A dramatic insider account of the world of private military contracting.
Armored cars, burner phones, top-notch weaponry, and top-secret missions - this is the life of today's private military contractor. Like author Simon Chase, many PMCs were once the world's top military operatives, and since retiring from outfits like US Navy SEAL TEAM Six and the UK's Special Boat Service, they have devoted their lives to executing missions too sensitive for the government to acknowledge.
Chase reveals here for the first time the operations too hazardous and politically volatile to be officially sanctioned by his employers. Working on behalf of the CIA's Special Activities Division, the US Department of Defense, the US State Department, and British government entities, he takes on jobs that require zero footprint, with no trace of their actions left behind.
Chase delivers firsthand accounts of tracking Bin Laden in Afghanistan and being one of the first responders after the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. We see his teams defuse terrorist bombs, guard dignitaries, and protect convoys traveling through perilous territory - and then there are the really big jobs: top-secret "zero footprint" missions for the US government that include searching for high-value targets and setting up arms shipping networks.
The missions in Zero Footprint will shock listeners, but so will the personal dangers. Chase and the men he works with operate without government backup or air rescue. If they die serving their country - they remain anonymous. There are no military honors or benefits. Contractors like Simon Chase are the unsung heroes in the war against terrorism, a strong but largely invisible force - until now.
©2016 Simon Chase and Ralph Pezzullo (P)2016 Hachette Audio
I enjoyed listening to this book until I started looking into the validity of the authors story's. turns out most of them are made up. this book would do better if it was marked as a historical fiction or a noval.
If the story had been factually accurate.
I have read several other books on topics and timelines covered in this book, but this book is "consistently unique" when compared to other books which are written by authors who don't hide behind pseudonyms. Clearly someone isn't telling the truth. The best thing about this book is the skill of the reader; if you buy books just to hear someone delivery multiple voices and accents then you should really like this product.
Would make a great fiction novel, but the truth was clearly stretched and embellished beyond recognition. The author stole the name of a real hero that was killed overseas and used it as his 'pen-name,' then merged the stories of several individuals, embellished them and called them his own. The author seems to have some sort of complex trying to pass himself off as having "been there" in everyone else's war story. Would not recommend for non-fiction readers.
From the beginning of his book through the middle and all the engagements that the author has experienced, I must say he was very thorough and proper with explanation about everything that occurs in the life of PMC's this is a great read for anybody who is interested in possibly engaging in employment in the world private military contractors. Bravo Zulu. Thank you gunfighter for your service, your accomplishments and many condolences for your losses of your teammates.
I have no idea because I didn't read the print version. I buy the audio because I have a long commute to work.
This is an interesting story about the life of a former Tier 1 soldier who became a private security contractor and also worked as a Private Military Contractor (PMC). He tells interesting stories and gives a bit of an insight into the world of the PMC.
No. I would avoid them. I will be seeking a refund for this book.
It should have either:
never been written
clearly labeled as fiction
not used the name of an actual dead British contractor for author's pen name.
British, male, unfamiliar with some of the subjects at hand.
for example, a 0.50 caliber is knows as a 'fifty caliber' not a "zero point five zero caliber"
It was thoroughly and completely fabricated.
Mr Chase captures his audience and doesn't let go until the end. A heartbreaking account of the tragedy of war and senseless loss of life due to extremist violence. I appreciate his account and thank God for people with the guts to stand against evil.
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