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  • Author:
    Robertson Dean,Gary Berntsen
  • ISBN:
    0739370758
  • ISBN13:
    978-0739370759
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    Random House Audio; Abridged edition (August 12, 2008)
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Writing with award-winning novelist Ralph Pezzullo, Gary Berntsen–longtime CIA operative and the field commander who cornered Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan–offers in this electric thriller debut a terrifying vision of where the next threat to America may come from.

Writing with award-winning novelist Ralph Pezzullo, Gary Berntsen–longtime CIA operative and the field commander who cornered Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan–offers in this electric thriller debut a terrifying vision of where the next threat to America may come from. When a highly placed Iranian intelligence operative walks into a . embassy claiming to possess explosive information, counterterrorism officer Matt Freed is dispatched to interview him. and is warned of an impending Iranian attack on the United States that could kill millions.

The Walk-In: A Novel. Written by Ralph Pezzullo and Gary Berntsen. Narrated by Robertson Dean. Gary Berntsen, longtime CIA operative and the field commander who cornered Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan, writing with award-winning novelist Ralph Pezzullo, offers in this edge-of-the-seat thriller a terrifying vision of where the next threat to America may come from.

Robertson Dean (Narrator), Gary Berntsen (Author), Ralph Pezzullo (Author), Books on Tape (Publisher) & 1 more. But it makes up for it when describing American soldiers riding horse-back into confrontations with the enemy. To my knowledge, the last American cavalry charge took place in the Philippines in World War Two.

Narrated by Robertson Dean. Gary Berntsen, longtime CIA operative and the field commander who cornered Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan, writing with award-w.

The Walk-In (Audio CD). Published August 12th 2008 by Random House Audio. Gary Berntsen, Ralph Pezzullo (Goodreads Author). ISBN: 0739370766 (ISBN13: 9780739370766).

Published August 12th 2008 by Crown. The Walk-In (Audio CD).

Narrated by: Robertson Dean. Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins. The Walk-In is Tom Clancy for our era. (Jeffery Deaver). In Jawbreaker, Gary Berntsen, until recently one of the CIA's most decorated officers, comes out from under cover for the first time to describe his no-holds-barred pursuit of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. A great read (err - Listen). By Joshua on 07-01-08. Directorate S. The . and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner.

Gary Berntsen is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) career officer who served in the Directorate of Operations between October 1982 and June 2005

Gary Berntsen is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) career officer who served in the Directorate of Operations between October 1982 and June 2005. During his time at the CIA, he served as a CIA Station Chief on three separate occasions and led several of CIA’s most important counterterrorism deployments including the United States’ response to the East Africa Embassy bombings and the 9/11 attacks. He was awarded the Distinguished Intelligence Medal in 2000 and the Intelligence Star in 2004.

See contact information and details about Gary Berntsen. Weight Lifting, Writing, Bestselling author of Jawbreaker the Attack on Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, The Walk-in, Human Intelligence Counterterrorism and National Leadership. PagesPublic figureWriterGary BerntsenAbout.

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Gary Berntsen, longtime CIA operative and the field commander who cornered Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan, writing with award-winning novelist Ralph Pezzullo, offers in this edge-of-the-seat thriller a terrifying vision of where the next threat to America may come from. When a highly placed Iranian intelligence operative walks into a U.S. embassy claiming to possess explosive information, counterterrorism officer Matt Freed is dispatched to interview him and is warned of an impending attack on the United States that could kill millions. But is the man’s story precious truth or calculated fiction? Matt isn’t sure, but with a possible catastrophe looming in less than two weeks, his superiors reluctantly prepare for the assault. Matt can’t leave it alone, though. With questions still lingering about what is really going on, he defies his superiors’ orders and launches his own investigation. As the clock ticks down, he searches frantically for the truth at an Afghan prison under siege, an abandoned Uzbekistan bio weapons facility, and a Moscow hospital where an arms dealer is dying of a mysterious disease. Ultimately, Matt’s efforts brand him an out-of-control renegade, and he finds himself left out in the cold. Yet he may be the only one with the knowledge needed to avert unimaginable chaos. From a counterterrorism warrior who has spent a lifetime thwarting those who would do us harm, The Walk-In is an exhilarating plunge into tradecraft and terror.From the Hardcover edition.

tref
Don't expect literary wonders from this book. But do expect to be entertained. It's a good story, it keeps moving, and is unpredictable enough to keep you on happy when it's over. There's a fair amount about the poor spy in the field trying to overcome reluctant DC bureaucracy, but that's to be expected from Berntsen and, frankly, works well in this book. If anything, I wish Mr. Berntsen included more of the inner struggles the main character goes through, dwelling more on the psychological than the plot. But that's a small matter. If you like short-read page turners, international intrigue, and spies saving the United States from attack, buy it.
Gravelblade
A pretty decent story that is told well. A little rough around the edges but I can accept and live with that for the
enjoyment and diversion it provided.
Not my very fave, BUT I woud like to see another effort by this team of Operator and writer team.
As a detail and importance to "weapons people" a side note.
One never, NEVER, NOT EVER "slams a clip into one's Glock".
***Magazines*** NOT" Clips" are loaded, placed, slid, rapidly eased or entered into the Magazine Well in the butt of the
handgun's receiver, but PLEASE.....
.....NO SLAMMING.
Innadril
I had never heard of this book until I saw it recommended on Amazon. It is fast paced and exciting. I am looking forward to the next book by the authors.
Bliss
Excellent book by the real deal. I hope he writes more fiction as I really enjoyed the read. Action packed based on very possible scenarios, very believable.
Risteacor
A friend recommended The Walk-In by Gary Berntsen and Ralph Pezzullo as a good spy thriller. I picked up a copy from the library, and it made it to the top of my recreational reading list rather quickly. This ended up being an excellent story with elements that are all too imaginable in real-life...

