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Great Spy / Espionage Thriller,

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-2020

Having just read the Red Sparrow Trilogy, Fear the Sky came across to me as a Great Spy / Espionage Thriller. I read the alien parts as being the USA / Russia.

Having listened to "Fear The Sky" in the midst of the Coronavirus. The audiobook had extra relevance and provoke thoughts that made the book even more intriguing. What if, (although illegal) this were real and a terrorist or "unhinged" president/government let loose a virus.

Well written, researched and narrated.
I have already bought the rest of the Trilogy.
Recommended.

Intelligent Adventure with a Twist of Humour.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-2020

I loved the movie, I loved the book more.
This is, without doubt, Andy Weirs best work. It's well thought out and realistic. It is interesting to note that they prooved the potato theory after the book was written.

The Martian is logical and I appreciated the science and the "Dry" sense of humour.
It's a good read and well worth listening to.

RC Bray brought his A-Game and helped make listening enjoyable.

Highly recommended

Best of the Triolgy.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-01-2020

The Kremlin's Candidate is, in my opinion, the best of the Trilogy. More technically correct and involving. I regret I do not know any surfer who speaks as the ASIS ops speak. Nor Australian since the '50s. But this is minor...
The Chinese episode is excellent and from experience with the Chinese, the bribery and kickbacks is exact.
Old school, and enjoyable.
Highly recommended reading.
I can't wait till they write the book about Platov's Manchurian candidate young Trump.....

I lament on the new era:
The Russians have a type of mobile satellite (mimics) as you're probably aware... It moves up to other satellites and listens in.. Then moves on again. They have others that can attack satellites. China can shoot them down...
Spying is getting easier. Love technology... He who adapts is winning.

But in all Sun Tzu has the last thought.
间谍是战争中最重要的元素,因为间谍取决于军队的行动能力
Jiàndié shì zhànzhēng zhōng zuì zhòngyào de yuánsù, yīnwèi jiàndié qǔjué yú jūnduì de xíngdòng nénglì

A fitting post script to this:
因此,只有开明的统治者和明智的将军才会利用军队的最高情报来从事间谍活动,从而取得巨大的成就。 [33]间谍是水中最重要的元素,因为间谍取决于军队的行动能力
Yīncǐ, zhǐyǒu kāimíng de tǒngzhì zhě hé míngzhì de jiāngjūn cái huì lìyòng jūnduì de zuìgāo qíngbào lái cóngshì jiàndié huódòng, cóng'ér qǔdé jùdà de chéngjiù. [33] Jiàndié shì shuǐzhōng zuì zhòngyào de yuánsù, yīnwèi jiàndié qǔjué yú jūnduì de xíngdòng nénglì

I am excited About this Book

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Reviewed: 18-01-2020

I almost lost this book when Audible upgraded Happy Money to the new edition.

I was lucky they upgraded my edition and I started to listen to it. Happy Money is one of the best books on Audible.
Simple thoughts, life-changing thoughts and concepts that will change my life and attitudes to money and life.

Louis Ozawa Changchien is an excellent narrator with a distinct style that made the experience enjoyable. I will be looking for his other presentations.

Highly recommended listening.
Happy Money should be read in conjunction with Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
Transform Your Business / Life from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine


Happy Money is one of my new favourites
Thank you Audible.


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Kamal Ravikant: RUOK, I wanted to call Life Line.

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-01-2020

Kamal, I am worried about you. You are not happy. You need to get out and read your own book.
You have a good message but you came across as co-dependant in your relationship experience and that would push anyone away.

I regret you recommended denigrating the other person to empower your self and that is wrong.
Don't do that. They are human and they need to grow as well. Empower the world and you will empower yourself.

RUOK is a web site and group that supports people in emotional need.

