Hunting the Jackal

  • by Billy Waugh, Tim Keown
  • Narrated by Joe Barrett
  • 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For more than half a century, Special Forces and CIA legend Billy Waugh dedicated his life to tracking down and eliminating America's most virulent enemies. Operating from the darkest shadows and most desolate corners of the world, he made his mark in many of the most important operations in the annals of US Spec Ops. He spent seven and a half years behind enemy lines in Vietnam as a member of a covert group of elite commandos. He trailed Osama Bin Laden in Khartoum in the early '90s and would have killed the terrorist kingpin if his superiors had allowed it. And at the age of 72, he marched through the frozen high plains of Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Hunting the Jackal is the astonishing true account of the singular career of a courageous soldier in his nation's shadow wars - including his pivotal role in the previously untold story of the capture of the most infamous and elusive assassin in history, Carlos the Jackal.


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Wealth of knowledge

This man has so much knowledge and experience, he could write 10-15 great books.
A movie needs to be made about this hero.
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- TAG P.

Lead, Follow--Or Get The Hell Out Of The Way!

"Hunting the Jackal" is an unapologetic, in-your-face, raw memoir that is history at its finest. Sometimes brutal, always intriguing, it tracks fifty years in the life of Billy Waugh, a man who can't stand not living on the edge.
Ironically, the weakest part (and it's only a taaaaad weak), is the account of the surveillance of Carlos the Jackal as it chronicles the tedium that is part and parcel of observing the object to be apprehended. Historically, the French nabbed the Jackal, but here you'll find the down and dirty work was done consistently by Waugh and a couple others.
The strongest part, and the part that Waugh was proudest of and which shaped him mightily, is the story of his seven and a half years in Vietnam. That section of the book sears and sizzles, leaves you scarred and brutalized. But it left Waugh invigorated and enthusiastic. And thus follows a life of covert operations, training foreign commandos, spying/espionage, and even a hated bit of time in the US Postal Service, where he was dying to get back to the adrenaline-fueled rush of combat and service.
Barrett does a great job (he does military like nobody's business; see: "Roberts Ridge" and "Defiance"), making this the look-back of an older soldier surveying his decades of duty.
There is violence, there is some profanity, there's a lot to make you wince, a lot to make you proud.
Truly, a great listen!
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- Gillian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-23-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio