Title: Three Minutes to Doomsday
Author: Joe Navarro
Page count: 368 pages
Format availability: Kindle eBook
Release date: April 18 2017
Series / anthology / stand alone: Stand alone
Rating: DNFed at 50%
Got my copy via Netgalley for an exchange of honest review! Thank you Scribner!
In 1988 Joe Navarro, one of the youngest agents ever hired by the FBI, was dividing his time between SWAT assignments, flying air reconnaissance, and working counter-intelligence. But his real expertise was “reading” body language. He possessed an uncanny ability to glean the thoughts of those he interrogated.
So it was that, on a routine assignment to interview a “person of interest”—a former American soldier named Rod Ramsay—Navarro noticed his interviewee’s hand trembling slightly when he was asked about another soldier who had recently been arrested in Germany on suspicion of espionage. That thin lead was enough for the FBI agent to insist to his bosses that an investigation be opened.
What followed is unique in the annals of espionage detection—a two-year-long battle of wits. The dueling antagonists: an FBI agent who couldn’t overtly tip to his target that he suspected him of wrongdoing lest he clam up, and a traitor whose weakness was the enjoyment he derived from sparring with his inquisitor. Navarro’s job was made even more difficult by his adversary’s brilliance: not only did Ramsay possess an authentic photographic memory as well as the second highest IQ ever recorded by the US Army, he was bored by people who couldn’t match his erudition. To ensure that the information flow would continue, Navarro had to pre-choreograph every interview, becoming a chess master plotting twenty moves in advance.
And the backdrop to this mental tug of war was the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the very real possibility that its leaders, in a last bid to alter the course of history, might launch a devastating attack. If they did, they would have Ramsay to thank, because as Navarro would learn over the course of forty-two mind-bending interviews, Ramsay had, by his stunning intelligence giveaways, handed the Soviets the ability to utterly destroy the US.
The story of a determined hero who pushed himself to jaw-dropping levels of exhaustion and who rallied his team to expose undreamed of vulnerabilities in America’s defense, Three Minutes to Doomsday will leave the reader with disturbing thoughts of the risks the country takes even today with its most protected national secrets.
I somehow didn’t find the book really interesting. Well the title is interesting and the description but when I start reading it, it’s like “nope I couldn’t understand what’s happening here”. The first it’s too long talk about theories about FBI something which is too many blab.
The book really takes me long time to read. I’m just thinking when it will end since it’s really long to many talking about facts. But maybe I didn’t understand the police thingy situation but this one really taking long and it loses my patience badly. So what I did is like, i gave it up and tried to read again from where I left but still it didn’t get my attention quickly.
He is great in his job, I know that but it’s too many facts to collect and to remember.
About the Author
Joe has been writing articles and books for the past 25 years. He also writes regular monthly columns for a variety of publications.
His books include the international best-seller, What Every Body is Saying, co-authored with Marvin Karlins, Dangerous Personalities, his most recent book co-authored with Toni Sciarra-Poynter, Louder Than Words, also co-authored with Toni Sciarra-Poynter, Advanced Interviewing Techniques, co-authored with John Schafer and currently used by the FBI’s counterterrorism division, Hunting Terrorists: A Look at the Psychopathology of Terror and Read ‘Em and Reap, written with Marvin Karlins. Joe also has a number of eBooks available on a variety of topics, more information can be found on the BOOKS page.
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