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Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent by Fred Burton

I read this book as an Audible audio book.

I enjoyed listening to this book, Tom Weiner does a great job narrating it and bringing a lot of emotion and depth. Depth that I am not sure exists in the book’s written form.

This is not a spy novel nor is it the memoirs of a spy; it is more of a collection of events as seen from the author’s perspective arranged in a chronological order. There are plenty of passages that let us see deeper into the person that is "Fred Burton" and we get to learn some of what makes him tick, but I do not feel like I got the whole picture at any point. Part of that is the fact that most of the events the book covers have many elements that cannot be shared and part of it is the format of narration chosen by the author.

What the book does make clear is that terrorism is here to stay. We would all be a lot better off with more people like Fred Burton in the world.

From the publisher:

For decades, Fred Burton was a key figure in international counterterrorism and domestic spy craft. As a member of the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service in the mid 1980s, he was on the front lines of America’s first campaign against terror. Now, in this hard-hitting memoir, Burton emerges from the shadows to reveal who he is, what he has accomplished, and the threats that lurk unseen except by an experienced, world-wise few. Told in a no-holds-barred, gripping, nuanced style, this behind-the scenes account of one counterterrorism agent’s life and career is a riveting listen.

©2008 Fred Burton; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

I rate this book a 7 out of 10, if you are fan of spy novels I think this is a good read.

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