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Publisher's Summary

In this unprecedented audiobook, a paramilitary contractor with more than two decades of experience gives us a firsthand look into the secret lives of America's private warriors and their highly covert work around the world. Author Jamie Smith has planned and executed hundreds of missions on behalf of government agencies and private industry in some of the world's most dangerous hot spots - and lived to tell the tale.
They are elite warriors who run highly dangerous missions deep inside foreign countries on the brink of war. Jamie Smith knows these men well. Not only is he one of them, but he was the founding director of one of the most successful global, private military contracting firms. For the first time, he breaks his silence, pulling back the curtain to reveal in raw, intimate terms exactly what paramilitary spies and operators like him do when the government cannot act or take public responsibility.
Combining the thrilling narrative of an international spy thriller with bracing boots-on-the-ground realism, Gray Work follows Smith through grinding CIA training and his career as an operative, his work with Blackwater Security, and the creation of his own successful company. Here is the grit and gristle of modern warfare, from espionage and assassinations, rescues and renditions; from the dark corners of the Arab Spring and the fall of Qadhafi to black ops; from Syria to Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and beyond. Smith has fought terrorists and won; he was ambushed on a mission in Pakistan and took a bullet through his shoulder and to his back and subsequently survived a grueling mountain trek that almost cost him his life.
As founding director of Blackwater Security and then as head of his own company, Smith has helped shape a decade of war. His book powerfully illustrates how the men who serve in this gray area between the public and private worlds are transforming the art and science of modern warfare.
©2015 Jamie Smith (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Anthony on 02-18-16

Total horse sh!+. This book is far from true

While the author may have had a few close calls in his career, he makes himself out to be a super spy. Consider this book fiction with a few stories embellished.

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By david on 02-23-16

don't waste your time

wasted time comes off as a know it all that's more like a wannabe. Not a good edit and poor sound quality.

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By Jennifer Berry on 06-05-16

Gritty and funny

At times I found myself on the edge of my seat feeling as if I was in those dusty streets with the author and then a small quip would make me burst out laughing

Busier than a one winged bird will be part of my life for ever more

Thank you for your service

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful


By Anthony on 06-28-16

Entertaining and insightful

Well written showing a lot of depth whilst managing to keep casual and at times humorous

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By Nick on 05-27-16

Disappointed

Got halfway through this book and thought this is a lot of information that you normally wouldn't expect someone who has done this type of work to be writing about, so I decided to google the author.
I would recommend anyone looking at reading this book to do the same before purchasing.
I think this book would be better to be marketed in the fantasy section.

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By Rowan on 05-14-16

Not worth it even if free.

This would of been very difficult to write as he would only be able to type with one hand as the other was very busy down his pants. Very hard to listen to as any chance of a story pales in comparison to this guy talking himself up so high i though it was written by Steven Segal.

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