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A master class in spycraft from one of its greatest practitioners.

Jack Devine ran Charlie Wilson's War in Afghanistan. It was the largest covert action of the Cold War, and it was Devine who put the brand-new Stinger missile into the hands of the mujahideen during their war with the Soviets, paving the way to a decisive victory against the Russians. He also pushed the CIA's effort to run down the narcotics trafficker Pablo Escobarin Colombia. He tried to warn the director of central intelligence, George Tenet, that there was a bullet coming from Iraq with his name on it. He was in Chile when Allende fell, and he had too much to do with Iran-Contra for his own taste, though he tried to stop it. He also tangled with Rick Ames, the KGB spy inside the CIA, and hunted Robert Hanssen, the mole in the FBI.

Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story is the spellbinding memoir of Devine's time in the CIA, where he served for more than 30 years, rising to become the acting deputy director of operations, responsible for all of the agency's spying operations. This is a story of intrigue and high-stakes maneuvering - all the more gripping when the fate of our geopolitical order hangs in the balance. But this audiobook also sounds a warning to our nation's decision makers: covert operations, not costly and devastating full-scale interventions, are the best safeguard of America's interests worldwide.

Part memoir, part historical redress, Good Hunting debunks some of the myths surrounding the agency and cautions against its misuses. Beneath the exotic allure - living abroad, running operations in seven countries, serving successive presidents from Nixon to Clinton - this is a realist's gimlet-eyed account of the CIA. As Devine sees it, the agency is now trapped within a larger bureaucracy, losing swaths of turf to the military, and most ominous of all, becoming overly weighted toward paramilitary operations after a decade of war.

©2014 Jack Devine (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Fascinating, An education on spying

A global view of our countries history and involvement in the clandestine world of Spy's and their craft. Jack Devine can tell a story well. Jack is the only person I know of who makes the Iran Contra episode of our history understandable. One of the most exciting revelations is jack's confirmation that operation Gladio was real.
The reader is an excellent choice for the story.

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Truly Apolitical

Deliberate and apolitcal account of events throughout decades that took me back to Mr. Bates's 10th Grade history class. Haha. A very good listen and probably awesome read too! Will likely purchase hard copy (though at a discount bookstore - not AMZ).

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Good but not great.

The author's "spy" stories were interesting although not as in-depth and detailed as I was hoping for. The last two chapters of the book were a bit long on the author's post-CIA experiences, but still interesting to see how he could apply his CIA skills to the private sector. Overall the book was enjoyable to listen to.

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great story of the career of a CIA case officer.

great story of the career of a CIA case officer. Mr Devine provides excellent insight on relevant National Security and intelligence issues of today.

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Interesting escapades.

Jack has certainly had an eventful and impactful career at the CIA. His experience has led him to strongly support a more active, aggressive role for the CIA rather than a more passive intelligence gathering only role. For example he would like to see the current drone program under CIA control vs military control. In my opinion, since it involves killing terrorists it is a military role. Gathering intelligence about their methods and plans is an appropriate intelligence role. I think the CIA needs to focus on turning terrorists into information gathering counter spies. Leave the shooting to the military.


I do applaud his positions on torture, Iraq Wmd, and Iran contra. I think he was on the right side of all of these issues.

Overall well written and well narrated.

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CYA, We Never Broke the Rules, Not My Fault

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not recommend this as it really does not give any details that are not publicly available. Very long-winded and self-promoting PR book that constantly reiterates that the CIA never broke the rules and only did what the politicians ordered them to do, and by the way I never believed in torture because that is just unAmerican.

What do you think your next listen will be?

My next book will be one that admits it is fiction.

Which scene was your favorite?

None, I gave up on this CYA book about 1/3 through.

Was Good Hunting worth the listening time?

NO! I'm glad I quit when I did. I tried jumping forward several times to see if the tone and constant "always followed the rules" mantra changed, but it didn't.

Any additional comments?

People that have not read any other books about CIA or other intelligence agencies may find this entertaining, but it is too much at odds with too many other sources. I feel sure this book was heartily approved by the CIA and Executive Branch.

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