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Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent

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Publisher's Summary

For decades, Fred Burton was a key figure in international counterterrorism and domestic spy craft. As a member of the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service in the mid 1980s, he was on the front lines of America's first campaign against terror. Now, in this hard-hitting memoir, Burton emerges from the shadows to reveal who he is, what he has accomplished, and the threats that lurk unseen except by an experienced, world-wise few. Told in a no-holds-barred, gripping, nuanced style, this behind-the scenes account of one counterterrorism agent's life and career is a riveting listen.

©2008 Fred Burton; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Michael 09/10/2015
    Michael 09/10/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant"

    I really enjoyed this read. Very well written with a human touch to it. Would recommend to anyone with an interest in Intelligence or (Counter) Terrorism. Written in present tense added to the experience also. Enjoyed it very much

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Lew
    Cedarhurst, NY, United States
    16/06/08
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    "A Masterful, Real-Life Glimpse. Brilliant!"

    When retired clandestine-service operatives tell their stories, it can often go either way; a dry and barren account or a riveting spook-yarn. "Ghost", by Fred Burton, offers an authentic, well-written and very well-read glimpse into the day to day "police-work" of counter-terrorism. But here it's the real deal, never boring and always honest, real-life. Not since Robert Baer has an operative (and here it's the Diplomatic Security Service), told his story with such emotional and honest conviction. You'll never get the whole story, it's not possible, but Fred Burton does a masterful job of offering a sleeves-rolled-up account of the Ghost life and how it affected him; the lives saved, the lives lost. This book was read with a good flair for drama; voice inflection, dialects from the middle-eastern captured terrorist to the Columbian assassin. This is a must-read Audiobook for anyone from the history buff to the crime-fiction lover. Go for it, you will not be disappointed!

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Ron
    3/11/09
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    "Excellent Read"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this. It's tough to turn it off and go to sleep, and when you do turn it off, you're likely to lay there thinking for a while. It can be very disturbing. I'm very grateful that we have these guys out there.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Happy Chappy
    Elk Grove, California
    31/07/08
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    "Great Audiobook"

    Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent by Fred Burton is a great read about the sacrifices that the brave men and women waging the war on terror make on a daily basis. Burton is an expert in the field of counter-terrorism and reading his book is like taking an advanced class on the subject. Sadly, there still seems to exist the lack of teamwork amongst the agencies that are so needed to work together. Hopefully, with works like this readable book by Burton, people will wake up and realize the need to focus on the issues and not worry about obtaining glory or credit for stopping the threats that exist.

    Burton is a hero and we should all thank him for the dedication and commitment he has shown to this country. A four star read. Enjoyable, informative, and scary.

    The narrator does an excellent job.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Medford, OR, USA
    10/02/09
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    "In the Trenches for Real"

    Burton's account of his own history in the DSS sheds light on some of the evolution and history of the State Department. It also demonstrates who really does the heavy lifting in terms of spycraft and the War on Terrorism. If only Burton could let down his guard and tell the WHOLE story.....

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost
    Somerset, WI, United States
    17/01/13
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    "Great content, a bit dry of a reader however, but"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ghost to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, however, the accented areas and the pronounciations were something you would not get in a read, so probably.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I am not sure this really applies here, as it is autobiographical.


    What three words best describe Tom Weiner’s voice?

    Uninflected, montonous, gravelly


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is what counts here. It is a spellbinding account of real events and people, and dramatic for the times it occurred in and the events portrayed. If you are a fan of cold war and beyond real world workings of counterintelligence this is a must have.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Bolingbrook, Illinois, United States
    17/07/08
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    "Ghost"

    Engrossing and enlightening narrative of one who was involved in the "shadow war."

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Elgin, TX, United States
    11/11/13
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    "How it looks from the inside"
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    The writing is a little wooden and sometimes repetitive. But the book isn't supposed to be entertaining for it's literary style, it's fascinating for the inside perspective delivered personally by the author. <br/><br/>It's as if Fred is sitting in the living room over a bourbon telling you all about it. It's a truly personal "confession". <br/><br/>I really enjoyed it.<br/><br/>

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Newmarket, ON, Canada
    29/09/08
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    "Great Book, Great Listen"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book...if you are into military history this book is for you. To me the most interesting part was the investigation of the plan crash of Pakistan&#8217;s leader in the 1980&#8217;s. This plan crash is mentioned briefly in several books I have read, including Charlie Wilson&#8217;s War, but never explained.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ethan
    1/02/17
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    "New insight into the "dark world""

    Not a typical spy/agent book, it was interesting to see the more political/diplomatic side. A solid listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bseastrunk
    9/07/17
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    "Read like a heavily redacted report"

    I liked the way Fred Burton took what little he was able to say and wove it into an entertaining story.but the whole story seemed like a heavily redacted copy of a once classified report. You wanted to know the details behind what wasn't said. That I finished listening to it despite the lack of details is a tribute to both Fred Burton as a writer and Tom Weiner as a narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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