Top critical review
Great story. Would be 5 star w better writting/editing
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 12, 2011
Berntsen gets 5 stars for what he did, at least according to what he shares in the book. He would have gotten 5 stars for his book with improved writing and editing out the redacted parts (its not bad, but not as good as others).
I read "First In" before this book, and that helped put the story together for the parts that were confusing or lacking in Jawbreaker.
Jawbreaker is written a bit choppy and at times hard to follow. Some of that is the author/editor's fault, some is due to censors. Some parts of the story are cut too short and others are too long and the transitions are confusing.
The CIA redaction is clearly annoying. The book may be better written by eliminating the redaction and editing the story to flow better.
It is very clear that the author was rightfully frustrated by some of the bureaucracy of the US government during the war and also by the people that censored his book, especially when I read redacted parts in other books, as Berntsen points out.
His book is a little heavy on bravado and self aggrandizement, but I love the kind of leader he describes himself as. Our military needs more people like him that are not afraid to make decisions and do their job, which is my guess why he was so heavily censored. Weak leaders don't like strong ones. Unfortunately he wasn't always allowed to do what he should have been able to do, and that is the part of the story you must read. I suspect that may be why his book was so heavily censored and First In does not appear to be.