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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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
"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.
"Good story but typical structure and ending"
I really enjoy books like this and this was a gripping story in parts. I liked the main guy and I didn't like him at times. All I can say is I read a lot of this type of books and the structure, flow and stories are all very similar.
Definitely worth a read if you like this type of genre though
Loved it especially knowing it's all true. Would love a 2nd and a 3rd book. Well read and a great atmosphere created.
"a raw account of life in the surveillance services"
Couldn't stop listening! A gripping tale of courage, strength, and sacrifice. This book left me feeling inspired to help others more.
"No Stars, if it was possible"
Awful book, totally unbelievable, I could have written better myself, compounded by an annoying narrator.
a very compelling read. it is amazing how much we don't see and how much people do for the country
Gripping and quite terrifying. An exploration into the dark reality of counter terrorism. None of the glamour or money you often think these brave people get. Great narratives.
"An eye opening and enthralling read"
Quite simply the best book I've read/listened to. Gripping from start to end and some of the best narration I've heard. A truly exquisite book.
"good to learn how Mi5 work.....but"
the author is totally self obsessed, so the book is all about him bigging himself up - which is boring....guy needs to learn some humanity, maybe let others tell us how awesome you are?
but great to learn how the service work. a good book.
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