The acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling military thriller writer and coauthor of the bestselling Rogue Warrior series goes beyond the headlines and worldwide speculation in this pulse-pounding fictional account of the breathtaking hunt for the world’s most wanted terrorist, Usama Bin Laden....
Some truths are better told in fiction. In this riveting novel drawn from actual events and based on real-life heroes whose identities remain classified - including soldiers, sailors, intelligence operatives, technocrats, analysts, and policymakers - John Weisman fills in the blanks of what may have happened during the hunt and capture of Usama Bin Laden.
Moving from the political battlefields of Washington, D.C., and the secure, seventh-floor suite of the CIA director in Langley, Virginia, to the dusty streets of Peshawar, Lahore, and Abbottabad, Pakistan, to the rough Afghan interior, to the Middle East and western Europe, this fictional narrative brings to life the drama behind SEAL Team 6’s breathtaking raid in which Bin Laden - a.k.a. Crankshaft, a.k.a. al Mas (the Diamond), the ghost, the wraith, the grail for counterterrorists for more than a decade - met his fate.
In the Oval Office, the Pentagon, the CIA, and the State Department, Washington’s power brokers, the president, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Secretary of Defense conduct secret meetings, battle for political supremacy, and make life-and-death choices. Meanwhile, at an anonymous naval installation just south of Virginia Beach, Virginia, the Naval Special Warfare Development Group trains in secret for the mission of a lifetime. And at Vallhalla Base, the CIA’s safe house in Abbottabad, dedicated intelligence officers gather intel critical to locating and capturing the elusive Bin Laden.
©2011 John Weisman (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
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This is how fiction should be done when using facts of real life events. Many of the facts from the official story make this book pretty entertaining. Regardless of your political views or belief in the official story this spin wraps up all the loose ends and tells a great story that is better than the official story. The author keeps enough of the technical military jargon at bay so the non military personnel can follow this great yarn as it progress without being bogged down by monotonous nomenclatures and require a field manual to decipher the specifics. Getting to know the operators and agents as well as the emotions they experience is done superbly and the ease of listening to this well narrated book is refreshing. So many times this year books dealing with military operations and the missions to combat terrorism get boring and overly detailed. KBL will keep you on a steady ride of intel and observation with an excellent amount of suspense and weapons play added into the mix. Shining a light on the faces behind the scenes is one of the great things the author does and only adds depth to the story that is larger than life.
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