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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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  • Doug
  • CLEARFIELD, UT, United States
  • 11-28-17

Zzzzzzzzz

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

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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Good book, boring narration

Subject matter is good. no offence to the narrator. but he will put you to sleep.

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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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Interesting

This book starts off as interesting and essentially attempts to give an official history, which makes for an interesting read/listen.

However, there are some good stories from people who more than likely had sour grapes about being augmented and then quickly realized that they were given a front row seat to... an administrative position where they quickly attempt to expand their access to knowledge of operations.

Many of these sources the author interviewed come off like people who wanted/tried to data-dump everything about their time as a GLG-20 [al la Spies Like Us]; probably to inflate how cool they were when interviewing with the author.

These are the same people who do nothing during their career in Alaska inventorying boxes of food - and somehow get sent to a secretive unit where they are instructed to do the same nonsense there [which is honorable, but not to be compared to stuff that takes an incredible amount of focus/resolve] - and comeback to tell anyone who will listen about how they were reliving the first 15 minutes of the movie HEAT day in and day out.

In the end of the book, there should be an afterword regarding an epiphany some of Mr. Smith's sources which generally would equate to "THAT'S WHY THE RUSHED US THROUGH TRAINING..."

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  • Aurora
  • 08-10-18

Worth the read

Very well researched and documented, good history of US intelligence community. You will enjoy this book