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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597973610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597973618
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #857,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“From the Ku Klux Klan in Georgia to the New York SWAT team, from the embassy bombings in Africa to prison interrogations in Kabul and Guantánamo, from the killing fields of Sierra Leone to the percolating violence in Jakarta, Ray Holcomb rode the frantic transition from traditional FBI criminal investigation to the counterterrorism mission of the post–9/11 world. Holcomb’s memoir offers the reader a rare glimpse inside the murky world of transnational terrorist stalking. It’s fascinating stuff, but it will keep you awake at night wondering when America’s luck will run out again.”—James Botting, author of Bullets, Bombs and Fast Talk: Twenty-five Years of FBI War Stories
(James Botting)

“Ray Holcomb is the real deal: smart, disciplined, caring, and totally committed. Endless Enemies takes off the rose-colored glasses and provides the reader the opportunity to look at the life of an FBI agent through the prism of reality. It is a must-read for aspiring FBI agents, FBI critics, and those who want a ring-side seat to see the way major FBI cases developed and how Ray contributed to their success.”—Bill Gavin, former assistant director of the FBI’s New York field office and coauthor (with Kathleen McChesney) of Pick Up Your Own Brass: Leadership the FBI Way
(Bill Gavin)

Endless Enemies is endlessly entertaining. From the kudzu fields of Athens, Georgia, to the smoke-choked bars of Zanzibar, Holcomb has a great eye for the revealing detail. For serious students of counterterrorism there are plenty of new nuggets on the East African embassy bombings, the USS Cole attack, September 11, and many other incidents.”—Richard Miniter, author of Shadow War and Losing Bin Laden
(Richard Miniter)

“The FBI is constantly evolving to meet changing threats to our nation. Ray Holcomb's career dramatically illustrates that point. From rural Georgia chasing bank robbers and fugitives in the 1980s, to the streets of New York chasing mobsters and drug lords in the 1990s, to remote outposts in the Middle East chasing terrorists after 9/11, he played a significant role in that evolution. I highly recommend this book to those wishing to know more about the FBI and the dedicated men and women who serve this nation so well.”—Weldon L. Kennedy, deputy director (ret.), FBI
(Weldon L. Kennedy)

About the Author

Raymond W. Holcomb is a terrorism consultant for the federal government. He retired from the FBI in 2005 after twenty-two years of service. His most recent position was as assistant section chief of the Counterterrorism Operational Response Section, Counterterrorism Division, FBI headquarters. In 2002 he was a prosecution consultant on the trial team of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only planner of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to be convicted to date.

Lillian S. Weiss is a practicing attorney and a freelance writer, speechwriter, and editorial consultant. She lives in Voorhees, New Jersey.

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He wants to bring the bad guys down!
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Throughout the book, he exhibits a gift for telling a clear and coherent story, and an ability to provide detail while keeping his narrative lively.
Norm White
Senior Special Agent Holcomb's service alongside U.S. military personnel and the InterAgency merits a military decoration for Valor.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert Masin on July 17, 2011
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And it's all true. Moreover, we all know the events: John Gotti and Sammy "the Bull" Gravano (with whom the author boxed to fight the boredom of guarding the notorious hitman!), the Unabomber, the attack on the U.S. embassies, the USS Cole, 9/11, it's all brought back in great detail. The behind the scenes detail is fascinating and eye-opening. And Holcomb's commentary does not spare those bureaucrats and colleagues whose motives and/or judgment he found questionable.
Holcomb does a great job conveying his anger, frustration, fatigue and peril. Some of the conditions he and his teams had to work under were hard to imagine, and described vividly. The author does a great job of depicting the unglamorous side of doing his job.
Full disclosure: many years ago I played college football with the author. He was unflappable and fearless then, and it sounds like he's the same way today. He epitomizes the kind of person we want defending us.
Endless enemies will be a great history book for future generations, told in vivid detail by someone who was right in the thick of of the most infamous events of a generation. Very highly recommended!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James G. Taylor on July 13, 2011
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This is a great read for those who are interested in the details of what it takes to keep our country safe on all levels, domestic and international. While the average American citizen goes about his everyday activities, there are Special Agents out there behind the scenes putting their lives on the line for the safety and well-being of us all. The reader can feel the adrenalin flowing with each and every caper that Agent Holcomb and his Fly-Team take us on in the line of duty along with the ever present frustration and anxiety associated with dealing with the bureaucratic machine of the Federal Government. Through Agent Holcomb's eyes we watch the transformation of a very dysfunctional, pre 9/11 National Intelligence System that was composed of a bunch of individual entities hoarding their own information for self-serving reasons, to a post 9/11 cooperative synergistic group of agencies working together for the common good of the country. From the Mobsters to the Drug dealers to the Terrorists the reader is captivated by the way the FBI methodically seeks out every minute piece of information to get the true details of a crime and at the same time stays within the legal boundaries in order to make a rock solid case in a court of law. As Americans, we owe a great debt of gratitude to the dedicated men and women of the FBI who give their lives, their family time and the pursuit of wealth in order to protect us from the "Endless Enemies" that would do anything to destroy our wonderful way of life. I would highly recommend the book to all.

Captain James G. Taylor, Retired
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 8, 2011
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The exploits of this career-FBI counter-terrorism agent are quite enough to propel the narrative of Endless Enemies to a satisfying if not cautionary conclusion. This can be said of many first person documentary writings. This tale rewards the reader in many other ways.

The narrative is a historical zoom lens. On the one hand, Mr. Holcomb zooms in and describes the milestones of his career in the Bureau in astonishing and often amusing detail that could only come from a field operative on the inside; on the other he pulls back and is able to place these events in context on a strategic international stage. He presents the dynamic of the domestic and international roles played by the FBI; he covers budgetary constraints and internal political and personal agendas; he intelligently discusses the difficulties of recasting a large law enforcement agency into an effective tool against new and evolving foes; he caringly describes the human toll that its agents continually pay to adapt to that changing role. On a personal level, Ray wistfully recalls the emotional pull of the comfort and safety of a career in corporate law against his visceral desire to meet the security needs of the country.

What makes this narrative so compelling is that Mr. Holcomb is a self-aware narrator. He has clearly given great thought to his role in these sadly real events and it is the depth and clarity of his thinking that makes this book special. He does not posture about his role. He simply lived a life of understated patriotism to the best of his ability and to the extent of his character, and that has taken him farther than most are willing to go. Endless Enemies deserves a read. When you're done, you'll come away with a much deeper appreciation for the dedicated people like Ray Holcomb who are doing their best to protect us amid all the political ambitions and drama being played out in the national headlines of the past 30 years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Markel on August 16, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book because it was written from the first person and delved into the author's entire career with the FBI. It was particularly exciting to read of his deployments abroad with the SWAT teams. If you have any interest in either the FBI or counterterrorism, this is a wonderful read and will bring you deeper than most of the other books out there that only go as far as general summaries of events.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Broncos11 on August 7, 2011
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Excellent inside review of the Agency (FBI) and its anti-terrorism branch. Read it with optimistic rather than pessimistic perspective, since it is a fact that there are many groups outside the U.S. that are out to destroy our democratic values. Way to go Ray Holcomb!
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