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Osama

The First Casualty of War Is the Truth, the Second Is Your Soul
Narrated by: Michael Roberts
Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
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Summary

Complete and unabridged. From the author of the best-selling Danny Black series and the hit TV show Strikeback.

Despatches from the secret world behind the headlines. Former SAS legend Chris Ryan brings you his 17th novel, filled with his trademark action, thrills and inside knowledge.

Osama Bin Laden is dead. The President of the United States knows it. The world knows it. And SAS hero Joe Mansfield knows it. He was on the ground in Pakistan when it happened. He saw Seal Team 6 go in, and he saw them extract with their grisly cargo. He was in the right place at the right time.

Or maybe the wrong place at the wrong time.

Because now somebody wants Joe dead, and they're willing to do anything to make it happen. His world is violently dismantled. His family is targeted, his reputation destroyed. And as a mysterious and ruthless enemy plans a devastating terror attack on both sides of the Atlantic, Joe knows this: his only chance of survival is to find out what happened in Bin Laden's compound the night the Americans went in.

But an unseen, menacing power has footprints it needs to cover. And it will stop at nothing to prevent him uncovering the sinister truth....

©2012 Chris Ryan (P)2013 Oakhill Publishing
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Not for me!

First Ryan novel for me and quite possibly the last!
I thought I’d try Chris Ryan as I’m a fan of Andy McNab and Stephen Leather, but in all honesty I found the story poor. The main character and supposed hero Joe Mansfield was immediately dislikable and the narrator was awful. I’m generously awarding it 3 stars. I’ll stick to McNab & Leather, and Paul Thornley as the narrator.

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great read (listen!).

Tension ratcheted up throughout the story. Excellent tale, well narrated and a compelling theme. great!

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bad ending!!!!!

would of been a decent book if he had finished it, very frustrating ending !!!!!!!

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Narrator needs lessons on reading books!

Every character he tries to impersonate sounds the same, whether it's American or Arabic they all sound like himself. Total disappointment!

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Awesome. Really well written. Best one of his yet imo

This book is awesome. I have read most of Chris Ryan’s work and think that this is the best written of them in my opinion. It has it all. Deffo worth a read / listen.

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a random voice saying disc 6

good but a random voice said disc 6 ( from CD version ) I think ?

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Unrelenting plot that won’t let go

It is a while since I heard or read a Chris Ryan book and this one made me want more. The narration was superb and made me forget it was one person reading.
There were too many moments in the plot designed to shock and they did. One in particular made me stop listening and take a break until I reminded myself this was fiction.
I hate that Chris Ryan plays fast and loose with his characters, sorry can’t explain without spoilers, and I wish he understood his readers a little more we want to read thrillers not horror.
That said this was a page turner and will make me listen to Ryan again.

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Good listen

A good story, thoroughly enjoyed it. My only complaint is the narrator should check the correct pronunciations of some of the places and military terms. Surprisingly he appears to be British but does not know how to pronounce British place names, fine for those who are unaware but annoying for those that are.

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Couldn't put it down

Probably not the best book but there is something about this book which didn't allow me to stop listening. Exciting from start to finish. i loved it.

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don't know why they change the narrator he was Bad

as usual a fantastic story I don't know why they keep changing the usual narrators because this guy was he useless