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Would you listen to Disciples again? Why?
I actually have listened to several sections a few times, just to make sure I have all the characters right. And there are so many intriguing personalities going on here. To think this was real! This would make a great espionage film! Jason Bourne for reals, kids!
Who was your favorite character and why?
The author has so skillfully profiles every one of the young men who volunteered for Wild Bill Donovan's fledgling espionage ring, known as the OSS. I think my favorite might be Richard Helms, who was a gawky guy, too tall, too thin, too unhealthy. No branch of the military wanted him. But he persevered and ended up finding his stride in the OSS. So many of the members of this legendary group were rich or handsome-or both! Dick Helms is kind of the geeky guy you want to root for.
What about George Newbern’s performance did you like?
Great books can be ruined by poor narrative skills. Happy to say that George Newbern did a great job. He was so pleasant to my ear, in fact, that I found myself pausing to look him up, to see what else he's read. If I see his name under "Narrated by" for any future book purchases...well, that's a strong recommendation!
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I like this book so much, I'm reviewing it before even getting half-way through. But so far, what I find really touching is how all the players were eager to give up their own lives in order to fight the Nazis. We were losing the war and a lot of it had to do with the lack of solid espionage skills. These guys helped to change the direction of the war.
Any additional comments?
In the vein of truly great historic tomes such as SEABISCUIT, UNBROKEN, and BOYS IN THE BOAT, this is a deeply researched, well-crafted book that keeps you turning the page as you get to know--and cheer--for the men who became the OSS, the precursor to the CIA. Whether you like spycraft, or just love a good history book, this is a winner.
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One of the best books on the beginning of the modern United States intelligence service and the men who by different paths came to lead the CIA.
It is a must read for those who are interested in intelligence and history.
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