“Weisman is perhaps wired more tightly into the reclusive special operations community than any other writer, and his knowledge of weaponry and field techniques is staggering.”
“A pro who knows his stuff.”
John Weisman, whose expertise in the field of covert military operations is unsurpassed, delivers a stunning fictional account of the most extraordinary mission of the century: the hunting down and assassination of Osama Bin Laden, the most reviled killer of the twenty-first century, by US Navy SEALs. With KBL: Kill Bin Laden the critically acclaimed author of SOAR and Jack in the Box goes behind the headlines, carrying readers along on a breakneck, breathtakingly realistic chase—from planning to training to execution—as the evil mastermind behind the horror of 9/11 is finally brought to justice.
Impressively detailed and imagined, Weisman's fictional account of the hunt for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden will resonate with armchair patriots. Weisman, the coauthor with Richard Marcinko of 1992's Rogue Warrior and eight subsequent Rogue Warrior novels, knows the ins and outs of covert operations and high-tech weaponry, all of which come to bear in this fast-paced narrative focused on the last stages of the search for the world's most wanted man. The novel opens in December 2010 with Charlie Becker, a crippled American veteran, deeply undercover as a beggar on the streets of Abbottabad, Pakistan, looking for signs that bin Laden is nearby. The author convincingly renders what could have happened in the following months including the intelligence gathering, the military preparation, and the political intrigues that resulted in bin Laden's death in May. Fans of vintage Tom Clancy will find a lot to like. Those looking for nuance should seek elsewhere. (One-day laydown Nov. 15)
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Very well written. It reads as if it's history.
John Weisman has created a literary masterpiece on two levels. First, KBL is a work of riveting suspense that compares favorably with the very best thrillers in the genre. And second, Weisman's exceptional respectability in the intelligence and special operations communities has allowed him access to detailed information about the actual operation. The outcome is an extraordinarily readable work of fiction that provides a true insider's perspective of one of the most dramatic special operations ever.
Weisman's characters are depictions of actual people, many of whom are easily identified, especially those at the highest levels of government. But the operators, too, are derivatives of real people in the military and CIA worlds. So the authenticity of the narrative is incredible.
If you read only one account of the operation to kill Bin Laden, this should be it.