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KBL, Kill Bin Laden a book review

December 31st, 2011 Posted in Military

Happy New Years gang,

I just spent the best six hours of my life this afternoon, on the couch in my man jammies, reading KBL (Kill Bin Laden) by John Weisman.  I’d like to thank Uncle Jimbo and Adam Korn for hooking me up with a copy of this novel.  It’s awesome!

I know a lot of it was fiction, but the truth is stranger than fiction sometimes and armed with the bare essentials of the facts, John has done an incredible job of weaving a very believable story into something that probably is as close to the real deal as we will ever know.   His style reminds me of the great authors I grew up with reading, guys like Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler.  I love how John mixes truth into fiction, blurring the line to where someone might think this is 95% truth and five percent fiction.

John gives great credit to the CIA and the majority of the book is the buildup to the raid.  I found myself mesmerized by the retired Special Forces double amputee soldier, Charlie Becker, who is on the ground for months before the raid, undercover as a wounded beggar.  His character alone could be the subject of another series of CIA books in the future.  All the names were changed but there was no denying the central players like Leon Panetta, a man who despite the fact he is a politician, is a man I would probably jump off a cliff for.

John has done a lot of work on the background of this raid, all the players and the real world events that were happening up to that point.  His mastery of current events, military parlance and locations is spot on.  I have to laugh that his descriptions of the Embassy folks in Pakistan was the twin universe of my experiences at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.  This is one of those books you’ll be talking about at the office over a cup of coffee with “I’m telling you, he nailed that one”.   If you are looking for a great present for your action adventure/spy novel enthusiast, then “KBL” is the book for you!!

Mr. Weisman, I look forward to reading your other novels and please know that you have a new number one fan!!!

Semper Fi,


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