Killing Che

  • by Chuck Pfarrer
  • Narrated by William Dufris
  • 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A rich, complex historical novel in the spirit of Graham Greene and John le Carre, Killing Ché is a personal and political thriller that pits history's most infamous insurgent against a conflicted and world-weary CIA officer. The year is 1967. Vietnam is in flames, and half a world away, few realize that a firefight on a jungle road in Latin America is the beginning of a new and secret war. In the Ñancahuazú Valley of Bolivia, international revolutionary Ché Guevara leads a band of guerillas determined to liberate a continent. Paul Hoyle, a CIA paramilitary officer, joins a team of operatives sent to crush the Bolivian insurgency. When a recovered backpack reveals that Ché Guevara is in command of the rebels, the stage is set for a duel between world ideologies. This powerful, tragic story transports the listener into the heart of the Bolivian jungle and into a world of noble truth and glorious aspirations. Pfarrer writes of love and defeat, loyalty and betrayal, and the tragic death of an ideal. At the center of the struggle are two complex women who may hold the keys to each man's destiny: Tania, Ché's crucial undercover operative and occasional lover who, unbeknownst to him, is a "deep placement" of the KGB; and Maria Agular, mistress of the Bolivian minister of information, whom Hoyle dares to trust with both information and his emotions. Pulsing with action, populated by rich characters, and filled with authoritative and inside details from the author, a counterinsurgency expert, Killing Ché is a stunning recreation of a conflict that sealed the fate of one of the 20th century's most charismatic and controversial figures.

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What the Critics Say

"Ambitious, meticulous." (Publishers Weekly)
"Extremely well-written, well-researched, and well-crafted." (Library Journal)

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Should be a movie

"Killing Che" is an outstanding fictional account of Che's last attempt at revolution. The story is a balanced account told from both Che's side and the CIA, Special Forces and Bolivians involved.The book is very heavily based upon Che's Bolvian diary and recently declassified US government accounts and other texts. It is sympathetic enough not to offend Che idolizers (see Humberto Fontova's excellent book)and tactically and technically accurate enough to impress people with first hand knowledge of counterinsurgency operations.(It was written by a former USN SEAL.) No matter what your feelings about Che and his legacy, this book is totally absorbing and would make a great movie.
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- Richard

Loved it...

I devoured this book when it first came out some time ago, and enjoyed listening to the audio telling again just now. It's a sad and courageous story told with great detail and feeling by Chuck Pfarrer. Che is portrayed well without being made the villain or overly romanticized. He was a great man and a revolutionary with a dream, who bit off too much in the end. Even though I knew historically how the book had to end, Pfarrer's story is gripping and I still found myself hoping Che would win. :)

Pfarrer's character Hoyle is also an enjoyable facet of the story. The added romance to the tale made these characters human, I didn't find it tedious like some other readers. Pfarrer has a way of describing battle that is both technical and visceral.

William Dufris does a good job narrating, I enjoyed the voices he assigned the characters, and the consistency with which he delivered their lines. My only beef with the audio had to do with the spacing of the chapters, more a technical detail than to fault of writer or narrator. Pfarrer would end every chapter with a great one liner you want to chew on for a few moments and reflect on what's about to happen but IMMEDIATELY it jumps to the next chapter, sometimes almost interrupting the last word.
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- Julia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-26-2007
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio