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Publisher's Summary

On September 11th, 2001, Kris Caldera was a junior member of the CIA's Alec Station, the unit dedicated to finding and stopping Osama Bin Laden. They failed.

Ten days later, he was on the ground in Afghanistan with a Special Forces team. On the battlefield, he meets Special Forces Sergeant David Haddad. David - Arab American, Muslim, and gay - becomes the man Kris loves, the man he lives for, and the man he kills for, through the long years of the raging wars.

When a botched mission rips David from Kris' life, Kris' world falls into ruin and ash.

After being captured, tortured to the edge of his life, and left for dead by his comrades, David doesn't know how much of himself is left. He vanished in the tribal belt of Pakistan, and the man who walks out almost a decade later is someone new: Al Dakhil Al-Khorasani.

Intelligence from multiple sources overseas points to something new. Something deadly, and moving to strike the United States. Intercepts say an army from Khorasan, the land of the dead where the Apocalypse of Islam will rise, is coming. And, at the head of this army, a shadowy figure the US hasn't seen before: Al Dakhil Al-Khorasani.

David is coming home.

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Tal Bauer (P)2021 Tantor

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  • Aylin
  • 04-08-21

I knew this would destroy me

The previous book in this storyline (not exactly a series), Hush, is one of my favorite audiobooks. It is one of the very few that I listen to repeatedly. So when I saw this book was released and I saw the description…I knew. I knew it would be amazing and I knew it would destroy me utterly. I was right. I will not share any spoilers. It is absolutely riveting despite the length.

The only complaint that I have is that John Solo voiced Kris a bit differently than Joel Leslie did in Hush (of course), and that was okay but I missed the extra sense of sassiness that Joel was able to give to the character. This did show more of Kris’ serious side and more of his internal struggles, so it fit well enough but I would have enjoyed hearing that sass a bit more when called for.

I was desperate throughout the book. I screamed at my phone (playing the audiobook). I could not figure out how it could possibly end well. It was a complete and total roller coaster ride with the fabulously descriptive detail I have come to expect from Tal Bauer throughout every moment along the way.

I don’t cry often. Not even occasionally. Then there was this book…. At the end, they were happy tears.

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  • Mickie B. Ashling, Author
  • 14-08-21

Outstanding!

This was a 15 star read! An epic romance spanning decades set in the aftermath of the September 11 attack in New York City. The research involved was phenomenal. John Solo, the narrator, did an incredible job. There were multiple characters speaking a variety of languages and he nailed it! 25 hrs and 55 mins of intense world building that sucked you in until the very last chapter. Highly recommended!

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  • Outlaw
  • 12-08-21

I didn’t know this book could get better!

Honestly this is one of Tal’s best books, but one I said I’d never read again because of the emotional toll it took on me. These characters are absolutely beautiful. The research & care that went into this book. The hours it must have took, how it’s largely historically accurate and paints a picture of the realities of America after 911.

These characters have depth & soul. The book raises so many thought provoking questions. It’s, as all Tal Bauer books are, a complete rollercoaster ride. It’s engaging and anxiety producing. It makes you scream & weep.

So imagine my shock when John Solo brought a whole new layer & depth to these already rich characters. Bravo Sir. This was a masterpiece. And I will 100% be listening to it again.

If you’re on the fence, do yourself the favor of spending that money or credit. This is SO worth it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-08-22

A bit hard to listen to but a great story

The story was great and most of the narration was very good. But the warbling voice made me cringe so many times and the over acting at times had me saying out loud "Dude, please stop!" It took me out of the story completely and I had to wait for his voice to be normal again before I could get back into the story.

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  • BK
  • 13-08-21

Amazing!

John Solo was INCREDIBLE! What a fantastic “listen”! 5+ stars for the story and the narrator. TB is one of my absolute favorite writers. Such incredible talent in that brain! I look forward to every book.

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  • JAW
  • 16-08-22

a must read

I'm extremely serious about this. This should be a movie with the characters as is. nothing changing. I always believed in my heart. God makes no mistakes and if anybody has the right to judge it's God and only God. No man.

I could not put this book down for 25 hours plus minutes. this is one of my favorites of all time

I have to recognize Mr. Bauer for his passion research devoted attention to this book

I'm not a big favorite by the narrator but Mr. Solo didn't extremely extremely good job

I give this book five stars on everything overall, story, and performance.

