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Michael Bodstrup

Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • Survive Like a Spy

  • Real CIA Operatives Reveal How They Stay Safe in a Dangerous World and How You Can Too
  • By: Jason Hanson
  • Narrated by: Jason Hanson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 178

Everyone loves a good spy story, but most of the ones we hear are fictional. That's because the most dangerous and important spycraft is done in secret, often without anyone even noticing. In Survive Like a Spy, best-selling author and former CIA officer Jason Hanson takes the listener deep inside the world of espionage, revealing true stories and expert tactics from real agents engaged in life-threatening missions around the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent but not great

  • By Michael Bodstrup on 03-18-18

Decent but not great

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-18

Too many spook stories, attempts to make the case stories sound “real” like when he lists time and month (but not year) , brief descriptions of subjects - attempting to appear to read from a case file

You can also identify in advance when he talks up some ultra cool spy tool - and then proceeds to advertise it available on his web site. All you have to do is give him some personal and credit card info - stuff he warns you about giving away in the book. Many items are “free”you just have to pay for shipping (Credit card details grabbed, monthly, expensive “newsletter” subscription added)

That said, author appears qualified on the subjects covered and has to make a living.

Book does come with some occasional useful info.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • House to House

  • An Epic Memoir of War
  • By: Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, John Bruning
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122

In one of the most compelling combat narratives ever written, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, an Army infantry platoon leader in Iraq, gives a teeth-rattling, first-hand account of 11 straight days of heavy house-to-house fighting during the climactic second battle of Fallujah. His actions in the firefight, which included killing five insurgents in hand-to-hand combat, earned Bellavia the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and New York state's highest military honor, the Conspicuous Service Cross.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As raw as it gets

  • By Robert on 09-24-07

Profane and highly dramatised

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-09

Probably based on a true story and starts OK, but it gets increasingly profane and the author gets very self absorbed trying to pose as a tough M* F* from hell. Also a number of technical errors like 'Author lighting a thermite grenade and white phosphorous dripping out.." - This makes me believe that the co-author has had a very heavy influence, dramatizing the book.
A good idea and storyline spoiled by profanity, obsession with gore and dramatizing.
Michael

7 of 20 people found this review helpful