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A top-secret US Army Special Operations unit has been running covert missions all over the world, from leading death squads to the hideout of drug baron Pablo Escobar to capturing Saddam Hussein and, in one of the greatest special operations missions of all time, helping to track down al-Qa'eda leader Osama bin Laden. "The Activity," as it became known to insiders, has achieved near-mythical status, even among the world's Special Operations elite. Hidden from the politicians and the government bean counters, the Activity has been carrying out deniable operations, preparing the way for Delta and SEAL Team Six. Now, journalist Michael Smith gets inside this clandestine military team to expose their explosive history and secrets. Smith has spoken to many former members of the Activity and reveals the incredible truth behind the world's most secret Special Operations organization, a unit that is at the forefront of the war on terror.

©2016 Michael Smith (P)2017 Tantor

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Narrator is awful

Could be a good book, but the narrator is so incredibly bad I gave up.

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Snoring

Narrator put me to sleep. Maybe the book is good but I'll never finish it at this rate.

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  • 11-28-17

Zzzzzzzzz

Fine if you want to be put to sleep the narrators drones on and on

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BORING!

The narrator is like the boring stuffy college professor that no one likes. This audio book
Should be played for terrorists. I want my money back.

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Great historical account of how this unit came together and operated.

Well researched and informative about a very secretive unit. However If your wanting a book full of intense and gunfights or exciting covert missions you may want to look somewhere else. I hate giving bad reviews but the more books I read (listen to) that are written and read like a high school history book and read by a history teacher on the year he’s about to retire the more I realize I can’t finish them. When a chapter ends as your driving or whatever your doing as you listen and you go “what did I just miss out on because I was daydreaming about something else?” I know this isn’t my kind of book. If your into those kind of books this one is pretty good. I suppose?

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Good book

It was good, but it was a massive cluster fuck about random events and was mostly jumbled instances. Great overall though. Good research.

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Truly quiet professionals

This was a book I had been waiting for years to finally be released on Audible, and it was well worth the weight. A fascinating exploration of a group that has played an important part in recent military history. I highly recommend this book.

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snooze

the only good thing about this book is the title. I wish the author did better.

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the guy reading this book should go back to grade

the book sounds interesting, however audible should re record the reading of this book by someone else. the reader is awful. mispronounced words. poor inflection and expression. the reader failed to capture the author retelling his life story. british accent does not work for this book. ill buy the actual book and read it to get the real story....

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A Good Unofficial Unit History

This a we'll told story of a highly secret unit. It provides a lot of answers to questions about my country was able to locate and kill some our enemies over the last forty plus years. It also reveals why the Bureaucracy inhabited by self serving pentagon brass did everything they could to make this unit fail. finally relenting after being forced to incorporate the Activity with productive results. It is worth the listen if you are interested in learning about US strategy and tactics in the ongoing war on terror.

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