Left of Boom
By Douglas Laux & Ralph Pezzullo
- Release Date: 2016-04-05
- Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Left of Boom Douglas Laux & Ralph Pezzullo Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
The explosive New York Times bestseller!
On September 11, 2001, Doug Laux was a freshman in college, on the path to becoming a doctor. But with the fall of the Twin Towers came a turning point in his life. After graduating he joined the Central Intelligence Agency, determined to get himself to Afghanistan and into the center of the action. Through persistence and hard work he was fast-tracked to a clandestine operations position overseas. Dropped into a remote region of Afghanistan, he received his baptism by fire. Frustrated by bureaucratic red tape, a widespread lack of knowledge of the local customs and culture and an attitude of complacency that hindered his ability to combat the local Taliban, Doug confounded his peers by dressing like a native and mastering the local dialect, making contact and building sources within several deadly terrorist networks. His new approach resulted in unprecedented successes, including uncovering the largest IED network in the world, responsible for killing hundreds of US soldiers. Meanwhile, Doug had to keep up false pretenses with his family, girlfriend and friends--nobody could know what he did for a living--and deal with the emotional turbulence of constantly living a lie. His double life was building to an explosive resolution, with repercussions that would have far reaching consequences.
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User reviews about this book
By far the best book I have ever read. Great job Doug.
Don’t worry the bad reviews. This is an excellent book. The writer won’t win any writing awards, but the story itself is very compelling. The book is heavily redacted but not so much so that lose track of what’s going on. The author wrote the book and that had to submit it to CIA and military reviewers who redacted a bunch of stuff. At that point, the author can’t do a rewrite to try to eliminate the redacted sections because he would have to resubmit the new version to the reviewers again and no doubt they would be different people who would redact a bunch of new stuff.
By Rick Kelly
Shortly after reading sample and paying for it got even worse. The mystique author trying to create with blanks and omissions is ridiculous and then he just rants on about public information.
Absolute worst book I've ever purchased from iBooks.
By Aaron The Gator
The book is interesting and engaging but it feels like every sentence is cut in half with redactions
Left of Boom
Just amazing. Helps gain a whole new perspective. A huge thanks to all those fighting and protecting our country!
Title says it all
Terrible, BS, poorly written
A total waste of time. Reads as if written by an 18 yr old frat boy. Boastful ridiculous claims (sure, you were first Pasto speaker in Afg). Immature nonsense about his woman killing skills and general superiority in all things. Friends at the Agency tell me he was generally regarded as a joke and a mistake recruitment. It does worry me the Agency would recruit someone with a personality so ill suited to covert work and so inclined to crave recognition and "tell all". I suppose in the past 9-11 haste, mistakes were made.
By Clatt 243
Although I'm sure it's intended to be dramatic,the constant use of black redaction bars is distracting and frustrating. If you can't tell the story, then don't.
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