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  • Surprise, Kill, Vanish

  • The Secret History of CIA Paramilitary Armies, Operators, and Assassins
  • By: Annie Jacobsen
  • Narrated by: Annie Jacobsen
  • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 838

From Pulitzer Prize finalist Annie Jacobsen, the untold story of the CIA's secret paramilitary units.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of facts, offset by too much fiction

  • By Steve M on 05-24-19

Historical Account

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-18-19

A good historical recap of covert operations from WWII to current. I wish more info was provided regarding current operations.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Left of Boom

  • How a Young CIA Case Officer Penetrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda
  • By: Douglas Laux, Ralph Pezzullo
  • Narrated by: Mike Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945

On September 11, 2001, Doug Laux was a freshman in college, on the path to becoming a doctor. But with the fall of the Twin Towers came a turning point in his life. After graduating, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency, determined to get himself to Afghanistan and into the center of the action. Through persistence and hard work, he was fast-tracked to a clandestine operations position overseas. Dropped into a remote region of Afghanistan, he received his baptism by fire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Frustratingly [REDACTED]

  • By Csaba Turkosi on 12-29-16

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Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-19

In some chapters entire paragraphs are redacted. In others, it seems every other word is redacted.