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The explosive New York Times best seller!
On September 11, 2001, Doug Laux was a freshman in college, on the path to becoming a doctor. But with the fall of the Twin Towers came a turning point in his life. After graduating, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency, determined to get himself to Afghanistan and into the center of the action. Through persistence and hard work, he was fast-tracked to a clandestine operations position overseas. Dropped into a remote region of Afghanistan, he received his baptism by fire.
Frustrated by bureaucratic red tape, a widespread lack of knowledge of the local customs and culture, and an attitude of complacency that hindered his ability to combat the local Taliban, Doug confounded his peers by dressing like a native and mastering the local dialect, making contacts, and building sources within several deadly terrorist networks. His new approach resulted in unprecedented successes, including uncovering the largest IED network in the world, responsible for killing hundreds of US soldiers.
Meanwhile, Doug had to keep up false pretenses with his family, girlfriend, and friends - nobody could know what he did for a living - and deal with the emotional turbulence of constantly living a lie. His double life was building to an explosive resolution, with repercussions that would have far reaching consequences.
©2016 Douglas Laux (P)2016 Douglas Laux
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By Amazon Customer on 08-03-16

Great Story - Overly Redacted

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bossman. Bossman is wise and well spoken and is the sage archtype most people can find in their own organization. The guy who should be in charge of everything, but usually isn't.

Have you listened to any of Mike Dawson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

It was pretty good. He applied good effort for the Pashto, but got a few military words wrong. Overall, better than most I have heard.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I loved the story. I wanted to smash my phone in the middle of the book because there were so many parts that were redacted. It was silly.<br/>The description of the SEALs (Scorpions) was pretty accurate. They are toolbags.

Any additional comments?

To cope with the redaction, apply the following:<br/>Foreign country/border = Pakistan<br/>Foreign Intelligence Agency = Pakistani ISI<br/>Foreign financing = Saudi involvement

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By Amazon Customer on 07-02-16

Just so you know.

I've listened to other books that have redacted content. When one of those sections was reached by the narrator, an overview of the redacted content was addressed and the narration moved on. Here you are treated to music for the duration of the missing content. This is just a guess as I didn't time these sections or the bumper music between chapters or the twelve second dead space's following those, but my guess is that the reader is getting about eight hours of content. Loved the story. Tied several things together from other things I've read. This isn't about the content. It's about heavily padding the time. You (redacted) been warned!

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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By Anthony on 10-05-16

Terrible.DO NOT WASTE YOUR CREDITS!!!!

Any additional comments?

You miss the majority of what is said through incredibly annoying cuts to classical music due to classification. I could only stick 20 mins of missing entire parts of a story, so much so that anything left in was irrelevant detail. If I could get my money back I would.<br/>

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By Scott Fergusson on 09-13-16

Left of boom

Very good book, interesting and knowledgeable.

Only problem is the music cut overs. I understand certain information has to be redacted but I feel the music is a bit much.

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By H R CLARK on 08-15-16

Great book but...

The number of redacted parts in the early stages of the book lead to a very disjointed listening experience had me wondering if I'd finish the book or not. Understandably frustrating to the author (and listener alike) the number of redactions illustrates the censorship hoops authors have to go through to get a book like this to print and suspect this is why they remain in tact n this audio book version (covered over by classical music). This is my only negative on what is a well written and insightful book. I enjoyed it.

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By Duckforcover on 02-22-17

Left of Boom no happy

Well I brought my first audiobook being a book named Left of Boom about a CIA operative in Afghanistan.
Being a big fan of this type of book I was excited about my first audiobook.
Was completely shocked to find the audio had been censored by a heavy handed CIA. Audio voice would be cut and filled with classical music, very frustrating.
I would like my money back as this is a complete rip off.

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