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Seeking to escape the monotony he had come to endure in his job as assistant District Attorney in San Francisco, Philip Kearney needed a change. His solution came one day in a casual email from a friend: “UN has opening here for an international prosecutor doing war crimes stuff. You should apply, gotta go.”“Here” meant Pristina, Kosovo. And “stuff”—Kearney soon finds out, after landing the job despite his inexperience with international law and inability to speak any foreign languages—meant a harrowing string of investigations involving the most brutal and devastating crimes imaginable.

Abruptly removed from the comforts of home and the order and stability of America’s justice system, Kearny finds himself the sole international prosecutor assigned to a region of nearly one million people. Welcome to the Balkans circa 2001.

Kearney is thrown headlong into a series of historic investigations that quickly land him under the protection of four armed security guards. Armed himself with only the region’s archaic criminal justice code, Kearney is soon prosecuting local street thugs, shutting down a ring of international sex-traffickers, and spearheading an investigation into secret death camps—a case that ultimately implicates prominent local officials and inflames ethnic violence. He developed an urgent passion, stemming from devastating stories of torture, murder, and slavery that dominate Kosovo’s bleak landscape.

©2010 Philip Kearney (P)2010 Phoenix

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I had no idea.

A must read! I couldn't "put it down." An amazing story of bravery, billiance all with wit and humor. I have an increased! appreciation for the men and women who serve our country under the blue flag! I had no idea this could reflect the reality. Incredible story!

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Loved it!

This was an absolutely fantastic book. You don't need to know much (or anything!) about Kosovo or international law to love this book.

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Kosovar Albanian

As an Kosovar Albanian, the book astonishes me , left speechless, im currently living in the US and i was 12 years old when war broke out between serbian troops and Kla in kosovo, learning this many details that i never knew beforw enlightes my perspective about my very homeland and its complicated past a bit, thank you mr Peter that struggled and administered justice even a bit in those harshland.

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In retrospect...

Where does Under The Blue Flag rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book was addictive: it kept me tuned in through to the end.

What did you like best about this story?

Having been there for a week-long visit to help with animal agriculture, I found myself back in Pristina while listening the description: the smell, the colors, the dust...

What does Philip Kearney bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The fact that the author himself, he who lived the experience, reads the book putting the tones where he meant them to be, makes it fascinating to listen.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wish I had listened to this book before I visited Kosovo. Even though more than 10 years have past after Mr. Kearney experiences, and even many more from the actual events that occurred during the secession war, I think it would have been illuminating to take his accounts into consideration. It would have been extremely helpful to understand the culture and thought processes of Kosovans!