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  • Sue 🎧
  • 12-06-22

Good, but once was enough for me..

📖 Story comment: The world building and research that's gone into this book is a testament to the author's skills, as was the emotional journey it's characters went through - I loved Hush, it's my "go to" when I'm looking for a long book to immerse myself into, but I struggled to connect with the Whisper Kris as easily as I did with the Hush Kris.

The story is incredibly well written and detailed, but I just found it too long. At the 15 hour mark I was bored and looking to see how much was left and I'm not generally like that with a Tal book (or series) which was disappointing. The heavy themes just didn't keep me immersed in the story. I really enjoyed the last third, but it was a long journey to get there.

🎧 Narrator comment: I enjoy John Solo as a narrator, his performance isn't flawless, and there were times I nudged up the native speed to 1.1x or 1.2x speed just to help increase the tension of a scene, but for the most part he has good cadence, inflections and intonations, his accents worked and it was easy to distinguish the characters from each other. Overall an enjoyable performance.

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📌 Where does it fall on my personal scale? 5 - enjoyed it overall, but once was enough.
• 1 not my thing • 2 didn't like the narration • 3 didn't keep my attention • 4 was good, but once was enough • 5 enjoyed it • 6 will listen again for the narrator • 7 goes on the "re-listen" list • 8 kept me up past bed-time • 9 recommended to family/friends • 10 own it in multiple formats • 11 keep a copy with me at all times
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  • Erin 🎧 📚
  • 06-05-22

Whew. Tragic. Long. Lovely. Romantic.

Wow. This book was a lot. It crosses so many years. Starting from the tragic events of 9/11 and over 15 years later. Kris & David go through so many tragic events that it’s nice that they do get a decent amount of time before all the shit hits the fan, again. And again. This book sears your heart. Tal Bauer does amazing things by evoking emotions. I cried so many times I lost count. You will feel happiness, roaring anger, fear, and constant anxiety. It’s not for the weak. There are parts that tend to go on and on but that’s his style of writing. It was a fantastic book and made me interested in learning more about the Muslim faith. So much was put into the research and info of this book. Read it. But take your time to digest it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-01-22

Chris and David their story was very intriguing.

The way these two met and how they came together was so intense. They were so different like night and day but they fell in love regardless of the life they were leading with the aftermath of 911. Chris was the person who was making things happen to get the Terrorist that caused the 911 attack. David was the military muscle who backed him up and stood by his side through it all. Lots happen in 16 years span.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-01-22

Incredible!

This book, even for an agnostic and part-time atheist as I, was incredible to listen to. At times I thought it a bit wordy, like a Dean Koontz at his most moralistic, but the plot was breathtaking.

What was also breathtaking, awe-inspiring even, was John Solo's narration. Absolutely nobody does frustration, rage, tenderness, in short the whole gamut of emotions as brilliantly as he does. He is not a narrator, but a freaking brilliant voice-actor. I will certainly revisit this book again and again. Eight stars out of five.

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  • JaxBlu
  • 17-10-21

I was not ready.

OK. I love Tal. just reminding myself that I do infact love tal, and John Solo. cos I hated them both for a lot of this book. like, I could have throat punched them and put them in time put until they apologised to the characters, and me, and the whole f¤rk!ng world for this awful, amazing, devastating, beautiful, soul wrenching book.

I knew that Tal loves the tears of his readers, his eco car runs on them, f¤rk Dino juice when he can just use our tears right? but I was not ready. I was body slammed worse than if John Cena sh!t on me himself. Then to add John solo to this gut punch of a book. I was wrecked.

but even though I was basically a bloodied savaged corpse, I STILL wanted more. like, when did I become a masochist? f¤cking Tal and John f¤cking Solo. F¤ck you.

P. S. in the words of Oliver Twist "please sir, can I have some more?"

all the stars across the board.
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  • Pixiebell
  • 03-08-21

Powerful and Deeply Moving

I feel my words will be totally inadequate to describe how profoundly moving, beautiful but also harrowing this book was.
Tal Bauer has always been a favourite author of mine but this story totally overwhelmed me. It was meticulously researched and despite being ex forces personnel myself, I learned so much I did not know about 9/11 and the following years of war on terror and the positive and true image of the Islamic faith.
Tal writs beautifully in an almost poetic way, his vivid descriptions immerse you totally into the characters and situations, which was delivered outstandingly by John Solo in his narration.
I wish I could give more than 5 stars for this audiobook but alas I can’t,
It’s definitely the best book of my year.

