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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
Author John Weisman has taken the events behind the May 2, 2011, assassination of Osama Bin Laden by United States Navy Seal Team 6 and has created a rivetting story of the months and weeks before Bin Laden was killed. In Abbottabad, Pakistan, where the world now knows that Osama Bin Laden was living, Charlie Becker, a retired United States Airborne Range whose fingers and legs were blown off in Iraq by an al-Qaeda suicide bomber, is posing as a legless street beggar named Shahid. Fluent in Arabic, Urdu, and Pashto, Charlie is able to get along with the locals and pass vital information onto Langley and the CIA and its director, Vince Mercaldi, political appointee whose competence has surprised everyone. The men of Seal Team 6, DEVGRU, Troy Roberts, Padre, Jacko, Cajun, Heron and Rangemaster train and train, but what they are about to do is just another night's work. They get "jocked up" in lightweight body armor, Gen-III helmets with NOD, their 416 magazines loaded with rounds, their Sig-Sauers ready to go, and they are off!
"KBL: Kill Bin Laden: A Novel Based on True Events" is brilliantly written and will hold the reader's attention to the story's last page. "KBL" is a cliff-hanger even though the reader knows the outcome. Charlie Becker's and Ty Becker's survival are both well-developed themes within the "hold your breath" plot. Author John Weisman takes the reader through week by week before the actual killing of Bin Laden takes place and has done his research on all matters military quite thoroughly. And Weisman's characters are strong and believable which makes "KBL" a great book for thriller fans everywhere.