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I Spy

Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
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The explosive book from ex-MI5 surveillance officer Tom Marcus takes the listener on a non-stop, adrenaline-fuelled ride as he hunts down those who would do our country harm.

Tom spent years working covertly to stop those who want to do us harm. In his best-selling memoir Soldier Spy, he told how he was recruited and described some of his top-secret operations. In I Spy, he takes us deeper undercover as he puts his life on the line once more. 

I Spy plunges the listener straight into the action as Tom and his team race to prevent terrorists from causing carnage on our streets and outsmart Russian agents, blocking a daring plot that threatens the security of the nation. Relying on their quick wits, training and courage, the extraordinary men and women of MI5 are under intense pressure every day. Not everyone is suited for the work, and Tom shows how the incredibly tough challenges he faced growing up gave him the mental strength and skills to survive in a dangerous world. 

Gritty and eye-opening, this is a unique insight into a hidden war and the sacrifices made by those who fight it. You will never take your safety for granted again. 

This audiobook includes an interview between author, Tom Marcus, and reader, Jason Langley. 

©2018 Tom Marcus (P)2018 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

Critic Reviews

"The brutal truth about the war against terror. Fast-paced and gripping." (Ant Middleton)  

"A massive operational insight into the war fought on our streets." (Jason Fox)   

"Secret wars fought by heroes who seek no reward. A brilliant read written by a true legend." (Ollie Ollerton)  

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  • Simon
  • 31-05-2019

Mesmerising!

From the opening scene to the end this simply had me in thrall. I'll claim no expertise on how authentic this actually is, after all my knowledge of MI5 is made up of the output of various thriller writers and not much more. However, it feels real, the authenticity promised by an ex-operative seems to be delivered in spades.

A big part of the reason for this, it has to be said, is the excellent narration by Jason Langley, he strikes just the right tone and in combination with Marcus's writing it felt possible to imagine being out there as part of a surveillance team, alone in a bar of strangers or flat out in the grass of a Welsh hillside.

Just how complete a picture it is we can't tell, after all I am sure that MI5 would take a dim view on too much of their operational procedure being revealed. It is though fascinating and what's more it also provides examples of the toll that this dangerous, highly pressurised work has on those who do it. And thankful we are that they do!

If you liked the previous books by this author and want some more then this delivers brilliantly.

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  • Mrs L J Bowkett
  • 09-06-2019

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Laboured the point a bit! The "We keep people safe" motif did get a bit corny after a while. In places it sounded like an insecure man constantly trying to big himself up. We get it! You do a remarkable job. The repetition wasn't required.
on the other hand I was completely drawn into the different scenarios, especially the Magenta Stoat one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-07-2019

Gripping

could not stop listening. any chance i had i was picturing it in my head

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  • Liam W.
  • 16-07-2019

I just got hooked from the beginning

Read the first book and when I seen he had done more I had to get my next fix. A complicated guy with a complicated life but such a vital job. I seriously doubt he will see this but Tom thanks for the job you did and thanks for telling us your stories

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  • Katie Bp
  • 15-07-2019

compelling insight into a world out of sight

Like with his other books, a great story to get lost in. The narration is good too and makes listening very easy to follow and immerse in the story. Even with the non fiction book, you can't help feel there is a lot based on real life experiences. I look forward to the next book.

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  • aaron
  • 14-07-2019

gripping

What an amazing audio books from start to finish. Pure bravery from start. Gripping, Incredible.

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  • Hotfeet09
  • 09-07-2019

A must have

Thanks Tom for your honesty, bravery and keeping us safe. What an insight to our brave men and women who keep our streets safe and protect our streets and county. A must read

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  • KB
  • 08-07-2019

outstanding

absolutely loved it. started listening to it at 6am. couldn't stop until it was finished. huge respects to our security services.
without a doubt. we have the best in the world.

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  • miss c l walton
  • 07-07-2019

Brilliant

I Couldnt put it down sort of speak. Truly inspiring, captivating, wold recommend to anyone.

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  • Tom Denham
  • 05-07-2019

Just incredible

After reading Soldier Spy, I was really looking forward to I Spy being released. I listened to it on commutes and felt as though I was a part of the operations hearing the radio transmissions. The story is incredible, Tom Marcus goes into great detail on how his life was really like, there are some incredible chapters which also tug on the heart strings.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading (listening) to Tom Marcus’s books and this one has topped it right off. Thankyou TC and Jason Langley