Bizarre military history: In 1979, a crack commando unit was established by the most gifted minds within the U.S. Army. Defying all known laws of physics and accepted military practice, they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls, and—perhaps most chillingly—kill goats just by staring at them. They were the First Earth Battalion, entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries. And they really weren’t joking. What’s more, they’re back—and they’re fighting the War on Terror. An uproarious exploration of American military paranoia: With investigations ranging from the mysterious “Goat Lab,” to Uri Geller’s covert psychic work with the CIA, to the increasingly bizarre role played by a succession of U.S. presidents, this might just be the funniest, most unsettling book you will ever read—if only because it is all true and is still happening today.
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I rate this book, on a scale of 1-10, a 7/10. I thought it was going to be this stupid book about a bunch of morons trying to kill goats. That was in it, but that wasn’t all. Ronson tells a tale of not only how much money the American government wastes, but also about a bunch of crazy conspiracies within said government. He tells of true, disturbing, tales that were leaked to the press and confirmed. He tells the tale that happened back in the 70’s and is still going on today.
When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they instantly galvanize- but to do what? They know nothing about it: the what, where, or when. They have no sources in Al Qaeda, and it’s impossible to plant someone. Impossible, unless . . .
The Afghan is Izmat Khan, a five-year prisoner of Guantánamo Bay and a former senior commander of the Taliban. The Afghan is also Colonel Mike Martin, a twenty-five-year veteran of war zones around the world-a dark, lean man born and raised in Iraq. In an attempt to stave off disaster, the intelligence agencies will try to do what no one has ever done before-pass off a Westerner as an Arab among Arabs-pass off Martin as the trusted Khan.
It will require extraordinary preparation, and then extraordinary luck, for nothing can truly prepare Martin for the dark and shifting world into which he is about to enter. Or for the terrible things he will find there.
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I rate this book, on a scale of 1-10, a 7/10. It was an interesting book to read. I got it free and had nothing else to read. Forsyth gives you a retired agent who is called back into battle by his younger brother and it is to pose as a terrorist. If you aren’t privy to the whole war on terrorism, there is a fast (and I mean fast) crash course on the subject in the beginning. I haven’t read any of his other works, but from other reviews I have read, his fans are very disappointed. To me it was either way. I myself thought it was a decent enough read. It was suspenseful and a good story.