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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (385 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Pressfield Narrator: Toby Leonard Moore Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2015 ISBN: 9781461843825
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Author of numerous New York Times bestsellers—including the epic chronicle of the Battle of Thermopylae, Gates of Fire—Steven Pressfield delivers novels of unmatched historical accuracy. In The Profession, Pressfield taps his considerable well of military knowledge to craft a piece of speculative fiction set in 2032. With corporate and private powers wielding their own military forces, an exiled American general plans to return to the US and claim the presidency for his own. Only his closest confidant stands any chance of defeating him.

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  • The Profession is a compelling mix of modern weaponry, modern communications, modern politics and the warrior’s ancient ethos of honor and loyalty. It moves quickly and with deadly precision…This is the modern world taken to its logical and frightening extreme.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Pressfield’s military thriller stands out from the crowd by speculating on what the next generation of warfare will be like and then dropping the reader right into the action. Clancy fans should give this a shot.”

    Booklist

  • “Pressfield imagines a world in which private military forces have all the power…When the commander of the largest force around decides to take control of the United states, his top commando—Gilbert ‘Gent’ Gentilhomme—opts to wipe out his commander. Pressfield dominates the military thriller genre, and his works are realistic enough that military colleges like West Point assign them.”

    Library Journal

  • “Pressfield’s impressive research shows throughout this novel…a book that paints an all-too-plausible future in which American outsources its dirtiest jobs.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve Crane | 2/16/2014

    " After thoroughly enjoying the author's earlier book, Killing Rommel, I was looking forward to this one but didn't enjoy this one as much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra Raupe | 2/14/2014

    " I got the book arrived because I won! Not yet i read but i will read. Thanks you! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heidi | 2/9/2014

    " So I had a really hard time finishing this book. The writing was very amateur because there were more and, its and buts than actually words. I had a hard reading the book because I couldn't ever figure out who was talking. It always seemed like the same person was talking and answering with out anyone else in the room. We call those people crazy and I would never hand than a gun. I think it was a good start but needs a lot of work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E.S. | 2/6/2014

    " Though advertised as a thriller, I consider this book a cautionary tale and will take it a step farther, and this step raises Mr. Pressfield's new book above others in this genre. The Profession is a visionary tale that begins to unveil the stark political realities -- international and domestic -- that our future may hold. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 2/5/2014

    " I am a big Pressfield fan, but this book was about 50% essay on current world events/politics (extrapolated out 20 years), and 50% good story. Overall I think it's worth reading but not as good as Killing Rommel or Gates of Fire. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill Thomas | 2/1/2014

    " Pressfield's The Profession is my first acquaintance with this author. His list of titles is impressive. However, the book so far (about half way) has been hard put to keep up my interest, and I love war novels. Started on Feb 2nd and am normally through in a couple of days. Perhaps part of this slowness to finish is the use of so many acronymns - probably to appeal to a military audience. Plot line is good - US is still embroiled in the mid-east, trying to control oil production, using mercenaries instead of troops, renegade generals, etc. Unfortunately I can't get with the program. Guess I'll try some of Pressfield's other works which may be a little more fleshed out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timothy Griffin | 2/1/2014

    " This book is a lot of fun to read, if a bit scary. Set in 2032, Pressfield takes things happening today and projects them forward into a plausibly-constructed future that makes one reconsider the time in which we now live. At the same time, he builds a character in "Gent" about which the reader comes to care. Definitely a recommended read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas Vree | 1/17/2014

    " Set about 20 years in the future, and delves into the rise of private militaries. Something I find fascinating, yet ultimately a bit unsettling. The protagonist, once an acolyte of the head of a private army large enough to do as it pleases, tries to stop him from seizing the reins of the United States. Definite parallels with the Roman Empire. Liked it, but I think I like his historical novels a bit more than his speculative novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 1/16/2014

    " Good interesting novel. It's about being a warrior and stuff, so I got a little weary of descriptions of the types of warfare, tactics etc. Butit was a well constructed novel, and I liked the warriors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Basil Sands | 1/9/2014

    " Very well done. Deeply thought, well researched. Pressfield continues to produce high quality work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nathan | 8/25/2013

    " Too political, not enough warrior ethos. Would make a great Matt Damon special ops thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Wheeler | 7/31/2013

    " Steven Pressfield does a great job of bringing you into the mind of the main character. You see his point of view so clearly that putting the book down is hard. I think military people (especially Marines) will enjoy this book even more than I did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg Bailey | 7/26/2013

    " A political/military/techno thriller, somewhat along the lines of Tom Clancy's stuff. Started slow, with lots of backstory, but ended well. I was interested in reading Pressfield, who has some novels set in ancient times that I may dig into. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathon Laudinsky | 3/9/2012

    " Good concept. Good writing. Good action. Good Pressfield. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alan | 2/17/2012

    " Didn't like it. The historical based novels I liked very much. Gates of Fire (300) was quite impressive. Legend of Shivas Irons (movie Bagger Vance) was totally different, but interesting. This is a near future mercenary conflict. Too much product placement for products that don't exist yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabel Roman | 11/8/2011

    " The beginning was a tad confusing and I almost didn't continue. I'm glad I did, the overall futuristic feel of modern warfare is telling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 9/29/2011

    " This book was recommended to me by my coach Peter Shallard as a character study of a warrior. The main character Gent is a true warrior, and I really enjoyed it from that perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 9/3/2011

    " A pretty good book. It's strength is he authors ability to create such a realistic near-future world in which realistic scenarios play out as if we were watching them on the news. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathon | 7/12/2011

    " Good concept. Good writing. Good action. Good Pressfield. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabel | 7/8/2011

    " The beginning was a tad confusing and I almost didn't continue. I'm glad I did, the overall futuristic feel of modern warfare is telling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nathan | 6/29/2011

    " Too political, not enough warrior ethos. Would make a great Matt Damon special ops thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 6/20/2011

    " A fascinating near-future book about the struggles of the American republic at the hands of a modern-day Caesar. Not a bad book, but not one of Pressfield's best. "

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About the Author
Author Steven Pressfield

Steven Pressfield is the author of the hugely successful novels Gates of Fire, Tides of War, and Last of the Amazons, among others. His debut novel, The Legend of Bagger Vance, was made into a major motion picture starring Matt Damon and Will Smith in 2000. He lives in California.

About the Narrator

Toby Leonard has worked extensively as a television, film, and voice actor. His acting credits include several appearances on the television series Underbelly and The Pacific, as well as the voice of Richard in the video Mortal Kombat: Rebirth