KBL: Kill Bin Laden Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling military thriller writer and coauthor of the bestselling Rogue Warrior series goes beyond the headlines and worldwide speculation in this pulse-pounding fictional account of the breathtaking hunt for the world’s most wanted terrorist, Usama Bin Laden....
Some truths are better told in fiction. In this riveting novel drawn from actual events and based on real-life heroes whose identities remain classified - including soldiers, sailors, intelligence operatives, technocrats, analysts, and policymakers - John Weisman fills in the blanks of what may have happened during the hunt and capture of Usama Bin Laden.
Moving from the political battlefields of Washington, D.C., and the secure, seventh-floor suite of the CIA director in Langley, Virginia, to the dusty streets of Peshawar, Lahore, and Abbottabad, Pakistan, to the rough Afghan interior, to the Middle East and western Europe, this fictional narrative brings to life the drama behind SEAL Team 6’s breathtaking raid in which Bin Laden - a.k.a. Crankshaft, a.k.a. al Mas (the Diamond), the ghost, the wraith, the grail for counterterrorists for more than a decade - met his fate.
In the Oval Office, the Pentagon, the CIA, and the State Department, Washington’s power brokers, the president, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Secretary of Defense conduct secret meetings, battle for political supremacy, and make life-and-death choices. Meanwhile, at an anonymous naval installation just south of Virginia Beach, Virginia, the Naval Special Warfare Development Group trains in secret for the mission of a lifetime. And at Vallhalla Base, the CIA’s safe house in Abbottabad, dedicated intelligence officers gather intel critical to locating and capturing the elusive Bin Laden.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 55 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 15, 2011|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#269,960 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#90,111 in Literature & Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#831,919 in Literature & Fiction (Books)
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Sufficiently entertaining to overcome any negatives the book may include, or errors
made by the author.
For me the continual references towards religion/faith/belief were needless and not
a soun d element of the telling of the story.
The shallow and callow of Washington players are easily identified and tend to be fun, if infuriating in their accuracy.
Slow Joe Biden leapt off the pages with his crudity and trademarked stupidity.
HOWEVER,...the book was sufficiently entertaining to overcome the self inflicted weaknesses.
And THAT is good enough for me.
Good enough for a FIVE STAR review.
John Weisman has written a narrative that seamlessly blends fact and fiction, leaving the reader wondering where the one stops and the other starts. He has ripped more than a years worth of headlines from the AfPak conflict (most notably the Raymond Davis saga--upon which he puts an clever spin) to create a story that is fast paced and incredibly realistic. It doesn't matter how much of it is fact and how much is pure fiction. If you want a second by second accouint of what is was like in Abottabad in the early hours of 2 May 2011, it doesn't get any better than this.
John Weismans' KBL concentrates on the operators and the mission. Since it's fiction, the author can put a lot of detail in the book.
If you want a good read on the actual raid, read the Weisman book.
Top reviews from other countries
A real page turner as usual by Mr. Weisman.