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For 9 hours and change, I thought "the inside story of the mission to kill Osama bin Laden" would take up more than 1.5 to 2 hours. The filler was about SEAL infrastructure, SEAL training, the SEAL sniper mission off the coast of Somalia, and, primarily, an in-depth biography of bin Laden and the rise of al Qeada. It was all very good, but I feel misled. I did not buy this book to learn about the roots of Osama and al Qeada. I already knew most of that stuff. I wanted to know ALL about the mission to kill bin Laden. I got that, but not as much as I wanted. However, the last hour is gripping, and makes the book a good buy.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
If you are interested in SEAL teams, or the raid in Abbottabad, this is the first book you should read, and maybe the only one you'll need to read.
The first half is about other SEAL operations focusing on the rescue of the Captain taken hostage by Somali pirates.
The second half is all about bin Laden in Abbottabad and this version, in my opinion, rings truest. The narrator is terrific and that helps too.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
i did a bit of research on this through amazon before using a credit and am very happy with the purchase. there is a lot of history of the events running up to the actual operation that killed bin laden, which i found very interesting. everything from the conception and historic missions of the SEAL's to the history of bin laden himself. didn't give it 5 stars becuase there was a lot of discussion about the events of the russian army in afghanistan in the 70's that i did not think was relevant. the seal training mentioned in the book is very interesting and the narration is excellent.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This book covers not only the events of the night in question, but gives a solid background to al-Qaida, the Seals and conflicts in the middle East. Definitely worth a listen.