Confessions of A Counterterrorism Agent

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008
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In this globe-trotting account of one leading counterterrorism agent's life and career, Burton, as a member of an elite secret counter-terrorist division, tells how he was plunged into a murky world of violent religious extremism, one that would take him from the streets of Middle Eastern cities to the informant-filled alleys of American slums. Told in compelling first-person, here, too, is Burton's advice on personal safety for today's most powerful CEOs, gleaned from his experience at Stratfor, the private firm Barron's calls "the shadow CIA."
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2008
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781433247224
Branch Call Number: Audio Download--Adult
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (9hr., 33 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Weiner, Tom
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Nov 18, 2015

Amazing and very interesting. Cannot stop listening and curious what will happen next.

Sep 20, 2015

Fred Burton tells some interesting and entertaining stories about his career in the "dark world", as he calls it. He teaches us some spycraft, like how to screen for tails, how to protect diplomats in the streets, and how to recruit informants with money. He gives us a look inside a couple of major investigations such as the one into the cause of the 1988 Hercules crash that killed Pakistani prime minister Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and many other international officials. The CD does not reveal too many inside secrets, though; it's more about how the author felt and dealt. The author was at times self-promotional, like how the FBI messed up again and how he solved whatever problem they created. And he's pretty gung ho on how the world is full of threats and is his mission to stop them. You almost start to pick up the stress of his life, living in anticipation of the next phone ring calling him in to deal with a crisis. The actor who reads the book has a monolithic tone that gets tiring after a while. He does do well in dialogue, though, voicing different characters. Generally an entertaining and easy listen.

May 25, 2015

not available on Hoopla


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