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Publisher's Summary

On September 11th, 2001, Kris Caldera was a junior member of the CIA's Alec Station, the unit dedicated to finding and stopping Osama Bin Laden. They failed.

Ten days later, he was on the ground in Afghanistan with a Special Forces team. On the battlefield, he meets Special Forces Sergeant David Haddad. David - Arab American, Muslim, and gay - becomes the man Kris loves, the man he lives for, and the man he kills for, through the long years of the raging wars.

When a botched mission rips David from Kris' life, Kris' world falls into ruin and ash.

After being captured, tortured to the edge of his life, and left for dead by his comrades, David doesn't know how much of himself is left. He vanished in the tribal belt of Pakistan, and the man who walks out almost a decade later is someone new: Al Dakhil Al-Khorasani.

Intelligence from multiple sources overseas points to something new. Something deadly, and moving to strike the United States. Intercepts say an army from Khorasan, the land of the dead where the Apocalypse of Islam will rise, is coming. And, at the head of this army, a shadowy figure the US hasn't seen before: Al Dakhil Al-Khorasani.

David is coming home.

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Tal Bauer (P)2021 Tantor

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  • Aylin
  • 04-08-2021

I knew this would destroy me

The previous book in this storyline (not exactly a series), Hush, is one of my favorite audiobooks. It is one of the very few that I listen to repeatedly. So when I saw this book was released and I saw the description…I knew. I knew it would be amazing and I knew it would destroy me utterly. I was right. I will not share any spoilers. It is absolutely riveting despite the length.

The only complaint that I have is that John Solo voiced Kris a bit differently than Joel Leslie did in Hush (of course), and that was okay but I missed the extra sense of sassiness that Joel was able to give to the character. This did show more of Kris’ serious side and more of his internal struggles, so it fit well enough but I would have enjoyed hearing that sass a bit more when called for.

I was desperate throughout the book. I screamed at my phone (playing the audiobook). I could not figure out how it could possibly end well. It was a complete and total roller coaster ride with the fabulously descriptive detail I have come to expect from Tal Bauer throughout every moment along the way.

I don’t cry often. Not even occasionally. Then there was this book…. At the end, they were happy tears.

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  • Mickie B. Ashling, Author
  • 14-08-2021

Outstanding!

This was a 15 star read! An epic romance spanning decades set in the aftermath of the September 11 attack in New York City. The research involved was phenomenal. John Solo, the narrator, did an incredible job. There were multiple characters speaking a variety of languages and he nailed it! 25 hrs and 55 mins of intense world building that sucked you in until the very last chapter. Highly recommended!

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  • BK
  • 13-08-2021

Amazing!

John Solo was INCREDIBLE! What a fantastic “listen”! 5+ stars for the story and the narrator. TB is one of my absolute favorite writers. Such incredible talent in that brain! I look forward to every book.

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  • Shannon
  • 12-08-2021

I didn’t know this book could get better!

Honestly this is one of Tal’s best books, but one I said I’d never read again because of the emotional toll it took on me. These characters are absolutely beautiful. The research & care that went into this book. The hours it must have took, how it’s largely historically accurate and paints a picture of the realities of America after 911.

These characters have depth & soul. The book raises so many thought provoking questions. It’s, as all Tal Bauer books are, a complete rollercoaster ride. It’s engaging and anxiety producing. It makes you scream & weep.

So imagine my shock when John Solo brought a whole new layer & depth to these already rich characters. Bravo Sir. This was a masterpiece. And I will 100% be listening to it again.

If you’re on the fence, do yourself the favor of spending that money or credit. This is SO worth it.

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  • Victor C.
  • 11-08-2021

It was a journey across the decades

This was a very long book and certainly a long listen. I wasn't sure at first if I was committed enough to something this long but the novel intrigued me enough and I am glad I gave it a go though not without some flaws. This was clearly a labor of love by Tal Bauer. It was poetic. It was also educational in regards to US involvement in the Middle-east post 9/11. It gets quite dark and heavy at times and I would have to stop for days before I could return to it. This was expected as Whisper covers heavy topics.

