Robert Baer was known inside the CIA as perhaps the best operative working the Middle East. But if his career was all that a spy might aspire to, his personal life was a brutal illustration of everything a spy is asked to sacrifice.
Dayna Williamson thought of herself as just an ordinary California girl. But she was always looking to get closer to the edge. When she joined the CIA, she was initially tasked with Agency background checks, but she quickly distinguished herself as someone who could thrive in the field. Tapped to serve in some of the world’s most dangerous places, she discovered an inner strength and resourcefulness she’d never known - but she also came to see that the spy life exacts a heavy toll.
When Bob and Dayna met on a mission in Sarajevo, it wasn’t love at first sight. But there was something there, a spark. And as the danger escalated and their affection for each other grew, they realized it was time to leave “the Company,” to somehow rediscover the people they’d once been. As worldly as they both were, the couple didn’t realize at first that turning in their Agency ID cards would not be enough to put their covert past behind.
©2011 Robert Baer, Dayna Baer (P)2011 Random House Audio
"The Company We Keep is the best true-life spy story I've ever read…You'll find yourself rooting for these two vagabond spies, and you won't want their exciting and moving story to end." (David Ignatius, New York Times bestselling author of Body of Lies)
"Provides a spot-on and compelling portrait of real life inside the CIA; the periods of boredom and frustration loudly punctuated by fast-moving and sometimes frightening, sometimes amusing intelligence operations. Bob and Dayna Baer are the real deal and they beautifully capture the murky world they lived and worked in for years." (Valerie Plame Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Fair Game)
"An emotionally candid memoir of a life few could imagine, juggling terrorists and dictators with all too real family dramas…describes how two accomplished spies trained in shooting for the heart, improbably found their own." (Jane Mayer, National Book Award Finalist for The Dark Side)
I was really looking forward to this book, but it was not worth the money I paid for it. Even I have a more interesting life than these two!! Don't buy this if you are looking for anything beyond mundane.
I have read (or started to read a few bad books before), but nothing is as bad as this book. There is no story or anything remotely revealing or interesting at all in the book. Top that off with the most pathetic readers you could imagine, including the "professional" reader who sounds like something too melodramatic for even 1940's and '50s movie theater film shorts. I really should demand my credit back.
DON'T BUY, DON'T LISTEN, DON'T READ, DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY. BAD, BAD, BAD. THE ONLY REASON I DIDN'T RATE IT A ZERO IS THAT YOU HAVE TO PUT AT LEAST ONE STAR.
Many times the authors tells the reader that working for the CIA's clandestine service is actually rather mundane. They prove it in this book. Very boring from start to finish. These tales might be interesting if they were told to you by a friend. But I expected much more from a best-seller.
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