Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Soldier Spy by Tom Marcus, read by Jason Langley.
In the boot were six homemade pipe bombs, all linked to detonate at the same time from a single call on a brand-new pay-as-you-go phone found on the target.
Special Branch also found Chinese Type 56 assault rifles with eight full magazines of ammunition. His target was a local school. He planned to attack two coaches of teenagers returning home after a school trip to France. Approximately 60 children, their accompanying teachers and their waiting parents. He was going to kill them all.
'My world was dark, no colour, no right or wrong and no backup. People like me exist to fight those no one else dares face. I wasn't the last resort; I was the only option.'
Tom Marcus was recruited by MI5 in the wake of the 7/7 attacks on London. After five years spent undercover as part of a covert British Army special operations unit, he offered the Security Service the edge they so desperately needed. Following months of intensive training, Marcus was thrown into a world of relentless, unimaginable pressure, a never-ending struggle to prevent terrorist atrocities on our city streets, foil devastating strikes against the nation's infrastructure, and keep our country's secrets safe from foreign spies. Split-second decisions carried life or death consequences. And not all his colleagues would survive the fight.
In this explosive firsthand account, Soldier Spy lifts the lid on the war being waged by MI5 to keep us safe in our towns and cities for the first time - a blistering, visceral insight into life on the front line against terror, revealed in never-before-heard detail.
It was a job which would inevitably exact a heavy price. But when it came down to it, Marcus knew he didn't have a choice.
'Some people join the service out of a sense of duty, some out of wanting to do some good by removing the evil. I did it because it's all I knew. I'm a hunter of people, and I'm damn good at it.'
©2016 Tom Marcus (P)2016 Penguin AudioBooks
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"A fascinating insight into another world"
This book gives a rare real insight into the dark world of MI5 surveillance....really well performed too...excellent.
"Such an amazing read"
As real as real gets, such dedication to duty. There is so much given on a daily basis. Thanks T.C
"Fantastic account, fantastically narrated. "
The best book I've had for a few years and the narrator was superb. Highly recommended.
"Fantastic Book - Highly recommend to everyone"
The content, storyline and factual resources were outstanding, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book.
All of it
"Best book I've ever read!"
I know that's a bold statement but I was heartbroken to finish this book. Absolutely brilliant from the first second. I will be telling everyone about this. The narrator nailed it as well! 10/10
"One of the best books I've read"
This was the first book that I've read in a while which had left me completely captivated until the very end. I enjoyed the way the narrator told the story, many other audio books sound too robotic but this was a great book overall & the narrator did it justice. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
"RD Cool H"
I can only say the best MI5. To our Secret Service were protecting us it open my eyes I did not know that what went on. I raised a right hand in salute to how our British man and woman who are protecting us 24/7 366 days a year. It kept me want to hear more and listen to more and want to know more this is the first book I giving it all top five stars 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧
"My favourite book of 2016"
This book grabbed me by the scruff of the neck from the very first sentence and didn't let go until the very last. Brilliant.
I was gutted when I got to the end of this book, there was so much more I wanted to know, but I suppose that's the nature of this topic. So few books are written about MI5, there will always be more questions.
I wasn't always convinced TC wanted to come across as so angry and I did wonder whether the narrator gave more inflection in places than was actually meant. Overall though this was an excellent book, in no way was the work of a surveillance officer glamourised, which I sometimes think happens with other SF books. The stress and strain of this kind of work was really well articulated. I hope TC finds peace and is living a really happy life with his family
Reading several 1 star reviews on Amazon i was somewhat confused when i finished this. The book is written in such a way that is as real as possible. As you can imagine this life must be extremely trying (as is mentioned in the book) and to read what can only be described as an unedited version of events was really enjoyable.
Yes the bulk of the story/experiences are predominantly follows, but the agent is a surveillance officer, what were you expecting?
Very good book, very gritty.
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