However, there were parts in the later half of the book I had to skip along because it was too overly melodramatic at times that it was unbearable. There are also certain things our protagonists would do that was also unbelievable and frustrating at times. the ultimate "villain" was not a convincing one. it was an expected twist but it was not convincing. It also got rather preachy. Characters would go off on monologues that sounded like sermons. Overall, I think this book could have been condensed down and could make more powerful and concise points.

I definitely recommend Whisper.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-08-2021

Fantastic Read

I waited for this book for sometime and it did not disappoint. I missed a work morning because I could not put it down. I love Chris and Dahwoo (sp) and their relationship. All the characters were well developed and some I loved and some I did not but I’m sure that was by design. Thank you so much for the intrigue, excitement and education. This was a great read/listen.

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  • Pixiebell
  • 03-08-2021

Powerful and Deeply Moving

I feel my words will be totally inadequate to describe how profoundly moving, beautiful but also harrowing this book was.
Tal Bauer has always been a favourite author of mine but this story totally overwhelmed me. It was meticulously researched and despite being ex forces personnel myself, I learned so much I did not know about 9/11 and the following years of war on terror and the positive and true image of the Islamic faith.
Tal writs beautifully in an almost poetic way, his vivid descriptions immerse you totally into the characters and situations, which was delivered outstandingly by John Solo in his narration.
I wish I could give more than 5 stars for this audiobook but alas I can’t,
It’s definitely the best book of my year.

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  • BevS
  • 10-09-2021

John Solo? OK I guess...

I know this will come as a shock but I quite enjoyed this one 😏, even though John Solo was narrating. His irritating habit of over-emphasising and inability to pronounce certain words correctly notwithstanding, I was as ever engrossed in this wonderful story which to this day, still remains one of my absolute faves. I'll leave the rating at 5 stars as I would've given 4.25 or thereabouts for the narration. It was indeed a whopper!!

***Book Review 2018***

Just as Hush was one of my fave reads of 2017, so Whisper already is and will remain one of my top reads of 2018!! All the stars for this blockbuster of a story, which unfortunately will not be to everyone's taste in view of the savagery of some of the scenes (view spoiler) AND the fact that the romance is not 'in your face' all day, everyday. This story spans nearly two decades and does not pull any punches...is brutally honest in fact in its retelling of the inhumanity used by BOTH the CIA and Al Qaeda. Tal really surpassed himself with the writing and it's definitely up there with Hush for me.

Kris and David [Dawood]'s love for each other was deep and abiding [Soulmates....they were indeed soulmates] and it had had to be in view of some of the awful things they'd had to endure [even from their own colleagues]; all of course due to the US's extremely tough lockdown measures after 9/11. I would say that at least 65-70% of this story is set before the time that we actually meet Kris in Hush, so it could therefore probably be read as a standalone cos Tom and Mike do make an appearance [but not until the last 10% or so]; however, you'd be missing out on a fantastic backstory of the evils of men and their wars, huge betrayals, and the shocking lengths to which some people will go to justify their own disgraceful actions.

Religion...or should I say Dawood's religious beliefs, plays a huge part in this story, and he was without doubt my favourite character. I can honestly say that I was quite shocked by some of Kris's behaviour, and luckily for him, he finally came to his senses at a critical moment. As far as the CIA 'mole' is concerned, yes I had him pegged from the time he was announced and have never wanted to happy dance more for the death of a character in a story.

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  • S. Brown
  • 09-09-2021

Love Whisper by Tal Bauer

Thank you John Solo for bringing Whisper to audio so spectacularly. Tal Bauer’s book is one of my favourites, and the audio just makes it better, if that were possible. A fitting release this year, in light of recent events in Afghanistan, and no doubt meant for the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Revisiting Kris and Dawood’s world while listening to the news every day this past month, has taught me so much about the War, and the heartbreak of it all. Such a well researched and beautifully written story, and now spoken in such a soulful and understanding manner.

Thank you both, not sure my next read will be up to the challenge.

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