In this unprecedented audiobook, a paramilitary contractor with more than two decades of experience gives us a firsthand look into the secret lives of America's private warriors and their highly covert work around the world. Author Jamie Smith has planned and executed hundreds of missions on behalf of government agencies and private industry in some of the world's most dangerous hot spots - and lived to tell the tale.
They are elite warriors who run highly dangerous missions deep inside foreign countries on the brink of war. Jamie Smith knows these men well. Not only is he one of them, but he was the founding director of one of the most successful global, private military contracting firms. For the first time, he breaks his silence, pulling back the curtain to reveal in raw, intimate terms exactly what paramilitary spies and operators like him do when the government cannot act or take public responsibility.
Combining the thrilling narrative of an international spy thriller with bracing boots-on-the-ground realism, Gray Work follows Smith through grinding CIA training and his career as an operative, his work with Blackwater Security, and the creation of his own successful company. Here is the grit and gristle of modern warfare, from espionage and assassinations, rescues and renditions, from the dark corners of the Arab Spring and the fall of Qadhafi to black ops from Syria to Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and beyond. Smith has fought terrorists and won; he was ambushed on a mission in Pakistan and took a bullet through his shoulder and to his back and subsequently survived a grueling mountain trek that almost cost him his life.
As founding director of Blackwater Security and then as head of his own company, Smith has helped shape a decade of war. His book powerfully illustrates how the men who serve in this gray area between the public and private worlds are transforming the art and science of modern warfare.
©2015 Jamie Smith (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
At times I found myself on the edge of my seat feeling as if I was in those dusty streets with the author and then a small quip would make me burst out laughing
Busier than a one winged bird will be part of my life for ever more
Thank you for your service
interesting experiences in contemporary conflict situation, let down by right wing view that increased conflict would have solved problems in Iraq, Jamie smith is clearly anti-Obama and rabidly keen on conflict as the solution but then I suppose that how he makes his living
andy mcnad immediate action
narrator was ok
interesting in that it gave a first person account of Libya and other conflict regions as they started to implode
more suitable to American audience, reinforces stereotypes of how some americans view the rest of the world
Really looking forward to listening to this, but after 5hrs of boring repetitive stories, I've had to give in and move on. Such a shame. Normally I would never do this but it's putting me off listening to books.
Furious at how the publisher misrepresented this book. I didn't need to read the reviews to tell me the author was a fraud, i just listened to the first bravado filled
If you're right thinking in your politics, voted for Trump, and have no ethical dilemmas with private contractors turning huge profits interfering in other countries wars then this is most definitely the book for you!!!! Me not so much
Any truth in his story
Good STORY but far from the truth if you search for this guy online.
"Total horse sh!+. This book is far from true"
While the author may have had a few close calls in his career, he makes himself out to be a super spy. Consider this book fiction with a few stories embellished.
"don't waste your time"
wasted time comes off as a know it all that's more like a wannabe. Not a good edit and poor sound quality.
"Read about Jamie Smith before buying"
Read about the author prior to buying this book, it puts a whole other perspective on the stories it contains.
"What a load of malarkey."
I started listening to this book and after chapter one I could tell things didn't add up. The further I got in the book the more full of crap the author seemed to be. I couldn't stomach the whole book, and decided to look into this guy. Low and behold he is full of crap ever his co-workers said so.
I did my research on this book I can't believe Harper published it Jamie Smith is a con artist
"Don't believe a word of it."
It's all fake. Just Google the author, that will tell you all you need to know.
"This guy is a fraud. The stolen valor is sickening"
This book is a complete work of fiction. Google Jamie Smith and decide for yourself
After I finished, I read more about the author and learned that many sources claim that his history is fabricated.
If you are looking for an interesting story it was. Just really disappointed to learn that it's potentially false.
narrator is excellent, story is suspect at best. I researched the author briefly on line before ordering book but I didn't look deep enough until later.
" View into the privatization of black ops. "
Good read. Added background to events and trends we've increasingly seen of state power projecting force through privatized channels.
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