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"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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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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