Matt Freed is a counter-terrorism agent who is tasked to interview an Iranian thought to be a highly placed intelligence operative. He tells Freed that there are two major terrorist operations about to happen, and that Freed will be shot if he leaves the building. The first bombing is to be carried out in Qatar, while the second will be a significant strike on US soil. The officer says he doesn't yet have the details on the second threat, but he's still working with the terrorist group to find out what is planned. Freed obviously knows this is important intel... provided it's accurate and truthful. On the surface, the details seem to pan out, and authorities are able to minimize the damage of the first attack. But details of the second attack are still unknown, and the Iranian wants to be permitted entry to the US in order to save his own life. US authorities are mobilizing to fight this unknown threat, and they're willing to let the Iranian into the country. Freed isn't completely convinced that this isn't a set-up, and he nearly throws his career away to try and find out if the informant is actually the attacker. Frantic trips to Uzbekistan and Moscow reveal details that, if true, means that hundreds of thousands of US citizens will die. But if Freed is wrong, his actions may start another war in the Middle East...

Berntsen and Pezzullo have teamed up to create a very tight spy novel that could be happening right now for all we know. Berntsen was actually a CIA counter-terrorism agent, so his plot and characters have a ring of authenticity to them. Pezzullo ties the storyline together with excellent writing, and the net effect is a novel that's hard to put down, as well as uncomfortable to read and think about...
Yanki
DISCLOSURE: I write under a nom de plume. I know Gary Bernsten and worked on his NY Senate campaign, though I rarely let such such relationships affect reviews here.

Gary Berntsen and Ralph Pezullo have crafted a thoughtful thriller that is as frightening as it is plausible: an Iranian intelligence officer walks into the American Embassy in Bucharest with a warning that an unnamed American city is to be attacked in two weeks. But it's unclear whether "The Walk-In" (for which the book is named) is offering a genuine warning; scamming American intelligence for a giant pay day; or, instead, creating a diversion to throw off Homeland Security so as to create a wider and more deadly attack.

In many ways, "The Walk-In" will remind readers of the best-selling Larry Collins novel, "The Fifth Horseman" of a generation ago, but with more memorable, realistic characters and a far more plausible threat. Bernsten and Pezullo's tale is one that relies on more likely possibilities - and an end-game plot twist - to draw readers into a thrill ride of real-world terrorism.

Indeed, this tale is to spycraft what "Goodfellas" was to "The Godfather": a reality-based tour-de-force of a world most Americans never see, but "know" based on Hollywood's imaginings. Those who want "James Bond" gadgetry, glamour, girls or the other artifices of spycraft ,as told by Hollywood, should look elsewhere. The characters here are flesh and blood civil servants abroad, tasked with conquering apparently insurmountable threats with skill and daring that usually goes unnoticed and unrecognized, just as in the real world. They operate in a bureaucracy that seems more like the IRS than MI-6, where "Q" and "M" are important only as the titles of file drawers.

Matt Freed, the protagonist, would be more at home at Sears than Saville Row. His "Vienna" is the one in Northern Virginia, not on the Danube. He is married, with children, and has all the angst and issues of a "typical" suburban Dad. He works too hard, is frequently away from home "on business", has issues with his marriage, memories of an overbearing father, problems with authority - especially at work -- and the myriad of personal issues that make him, ultimately, believable as a human being. Ultimately, though, he has the drive, daring, and independence that makes him credible as a US intelligence operative. When told to "stand down" by the Washington bureaucrats, he chooses pragmatic insubordination and pursues the walk-in's story, and gets himself labeled a renegade.

Bernsten knows of what he writes. A 20-year CIA clandestine service operative whose first book, "Jawbreaker", detailed the failed attempt he led to capture Usama bin Laden in Tora Bora, Bernsten provides the tradecraft and color that he and Pezullo weave into their first collaboration in a novel.

The book has only two real flaws: First, the first few chapters have some "Tom Clancy" level detail about local settings that seems gratuitous and overblown, but that minor shortcoming can be forgiven for the overall edge-of-the-seat-page turner that awaits readers farther into the story. Second, the book should be sold with a "Witness to the Prosecution" type warning for readers not to divulge the surprise ending and spoil it for others.

Don't wait for what will surely be a summertime blockbuster; read the book. And be plenty scared. Then, hug your kids, kiss your spouse and thank your lucky stars that there are scores of anonymous, heroic, seemingly every day "Soccer Dads" (and Moms) like Gary Bernsten and his former colleagues that fight silently in the fields of this nation's enemies, doing the things that keep the rest of us from Armageddon.