Maybe I am wrong. I normally do not leave reviews for books that I do not like or disagree with. Kamal you have something to offer, This book has something to offer but be joyous. I hope to see how you go.
WvBk

A fitting follow on to Red Sparrow.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-01-2020

If you love RED SPARROW you will love this book.
It is a work of fiction and is embellished to gain interest and maintain readership. If the operatives were as nieve and inept as written we would be in a lot of trouble. I kept hoping Dominika would finally show her training and turn young Nat out. But it is written by an American patriot.

Sun Tzu once said "respect your enemy" and I regret this book has no respect for the Platov or the Russian service and denigrates it.
I look forward to the next edition. After all it is a great spy saga ......

Мое представление о КГБ пришло из романтических шпионских историй. Я был чистым и совершенно успешным продуктом советского патриотического воспитания.
Moye predstavleniye o KGB prishlo iz romanticheskikh shpionskikh istoriy. YA byl chistym i sovershenno uspeshnym produktom sovetskogo patrioticheskogo vospitaniya.

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Intelligent Adventure with a Twist of Humour.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-2019

I loved the movie, I loved the book more.
This is, without doubt, Andy Weirs best work. It's well thought out and realistic. It is interesting to note that they prooved the potato theory after the book was written.

The Martian is logical and I appreciated the science and the "Dry" sense of humour.
It's a good read and well worth listening to.

RC Bray brought his A-Game and helped make listening enjoyable.

Highly recommended.




Great Intro to Make Your Bed & Sea Stories

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-12-2019

This interview is an excellent intro to Admiral McRaven's "Make Your Bed" and "Sea Stories", both on Audible.
I highly recommend reading both. The Admirals analogy of the Rubber duckie is one of many that will inspire you and change your life.

I make my bed and it is square, I sing in the ocean in winter (Southern ocean) and I am part of an effective team who have made it our mission enhance and change the lives of others.

Bill, I have sugar coated and Embrace the Suck. you helped change my life.
Anything by Admiral McRaven should be on your must-read list
Highly recommended.

Better Than The Movie.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-2019

I thoughtfully enjoyed listening to Catch Me If You Can and was surprised how different it was from the movie. I believe the book is better than the movie and more realistic although again, in my opinion, it is over dramatised and exaggerated.

Catch Me If You Can is a work of fiction based on the real-life exploits of Frank Abagnale and has been over-dramatized and exaggerated to gain reader interest. Several points stood out that made it not a bio. But it is a good read.

Franks description of his exploits and especially Franks Modus operandi in cheque and mail fraud are fascinating. It's Intriguing that the world was so gullible in the 60s. The world has changed, What is a Cheque, What is Hard Currency.

Catch Me If You Can, is better than the movie and well worth reading.
Excellent fiction based loosely on real events.
RECOMMENDED.

Recommened, Breath and Take Control.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-12-2019

In the genre of Extreme Ownership By Jocko Willink, Leif Babin & Make Your Bed by Admiral McRaven and Sea Stories. Mark Devine has expanded upon the Seal ethos and training technics.

I first imagined a team sitting in a circle in the lotus position and practising deep breathing prior to going in.

The Way of the Seal is more than that and I have started practising Mark's technics. Surprise, they work.

BUT, the most important lesson that I picked up was what "Hell" week is all about. An Officer has to operate effectively under extreme pressure and how they respond during intense situations is critical to the success of the mission. Mark spoke of being put under extreme stress and pressure by the training officer. Mark instead of breaking and failing drew in his inner self and made light of the situation and passed.

Both Admiral McRaven Jocko Willink, Leif Babin and Mark spoke of the freezing water experience where they all broke out in song. None discuss the real reason for this training. But Mark opens it up that this is designed to bring out the inner strength of the men ( evoked in all cases in a song).

I work under extreme pressure and stress. and where I would have exhibited venting. I now breathe and visualise a rose. I then state the mantra of an officer and respond in a calm thoughtful manner
This makes Way of The Seal a must-read book.

Please read and read the other books mentioned, become what you can be........