Morten Storm was an unlikely Jihadi. A six-foot-one red-haired Dane, Storm spent his teens in and out of trouble. A book about the Prophet Mohammed prompted his conversion to Islam, and Storm sought purpose in a community of believers. He attended a militant madrasah in Yemen, named his son Osama, and became close friends with Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born terrorist cleric. But after a decade of Jihadi life, he not only repudiated extremism but, in a quest for atonement, became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence.
Agent Storm takes listeners inside the jihadist world like never before, showing the daily life of zealous men set on mass murder, from dodging drones with al-Qaeda leaders in the Arabian desert to training in extremist gyms in Britain and performing supply drops in Kenya. The book also provides a tantalizing look at his dangerous life undercover, as Storm traveled the world for missions targeting its most dangerous terrorists, and into the world’s most powerful spy agencies: their tradecraft, rivalries, and late-night carousing, as well as their ruthless use of a beautiful blonde in an ambitious honey trap. Agent Storm is a captivating, utterly unique, real-life espionage tale.
©2014 Morten Storm, Paul Cruickshank, Tim Lister. Recorded by arrangement with Grove/Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.
The way this book was written was straight forward, clear, not complicated at all. Due to my unfamiliarity with Arabic names, it was hard to follow them but the authors did an excellent job to talk about each of the persons referred to as "This is Mr. X, that later on bombed A in 2009" for example which you can note down and google it later.Also, the narrator did an excellent job as well.
The fact that the events described in the book are very recent and they are currently happening around the world. Also, the inner works of security agencies as well as the glimpse of how the mind of extremists work, make this book extremely enjoyable to listen.
Unbelievable how one man could make such a connection with so many involved in world wide events, giving not just a perspective of why those involved went to such lengths on both sides. The best history of post 9/11 non-Afghanistan, non-Iraqi events ever written.
The Arabic accent adds personality to the book.
It felt like I was listening to fiction. It was very interesting to know that this actually happened and I knew some of the names in the book. It is very relevant in light of all the recent happenings in the Middle East. I highly recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in the politics behind Jihad.
Again, he does a fantastic job bringing all the characters to life. He is such a versatile narrator.
Avid audiobook addict!
This book has a slow start--for the first couple of hours I thought it was rather tedious, but it becomes hugely exciting. Extremely up-to-date content, stuff that was in the news just a few years or even months ago. Utterly fascinating!
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Riveting is not a adjective normally used with memoir, but in the case of Morten Storm it fits. The story begins before Storm's conversion to Islam and jihadism and follows as he becomes a double agent for western intelligence agencies.
This is a must read true story.
Perhaps one of the most informative books I've listened to. This book truly opened my eyes to so many aspects of the past decade. There's a brief and informative lesson on Islam, a lesson on the inner workings of terrorism, and a peek behind the curtain of the sometimes sleezy CIA and the agencies of counter-terrorism.
His pronunciation of names and places within the text was extremely helpful. Had I read the book, there would have been a disconnect as I would have undoubtedly struggled with the language.
I was in awe anytime the CIA was mentioned. From Storm's narrative they operate much like you'd imagine, dark and shadowy, but seldom hear about in the first person. TOTALLY AWESOME!
Terrorists, and often the people chasing them, are disgusting. I can't believe this really happened!
A MUST READ
The change of heart
Excellent book! Opened my eyes to why we are still threaten by the middle east.
This account of a courageous hero offers keen insights into the mindset of radicalized Muslims. This is a must read for understanding the terrorist threat in today's society.
In the top 5
His association with the many Evil Men on the front line of the News
not as of yet
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