By John Weisman
Charlie Becker, former Ranger and amputee is currently in Abbottabad, Pakistan, spying for the CIA. He’s trying to keep tabs on any attention being given to the finding of a CIA secret safe house. Said safe house is, in turn, spying on a compound where Usama Bin Laden’s two trusted cohorts are living with their families. It’s suspected UBL is also on site. Back in Washington, the politicians play their games while the CIA Director, Vince Mercaldi puts together an operation designed to infiltrate the compound. Troy Roberts, a Navy SEAL is recovering, along with the rest of his team, from an operation gone bad. Back on the job, the team starts training for a mission into a secure compound and speculation is it might hold the number one target. The CIA executes a plan to divert attention away from Abbottabad and everyone waits with anticipation for the United States President to make a decision whether attack on the compound will commence.
This book starts just over six months before the actual operation. Weisman conducted a lot of research to write this book. Even though some things he had to create, the story is very well laid out. It’s an interesting story to read – a fictionalized account of actual events.
Charlie Becker: Retired and very decorated Army Airborne Ranger. Lost his legs and four fingers in Iraq in 2004 from suicide bombers. Proficient with his prosthetics. Works undercover for CIA as a beggar in Pakistan. Fluent in a few of the Arabic languages
Anthony Vincent Mercaldi: CIA Director, lawyer in Nixon’s administration, former Chief of Staff, 8 term democrat representative, runs five miles on his treadmill daily
Troy Roberts: 24, SEAL, married with one child and another on the way. Regularly attends church. Trying to recover from an operation gone bad
Ty Weaver: 36, former Delta Force operator, currently working for the CIA as instructor of evasion and defensive driving, has a pregnant wife
There are a lot of people in this book. Again, we’re talking about fictional people representing actual individuals. Some references are easy to spot. There is a lot of background to many characters. I really enjoyed Charlie Becker’s portrayal. The story goes a little in depth on emotions and thoughts of some of the characters. Sometimes, though I had trouble remembering who was who.
Relatively limited but direct, to the point.
Long complex sentences, lots of information, military and government abbreviations. I noticed several editing errors, but not enough to distract me. It is written in a disciplined, military fashion. Things are planned, analyzed, and executed. Chapters are headed with date, location, and local time. The action is quick and precise. I was going to take off points for the editing errors, but this time I’ll let them slide.