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How do you write a book about something that took 40 minutes?
on June 12, 2015
The answer is, of course, a number of ways: use wide margins and a large font, and fill the text with an unverifiable backstory to name but three. This is where even the title is misleading: the novel is about Mark/Matt's life in the military, of which the mission to kill OBL/UBL is one, small, 'easy mission' to use his own words.
To get to the interesting part - the reason you bought this book - you have to wade through a lot of Matt's inner thoughts about his time making the cut/ worrying about failing/ random missions in Iraq or Afghanistan in the year prior to 2011. You have to work a little to get to the part you've been waiting for. And just when you get there, you wonder if it's all worth it. His description of the OBL mission was somewhat confusing; I had to keep checking the diagrams to make sure I knew what he was talking about.
The book's ok; it'll take you a day to read.