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“Due to entirely appropriate security concerns, there is some creative license in our script,” Dye said.

Dye drew on his experience in the Marines as well as contacts within the U.S. military to ensure accuracy, but not to the point of being too detailed.

“I spent some time talking to some guys in the Navy special warfare group. I know some things that I can’t say,” he said. “You don’t want to tell the other guys what your secrets for hitting homers are.”

In the course of the story, readers see the final approval from President Barack Obama to go with the helicopter raid instead of a missile strike. The one character whose name is real is the dog, Cairo.

“We were able to know most of what happened, to make a judgment what is appropriate for public consumption,” Julia said. “I remember very early on saying `There was a dog! Cairo jumped! How fun it is!’”

Obama and other members of his administration are shown in the situation room, monitoring the mission, which unfolds tautly and with suspense and concludes with bin Laden being shot. There are also images of him being carried aboard the helicopter in a body bag and to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.

That is interspersed with Obama making his televised speech to the nation about the raid and ends with two of the team members from the raid clanking their beer cans in a toast.


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