflected, montonous, gravelly


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Bolingbrook, Illinois, United States 07-17-08
    Robert Bolingbrook, Illinois, United States 07-17-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Ghost"

    Engrossing and enlightening narrative of one who was involved in the "shadow war."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Newmarket, ON, Canada 09-29-08
    Michael Newmarket, ON, Canada 09-29-08 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Book, Great Listen"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David Elgin, TX, United States 11-11-13
    David Elgin, TX, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "How it looks from the inside"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Redfern 02-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "What the protectors give up"
    Would you listen to Ghost again? Why?

    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.


    What does Tom Weiner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I am not sure this is applicable however he did have decent voice and I would listen to other books voiced by this reader.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes it was


    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jake LAKEWOOD, OH, United States 10-10-12
    Jake LAKEWOOD, OH, United States 10-10-12
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    "Excellent audiobook"
    What made the experience of listening to Ghost the most enjoyable?

    Tom Weiner does a great job of narrating. I couldn't stop listening. Great inside on the "dark world"

    I highly recommend this audiobook!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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