AUDIOBOOK: Left of Boom: How A Young CIA Case Officer Penetrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda


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The explosive New York Times best seller! 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 contacts, 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.

-Customer Reviews-


by J Dawks

What an amazing story about a true American hero. Thanks for your service Doug. Excellent book.

Just a peek.

by DanCBurke

This book provides just a peek into the real world. A world the news networks hide albeit through misreporting or ignorance.
Read by Mike Dawson who a lot of us know from The Adam Carolla Podcast. He once again shows he is doing exactly what he was born to do. Voice work.
Although the redactions are a bit annoying at times, this is done for obvious reasons and they don’t detract from the story too much.
5 Stars because any book that has me sitting in my truck long after I’ve arrived at my destination deserves as much.
Side note…Thank you to all of the men and women of this country that sacrifice so much and will never have their story told.
Danny B

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