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by John Weisman
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William Morrow, 2011 (2011)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

It is the story that captured the world's attention but probably will not be told from an insider's point of view for quite a few decades, if ever. The operation to find and take out Osama Bin Laden was and is still highly classified, but that doesn't mean that there isn't information available or that some people don't mind talking off the record.

John Weisman, who pioneered coverage of Naval Special Warfare when he co-authored Rogue Warrior, uses his knowledge of the government's secret operations and his sources to create this fictional account of Bin Laden's demise.

The story unfolds in the strongholds of power in Washington, D.C. (the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department and the CIA) as well as the Virginia base where the Navy SEALs trained to carry out Neptune Spear and in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where the terrorist was holed up.

How accurate is this novel you might wonder? Some special operations experts have said it is probably closer to the truth than anything published in the media up to now.

Why read this novel? As the author explains, 'it's the first holistic book about Operation Spear, by which I mean it deals not just with the SEAL portion, but also the political tussles, the year-long CIA operation, and all the internal debate that took place before the president finally gave the go-ahead.'

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