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Blow the house down : a novel
Robert Baer
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Rubinstein reads Baer's first novel, aglimmer with purple prose and intelligence world double-dealing, with a tough-guy grunt and a taste for broad comic voices. Baer intends his novel as a fictionalized version of his own experiences as a career CIA officer (his memoir See No Evil was the inspiration for the movie Syriana), incorporating real-life figures like FBI man John O'Neill (who died in the World Trade Center) into his story of a Baer-like intelligence agent who finds himself trapped in a web of global terrorist maneuvering. Rubinstein's reading is solid, but listeners will undoubtedly find that the most fascinating aspect of this audiobook is Baer's chat with author Seymour Hersh. Two experts of the shadowy intelligence underworld, they discuss the relationship between Baer's characters and real figures, and Baer's stated intention to prod the uninformed reader into learning more about the secret workings of the intelligence world. Baer and Hersh deliberately leave things vague, but their hints about the relationship between Baer's book and reality are tantalizing. Simultaneous release with the Crown hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 13). (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In his fiction debut, former CIA agent Baer (Sleeping with the Devil) merges fact and conjecture to suggest that Iran was behind the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Using knowledge gained from his service as a field officer in the Middle East, Baer creates a protagonist much like himself. In his spare time, CIA agent Maxwell Waller is working on determining the identity of the men behind the kidnapping and execution of a CIA chief of station in Beirut. Then he discovers a photo of Osama bin Laden, the future head of the military wing of Hamas, an unknown American, and a man he thinks may be a colonel in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Waller's relentless search for the story behind the photo leads him to the Middle East and into a conspiracy that culminates in the bombing of the World Trade Center. Filled with fascinating bits of tradecraft (e.g., how to disable a motion detector and thwart a silent alarm), this complex thriller will both entertain and instruct. Recommended for all public libraries. [Baer's memoir, See No Evil, inspired the movie Syriana; this book includes an author interview conducted by journalist Seymour Hersh.-Ed.]-Ronnie H. Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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