BookView Review: Consequences: An Intelligence Officer’s War by David Grantham

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Pub date November 11, 2020

ISBN 978-0984406319

Price $17.75 (USD) Paperback, $4.17 Kindle edition

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In this exhaustive, compelling account, Grantham documents his own journey as a member of the USAF Office of Special Investigations at the height of the Iraq War, throwing open the shutters of the secret world of counterintelligence. Fresh out of college, Grantham begins his job as a counterintelligence officer with the elite and secretive Air Force Office of Special Investigations in 2006. But working in a war zone in the Middle East was something of a dream for him. With the US military desperately in need of on-the-ground intelligence, Grantham found himself stationed in Kuwait despite his age and experience. From there, he made his way to the war-torn Afghanistan and Iraq’s infamous American prison, Camp Bucca. Grantham is a sharp, intelligent writer who can convey a complex narrative in crisp terms. He tells the story briskly and with intimate detail, taking readers on an intelligence officer’s journey of navigating danger and death every step of the way. He also reflects on the extraordinary opportunity that the US-run prison provided the jihadis, with the entire al-Qaida leadership living in a close proximity to the other prisoners. Grantham weaves the clandestine activities of his intelligence missions into a gripping narrative, showing that facts are actually more fantastic than fiction. It is an informative book on intelligence missions and also an important primer on the evolution of radical jihadism in prisons like Camp Bucca. This candid nonfiction narrative makes for an endlessly fascinating read.

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