We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Gray Work Audiobook

Gray Work: Confessions of an American Paramilitary Spy

Regular Price:$26.45
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

In this unprecedented audiobook, a paramilitary contractor with more than two decades of experience gives us a firsthand look into the secret lives of America's private warriors and their highly covert work around the world. Author Jamie Smith has planned and executed hundreds of missions on behalf of government agencies and private industry in some of the world's most dangerous hot spots - and lived to tell the tale.

They are elite warriors who run highly dangerous missions deep inside foreign countries on the brink of war. Jamie Smith knows these men well. Not only is he one of them, but he was the founding director of one of the most successful global, private military contracting firms. For the first time, he breaks his silence, pulling back the curtain to reveal in raw, intimate terms exactly what paramilitary spies and operators like him do when the government cannot act or take public responsibility.

Combining the thrilling narrative of an international spy thriller with bracing boots-on-the-ground realism, Gray Work follows Smith through grinding CIA training and his career as an operative, his work with Blackwater Security, and the creation of his own successful company. Here is the grit and gristle of modern warfare, from espionage and assassinations, rescues and renditions; from the dark corners of the Arab Spring and the fall of Qadhafi to black ops; from Syria to Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and beyond. Smith has fought terrorists and won; he was ambushed on a mission in Pakistan and took a bullet through his shoulder and to his back and subsequently survived a grueling mountain trek that almost cost him his life.

As founding director of Blackwater Security and then as head of his own company, Smith has helped shape a decade of war. His book powerfully illustrates how the men who serve in this gray area between the public and private worlds are transforming the art and science of modern warfare.

©2015 Jamie Smith (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (272 )
5 star
 (148)
4 star
 (65)
3 star
 (29)
2 star
 (12)
1 star
 (18)
Overall
4.2 (237 )
5 star
 (142)
4 star
 (39)
3 star
 (28)
2 star
 (11)
1 star
 (17)
Story
4.4 (237 )
5 star
 (150)
4 star
 (49)
3 star
 (22)
2 star
 (8)
1 star
 (8)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Anthony 02-18-16
    Anthony 02-18-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Total horse sh!+. This book is far from true"

    While the author may have had a few close calls in his career, he makes himself out to be a super spy. Consider this book fiction with a few stories embellished.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    david 02-23-16
    david 02-23-16 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    22
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "don't waste your time"

    wasted time comes off as a know it all that's more like a wannabe. Not a good edit and poor sound quality.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    dustin harry 08-26-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    27
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Don't believe a word of it."

    It's all fake. Just Google the author, that will tell you all you need to know.

    27 of 30 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kaitlyn Keto 01-17-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    38
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "What a load of malarkey."

    I started listening to this book and after chapter one I could tell things didn't add up. The further I got in the book the more full of crap the author seemed to be. I couldn't stomach the whole book, and decided to look into this guy. Low and behold he is full of crap ever his co-workers said so.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Adrian Gauna 12-04-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "BS Book"

    I did my research on this book I can't believe Harper published it Jamie Smith is a con artist

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Travis 02-29-16
    Travis 02-29-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Read about Jamie Smith before buying"

    Read about the author prior to buying this book, it puts a whole other perspective on the stories it contains.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Shannon McCoy Santa Barbara, CA United States 06-23-16
    Shannon McCoy Santa Barbara, CA United States 06-23-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "This guy is a fraud. The stolen valor is sickening"

    This book is a complete work of fiction. Google Jamie Smith and decide for yourself

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bobby 09-08-16
    Bobby 09-08-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "fiction"

    narrator is excellent, story is suspect at best. I researched the author briefly on line before ordering book but I didn't look deep enough until later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tourman Northwest Arkansas 09-08-16
    Tourman Northwest Arkansas 09-08-16 Member Since 2013

    I'm a 4th generation native of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. A beautiful, Victorian era village located in the midst of the Ozark Mountains. I love history and in fact I am a tour guide and somewhat of a local historian.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Insightful, Intriguing, Interesting"

    I really enjoyed this book. It was plenty of detail and several very interesting and exciting stories. once again revealed that the attack on Benghazi was unnecessary. this is not a partisan book by any means. I really appreciate that it was done without any vulgar language being used.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Roberto Torres 08-08-16 Member Since 2014

    I like facts, truth, clarity. I like out of the box thinking. I not touchy feely. Don't like victims or pitty.

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Interesting and insightful"

    Enjoyed the events but the book has alot of stupid comments like "as busy as a one legged man in an ass kicking kicking contest" - these comments promoted eye rolls.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Jennifer Berry
    UK
    6/5/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Gritty and funny"

    At times I found myself on the edge of my seat feeling as if I was in those dusty streets with the author and then a small quip would make me burst out laughing

    Busier than a one winged bird will be part of my life for ever more

    Thank you for your service

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony
    6/28/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Entertaining and insightful"

    Well written showing a lot of depth whilst managing to keep casual and at times humorous

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lewis Emslie
    7/18/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Google Jamie Smith Before Buying"
    What would have made Gray Work better?

    Any truth in his story


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Good STORY but far from the truth if you search for this guy online.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.