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Fishers of Men is the true account of secret operations in Northern Ireland carried out by the British Army's most clandestine unit. It tells the unique story, through Rob Lewis' own extraordinary experiences, of an essential instrument in the fight against terrorism, that of covert intelligence gathering. The men and women who work in this field are a special breed who undertake hazardous risks with unflinching tenacity and professionalism - the price of negligence is high and the need for secrecy must be preserved even at the expense of personal relationships.

The sheer determination and single-mindedness required to achieve selection to this secret world is graphically described, as well as how, against seemingly impossible odds, the operators of the FRU managed to persuade terrorists and their close associates to turn informer. The methods the unit used to target, recruit and handle their contacts, how they protected their informants and the terrifying life their agents led are all told by an agent handler, using many of his cases to illustrate the sharpness, intelligence (and sense of humour) essential to the job.

Fishers of Men fills a gap in the available information about the secret war against terrorism in Northern Ireland. It is a gap that has so far remained largely unexplored - until Rob Lewis' informative and explosive audiobook.

©2020 Rob Lewis (P)2020 Bonnier Books UK

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Warts And All

This is not the world of vodka martinis (shaken, not stirred) - it's sausage and chips, washed down with lager. Rob Lewis (not his real name) lays bare the realities of clandestine operations, warts and all, in this amazing true story of an army covert unit called 'Force Research Unit' in Northern Ireland during the 1980's, of which he was a member. The black humour of army life runs through the story, alongside the daily perils faced by the operatives. The dedication of these brave people, from the almost impossible selection process onwards, shines through and makes one wonder "why do they do it?" I don't have that answer, but it's clear that these are special people and our world is just a little bit safer because of them. A terrific book, and wonderfully narrated. Rob Lewis was later identified as Philip Campbell Smith, and his life after the army was ... so to speak ... rather colourful.

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  • 16-12-2020

Basic Knowledge of the main contentious issues.

Would be a great soft introduction to ‘The Toubles’. More focus needed on the actual op details where possible. Not a full disclosure, but some more meat needed around the ‘action’.

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  • Conchur C.
  • 21-04-2021

nonsense

Lewis is full of crap
Described 3 unarmed people as terrorist but described a man who bombed their funeral as an extremist.
more propaganda than real events

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  • Paul Henry
  • 11-03-2021

Poor on all levels

Disappointing to the extreme. Will certainly not be recommending. From story itself to the tone of the narrator.

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  • Me and mine
  • 25-01-2021

not great

the narrator needs to learn the pronunciation of town names in Fermanagh and how to say poteen...

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  • james co
  • 16-12-2020

an interesting insight

rob provides a wonderful insight into the special unit selection procedure and his tales of training are funny and insightful.

I did feel it later became a bit repetitive however overall enjoyable.

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  • Jayceon1888
  • 08-12-2020

Shocking Truths and very interesting

Some of the things exposed in this book are stories that have been told before but never verified. I have heard some of these stories about this unit during the early years of the troubles but this is the first time I’ve read/heard it from the horse’s mouth so to speak. Great book. If you are interested in the troubles in Northern Ireland then you will find this book very interesting. The stories do not reflect well on the British army but it’s about time the truth was told instead of the cleansed versions you get from British soldiers that served in Northern Ireland

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  • Jonathan
  • 18-03-2021

Well narrated, need to work on local pronunciation

Interesting account of what was a vital contribution to the fight again terrorism. Pronunciation of the likes of Omagh and Tyrone aren’t true to the local dialect. I guess it’s the equivalent of me trying to recite Hamlet in a Belfast accent 😏

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  • Gerard O Neill
  • 01-03-2021

Great book

As soon as I saw this advertised I knew that I had to have it and I was not disappointed.
This book follows the life, Army Career and clandestine adventures of Rob, A really great book full of intrigue and covert operations. If there was one negative, I wish it could have been a lot longer. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope that there will be more from Rob Lewis. I definitely recommend this book.

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  • caleb
  • 16-02-2021

brilliant

worth the read. as someone from northern Ireland its brilliant to know a bit of our history from a bit of the country not much is known about.

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  • Snowman
  • 29-01-2021

Excellent

One of the best books of its type, well written and engaging, he writes like he is a seasoned writer and not a soldier. I really enjoyed it

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