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Zero Footprint

Leave No Trace, Take No Prisoners
Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: History, Military
4.5 out of 5 stars (182 ratings)

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Summary

Simon Chase's life is a maze of burner phones, encrypted emails, secret meetings and weaponry - all devoted to executing missions too sensitive for government acknowledgment. Working for British government entities, the CIA's Special Activities Division and other official bodies, Chase has been on the trail of bin Laden in Afghanistan, protected allied generals in Iraq, and been part of an operation directly related to the attack in 2012 on the US consulate in Benghazi.

Zero Footprint takes us to this dangerous and thrilling world and tells the true story of a private military contractor whose work forms the foundation for Western security abroad, especially when the UK and US military, intelligence agencies and departments of state need something done that they can't - or won't - do themselves.

©2016 Simon Chase and Ralph Pezzullo (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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This is a work of fiction.

Upon reaching a part of the book about his days with Aegis in Iraq, I thought I'd mention this book to a mate who was pretty high up their food chain, at the time the author worked there. It turns out he knew all about this work of fiction and knew the author very well too.
The fact that the author did work for Aegis was one of only a few facts in the book, He was in the Royal Marine's was another but not the SBS like he says. Apart from the bloating and the lies the author has taken his pen name from a fallen colleague who had the same initials, many reviews on the Amazon ebook site tell more about this book and the author.

As a work of fiction I wouldn't have complained, it was a decent enough yarn but that's all it is and should be sold as such in my opinion.

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Fiction.

A complete work of fiction. Contains accounts from other PMC operators books. ( Phil Campion and Bob Shepherd) And is very disrespectful of the author to claim he was at the CIA annex during the Benghazi attacks.

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not great

I find it hard to believe this is a "true story". and the narrator doesn't do it justice.

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Total Bull***

The whole book is pure fiction, don’t know how this was ever allowed to be published

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Bizarre narration.

This is the story of an East End boy in the murky world of security contracting. It is an interesting and gritty story. So who thought it right to employ Gildart Jackson to narrate it? His public school accent doesn’t fit and he seems to think that all working class people shout at each other rather than talk. For an actor, his attempts at accents are laughably pathetic. Great story ruined by shockingly bad narration.

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Load of Horse C@£p

I know the author of this Audiobook and i can confirm 100% that he wasn't a Team Leader at Aegis. I know this as I was HIS team leader! I also know that he was never in the SBS as i was sat at the side of him when my boss Frank Ze German sacked him for lying on his CV claiming to be! His excuse was that he attended the Acquaint.

Robbo RIP wasn't a Marine, He was RMP and I spoke to Craig "Underpants" Underwood the other day and he had no idea he was in the book.

If you watch Lone Survivor then thats the first few Chapters about Afghan and then if you watch 13 hours thats the last few about Benghazi! In fact if the book is half true then he should have been in movie!

Final thought is that something that never sat right with me back in 2010/11 when he was on my RLT team out of Ramadi is that he told me he was in a relationship with a singer songwriter that made more money over breakfast penning songs for Maroon 5 than we made in a year and live on a street in Malibu with neighbours like members of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Julia Roberts. He would invite people over to stay in his pool house, don't think anyone ever did! If you had all that why would you sit in Iraq, away from you family, risking your life for $385 a day???

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absolute garbage!

Utter lies, fabrications and fantasies. guaranteed to insult your intelligence. dont waste your credit. Audible, you should remove this book!

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Fascinating story not sure about the narrator.

Really interesting stories, the other side of the Benghazi Embassy incident was especially eye opening. My only issue was the choice of narrator who seemed to deviate between quite a posh accent when telling the stories to attempts at London accents when relating dialogue and pretty much all points of the vocal compass inbetween. just felt the narration took something away from the honesty of the storytelling.

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Excellent

This book got more gripping as it went on. He had a really interesting career.

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Unsung Anti-terrorist heroes.

I was enthralled by this book. It quickly became one of the few I couldn't stop listening to. The fighting action was totally realistic and the very detailed background information on the the religious and terrorist groups was very informative. The profound honesty of the author came through and I felt his pain as he contemplated suicide. I did find the narration far too upper class for the hard fighting Royal Marine Commando non-commissioned officer, but more like the voice of a senior commissioned officer, however it didn't spoil a great book.