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
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"Let's start from the beginning"
This is basically a collection of stories put together to make a book. Some stories are pretty good, others not so much. The time line jumps around which makes you feel like you're all over the place and would have been better if it was in chronological order. I felt as if some stories weren't complete and others were hard to follow when a chapter ended and the next started decades earlier. Some stories ended abruptly and we're never returned to. Overall, it had some good stories but would have felt complete if it started at the beginning.
"interesting but a dream"
do more research into the authenticity of the authors claims
yes, a fiction with Nicolas Cage as the star, haha.
If half of the events he said he was involved in happened he would be 200 yrs old. lots of bs especially after i looked the creep up, what a champion bulls#^&ter. and all the crap about his mom and dad and their religious life, gag me, I can't
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