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  • Book addict
  • 14-07-22

Enjoyable

I enjoyed this book, though it did get a little theatrical at times. There were some 3 star bits, but loads of 5 star bits, so it balances out as 4 stars.

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  • 01-07-22

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A well written story with and interesting  concept.  The characters are likeable and the narration is very good.

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  • AshPenny37
  • 01-02-22

Spellbinding

Whisper is one of the most amazing books brought to life by a fantastic narrator...love it!

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  • BevS
  • 10-09-21

John Solo? OK I guess...

I know this will come as a shock but I quite enjoyed this one 😏, even though John Solo was narrating. His irritating habit of over-emphasising and inability to pronounce certain words correctly notwithstanding, I was as ever engrossed in this wonderful story which to this day, still remains one of my absolute faves. I'll leave the rating at 5 stars as I would've given 4.25 or thereabouts for the narration. It was indeed a whopper!!

***Book Review 2018***

Just as Hush was one of my fave reads of 2017, so Whisper already is and will remain one of my top reads of 2018!! All the stars for this blockbuster of a story, which unfortunately will not be to everyone's taste in view of the savagery of some of the scenes (view spoiler) AND the fact that the romance is not 'in your face' all day, everyday. This story spans nearly two decades and does not pull any punches...is brutally honest in fact in its retelling of the inhumanity used by BOTH the CIA and Al Qaeda. Tal really surpassed himself with the writing and it's definitely up there with Hush for me.

Kris and David [Dawood]'s love for each other was deep and abiding [Soulmates....they were indeed soulmates] and it had had to be in view of some of the awful things they'd had to endure [even from their own colleagues]; all of course due to the US's extremely tough lockdown measures after 9/11. I would say that at least 65-70% of this story is set before the time that we actually meet Kris in Hush, so it could therefore probably be read as a standalone cos Tom and Mike do make an appearance [but not until the last 10% or so]; however, you'd be missing out on a fantastic backstory of the evils of men and their wars, huge betrayals, and the shocking lengths to which some people will go to justify their own disgraceful actions.

Religion...or should I say Dawood's religious beliefs, plays a huge part in this story, and he was without doubt my favourite character. I can honestly say that I was quite shocked by some of Kris's behaviour, and luckily for him, he finally came to his senses at a critical moment. As far as the CIA 'mole' is concerned, yes I had him pegged from the time he was announced and have never wanted to happy dance more for the death of a character in a story.

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  • S. Brown
  • 09-09-21

Love Whisper by Tal Bauer

Thank you John Solo for bringing Whisper to audio so spectacularly. Tal Bauer’s book is one of my favourites, and the audio just makes it better, if that were possible. A fitting release this year, in light of recent events in Afghanistan, and no doubt meant for the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Revisiting Kris and Dawood’s world while listening to the news every day this past month, has taught me so much about the War, and the heartbreak of it all. Such a well researched and beautifully written story, and now spoken in such a soulful and understanding manner.

Thank you both, not sure my next read will be up to the challenge.

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  • CJ
  • 01-06-22

brilliant

what an amazing story, so well read. so much you can say, it was breathtaking. its really long but oh so worth it.

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  • Dylan
  • 02-05-22

The truth is... confronting.

I can't possibly do this book justice. I highly, highly recommend it!

It's such a beautiful love story, but it's so much more than that.

Whisper really challenged my worldview. Particularly my views on war, behavior during times of war, and how to respond to hate/violence when it's directed at you (all of which are questions/realities I live with daily). That the book was inspired by true events made it all the more confronting. There were scenes I struggled to read, ones that had me blubbering like a baby, and others still that left me feeling like I'd been slapped in the face by my own moral failings. Whisper doesn't pull its punches, at all, and I love it for that. The themes it explores are ones that need to be explored. In a world like this, it's too easy to become hardened; to start separating the world into two groups, good guys and monsters (whoever those monsters happen to be); and to lose sight of the fact we're all just people.

I took over a week to read this book (which is a very long time for me). I wanted to properly process everything I was reading, and I recommend that approach with this book. It's too heavy to rush. And it's way to heavy to read while trying to juggle intense life challenges. I recommend reading this book with a tissue box nearby, a comfortingly scented candle burning, and a cup of chamomile tea (and I don't even like chamomile tea!). It will break your heart, REPEATEDLY,