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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (40 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Berntsen, Ralph Pezzullo Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781415957554
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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.


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Quotes & Awards

  • This novel is what thrillers aspire to be. Authors Berntsen and Pezzullo deliver a story that steams and dances like water on a red-hot skillet. The Walk-In is Tom Clancy for our era. Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Collector, The Sleeping Doll and The Broken Window
  • "The Walk-In is packed with what so many books lack: authenticity.  This is a thriller full of thrills, and while you're page-turning and nail-biting, be comforted by the fact that what's in it is fiction.  At least, so far... SJ Rozan, Edgar-award winning author of In This Rain
  • Gary Berntsen knows scary stuff the rest of us can only guess at, and he shares some of his dangerous expertise in The Walk-In . . . The Walk-In roars across the hotspots of the globe and right to our front door . . . I couldn’t put it down. Peter Spiegelman, award-winning author of Red Cat
  • Gripping . . . this honest account doesn’t do the president any favors. Frank Rich, New York Times
  • A true and amazing story of how the war [in Afghanistan] was fought. Oliver Stone
  • A thrilling read . . . Berntsen did his best to try to get bin Laden; many in Washington have yet to do theirs. Washington Post
  • A real page turner . . . Berntsen is brave and bold and a true American hero. Cofer Black, former Chief of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Counterterrorism Center
  • A compelling first-person, fly-on-the-wall account [and] a story that Berntsen had to fight to tell. Washington Monthly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saul | 9/2/2013

    " Wow, better than I expected. Glad I read this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DWGibb | 9/1/2012

    " This CIA novel has a feeling of authenticity, which can be expected as one of the authors is a former CIA agent. Again the stakes are high when a walk-in reveals a terrorist plot to attack three mid-size cities in the U.S. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 arriki | 1/25/2011

    " It was an okay book. I diverting read. I wish I had waited to check it out from the library, but I'll probably keep my copy now that I own it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cara Ellison | 2/21/2009

    " I couldn't finish this. I *love* the story but the writing was just deplorable. I couldn't get through it. Quit on page 84. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 arriki | 10/27/2008

    " It was an okay book. I diverting read. I wish I had waited to check it out from the library, but I'll probably keep my copy now that I own it. "

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About the Author

Gary Berntsen served for more than two decades in the Central Intelligence Agency. He operated at the highest levels in the Middle East and Latin America and led the CIA’s major counterterrorist deployments in East Africa following the attacks on the U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. In hunting down Osama Bin Laden, he also commanded the most successful CIA paramilitary team ever assembled, a tale spellbindingly told in the New York Times bestseller Jawbreaker. Berntsen is a recipient of the CIA’s distinguished Intelligence Medal and Intelligence Star.

About the Narrator

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.