Black Ops

  • by Tony Geraghty
  • Narrated by Mirron Willis
  • 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A hard-hitting history of special-forces operations over the past fifty years in the United States, United Kingdom, and Israel.
After eight challenging years in Afghanistan, the new U.S. strategy, aimed at winning hearts and minds rather than search-and-destroy, refocuses the conflict on Special Forces: unorthodox soldiers who work outside of traditional military forces to combine secret military operations with nation building.
Tony Geraghty, an expert author in this field for almost thirty years, unveils the extraordinary evolution of this refined style of war-making from its roots in anti-guerrilla warfare in Ireland and Palestine, by way of the creation of the C.I.A., the S.A.S., the Green Berets, America’s Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.), and many others, including Mossad.
This history is more than a tale of derring-do, although James Bond-like characters stalk every page. It is a sweeping examination of Black Ops at a time when they represent the future of an open-ended global war against terrorism.


Audible Editor Reviews

Former soldier and war correspondent Tony Geraghty takes a comprehensive look at the evolution of special-forces units and covert operations from the United States, United Kingdom, and Israel. With extensive research and hard-hitting prose, Geraghty outlines the history of Black Ops units from the Cold War's use of espionage to fighting off guerilla warfare in Vietnam and America's current tactic of nation building under the specter of terrorism. Mirron Willis gives Geraghty's complex history a refreshing clarity with his precise performance; his delivery of the fascinating material is explanatory while being methodical and sharp.


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You Paid The Guy To Narrate This?

If you could sum up Black Ops in three words, what would they be?

Great Historical Information

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mirron Willis?

Dick Hill (actually almost anyone would have been a better choice)

Any additional comments?

I'm not trying to be disrespectful, it just wasn't a good choice as a narrator. I usually don't write reviews, but when I spend money to listen to a book - I expect that the person hired to narrate the book is going to do a decent job. This book is hard to listen to because the narrator isn't conversational - it's like reading one word at a time, thus the narration provides no sense of engagement. It is very mechanical with has no rhythm. He constantly mispronounces common words that are used within special operations or the military in general.

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- Rick

Interested in the story, but dislike the reader

Would you consider the audio edition of Black Ops to be better than the print version?

It was an interesting book, but I didn't appreciate the reader's condescending tone!

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The book could have taken a more center of the road position.

Would you be willing to try another one of Mirron Willis’s performances?


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?


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- Mike

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-28-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios