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The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story Paperback – March 6, 2012
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They get to know each other on a mission in Bosnia and eventually become a couple. There's enough information about parents, former spouses, and Robert's kids to make clear the personal costs of the CIA life. When they leave the agency, their recognition of those costs drives a number of personal choices, which then become the focus of the book. The transition here is very rough, and doesn't really cohere - - in part because they're living well despite having no apparent career, though Robert in particular has a lot of good connections in shady places.
It all comes together in the third part of the book when they settle down, get married, and decide to adopt a child. At that point the book is no longer a spy story.
Those three different parts make it hard to evaluate the book as a whole and its audience. They both write well, but in eerily similar styles - if I were to read a random page I wouldn't be able to tell whether Robert or Dayna had written it. If you want some rip-roaring spy stories that then coasts into something rather different, it's an enjoyable, fast read.
This book is the story of Bob and Dayna Baer, two CIA agents who worked in the field, mainly in the Middle East. The chapters bounce back and forth between them and the different assignments they worked. All riveting accounts of their time in the field, but... the stories do not seem to be connected. They are loosely connected, but they do not really seem to flow. Sometimes the stories are years and countries apart. All good stories, but the flow seems interrupted. Unless you step back and look at the big picture of what they were trying to convey?
This book is basically a story of two souls coming together. Not a romance, at least the book does not get all mushy or romantic, but it is two lost souls finding each other. The story tells of spending months at a time in different scumholes around the world. I know when I think of undercover agents I think of James Bond, not Bob and Dayna, that spend months living in dirty, nasty places, many without running water, or if the water does work its only cold water. It gives you an idea of how many people on this planet live. They had one assignment watching a Hezbollah safe house, but the only apartment they could rent had an unexploded artillery shell stuck in the floor. Since it was too dangerous to remove, the owner of the apartment just cemented over the shell. Nice. I wonder if he put that little detail in the advertisement for his rental apartment?
This book does a great job of showing the amount of sacrifice that goes into being a CIA operative.Read more ›
The problem with any book from former members of the CIA is that they can't give you the real dirt, and even if the CIA doesn't censor the book (see the fight over Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan -- and the Path to Victory, for instance), the authors self-censor. I have no problem with that and I recognize that importance of it in the real world, but while reading the veneer of stories that any former-agent tells, I am constantly wanting to know more about what is going on, and I'm never satisfied. But, that's the genre. The book is short on operational details, and that extends even to the start of their personal relationship and Bob's seemingly sudden decision to leave the CIA, their divorces, and many of the other pivotal moments in the story. Even when they are out of the CIA, they can't let on too much about their lives. The book is mostly the highlights.
This book alternates between chapters by Bob and Dayna. For the first half of the book, their stories aren't connected. Bob is doing something in Central Asia, and Dayna is starting her career in the CIA protective services. Eventually there stories converge, and when they do the CIA portion is mostly over.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fascinating how spies spend so much time making friends with enemies and basically don't do much other than realize that it is all futile. Read morePublished 2 months ago by LovingRomance
I enjoyed the narrative, but the flow of the story seemed to be a little disjointed. I did enjoy the book and would recommend it to any who likes that genre.Published 5 months ago by Henry W. Simpson
I loved how raw, real, and redemptive this book is. And Congratulations to the Baer family on their beautiful daughter!Published 7 months ago by Ellen
I chose this book to read because I thought it would be exciting and adventurous. I was wrong. I found it to be choppy and confusing. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Connie
Great book, a real life Mr and Mrs. Smith story. Love, adventure, suspense, action, all in one book.Published 7 months ago by PatriciaP