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The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story

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  • Posted March 11, 2011

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    Interesting insight into the CIA

    For decades, Robert Baer was a top CIA operative in the Middle East. Dayna Williamson worked her way up through the ranks in the CIA, serving in strife torn sections of the world. Both were married when their paths crossed in Sarajevo, but their covert lifestyles and long absences from home had destroyed their marriages as well as strained Dayna's relationship with her elderly parents.

    Robert and Dayna tag-teamed the chapters in THE COMPANY WE KEEP as we follow them on their real-life missions in very dangerous locales. Both were trained in explosives and weapons. After resigning from the CIA, they decided to live in Beirut, but their background and training makes regular civilian life nearly impossible and they eventually settle in California.

    The Baers have provided us with very in-depth insight into their work for the CIA, including naming names of world leaders you'll recognize. However, the reader learns very little about their growing personal relationship, cloaked as it is in their adventures. As their lives continue after resigning from the CIA, the book seems to flounder. Lynn Kimmerle

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Shallow

    Dayna's training is the only interesting part. The rest is about two people too shallow to divorce their current spouses before getting involved with new interests. Spying and personal sacrifice are not the focus of this book; the book is all about narcissism. If this is what the CIA is like, no wonder it's the butt of so many bad stereotypes. Start to finish, Bob and Dayna are selfish people who blame spy games for the bad choices they make. If that's not what they meant to say, they did a terrible job writing this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2012

    This is an engaging, easy read about two Americans in the CIA. E

    This is an engaging, easy read about two Americans in the CIA. Each author has a voice, writing alternate chapters. Bob Baer is an experienced CIA operative, working in war torn arenas around the world. Dayna Baer (not yet married to Bob) works in Los Angeles as part of the CIA team that investigates new recruits backgrounds. Bobs’ adventures include finding dental care for himself in a country that doesn’t have any dentist and living with Russians, once an American enemy. Dayna is selected to train at Langley, Virginia, so that she too will be able to be an operative in foreign countries. As both of their career responsibilities increase, they realize the sacrifice they must make in their personal lives. These include divorce and further deteriorating family relationships.

    Their descriptions of their assignments are vivid. Sometimes boredom is the biggest obstacle to overcome. After Bob and Dayna marry, they realize if they stay in the CIA it would lead to separate assignments and possible divorce. The last several chapters have a wonderful twist to the saga of these two former CIA agents.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

    Interesting look into an opaque world

    This a interesting look behind the scenes of field officers in difficult circumstances. The writing is sparse, which is telling in itself - so many secrets to still keep.

    In a different scene, this personal story of two people coming together could have been told in a very romantic way. Due to the nature of their work, and maybe even personal traits, there is a lot left unsaid about the Baer's story. Which makes the reader just want to hear more about their former work and their love affair.

    An intriguing book. I look forward to reading Mr. Baer's earlier work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    Awesome

    Well written. Enticing story. Couldnt put it down.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    An excellent read--a "must" read for anyone interested in the real story in the middle east!

    Was very sorry to come to the end of this book--all of Bob's books have been very worth reading--am certain he has many more stories he can share with his readers.

    Appreciate both Dayna and Bob's candor in telling their experiences in the middle east--information in this book not available from any other source--as it is their personal experience in places most of us only hear about--vaguely, in the media--a very limited source of information, so if the middle east culture is of interest to one, then this is the book to read!

    Will be happy to see another book from both Bob and/or Dayna if they so chose to continue writing. Thanks much for a great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    Subtly interesting

    Can be exciting at times, kept me entertained on my flight-- am I going to read it again? No.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2011

    Entertaining and enlighting.

    Fascinating to look behind the scenes at the real thing...not what the movies show you. Glad it included a female agent's experiences, too. Good reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Insider View of Foreign Intelligence Operations

    Starting from the CIA "Academy" in Virginia, through offices in Los Angeles, through initial overseas deployments -- the lives of two CIA agents are explored as they face danger, fall in love, and establish a relationship in a most unlikely setting. Soon to be a movie, this is a great story. He's a veteran "salty dog" and she's a dissatisfied CIA office clerk who wants to be an agent. If this were a novel, it would work. Because this is a true story, it is riveting. I totally appreciated this read.

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