The True Story of Honor, Espionage, and the Rescue of Britain's Greatest Spy, The Man with a Hundred Faces
Part Blackhawk Down, part The Riddle of the Sands, former MI6 officer Harry Ferguson has written an extraordinarily gripping non-fiction thriller. Operation Kronstadt not only reveals the early days of intelligence services but also uncovers a truly dramatic story from the Russian Revolution involving a daring rescue attempt and a "mission impossible" against the best defended naval target in Russia.
By May 1919, when the power struggle between former Tsarists and Bolsheviks hangs in the balance, the only British agent in Russia is trapped and in mortal danger. Mansfield Cumming (alias "the first C") dreams up an audacious - probably suicidal - plan to rescue him, and a young naval officer is sent with a specially selected team into the jaws of the Soviet fleet. This is the remarkable true story of the spy Paul Dukes (the only MI6 officer to be knighted for work in the field) and Gus Agar, whose extraordinary escapade won him the Victoria Cross.
©2009 Harry Ferguson (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
"Ferguson's account of both sets of operations is exciting and his enthusiasm is infectious." (Sunday Telegraph, London)
"A tale of adventure, honor, and raw courage quite as exciting as anything found in fiction." (The Daily Mail)
Wonderfully written...kept me on the edge of my seat. The best thing is it's a true story. Very well read too.
A great description of a little-known chapter of the times of the Bolshevik revolution. The research is excellent and gave life to the events and characters that not only shaped but also were shaped by them. The pictures of the people, politics and events in London and Russia are matched by vivid descriptions of the challenges of running networks in a hostile and difficult place.
I admit to a special curiosity, having visited the island of Kronstadt in 1992 as so much of the Former Soviet Union changed. Even then, Kronstadt was a "special" place with a proud and special history. This book and the excellent narration are worthy of the actual events.
I have read many spy stories and this is one of the best.
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Pretty close.... I could not wait to get back to it.
I would recommend to any reader that likes spy thrillers.
Excellent narration. Better than print.
The story of Francis Cromie is is little known. My grandfather was one of the embassy staff that witnessed his murder. This event and the incredible story that follows has shed light on this era for me and exposed it to the world. The best Audible 'read' for me yet.
I will search this narrator's other works and read them.
I couldn't put this recording down.
I have listened and re-listened many times, as this true story is exciting from the opening chapter to the end!
Gus Agar(VC winner), and his mates booting it up and down the Gulf of Finland taking on Battle Cruisers; destroyers and all comers. Full steam ahead against overwhelming odds! And Paul Dukes trials and tribulations behind enemy lines trying just to survive another day!
Just seems to be the perfect voice for the genre.(Espionage and action behind enemy lines).
I love "BIGGLES" adventures stories by W.E. Johns, and this was like an extremely well written Biggles, but it actually happened.!
Highly recommended for fans of espionage and true tales of courageous acts. Also I am really careful about selecting any audiobook based on narrator's voice, and Gideon Emery deserves the 5 stars+ - Ron L.
Quite interesting with some good character building. Some good references to history. Overall story line is good.
Nothing. Good narrator.
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